How do you capture the magic moments for a compelling documentary, video journal or live vlog – without a big budget and crew?

The Documentary Organization of Canada, BC Chapter, and supported by Telus Storyhive, brings a hands-on filmmaking workshop about the mechanics of independent vérité storytelling – from camera and audio techniques to creating the conditions for successful, candid interviews and cinematic imagery.

Cree filmmaker Jules Koostachin will share her expertise and knowledge regarding ethical practice and respect of protocol when working with indigenous stories. Director and cinematographer Damien Gillis will instruct on best camera and sound practices, based on his years of experience producing films, including the award-winning documentary, ‘Fractured Land’.

Followed by a discussion on attracting the resources, skilled team members and excitement required to achieve your project’s full potential and wow audiences.

This is a free event. RSVP is mandatory.

***Light morning refreshments and lunch provided. Networking mixer following the event.***

SATURDAY, September 7 – Kelowna

Location: Rotary Centre For The Arts

421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC (map)

DOORS 9:30am | WORKSHOP 10am- 5pm | MIXER 5:00pm – 6:00pm


SUNDAY, September 8 – Penticton

Location: Shatford Center

760 Main St, Penticton, BC (map)

DOORS 9:30am | WORKSHOP 10am- 5pm | MIXER 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Jules Arita Koostachin

Cree from the ancestral lands of the Moshkeko, and a member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Jules was born in Moose Factory where she was raised by her Cree grandparents. In 2010, she completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded an Award of Distinction and an Academic Gold Medal for her thesis documentary Remembering Inninimowin. She is a PhD candidate with GRSJ at UBC with a focus on Indigenous documentary. Her educational and arts practice endeavours address Indigenous issues. Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has a number of productions, and her youth series AskiBOYZ is currently airing on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Jules’ second CBC documentary OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day was released in 2019. Jules has been working with Indigenous community for many years supporting Indigenous women and children who face barriers. She hopes to continue shedding light on socio-political issues that urban and rural Indigenous peoples face.

Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a BC-based documentary filmmaker and journalist. He co-directed and produced the feature doc Fractured Land, which was a top-ten audience choice at Hotdocs film festival in Toronto and won Best BC Film and the VIFF Impact Canadian Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2015). He has directed and produced a number of short docs which have screened at film festivals around the world and has recently completed his first narrative short film, Gunanoot, which will be unveiled this fall. As a journalist, he was the co-founder and publisher of the online journal The Common Sense Canadian and his writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Desmog Canada (Now the Narwhal), and The Tyee.

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