Archive for December, 2007
Check out this great online doctor working in Brooklyn, who works with patients via email, IM, videochat, the internet, on his cell phone (at a cafe) and housecalls, instead of through scheduled appointments in a clinic. This is an example of how he works. Incredible!
He claims that communication is the biggest issue facing doctors and patients, not time or space… or money.
Read a story about him here.
December 28th, 2007
I had my first ever surprise! party thrown for me this morning.
The hospital threw a Filmmaker-in-Residence goodbye party. And everyone knew about it, except for me. It really was a surprise! ’cause it was at 9 a.m. at the hospital. I walked in to the sixth floor boardroom, expecting a regular ’status’ meeting - to find 25+ people all enjoying a feast of a bagel breakfast. Everyone came over to hug me and say surprise!, but it still took me a while to figure out that we really weren’t going to meet. We were just going to celebrate. Sarah Baker’s speech was so moving, and when she quoted Ghandi I just broke out in tears.
It’s been such an honour to work with everyone, from both the NFB and the hospital. It was wonderful to look around the room and see so many colleagues and friends, and to realize how long we’ve all known each other now, how many great things we’ve all done together.
Luckily, it’s not quite goodbye yet. Even though the contract between NFB and the hospital ends officially as the clock strikes twelve on dec 31st, we will actually be around for another three months wrapping up all the projects that are still underway. So they haven’t quite gotten rid of me yet.
Thank you all: Gerry, Silva, Tim, Sarah, Catherine, Jim, Alice, Yvonne, Ellen, Joanne, Nancy, Ian, Brandon, Branden, Jenn, Jacques, Patricia, Sue, Jane, Darlene, Heather (+Izzie), Kate, Erika, Dawn, Orla, David, Steven, Michael, Andreas, Janet, Art… have i forgotten anyone?
and, thankfully, see you in January!!
December 21st, 2007
We are excited to announce a very unique Filmmaker-in-Residence event: HAND-HELD: an [un]conference about harnessing digital storytelling to improve health. March 20th, at MaRs Facility in downtown Toronto, in their very smart rooms. The event is a culmination of all the stuff we’ve been doing and learning during the residency, especially about participatory media.
The conference is [un] because most of the sessions will be led and driven by participants, rather than pre-established with panels and such.
We’ve had the pleasure of designing the day with our event facilitator Misha Glouberman, perhaps best known for his role as host of the Trampoline Hall Lecture Series.
At HAND-HELD, we are premiering the latest video work of the I WAS HERE artists.
For the day, we’re bringing together health-care professionals, academics, media-makers, politicians, advocates, decision-makers, and young parents who have experienced homelessness - all experts - to speed brainstorm together.
We’re also planning on launching our “hand-held: health and homelessnes DVD“.
If you’d like to join us, save the date and register soon (through the event URL here), for space is really limited.
We’ll be posting more updates about the event so stay tuned!
December 19th, 2007
It’s taken us a while, but it was worth the wait.
The user’s guide is broken down into the questions we pose in case studies on the DVD. We include responses from the police, the hospital and 2 consumer survivors from the hospital’s Community Advisory Panel. The answers are fascinating, enlightening, and will help shape discussions in any setting.
Click here to download THE INTERVENTIONISTS USER’S GUIDE
December 11th, 2007
Yesterday, I walked over to our new community-run Rep Cinema, to watch a free screening of a new Torontonian documentary about Garbage. I mention this film here, primarily because of its unconventional approach to production and distribution. Mostly self-financed, the filmmakers seem to be working outside the conventions of the Canadian documentary industry in interesting ways. It’s taking its lead from the alternative distribution methods of our US colleagues.
From what I can tell, this film is being distributed primarily off the internet, driving in the hits to their website through a great mainstream media PR campaign. On the site, the filmmakers are encouraging audiences to host screenings, where they then sell the DVD for 10 bucks.
I thought the film was gonna be about a family that goes completely garbage-free. It’s not quite that radical, its more like the the “supersize me” of the garbage world. The filmmaker challenges a [sub]urban family of 5 to hang on to their personal garbage production for 3 months - and to store it in their garage.
The film is funny and informative, though, with its smartly composed tangents about the different kinds of waste we produce. I’ve always wanted to see where our city-wide composting programme sends our wet stuff. And I had never given consideration to the fact that our own corpses, when we die, are actually potentially toxic.
But I have actually lived in a completely garbage-free household for a month [in Prague], and that’s probably the most urgently needed challenge for us all, permanently.
December 10th, 2007
We’re in great company at the prix Boomerang, where our Filmmaker-in-Residence website and our web team [Subject Matter] have been honoured with an award. It’s a very Montreal web award, and the Grand Prix in our category (for “experiential” sites) goes to the interactive site for Montreal band, Arcade Fire. Simple really is so beautiful. (hint: don’t ferget to use yer clicker!)
The other prix in our category is really super-extra-hyper-fantastique in a whole other kinda way. It goes to a website for a tv show on the quebecois art channel, artv, called mange ta ville (’eat your town’ in english, literally). Makes me almost miss Montreal, that website. And the deep-fried pierogies at the Main at 4 in the morning.
December 8th, 2007