Panelists Announced for DOC BC Day @DOXA

DOC BC DAY at DOXA – May 7th, 2014

We’re excited to announce the details of the DOC BC @DOXA Panels happening this week (in only two days!). They’re both FREE, so you have no reason not to attend! Hope to see everyone on May 7th!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 2:30-3:30PM at the Cinematheque

While investigative journalism is struggling to survive in the traditional media landscape, documentary and journalistic films are meeting the needs of audiences. Different models are being employed around the globe, but have the means for capturing and conveying a powerful story really changed that much?
ModeratorSheona McDonald


David Rummel                                                   

David Rummel is an award-winning video journalist who has worked as a producer and senior producer on a variety of news programs at ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and most recently, The New York Times.

He joined the staff of the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2012 as an Assistant Professor, where he teaches International Reporting, Advanced Video reporting and Integrated Journalism.

As Senior Producer for News and Documentary at The New York Times, he helped create the current online video unit at the Times in 2006. He was responsible for supervising and editing the work of 14 video journalists in New York, as well as freelance producers overseas. The final project he worked on for the Times, a 3-part series about the late NHL player Derek Boogard, “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer,” was nominated for an Emmy Award in the digital media category.

David P. Ball

David P. Ball is staff reporter with The Tyee and a freelance journalist for more than a decade. His reporting on topics from coal exports to policing and Indigenous rights has won awards from the Jack Webster Foundation and Canadian Journalism Foundation, plus three Canadian Association of Journalists investigative award shortlists. His website is

Giselle Portenier

Giselle Portenier is an award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker, who started her career as a reporter and anchor at BCTV news in Vancouver, and then moved on to work for ABC News and later CBS 60 Minutes based in London, before joining the BBC where she produced and directed dozens of documentaries over a period of more than twenty years.  Her films have won numerous awards including two Peabody Awards, a Royal Television Society Award, and a George Polk Award.  She has consistently focused on human rights, especially the human rights of women and children, and has  made documentaries  about child slavery in West Africa, honor killings in Pakistan, the murder of baby girls and the abortion of the female foetus in India, sex trafficking in Thailand, illegal adoptions and the theft of babies in Paraguay, the horrific effects of war on children in the Democratic Republic of Congo,  and many more.

Her work has been instrumental in changing minds, changing policy, and changing laws.  She lives in Vancouver.

Damian Gillis

Damien Gillis is an environmental journalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on the politics, economics, and cultural issues surrounding water and energy. His films, including Oil in Eden, Farmed Salmon Exposed, and Powerplay: The Theft of BC’s Rivers, have screened at many international festivals and garnered hundreds of thousands of views online.  His images have appeared in documentaries and news stories on Global Television, CBC, CTV, ABC, MTV, Agence France Presse and other local and international media outlets. He is the co-founder and publisher of the online journal The Common Sense Canadian, and is currently co-producing and directing a feature length documentary in association with CBC’s Documentary Channel and Knowledge Network, titled Fractured Land.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 4:00-5:00PM at the Cinematheque

As transmedia continues to come of age, what does the mode and system of delivery mean for storytelling? Both the medium and the message have adapted to meet the needs of different demographics, encompassing everything from print, television, game consoles, live events, theatrical release and much more. But in this proliferating media world, is content still king? Outliers and creators in the brave new world of transmedia will discuss the emergence of new forms of communication.
ModeratorSheona McDonald


Dana Dansereau

Dana Dansereau – is an Interactive Producer for the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio.  He oversees the production and ideation of all its core projects. Of particular note was his role in helping bring Bear71 and Bear 71 Live to the world stage. His years of experience as a creative technologist in the advertising industry combined with his artistic background make his expertise invaluable in creating world leading interactive story telling experiences. Previously, Dana was the Creative Technologist and Technical Director at Dare / Cossette one of Canada’s preeminent interactive advertising agencies.  Some notable projects include the Olympic’s first social media sharing website – CanadaCode, a social media portal for McDonalds Crew – StationM and numerous award winning advertising web experiences. He also has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts – New Media from  the University of Western Ontario.

Jem Nobel

Jem Noble is an artist and media distributor, working for online indie publisher VODO since 2011. He lives and works in Vancouver, in the unceded traditional territories of Coast Salish First Nations.

VODO is a gang of filmmakers, musicians, artists, writers and technologists, spread from Berlin to South Wales to Vancouver to Shenyang.  The company grew out of founding member Jamie King’s documentary project, Steal This Film, released free-to-share online under the creative commons and downloaded over 6 million times. The organization is responsible for delivering the first ever made-for-torrent serialised drama, Pioneer One and is now developing curated cross-media products including movies, video games, ebooks and music, offered digitally on a time-limited, Pay What You Want basis.

Dan McKinney 

Dan McKinney has worked as a director of photography and producer for nearly a decade.  His work for PBS,History Channel and Discovery Channel has taken him around the world.  Most recently McKinney shot and co-produced a two part series on award-winning investigative journalism for PBS’s Exposé.

McKinney graduated from UC Berkeley’s school of journalism where he specialized in documentary film-making.

Being a one-man band is nothing new to McKinney, who often heads into the field as producer, shooter, and sound technician.  His most recent project is a pilot is for the Discovery Channel.

McKinney has also branched off into the non-profit world creating web documentaries for eco-friendly companies and institutions.

In 2000, McKinney’s one-hour doc titled “Eye Level With Little People of America” aired on PBS.

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