We Love Documentary: Announcement Update

As some of you know, We Love Documentary was launched in Toronto on March 31st and its French companion, On aime le documentaire will be launched in Montreal on Wednesday, April 13th. The campaign is getting lots of positive feedback and has gained 393 friends on Facebook and 335 followers on Twitter in a short period of time.

We Love Documentary is a national grassroots public campaign conceived to complement our ongoing, less visible advocacy efforts. We Love Documentary is not replacing the work DOC continues to do on the policy front. It is an additional effort being deployed towards those, we feel, are among our best allies in the ongoing defence of documentary:  our audiences. The stated mission of the campaign is: To significantly raise the profile of documentary films and filmmakers by publicly promoting awareness, support and viewership of Canadian and international documentary films across Canada and the world.

The campaign is still taking shape and will continue to gain momentum as we roll out activities throughout the remainder of the year. It is a tool that has been created by an impassioned and dedicated group of DOC members who decided it was time to engage the public in the ongoing erosion of support for documentary in Canada.

We invite those who have time and energy to devote to doing something on behalf of We Love Documentary to connect with Adèle Charlebois, DOC National Communications and Member Services Coordinator. Write a letter to your local newspaper, call your MP (we are in an election campaign after all), make a short video, write a song, a haiku – anything that will share your love of documentary with the committee and the rest of the world!

Please help to spread the word far and wide.  If you haven’t already done so, visit www.WeLoveDocumentary.com and www.onaimeledocumentaire.com and sign up for campaign newsletters. You can also join the unfolding conversation on facebook and twitter .

We Love Documentary, do you?

International Representation and Advocacy

The DOC National Board would like to announce that it has appointed two ambassadors to help with efforts regarding International Advocacy. Pepita Ferrari has officially been designated International Relations Representative and is joined by Denis McCready in the role of International Advocacy Representative.

In creating these two positions DOC hopes to pursue opportunities to lend support and advocate on behalf of documentary filmmakers whose rights have been infringed on in other countries.

Please communicate with Denis McCready if you wish to communicate regarding a situation in another country in which a filmmaker’s ability and freedom to do their work has been incapacitated or in which their human rights have been violated as a result of being a filmmaker.

 

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