UK regional fund Northern Film & Media, working with digital TVstation Community Channel, has commissioned three local filmmakers to makedocumentaries about the North East.

The documentaries now goinginto production are Emily Barber's Sing YourHearts Out, Louise Rea's The ChevyChase, and ReubenJacob Abraham's The Grass Never Goes.

TheCommunity Channel plans to air the films in autumn 2006.

"Itis important to us that this series of programmes will be broadcast to anational audience and that viewers all over the UK are entertained, informedand inspired by real stories from the North East," said Tom Harvey, chiefexecutive of Northern Film & Media.