Judith Silverthorne founded Spiral Film Productions Inc. in January of 1997. For several years, the company operated with that name, producing a variety of art-related documentary shows. Over time the company expanded with Judith being hired to do writing and production work for other companies.
In 2000 the name was changed to Spiral Communications Inc. to make it more encompassing of what projects were being done through the company, which by then included some book publishing, research, and other writing projects.
Selected Documentary Productions
Never Consider Defeat: In this one hour documentary for television, we meet 21 year old Chris Lesanko, who has earned more awards, medals, and accolades on the lacrosse field than most athletes do in their entire careers. As he is about to receive his greatest recognition yet, a freak accident in March 2005 leaves Chris paralyzed and changes his life forever.
Roger Ing’s Utopia, a one hour documentary on Saskatchewan artist, Roger Ing and the phenomena of his Utopia Café (1998). Produced for SCN, CBC, Vision TV, and Knowledge Network, with funding from SaskFILM, the National Film Board of Canada. A Spiral Film Productions Inc. production, 1998. Producer, Writer, Researcher: Judith Silverthorne
Ingrained Legacy a half hour documentary and Splinters a series of ten vignettes, featuring early Saskatchewan woodworkers and furniture makers, produced for SCN, Bravo, NFB, & CTV Saskatchewan. Produced by Spiral Film Productions Inc., 1997. Producer, Writer, Researcher: Judith Silverthorne
First Visions, a series of three vignettes, two to four minutes in length, featuring First Nation artists living in Saskatchewan, and includes D. Blair Gerard, Stan Otter, and Kevin Pelletier. Produced for SCN by Spiral Film Productions Inc., 1997. Producer, Writer, Researcher: Judith Silverthorne
Spirit of a Prairie Potter (1992), a half-hour documentary drama based on my book Made in Saskatchewan. Televised on SCN, CBC regional and broadcast on CBC nationally February, 1994 on Arts & Entertainment. (This video is being used in the Saskatchewan Education system in social studies, art, and history in conjunction with the book.) Co-produced with Grasslands Productions Inc. (Docu-drama). Executive Producer, Writer, Researcher: Judith Silverthorne
Selected Work on Other Projects
Scriptwriter/Researcher/Co-producer: SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL POLICE (working title), a one hour documentary on the history of the provincial police force from 1917-1928. Produced by Sure Fire Productions, fall 2006.
Script Editor/Writer: NEAR TO NATURE’S HEART, a one hour documentary on the history of women and their relationships with nature in the Waskesiu/Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan area. Produced by Live Wire Video, 2000.
Production Assistant: TROMBONE: Voice of God, a documentary on the history of the trombone. Produced by Sharper Image Film & Video Production Inc., 2000.
Assistant Writer: SUBTERRANEAN PASSAGE, Reverie Films, Regina, SK, 1999
Books used for documentaries
Made in Saskatchewan: Peter Rupchan, Ukrainian Pioneer and Potter, Prairie Lily Cooperative, 1991, Reprint: Spiral Communications Inc., 2004
Ingrained Legacy: Saskatchewan Pioneer Woodworkers, 1870-1930, Spiral Communications Inc., 2004