Decades before Tiger King became a Netflix sensation, Canada had Troy James Hurtubise, a man with the bizarre passion to create a grizzly-proof suit. In Project Grizzly, director Peter Lynch closely follows Hurtubise's exploits as he builds one prototype after another and tests them; you'll see him in a suit tumbling down a hillside, being hit full force by a log and even by a pickup truck. The only thing more fascinating than the daredevil's quirky personality is perhaps the dedication of his team who were with him every step of the way. While COVID-19 has many of us picking up new hobbies to stay busy, Hurtubise's singular drive to materialize his vision of a suit that can withstand a 700-pound grizzly bear attack is truly admirable, if not hilariously entertaining. — Jenny Armour, Designer
Project Grizzly can be streamed for free at nfb.ca.