Beyond Story

Beyond Story

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 10:00am

Documentary comes in many forms. In times of trouble, we need all of its great range - Beyond Story: An Online, Community-Based Manifesto

Great works of documentary have been shaped into compelling stories. But should every film be molded into a traditional story structure? Using Alexandra Juhasz and Alisa Lebow’s essay as a starting point, we invite filmmakers to discuss unique formal and narrative approaches to documentary storytelling beyond the plot and character-driven arc.

 

Filmmaker

Kelly O'Brien

Kelly O’Brien is a mother and independent filmmaker living in Toronto. She received a MFA in film production at York University. Her short diary films have screened internationally. Her film Softening, about her son who was born with cerebral palsy, won the grand jury prize in the shorts competition at the 2013 DOC NYC festival. She is currently a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies and adapting Postings From Home into a feature length film with the National Film Board.  

Filmmaker

Miguel Eek

Born in Madrid (1982), Miguel Eek is graduated in Direction by the ESCAC (School of Cinema and Audiovisual of Catalonia). He has also studied television production at the Archena Polytechnic University in Helsinki. Miguel has combined his activity as director of creative documentaries with the direction of fiction series such as “Món Llull” or “Mossen Capellà”. He began his career as a short filmmaker, among which “Cuatro horas de gas” stands out. Miguel is a member of ACIB, Association of Filmmakers of the Balearic Islands.

Industry Panelist

Sandra Ignagni

Sandra Ignagni is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer. She trained in film production at Maine Media, holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and a Master of Arts in Indigenous & Canadian Studies. Her documentary work, which largely explores the intersection of culture and place, has aired on Télé-Québec’s La Fabrique Culturelle and the long-running CBC strand, Canadian Reflections. In 2016, she held a film fellowship at the Union Docs Centre for Documentary Art in Brooklyn, NY, where she developed her latest documentary, Highway to Heaven. The film will be released by the National Film Board of Canada in 2019. Sandra works at the International Documentary Association and is a regular contributor to Documentary Magazine.

Industry Panelist

Gregory Coyes

Gregory Coyes has worked in the Indigenous media community over the last three decades as an award-winning documentary film-maker, and as an educator and writer. He has produced and directed with the National Film Board, and consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale University, Greg is currently teaching, and coordinating the Independent Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University in North Vancouver. His Masters thesis focused on the SLOW MEDIA Community, which creates and promotes decolonized media, and an Indigenous sense of cinematic time and space. Greg is Metis/Cree from St. Albert, Alberta.

Industry Panelist

Joseph Clark - Moderator

Joseph Clark is a lecturer in film studies at Simon Fraser University and author of the upcoming book "News Parade: The American Newsreel and the Mediation of the Public Sphere, 1927-1946" (University of Minnesota Press). His research and teaching interests focus on archival and non-theatrical media, including newsreels, home movies, and sponsored film. He has served on the DOXA Documentary Film Festival Programming Committee for three years and was part of the organizing committee of the inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival.