Roberta King – King Squire Films Ltd.
Roberta King is a Toronto based filmmaker who runs King Squire Films, an independent production company. She has written, directed and produced documentaries and dramas for the National Film Board of Canada, C.B.C. Television, CTV Television and TV Ontario. She has created documentaries for the Toronto Board of Education, for the Peel District Board of Education, and for Professor Esther Sokolov Fine at York University Faculty of Education, on peacemaking, bullying at school, anti-racism and conflict resolution in school.
“Heavy Horse Pull” a fifteen-minute documentary that she wrote and co-directed for the National Film Board with her late partner Ronald Squire was nominated for a Genie Award for best theatrical short in 1981.
Her documentary profile “Liz” about an ex- psychiatric patient trying to fit back into society, won the New York Film and Television Award for Best Documentary in a Series for TV Ontario. TV Ontario also broadcast the half hour drama ”Coming Apart” written and directed by Roberta about how divorce mediation works for one family.
Roberta King and Ronald Squire directed and produced the feature length documentary “Life at School: the D.A.S. Tapes” about the daily life of children and their teachers at a small public elementary school in downtown Toronto where conflict resolution skills are taught and modeled by the whole school. This documentary was produced with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the support of York University Faculty of Education Professor Esther Sokolov Fine.
King Squire Films distributes many of the documentaries they have produced. These include:
Life at School: The D.A.S. Tapes (2002) An 80 minute documentary about the daily life of children and their teachers at a small public school in downtown Toronto where conflict resolution skills are taught and practiced by the whole school.
Bullying at School-Strategies for Prevention and Face to Face- Conflict Resolution in School (1995) two half hour documentaries produced for the Toronto Board of Education.
Kandalore (1994) half hour documentary about a racism awareness camp for high school students near Minden, Ontario. Produced in association with Secretary of State/Multiculturalism and the Toronto board of Education.
Dropping Back (1993) half hour documentary that profiles several students who dropped back into high school. Produced for the Toronto Board of Education
Pilgrimage (1973) One hour documentary on Jean Vanier and his journey to France with a group of developmentally delayed adults from Daybreak, a community in Toronto. Broadcast on C.B.C. “Man Alive” and on C.B.S. “60 minutes”.