Marion Gruner

Marion Gruner has been working as a documentary producer, director, writer and researcher since 2002. She began her career at a small but mighty global education centre, producing documentaries that tackle global issues not normally covered in the classroom, and spent several years travelling to communities around the world covering stories about fair trade, food security and health. In 2003 and 2004 she wrote and filmed Smoke Damage in Nigeria and Senegal, a documentary on the international tobacco industry and its efforts to expand production and marketing efforts in the global south. 

In 2004, Marion joined Toronto’s Cogent/Benger Productions as a production manager, and shortly afterward began developing, researching and writing several new projects. In 2008, she co-directed and wrote Pharma Sutra for CTV’s W5, an investigative documentary following three Big Pharma products as they race to cash in on a five billion dollar “female Viagra” market. 

While developing Pharma Sutra, Marion returned to Africa to film A House That Fits, about the work of a Canadian architect who believes the solution to the affordable housing problem lies in one, smart design. She continued directing her own projects while developing and managing several productions for Cogent/Benger. 

In 2011, Marion produced, wrote and co-directed The Autism Enigma with Christopher Sumpton, for CBC’s The Nature of Things. It’s the story of an international group of scientists examining the gut’s amazingly diverse, and powerful microbial ecosystem for clues to the baffling rise in autism. The Autism Enigma’s Canadian premiere was the highest rated episode for The Nature of Things’ 2011 season.

Working with Infield Fly Productions, Marion developed Against All Odds: The RCAF Flyers for Rogers SportsNet. In 2017, the film was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Program. Marion story produced the Olympic Channel series Green Road,  about passionate Olympians from around the world, who have committed themselves to the environmental movement. She wrote and directed the episode on Bronze-medalist windsurfer and ocean protector, Bryony Shaw.

Working again with Infield Fly, Marion helped research and develop The Power of Poo for The Nature of Things, which aired in 2018. Most recently she was Associate Producer for Infield Fly’s Clydesdale: Saving the Greatest Horse, which premiered on CBC’s Documentary Channel in November 2020.

Marion also works with communities, educators, corporations and arts organizations, helping them tell their important stories through writing, documentary and podcast production. She has worked on several projects for the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice, Shared Value Solutions, and Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada.

 


Documentaries

Saving the Greatest Horse 

CBC Documentary Channel
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, Infield Fly Productions

The story of the spectacular rise and potential fall of the Scottish Clydesdale horse.

Digital Media Producer & Writer

Webisodes

Articles:

Tinder Before its Time

The Clydesdale Horse in Canada

A Royal Ride


The Autism Enigma 

CBC’s The Nature of Things
CO-DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER, Cogent/Benger Productions

Following the progress of an international group of scientists finding clues to the cause of autism in an unlikely place: the gut.


Pharma Sutra 

W5, CTV
CO-DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER, Cogent/Benger Productions

Examining the high-stakes race between three big-pharma companies to be the first to find a “female Viagra”. 


Short documentaries and promos

Constructed Identities: The Art of Persimmon Blackbridge 

University of Guelph/ReVision Centre
DIRECTOR/VIDEOGRAPHER/EDITOR

A profile of artist Persimmon Blackbridge and her show, Constructed Identities, which tackles disability and what society calls “normal”.

 


Lara Kramer’s Phantom, stills and vibrations 

University of Guelph/ReVision Centre
Videographer/Editor

Indigenous artist, Lara Kramer revisits the residential school that three generations of her family attended, and explores intergenerational trauma through dance.  


Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada 

Director/Producer/Editor

A promotional piece about the work of national arts organization Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada.


Shapes Race 

Office of Diversity and Human Rights, University of Guelph
Producer/Writer

A diversity-training tool produced in collaboration with Hello Adventure animation.


Will’s Worst Week 

Wellness Education Centre, University of Guelph
PRODUCER/WRITER

The importance of listening to and believing survivors. Produced in collaboration with Hello Adventure animation.


Kid Curated: The Guelph Film Festival Children’s Program

Director/Editor

A pre-show promo created for the Guelph Film Festival about the grade 4/5 class who programmed the children’s portion of the festival.


I am a Bystander 

Wellness Education Centre, University of Guelph
Director/Editor/Videographer

A short piece on Active Bystander training.


Forum Conversations

University of Guelph/Shared Value Solutions/Metcalf Foundation
Editor

An interview series of 8 shorts featuring conversations about Indigenous-led conservation and carbon storage to amplify Indigenous perspectives. This episode features Valerie Courtois of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative.

 


Personal Projects

Mine

Director/Videographer/Editor

Mine was made for Ed Video’s Play Proposition project. The challenge was to create a portrait of a collector or collection, and complete it in an hour or so. My daughter was the first collector that came to mind.