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.

What are you going to see at DOXA?

It’s the day documentary filmmakers and fanatics have been waiting for since last year: The start of DOXA Documentary Film Festival less than 24 hours away.

I’m sure by now most of you have picked up a DOXA program book, or browsed the list of films online, and of course all of you are going to go support DOC Members with films in the festival. But what else are you going to see? After all, with over a week’s worth of films it might be overwhelming to choose just a few.

Lucky for you, one of our lovely DOC BC Members and former DOXA jury member, Michelle Bjornson, has put together a list of ten must-see documentaries.

Bloody Beans — Winner of the Best Documentary Film Award 2013 Copenhagen International Documentary
Film Festival

Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 9:15pm VIFF’s Vancity Theatre

 “The Algerian War of Independence, as told through a gang of street kids, is the basic gist of Narimane Mari’s debut film, but that description simply doesn’t do it justice. Phantasmagorical, magic, and occasionally a little bit cuckoo, this is documentary filmmaking that takes serious risks.”

Return to Homs — Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 9:00pm – The Cinematheque

“A remarkable portrait of a country at war, Talal Derki’s film was made over the course of two years (from August 2011 to August 2013). During this period, we watch a group of young men transform from ordinary citizens into revolutionary fighters. In the city of Homs, the fighting has been brutal, even by Syrian standards. The place has been transformed into little more than a bombed out husk.”

The Circle —Winner of the Teddy and Audience Awards at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival,

Friday, May 9, 2014 – 6:30pm – The Cinematheque
“Stefan Haupt’s lovely docu-drama blends sumptuous recreations with real-life interviews with the actual participants in this story about the first gay rights organization in Switzerland.”


Song from the Forest —Winner VPRO Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary, 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 11:00am –  VIFF’s Vancity Theatre

“While listening to the radio one night in Amsterdam, Louis Sarno heard a recording of some strange singing. The moment changed his life. He bought a one-way ticket to the Central African Republic and set about finding the Bayaka people, the creators of the mysterious music, and one of the last communities of huntergatherers on Earth. As befits a film about a musician, the film is an aural tapestry of sound.“

Pipeline —Winner, Karlovy Vary IFF 2013 (Best Documentary Film); MDR Prize (Excellent Eastern European Documentary) 2013 Dok Leipzig.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 – 1:00pm – VIFF’s Vancity Theatre
“Expansive, in the largest sense of the word, Vitalij Manskij’s epic film stretches across the world’s largest country, following the route of the eponymous gas pipeline that delivers gas from Siberia to Europe. Despite the distance travelled, there is a sense that some strange inertia grips the people depicted.”

Powerless—This special screening of Powerless was chosen by our guest curator and essayist Charles Montgomery.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 8:45pm – The Cinematheque“In Kanpur, India, in the brutal summer heat, when the power goes off, life gets very harsh for the city’s three million inhabitants.”

Nostalgia for the Light—This special screening of Patricio Guzmán’s extraordinary film was chosen by our guest curator Rebecca Solnit.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 7:15pm – VIFF’s Vancity Theatre

“The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is one of the driest places on the entire planet. The Atacama was also the site of a concentration camp established by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, where thousands of people “disappeared.”

Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit

Friday, May 9, 2014 – 12:30pm – VIFF’s Vancity Theatre
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 9:00pm –  The Cinematheque

“The Gray Brothers have fashioned an adrenaline-fueled caper epic, chock-a-block with animated car chases, boat chases, and even plane chases. Colton’s story serves as an interesting example of the intersection between different forms of mediated reality, be it conventional journalism, online culture, and even documentary film itself.”

Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment

Friday, May 9, 2014 – 4:15pm – VIFF’s Vancity Theatre
If you would like to sum up the entire ethos of DOXA this year, you need look no further than Wolf Koenig’s interview in Peter Wintonick’s masterwork, Cinéma Vérité. Says Koenig: “All documentary is theatre. It’s all manufactured. Every cut is a lie. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell truth.” DOXA is extremely honoured and proud to offer this special presentation, in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival, in tribute to Peter Wintonick, who passed away earlier this year.

Shameless Propaganda

Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 7:00pm – The Cinematheque
An interesting companion to Peter Wintonick’s Cinéma Vérité, Robert Lower’s investigation into the roots of the National Film Board of Canada provides a revelatory look at this most august of institutions.  On the anniversary of the 75th year of the National Film Board of Canada, DOXA is exceptionally proud to present the world premiere of Shameless Propaganda

Have your own suggestions for what to see at DOXA this year? Post them on our facebook wall, or tweet at us.  And don’t forget to come out to DOC BC Day at DOXA to meet DOXA filmmakers and mingle with DOC Members. 

DOXA Documentary Film Festival May 2-11, 2014

DOXA has announced their 2014 festival lineup and it’s looking good!

DOC BC Member Mathew Parry will have his short film Hives for Humanity: The Power of Bees screened on Tuesday May 6th at 6:00pm.

Julia Common loves bees and is eager to share her passion with the rest of Vancouver. In the summer of 2012, she placed one hive in a community garden in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, in the hope that it would bring people together through the work and effort required to grow and maintain a thriving hive. Here’s a Vancouver Sun article about the project.

It will be preceding another Canadian film, The Sower.

In fact, there’s a number of Canadian films featured at the event, but one of the most interesting ones has to be the much talked about A Brony Tale from Vancouver Filmmaker Brent Hodge.

For those of you currently living under a rock, bronies are the male fans of the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The brony phenomena, born out of the Internet, has come to vivid life in colour, costumes, and social get-togethers.

There’s also a number of special programs:


The DOXA Documentary Film Festival Runs from May 2 – May 11