Rooney productions is also involved in a variety of other projects ranging from advertisements to promotional and educational videos, TV series, and short films. Click on the link for a detailed list.
Precautionary Principle (2014)
— In distribution
Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37, mother, wife and
small-town family doctor Nicole Bruinsma knows she has none of
the recognized hereditary or lifestyle risk factors. As a medical professional, she becomes increasingly convinced that certain chemical environmental hazards – in particular, pesticides – must play a role. Invoking the precautionary principle, Dr. Bruinsma galvanizes her community of Chelsea, Quebec to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides. The film follows Nicole as she battles on two fronts: pushing to enact protective environmental legislation, while fighting her own devastating illness. Sadly, she only wins the first of these battles, but leaves behind the legacy that, with tenacity, anyone of us can inspire change, no matter what the obstacles.
The Great Granny Revolution (2007) — In distribution
"One day an army of grey-haired old women may quietly take over the world." – Gloria Steinem
An uplifting story about the bonds of friendship between women and the power of individuals to make a difference. The Wakefield Grannies, 12 Canadian women, offer moral and financial support to a group of Gogos (grandmothers), raising AIDS-orphaned grandchildren, in South Africa’s Alexandra Township. With his partner Brenda — a founding member of the Wakefield Grannies — filmmaker Robert Rooney documents the group’s growth as they inspire their community and others to follow their example. Meanwhile, the simple knowledge that women on the other side of the world care about them brings hope to the Gogos and invigorates their efforts. When both groups attend the Stephen Lewis Foundation's 2006 Grandmother Gathering in Toronto, they find themselves at the heart of an exciting new movement. In Africa the AIDS pandemic continues to rage but where governments have failed to respond grandmothers are now deciding to act. With a huge cohort of educated, career women facing imminent retirement Gloria Steinem’s bon mot seems prescient.
Constitute! (2010) — In distribution
Shot intensively over 3 days at the Canadian Forum on Women's Activism in Constitutional and Democratic Reform, the documentary will look at the history of women's rights activism in Canada and how the feminist message is being carried on today by a whole new generation of activists.
Condoms Fish and Circus Tricks (2002)
— In distribution
A compelling narrative on the HIV AIDS pandemic in South Africa. Shot in Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia, Condoms, Fish & Circus Tricks takes an intimate look at the people who are dying, those who are caring for them and why AIDS has had such a devastating impact on African society. Made in association with the Canadian International Developement Agency and Vision TV.