Refuge 31 Films - Engage the World

Encompassing the family/faith genre, the projects we have produced or have in development are meant to engage the world in an intelligent and meaningful way while delivering a message of hope and inspiration.

About Refuge 31

Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey

A feature documentary that examines the life of Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Bell. Airing on CBC’s Documentary Channel in Canada and UKTV in The UK. Best Feature Documentary – Real to Reel Film Festival 2015

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A WWI documentary that examines the relevance of a war that happened a hundred years ago for a new generation of Canadians.  Refuge welcomes Jenny NG-Turner (Producer) and Andrew Forbes (Director of Photography) onto the production team. Begins shooting in Manitoba and Ontario July 2015.

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Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey

Best Feature Documentary – Real to Reel Film Festival 2015
Award of Excellence – Accolade Global Film Competition 2015
Nominated Remi Award – Houston Worldfest International Film Festival 2015
Nominated WMIFF Award – World Music & Independent Film Festival 2015
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“The world needs a break. Somewhere to go where a message of hope can be found and strength reclaimed. A refuge.”

Andrew Wall

Founder, Refuge 31 Films

Welcome to Refuge 31 Films

We’re a Canadian production company focused on documentary television with a positive message. This spring Refuge unleashed our first feature documentary, Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey, after a year of following legendary Canadian singer songwriter Steve Bell across North America.

Burning Ember has been a wonderful experience for Refuge and we’ve been honoured to tell this amazing story. We’ve also been honoured by the awards, screenings and world broadcasts. Check out our Projects page or Recent News to find out what else we’ve done and are currently working on.

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News & Updates

The production and screening journal of Refuge 31

Refuge 31 Heads to Indianapolis

Last fall Refuge began following a pretty unique story of a church startup for a feature documentary. What’s so unique about a church startup you ask? It’s a geek church… Dedicated to serving the geek and nerd community, Geekdom House is something that Kyle Rudge (Winnipeg Christian radio host, husband, father and very openly geek) has been called to do. Along with graphic designer Allison Barron and a band of others, Geekdom House has managed to actually materialize. Worship services, a website and even a magazine in print… Refuge was there right from the start. This week Kyle, Allison and Geekdom House are heading to Gen Con in Indianapolis. It’s huge and Kyle is not only on a panel talking about Gaming and Faith but is also participating in the Sunday morning service at the convention. Director Andrew Wall will be along for it all. Let’s hope them all a safe and exciting trip! This is all being shot for the documentary called: The Geek Church (currently in production) which is planning for a spring 2016...

Open Casting Call

Refuge 31 Films has numerous projects underway that require actors for period re-enactments as well as both documentary and dramatic shows coming up through 2015-2016. Please send headshot (selfies – mobile pics are just fine) and updated BIO/CV with contact information to Your information will be kept on file for any current or upcoming projects.  ...

Burning Ember to air on CBC’s Documentary Channel

Burning Ember officially has a Canadian home… We are delighted to announce that Refuge’s first feature documentary has been acquired by CBC’s Documentary Channel for broadcast in Canada. This is not only a great honour but also a vindication of our work and persistence in making this film. “We couldn’t be happier. With all the changes in the Canadian broadcast industry, specifically the recent CRTC rulings, we realized we had to be patient. Now we finally have a sale to a top channel in Canada with coast to coast reach. This not only establishes Refuge as a national production company capable of producing features but also gives Steve Bell the exposure that we always felt he deserved.”  said Director Andrew Wall The documentary will be airing in Canada in Fall 2015 and is already airing in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. For more information you can check out our Burning Ember...

Refuge 31 begins First World War Documentary

The War to end all wars… Refuge 31 Films with Heritage Canada and the World Wars Commemoration Fund has began filming the World War One documentary Last Stop to Armageddon: The Camp Hughes Story. The half-hour documentary examines the impact that the war had on Canadian society and the direct connection to the now overgrown and abandoned military training grounds that were located off the Trans-Canada Highway near Brandon, Manitoba. Filming will be taking place through 2015. Filming will be taking place through...

Filming in England

Faith in Imagination… Last fall Refuge began working on a concept called The Fantasy Makers. A documentary examining the pioneers of fantasy literature and their impact on our culture today. The project is in full development and we were off to Cambridge and Oxford this past week to interview Dr. Malcolm Guite and Dr. Michael Ward. Two sages of fantasy literature that are helping tell this story. The documentary has evolved and is now being called Fantasy Makers: Faith in Imagination. It’s been a fascinating week and the interviews have opened our minds tremendously. We are honoured and so very grateful to Malcolm and Michael for having given us their time on camera to talk about dragons, theology and everything in between. Stay tuned as we move forward!...

Burning Ember screening at Global Visions 2015

If you’re out in the Edmonton area on May 13th then head over to the Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre) and watch Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey on the big screen at Global Visions 2015. There will be a special appearance by Steve Bell himself for a Q&A after the film about what it was like to have a documentary made about himself and what’s happened since it’s release. Director Andrew Wall of Refuge 31 Films might even be joining him depending on his schedule. (It’s that busy.) There’s some other great films going on over the 8 day event,  so it’s worth coming out! More info: Global Visions is Western Canada’s Premiere documentary festival as well as Canada’s longest running documentary film festival. The festival began in 1983 as the Edmonton Learners Centre’s ‘Third World Film Festival’. The centre became the non-profit Global Visions Festival Society in 1998, with the newly re-named Global Visions Film Festival.  Tickets Available...