Being Greene

Being Greene-326

Documentary about one family’s struggle with mental illness

September 9, 2016 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) — Coming this fall, a Manitoba family of performers raises the curtain on their secret life, offering an honest take on a topic most people prefer to keep hidden.

Being Greene reveals an intimate look into one family who struggle with mental illness, in a touching film about love, life, legacy, and hope. The one-hour documentary will receive its world premiere as part of CBC’s point-of-view documentary series Firsthand.

Being Greene
Produced by Nüman Films
Premiering on CBC Television
Thursday, October 13 @ 9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT)


“Mental illness is not an easy topic to be open about, which is exactly why stories like Being Greene need to be seen,” says producer Jeff Newman. “We’re humbled the Greene family let us into their lives, and were willing to share so openly and honestly about their struggles. It’s a meaningful story that people can relate to, because just about everyone knows somebody affected by mental illness.”

“Mental illness lives in the corner of all of our lives, the elephant in the room so unobtrusive, you’d swear it wasn’t ever there at all. It hides itself…” These words are written in a blog penned by eldest son Quinn Greene. Find Quinn’s blog along with more information about the documentary at the Firsthand website.

Being Greene airs one week following Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), which takes place October 2-8, 2016.


On the surface, the Greenes are a fun-loving family of performers. Dave Greene, the father, is an Elvis Tribute Artist. The mom, Roxie Greene, is a writer. Quinn Greene, the eldest son, is an actor, and his little brother Kane Greene is a beatboxer. But underneath, they have a secret.

The Greenes are fighting an ongoing battle with mental illness. Dave is a hoarder. Kane suffers from anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Roxie’s long history with unipolar depressive disorder has taken its toll on her body, leaving her on the brink of collapse. Quinn, the family caretaker, sacrifices his own personal ambitions to help the others – particularly Kane, who can barely get out of bed, let alone hold down a job.

Quinn is ready to start talking and end the secrecy surrounding his family’s mental health. He wants to share their story and start looking at real options for getting help for Kane, whose condition is getting desperate. And he wants to work towards a brighter future for all of them. But the big question is… can Quinn convince the rest of his family to join him?

Being Greene is an intimate, emotionally charged portrait of a family struggling to break free from the clutches of mental illness. This is a film about love, life, legacy, and hope, as the Greene family embarks on a quest to build a better, happier future.


Being Greene is written and directed by Jeff Newman, who is also executive producer. Jocelyn Mitchell is the producer. The documentary is produced by Nüman Films, a Gemini Award winning company that produces compelling, original and entertaining documentary and lifestyle programming for the international and national marketplace.

From the rock em sock em rinks in Hockey Brawl (CTV) to the bright lights of Broadway in Kyle Riabko: The Lead (Bravo!), and the flooded plains of Manitoba in Treading Water (CBC/APTN), Nüman Films has built a reputation for delivering exceptional programming with engaging stories, captivating characters and a unique perspective.


CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. They are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight aboriginal languages. They also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Being Greene was produced with in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), and with the participation of the Government of Canada’s Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit, and Manitoba Film and Music.

unnamed unnamed-1