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Great new project emerging in the States, a documentary film + online engagement.
THE WAITING ROOM is not just a film about the health care crisis. It is a place for change: an organic melding of traditional documentary film and innovative social media. The central question of the project, “what r u waiting for?” is directed not just at policy makers but also at individual citizens like those sitting in the waiting room – isolated, tired, stuck – who now possess the means to use their own voices to push the agenda of health care reform.
It’s got an amazing team: Emmy-award winning media-makers, matched up with digital information designers, and an oscar-winning executive producer. Check it out: http://whatruwaitingfor.com
July 9th, 2009
Check out this site where you can map your brain, and brainstorm with others. It’s called Mindmeister. The image above is my breakdown of Filmmaker-in-Residence. Check out other people’s maps on the site - someone has plotted out their happiness, others create their “to do” lists, others have elaborate schemes of how the universe works. It’s a great visualization tool.
May 26th, 2008
Check out our new 10-minute film on youtube about the Hand-Held [un]conference. It was sewn together by the lovely and talented Heather Frise, from many, many hours of footage taken of the day. (See if you can spot Tonya Lee Williams, of Young and Restless fame. Or maybe you’ll see yourself in there somewhere? Or, just learn about the open-source concept and how Misha Glouberman brilliantly mashes-up people from all walks of life.)
The other great news from the Hand-held front: there’s a meeting confirmed with the Ontario Minister of Youth and Children Services. The I WAS HERE team has an appointment with the Honourable Deb Matthews in mid-June. The photobloggers will share some of our media work with her, and talk to her about the idea for a Hand-Held Social Innovation Lab.
Then, we’ll follow up with everyone at the next advisory board meeting, set for June 18th. Please join us if you’d like to help out. Its only one meeting a month. e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for deets.
May 21st, 2008
Please join us at out new social network site at ning. If you were part of hand-held or if you are simply interested in participatory media, it’s a place to connect resources with projects, to discuss issues and to get ready for our follow-up meeting on May 7.
April 5th, 2008
I’ve only just recovered from it, and it happened over a week ago!
As promised, here are pics from our people-mash-up.
For one day, we brought together over 100 people from all walks of life to watch and discuss participatory media around young parents of no fixed address. The main room was set up in a “circle of circles” to help our smorgasborg mix of politicians, service-providers, academics, people with first lived experience of homelessness and media-makers to get to know each other, and share ideas and solutions. We had reps from all levels of government, and a great quorum from many advocacy groups, hospitals and other participatory media groups.
Hosted and designed by the brilliant Misha Glouberman — with advice and support from the “professor of open,” Mark Surman (who kindly blogged about the day here).
The day got off to an electrifying start with the world premiere screening of “UNEXPECTED” a new 17 minute documentary which follows a video bridge project between health-care professionals and young mothers who have experienced homelessness. Here’s Jess, one of the I WAS HERE videobloggers in the film.
Toronto Mayor David Miller dropped by to show his support and to meet the baby star of UNEXPECTED, our new short video documentary.
Participants propose subjects for breakout sessions. Above, an I WAS HERE photoblogger, Nicole, the doctor guy, Mike Evans, and documentary maker and visionary Peter Wintonick all give breakout-session-subjects a kick at the can.
So many good sessions, so little time.
Looks like boardrooms, but its really participant-led breakout sessions.
We’re meeting again on May 7th to unveil a document of KEY RECOMMENDATIONS. The wise policy expert Margot Lettner will be “translating the poetry from the day into policy recommendations”. If you have any comments for her, feel free to leave one here. And please get in touch if you want to come! Space will be limited to the first 50, so please contact us soon.
March 30th, 2008
The phenomenal turnout today at the REPORT LAUNCH and EXHIBIT OPENING made me fall in love with Toronto all over again. Even though the subject was grim, the news tragic.
Over 250 of us gathered at the Church of the Holy Trinity: media, politicians, advocates and members of the homeless community to hear the STREET HEALTH REPORt statistics, to discuss 13 policy recommendations and to view and listen to STREET HEALTH STORIES photo + sound exhibit.
The full report is now available on-line at www.streethealth.ca
And the 8.5 minute film, STREET HEALTH STORIES, will premiere on CBC News: Sunday this weekend (check local listings).
Also check out the Toronto Star front page story that kick-started the day today.
A massive turn-out at historic Church of the Holy Trinity.
A moving thank you to our heroes, the Street Health nurses.
Jess, one of the four artists.
Ontario Minister of Health, George Smitherman, listening to Rook.
NDP Party Leader Jack Layton and Adrienne and Meghan, 2 of the artists.
Erika, Meghan, Xzavior, Calysta, Jess and Kate.
The I WAS HERE team. (with a few of our colleagues missing! I think I saw Dawn behind video camera at this moment, and where was Alice!!?)
And a big shout out to Orla, Michael, Branden, Jenn, Jane, Donna, Jacques who all spent long hours to get this up and running. And a big thanks to Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital for sponoring the build of three beautiful light-boxes. And great pix from Jag. so thanks all!
September 20th, 2007
The following is a guest-post by Gerry Flahive, NFB Filmmaker-in-Residence Producer. Gerry originally wrote this for the Banff Television Festival, where he presented Filmmaker-in-Residence last month.
Boy geniuses and kidnapping. Flying squirrels and bureaucracy. Murder and love. Who wouldn’t want to watch documentaries on these topics?
They are among the offerings at Banff at the 2007 CTV Documart, and highlight the incredible diversity of the documentary form these days.
But for documentary filmmakers and broadcasters alike, the surge in popular interest in the form known, defensively, not so long ago as ‘the D word’ masks some anxiety about shrinking viewership, the rising costs of clearing stock footage, battles over rights that didn’t exist a few years ago, and a YouTube-iverse in which production values, originality, authenticity and even revenue don’t necessarily seem to matter.
As broadcasters move to more comprehensively brand all of their programming, many documentary filmmakers are embracing new technologies, new aesthetics and even creating new genres (like the animated documentary), insisting that their own creative instincts prevail, as messy and unpredictable as that can sometimes be. How can these two reconcile?
Well, they can and can’t, will and won’t. For every high-end, high-concept, high-budget and broadly popular doc series on an international network, there will be a personal, low-res, non-linear, niche audience documentary film appearing on a small digital channel near you.
One wonders what it will even mean to ‘pitch’ in an ‘Ebay meets fantasy baseball league’ environment of something like www.mediapredict.com, a new site that asks anyone to evaluate cultural products-in-the-making — everything from TV pilots to book proposals. You may be pitching to tens of thousands, who will then ‘buy’ your doc, giving it enough credibility to advance it to the front of the line.
And while the success of theatrical documentaries has been the lead story for several years now, it will be the development of alternative platforms – web, mobile, dvd and docs embedded in everything from political street campaigns to rock concerts – that may give documentary the ‘bio-diversity’ it needs to truly thrive.
A recent survey of young people in the U.K., cited at the DocAgora conference held in Amsterdam in November, revealed that 60% of the media they consume is created by someone they know. So, unless we all get a lot more friends on Facebook really fast, we will have to accept that viewers are now makers, and that they might be more interested in what they are doing then in what we are doing. And while many of them might not aspire to be Morgan Spurlock or Alanis Obomsawin or Jennifer Fox, they might also not take kindly to the notion that their creative efforts are merely ‘user-generated content’ to be used by media companies to fill the digital pipelines.
At the National Film Board of Canada, community-based media has always been part of the mix, documentary filmmaking always fleet of foot, authentic and close to the ground. But newly-engaged publics that refuse to be marginalized and new technologies that are helping them to speak out much more loudly mean that we have to simultaneously lead and follow. We’ve put a documentary director on the front lines of inner-city health as a filmmaker-in-residence at a major hospital in Toronto, working for several years from the inside out alongside health care professionals and the people they serve. In Quebec, a documentary unit on wheels is helping aboriginal youth tell their stories. And a group of artists with Down Syndrome is embracing animation as a form for their self-expression. These communities and these new practices don’t reject television. It’s just not the only screen anymore.
We don’t just need to ‘stay tuned’. We also have to make sure we don’t ‘log off’.
July 2nd, 2007
I’ve just joined fb) [that's facebook for all you non-fb)-ers]. Maybe I’ll see you there?
June 21st, 2007
Re: Facebook challenge cont’d and Facebook
So it’s my smart friend Eric’s birthday on Friday, and as a virtual gift to him, I am considering joining Facebook. Still have time to decide, tho, so no big promises yet. I could always just send him an e-card.
Meanwhile, am enjoying the facebook debates amongst the documentary community here in Canada (our listserv is discussing the conspiracy theories about who owns and funds the damn thing, as well as the privacy issues). Also had to lol, when I read the NYTimes piece “omg my mom joined facebook!!”
June 12th, 2007
One of my smartest friends has just sent me a hilarious plea via email, re: the facebook issue.
At 9 am, Eric wrote:
SUBJECT: BE MY FACEBOOK FRIEND, PLEASE
The kids are onto something. And now I’m undertaking the task of getting my Toronto pals onto Facebook.
It’s not going to be easy, but I’ve been coming up with a strategy, I made a chart.
I scored you all on several factors. Here they are:
- Has common friends on Facebook.
- Is internet-savvy.
- Understands the power of networks.
- Has no reason to worry about blurring the professor/student divide.
- Is sociable.
- Is able to resist persistent begging.
You scored the highest so I’m working on you first. Step by step I’m going to get to my final quarry. Victory will be mine only when I have Abdel as an online friend. I like to set impossible goals, but with your help, and if I refine my strategy along the way I think can do it.
So Katerina, will you be my Facebook friend?
May 30th, 2007