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Art Threat, one of my favorite Canadia culture blogs is giving away a copy of the FIlmmaker-in-Residence DVD Box Set. For your chance to win, leave a comment at Art Threat with your ideas on how digital storytelling can play a role in social change. They’ll pick a winner on Friday.
January 19th, 2010
Our DVD, Filmmaker-in-Residence: The Complete Collection, has been picked up by US distributor, ICARUS FILMS, based in New York. Watch for us in their catalog in the coming days…
January 5th, 2010
Our Filmmaker-in-Residence team has new digs: HIGHRISE. We are proud to announce our new project, a global collaborative documentary, based on the philosophy and approach of Filmmaker-in-Residence.
Check out our “pre-site” where you can see our trailer, our prologue (a longer presentation made of text and photos with the plan, research and concept), and keep up with all our news.
December 10th, 2009
We’ve made it to the Huffington Post’s TOP TEN RADICAL GIFTS! We’re listed under “compassion.”
HuffPO columnist Julia Moulden says that our FIR DVD BOX SET “…is the new media equivalent of a book you just can’t put down…Get one for your kid’s school, for your local hospital, your boss, yourself…”
Other gifts list under wisdom, light, kindness, love etc…
Huffington Post, apparently, is the most linked-to blog on the internet.
November 21st, 2009
November is turning out to be our favourite month this year. Tons of unusual of sun - and lots of great events.
We are launching the DVD Box Set Thursday Nov 19th with a reception and short screening. So if you are in Toronto, come join us at 6:30 pm to Innis Hall, 2 Sussex (St. George subway).
And on Friday, FIR is off to Amsterdam for the world’s largest documentary festival IDFA. We’ll be presenting FIR and the new project (cough cough - more soon here about it) to 150 participants of the IDFAcademy. We’ll also be making appearances at a Doc Lab presentation with an awesome new tech company and at an IDFATalks event about people vs. power.
November 19th, 2009
Nice write up in Real Screen today, leading up to our launch/screening next week in Toronto on Nov 19 (see events/news page).
November 13th, 2009
For those of you in Toronto this week, come join us at the NFB’s amazing Mediatheque for two FIR events. Friday November 6. An afternoon workshop with Kat and Heather, and an evening screening of the 7 Interventions of Filmmaker-in-Residence, followed by a Q+A with Heather Frise, co-director and editor of the film.
November 4th, 2009
A nice shout out in today’s Torontoist about our presentation at Creative Places and Spaces conference yesterday. Also this mention in Now Magazine, this notice in blogTO and this synopsis at Spacing. Another great blog post about FIR at the conference, here.
And just-in a week later, Kwende Kefentse (of the Creative Class blog) ranks us “best collaboration” of the conference here.
October 30th, 2009
We are honoured and proud to announce that our film Drawing From Life has won the Media Award from the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. The film is about a 20-week group therapy program for people who have attempted suicide more than once.
This is what they said: “Your film is an outstanding example of an effective education tool that respectfully tells the stories of individuals who have struggled with re-current suicidal behavior. The film was created with dignity, compassion, integrity and sensitivity. The stories of those who have struggle with suicidal behavior have rarely been told so in many ways your work gives voice to these stories.The film challenges stereotypes and illustrates how a group intervention can assist in healing and recovery.”
Thanks to Jaime, David, Elizabeth, Wendy, Lois, Belinda, Bria, Jill, Glen, Jordan, Mario and Jay and most of all Yvonne Bergmans for creating Drawing from Life with us.
The awards ceremony will take place in Brandon Manitoba, on Oct. 21st/
September 25th, 2009
Had a great screening last night here in Montreal, at Concordia U. I was invited to be part of a very interesting series of lectures called GOING PUBLIC: Outside the Box; it’s continuing throughout the fall. The series explores the idea of artists, scholars going into residency with communities, and looks at innovative forms of collaboration. Wish I could make it to all the upcoming instalments (maybe you can?):
Going Public: Outside the Box Public Lecture 2
The Department of History’s 2009 Public History Lecture
Liz Ševčenko: The power of place Formerly of NYC’s unique Lower East Side Tenement Museum,
the director of the InternationalCoalition of Sites of Conscience will discuss
how historical sites can be “activated” for civic engagement.
For more information, please visit: http:www.sitesofconscience.org
Going Public: Outside the Box Public Lecture 3
Toby Butler: Memoryscapes - deepening our sense of place
This historical geographer creates location specific new media trails to
"spatialize" oral history. He will discuss his experiments to give voice to
present - and past - residents of rapidly changing London districts.
For more information, please visit: http://www.memoryscape.org.uk
Going Public: Outside the Box Public Lecture 4
Julie Ellison: The fraught logic of positive thinking
A short history of hopeful civic engagement (1999-2009), presented
by the founding director emerita of the consortium
Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.
For more information, please visit: http://www.imaginingamerica.org
Going Public: Outside the Box Public Lecture 5
Bill Cleveland: Doing arts-based community development
The founding director of the Center for the Study of Art & Community
will speak about strategies for mobilizing a vastly underutilized
natural resouce - human creativity - to build caring, capable
communities. For more information, please visit: http://www.artandcommunity.com
CHECK HERE for locations and times
September 25th, 2009