Bonus Industry Session: Filming Family

Bonus Industry Session: Filming Family


Grab a morning coffee at our Meet and Greet with fellow industry participants and visiting filmmakers! Following that we will wrap up Industry programming with a bonus session.


For documentary makers, creating a film about their family can be a complex exercise. A growing landscape of personal nonfiction films reveals that some of the most daring work is coming out of this documentary subgenre. Join three DOXA 2018 filmmakers as they discuss some of the ethical considerations and creative challenges they faced while making a film about a subject close to home.

Films associated with speakers from this panel: God Straightens Legs, Primas, Si tu as faim, chante. Si tu as mal, ris (If You're Hungry Sing, If You Ache, Laugh), Butterfly Monument

Interested in other films that take a unique approach to filming family? We also recommend: Minding the Gap, The Creator of Universes



Joële Walinga

Joële Walinga is a Toronto-based visual artist and filmmaker, who studied intermedia and film at NSCAD University and Concordia University. Her work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Khyber Centre for the Arts, Narwhal Contemporary, Xpace Cultural Centre, the Roundtable Residency, Wendy's Subway, and has been featured in Canadian Art, CBC Arts, Daily VICE, Art Matters, The Coast, and CANADALAND's The Imposter. 



Laura Bari

Originally from Argentina, self-taught filmmaker Laura Bari currently resides in Montreal. Fascinated by singularity and difference, she chose film as a way to merge arts, cultures and mental health. Antoine (2009), her first full-length film, was shown at some thirty festivals around the world, winning 15 prizes. Ariel (2013) is an intimate and metaphorical portrait of an Argentinean man rebuilding his identity after a terrible accident. Revealing once again the power of imagination through Laura’s unique artistic approach, she pushes the boundaries between real and unreal. To complete the trilogy, Primas (2017) is an intimate and metaphorical portrait of two Argentinean adolescents, who survive horrendous crimes during their infancies. 


Michèle Smolkin

Michèle Smolkin was born in Paris, where she became an architect. She turned to medias once she moved to Vancouver in 1983. On the West Coast, she has been a freelance cultural journalist for radio and the written press, a translator/voice over talent, a radio host, a TV and radio shows producer, as well as a radio drama writer. In 2003, she became a cultural documentary director and writer for Radio-Canada (radio and TV), then Head of the French TV department in BC and later Programming Executive Producer. After retiring from Radio-Canada in 2013, she continues to work as a documentary independent director and writer. Michèle Smolkin has served as a board member on several organization, like Real to Reel festival, Figlio Productions, Save the Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood Arts Foundation and Ciné Roman.


Jules Koostachin

Jules Koostachin, owner of VisJuelles Productions Inc. is MoshKeKo Cree and a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation. Jules is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC.  She carries extensive experience working in Indigenous community in varying capacities. Jules, also known as a storyteller and filmmaker who works to honour cultural protocols and build relationship within Indigenous community through her arts practice.  Her artistic endeavours are informed by her experience living with her grandparents in northern Ontario, as well as her mother, a residential school warrior.

Industry Panelist

Dorothy Woodend - Moderator

Dorothy Woodend has been the film critic for The Tyee since 2004. Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and books across Canada and the US, as well as a number of international publications. Dorothy worked with the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Whistler Film Festival, and the National Film Board of Canada. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, The Vancouver Film Critics Circle, and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Dorothy is also the Senior Festival Advisor for DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver.