The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival is extremely proud to announce the winners of The Feature Documentary Award, The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming, The Short Documentary Award and The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary. The juries met over the course of the festival to adjudicate, and award the winners and honourable mentions. The award ceremony took place on DOXA’s Closing Gala Presentation of Albert Maysles’s Iris at the Vancouver Playhouse on May 10th, 2015.
The Feature Documentary Award was given to Anna Roussillon’s film Je suis le peuple (I Am the People). Honourable Mention was given to Cain’s Children. Jury members Roger Evan Larry, Randy Lee Cutler and Adam Cook stated of the winning film: “The jury was united in their admiration for this remarkable debut feature. Intimate, funny, and immersive, the film allows us to witness the unfolding events of the Arab Spring and its aftermath through the eyes of a peasant farming family living in a small village near Luxor. It is documentary storytelling at its most compelling and empathic, truly a triumph. We would also like to give an honorable mention to Cain’s Children by Marcell Gerö. Tackling the topic of juvenile murderers imprisoned for most of their lives, the film offers a graceful and moving contemplation of the aftermath of trauma and guilt.”
Jury members Mark Leiren-Young, Jackie Wong, and Vanessa Kwan awarded The Short Documentary Award to Dan Popa’s film Island and Flight. An honourable mention was also given to Charlie Tyrell’s I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! Of the winning film, the jury stated: “The stories in the film ask us what we’re leaving behind—and what lies ahead—when we travel by plane. It’s a gorgeous, poetic meditation on arrivals, departures, and the spaces between.”
Kevin Nikkel’s film On the Trail of the Far Fur Country was awarded The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary, presented by William F. White . An honourable mention was also given to Cliff Caines’s film A Rock and a Hard Place. Jury members Brishkay Ahmed, Nik Sheehan and Lisa g Nielsen stated: “The film evokes a nostalgia for the time while reflecting on our complicated past in a well-paced and technically accomplished film. This is a sensitive and optimistic exploration of two cultures, First Nation and European, then and now.”
The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming was given to Victoria Lean’s debut documentary After the Last River, which had its world premiere at DOXA. Jury members Steven Hawkins, Anna Hetherington and Jacob Saltzberg also gave an honourable mention to Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World.
Vancouver, BC – We are living in interesting times. Nowhere is this rendered more explicit than in the world of nonfiction cinema. DOXA is proud to feature films that turn established ideas about documentary on its head. Whether it’s the infamous musical provocateurs The Residents or master pranksters The Yes Men, DOXA 2015 is packed to the brim with radicals, iconoclasts, weirdos, mavericks and James Franco.
In 1971, Vancouver journalist Bob Hunter started one of the world's foremost environmental movements. With little more than gumption, a copy of the I Ching, and some rubber zodiacs, Greenpeace set sail into history. Our opening film How To Change the World is a potent and heartbreaking reminder that a determined bunch of scrappy humans can change almost everything.
From politics to pranksters, and one really angry milkman, our spotlight on Satire & Subversion features a collection of people who like to upend the established order. In our Spotlight screening The Yes Men Are Revolting, The Men and their pirate crew of culture jammers take aim on corporate corruption and government collusion and let fly.
As a special homage to a true documentary radical, we are very proud to offer as our closing night screening, Albert Maysles’s film Iris. Instantly recognizable by her enormous glasses, and inimitable style, Iris Apfel is a true blue original, a lot like Mr. Maysles himself.
In our curated program French French, Renoir, Rivette, Rohmer, Rouch are joined by the next generation of documentary filmmakers with a truly global perspective -- from Rithy Panh’s archival masterpiece France is Our Mother Country, to Claire Simon’s tribute to the Gare du Nord in Human Geography. Mongolian folk singers and zombies are all part of Wild Grass: New Chinese Images, a special selection of new films from Chinese filmmakers.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs April 30 – May 10, 2015. Tickets are available online at www.doxafestival.ca. For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.
This is a big year for DOXA. We have a new home (The Post at 750), an expanded schedule (11 days) and an action-packed festival, stuffed with some of the most extraordinary films from around the world. It's a veritable rogues gallery of poets, subversives and genuine radicals. DOXA turns documentary on its head for a whole new perspective.
We'll be announcing the 14th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival program on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Our website will feature the entire festival line-up and tickets will be available for purchase. Mark your calendars!
Program books will be available on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the following JJ Bean locations:
- 740 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
- 353 Burrard Street, Vancouver
- 1188 Alberni Street, Vancouver
- 1209 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
- 402 Davie Street, Vancouver
- 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
- 3399 Cambie Street, Vancouver
- 4287 Fraser Street, Vancouver
- 3010 Main Street, Vancouver
- 188 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
- 2206 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
- 1904 Powell Street, Vancouver
- 460 Railway Street, Vancouver
- 146 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
- 125 East 17th Street, North Vancouver
- 333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver
Each year we produce a keepsake program guide which we're very proud of. Many of our new and long-time supporters say that they prefer a hard copy program book to read through.
DOXA's program book not only includes the listing of films we will present at the festival, but also features essays from our Guest Curators. Last year our guest curators included writer and activist Rebecca Solnit who programmed Nostalgia for the Light and Vancouer author Charles Montgomery who selected Powerless.
PROGRAM BOOK DELIVERY OPTION
Our printed program book will continue to be FREE to pick up at local cafes, venues, and other locations around the city, but you now have a convenient option to have the printed program book mailed directly to your home or office.
Order your program book today ($10, includes shipping) and all books will be mailed out on April 8th, before they become available at local cafes. You must place your order by April 6th.
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Vancouver, Canada. Hoop Dreams and Life Itself Director Steve James Comes to Vancouver to Connect with the Filmmaking Community
DOXA Documentary Film Festival and BC Chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC BC), with support from Creative BC are thrilled to present three events featuring world-renowned filmmaker Steve James on . This will be a rare chance for filmmakers and film fans to engage with one of the most critically acclaimed documentarians of our time.
Steve James is best known for directing Hoop Dreams, which was called “the great American documentary” by Roger Ebert and won every major critics prize. Some of his other celebrated films include Stevie, which won awards at Sundance, IDFA and landed on a dozen year-end ten best lists, and The Interrupters, winner of the Independent Spirit Award, the two top Cinema Eye Awards, an Emmy and numerous festival prizes. James’ most recent documentary Life Itself, about the life and work of Roger Ebert, was awarded Best Documentary by The Critics’ Choice Awards and The Producers Guild of America.
While in Vancouver, Steve James will offer one-on-one feedback sessions to a group of selected filmmakers and will also lead a masterclass on the craft of documentary filmmaking that will be open to the public. The day’s activities will end with a screening of Life Itself.
“DOC BC is so excited to be welcoming Steve James to Vancouver and thrilled to present an opportunity for filmmakers to learn from one of the most outstanding masters of our time. We think filmmakers as well as documentary fans will benefit from his knowledge, experience and insight,” says filmmaker and DOC BC co-Chair Julia Ivanova.
“Steve James is filmmaker’s filmmaker. His work -- direct, personal and intimate -- reinvented nonfiction filmmaking and helped bring about a veritable Renaissance in documentary cinema,” says Dorothy Woodend, Director of Programming for DOXA Documentary Film Festival.
One-on-one with Steve James
The Post at 750 (110 - 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)
Tickets: DOC BC Members $50, Non-members $100 (Pre-registration required)
Filmmakers are invited to send their applications to participate in a feedback session with Steve James. During the workshop participants will have the exclusive opportunity to screen their demos and discuss their works-in-progress with James and their peers.
For more information on selection criteria, submission format and tickets please visit: www.docbc.org/SteveJames
Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass with Steve James
The Post at 750 (110 - 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)
Tickets: DOC BC Members $40, Non-members $60 (Pre-registration required)
“In the best films you want to get to a place where you’re not making a documentary about your subjects but you’re making it with them.” -- Steve James
In this master class, Steve James will share his insights on the filmmaking craft by analyzing scenes from some of his most recognized films, and answer questions from Vancouver filmmakers and film lovers. James’ narratively and ethically complex works will serve as a vehicle to discuss issues such as documentary ethics and the subject-filmmaker relationship, among others.
This event is open to the public. Ticket-buyers will be given access to one of James’ films in order to prepare for the session.
For more information, please visit: www.docbc.org/SteveJames
Screening of Life Itself
The Post at 750 (110 - 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)
Tickets: DOC BC Members $5, Non-members $10 (Pre-registration required)
Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Please note the screening will NOT be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
For more information, please visit: www.docbc.org/SteveJames
ABOUT DOC BC
DOC BC is the BC chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada, the collective voice of documentary makers across the country, the largest professional non-profit association of independent filmmakers in Canada - the place to learn, connect and share.
ABOUT DOXA Documentary Film Festival
DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival. The 14th annual festival will take place .
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
dorothy (@) doxafestival.ca | 604.646.3200 ext 102
This event is made possible thanks to the financial support of Creative BC, an independent agency that is responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia.
DONATE YOUR AEROPLAN MILES & BRING FILMMAKERS TO DOXA 2015!
Panel discussions and after-film-Q&As create an important dialogue between the audience and the filmmakers. We want to be able to give you the same great DOXA experience this year!
Aeroplan’s Charitable Pooling Program has made it easier for you to support this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival! Donating any amount of points and you will help us bring more filmmakers from across Canada and around the world to DOXA 2015. This will also keep your account active and prevent any loss of points.
Some of our 2014 attending filmmakers and special guests included:
- André Bauma, Orlando von Einsiedel and Patrick Vernon (Eastern Congo/UK) Virunga
- Alex Glustrom, Catherine Rierson, Ben Johnson (USA) Big Charity
- Dennis Allen (Canada) Crazywater
- Kit Gruelle (USA) Private Violence
- Jennifer Anderson and Vernon Lott (USA) Massacred for Gold
- Patrick Daniels (USA) Charlie Victor Romeo
- and many others.
For every 17,000-25,000 points one additional filmmaker will have the opportunity to attend this year’s festival.
Your contribution is vital for helping us put on the most exciting DOXA festival yet!
Please note: Tax receipts are not issued for donations of Aeroplan Miles.
After many years as a proud part of East Vancouver, we're moving our office. DOXA, along with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Music on Main, and Touchstone Theatre, will be settling into our new home at 750 Hamilton Street (right next to the main CBC Building) this month.
This is a significant change for DOXA, but we won't forget our grassroots origins, or our dedication to the art of documentary. Our new digs will situate us in the centre of the action, close to venues, and the new cultural precinct in downtown Vancouver.
Our phones will be offline from Dec 11-14 so if you would like to reach us, please email us. Any regular mail or parcels can be directed to our new address:
#110 - 750 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5
If you didn't have a chance to attend DOXA's CURIO fundraiser on November 14, you can still support DOXA while getting your hands on some great certificates, trips, concert tickets, and much more. We will have more than 40 items available online through eBay. Auction items end in batches between November 22-26, 2014.
Click here to see the current list of items.
Please join DOXA board and staff at this year's Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 7PM at the DOXA office.
We will review the programming and administrative highlights of the previous year, enjoy some refreshments and welcome our new Board of Directors. If you purchased a membership at the 2014 DOXA Festival, you are a voting member and we welcome your attendance. With the upcoming move to DOXA's new office in downtown Vancouver, we would also like to invite you help us celebrate and say goodbye to our Commercial Drive location, a place we have called home for the past ten years.
Monday, November 24, 2014 | 7:00PM
1726 Commercial Drive, Suite 5 (at 1st Avenue) Vancouver, BC
*Please note that the current DOXA office is not wheelchair accessible.
Vancouver, BC – DOXA Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce Best of DOXA, featuring an encore screening of Orlando von Einsiedel's Virunga (Winner of the 2014 DOXA Feature Documentary Award), and Johanna Hamilton's revelatory new film 1971.
In the verdant depths of Eastern Congo stands Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. Virunga is a place that almost defies description, from the deep scarlet lava lakes of Nyiragongo volcano, to the grasslands spotted with antelope, elephants, lions, and hippos. It is also home to the world’s only remaining population of wild mountain gorillas. But even in this most beautiful of places, human corruption and greed threatens destruction and death. A group of fiercely dedicated park rangers — including a Belgian conservationist, and a ranger-turned-substitute parent for a group of orphan gorillas — stand guard over the park and its wild inhabitants. Einsiedel’s film is documentary on a grand scale, as befits the extraordinary place it depicts. But more importantly, it is a remarkable portrait of a group of people, united in a common purpose, and a critical reminder of the courage required to protect the most rare and extraordinary creatures that walk the earth. Virunga screens at 6:30PM at the Cinematheque.
Long before Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning were turning out state secrets, a group of ordinary citizens were pulling back the rug to expose the dirty tricks of Hoover’s FBI. In 1971, a group of eight ordinary people (college professors, activists, and a cab driver) formed an elaborate plan to break into an FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania and liberate whatever documents they could find. They got far more than they bargained for. Outlined in grey government language were plans to subvert the left-leaning elements in the nation; everything from paying mailmen to spy on university professors, to plans to infiltrate the Black Panthers and the Boy Scouts. One document detailed plans to send an agent to look into the fact that a Boy Scout troop had pen pals behind the iron curtain. Despite attempts to track down the people responsible for the theft (at one point more than 200 agents were combing Media, Pennsylvania), the perpetrators were never discovered. Until now…With recreations, candid interviews, and some truly startling reveals, the people behind the story talk about, not only the break in, but more importantly, the motivation and meaning behind it. 1971 Screens at 8:45PM at the Cinematheque.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 6:30PM @ The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street, Vancouver)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 8:45PM @ The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St, Vancouver)
More information available at: http://doxafestival.ca/bod
Tickets are available online at www.doxafestival.ca. For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.