Sensitivity on Screen

Sensitivity on Screen

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:45am

How do ethical considerations influence artistic choices when presenting delicate subject matter on screen? Our invited filmmakers will discuss how they establish ongoing consent with their participants and the considerations behind portraying moments of vulnerability in their films.

 

Filmmaker

Baljit Sangra

Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who uses documentary and factual entertainment to explore social and cross-cultural issues. Her most recent project is the NFB-produced feature documentary Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a family. Her previous documentaries include Hockey United, which follows two amateur South Asian hockey players with their eyes on the NHL; the award-winning Many Rivers Home, a personal story about seniors living in assisted care at the end of life; and Warrior Boyz, examining the long-running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of BC’s Lower Mainland. 

Industry Panelist

Sheona McDonald

Sheona has produced, directed and written a number of documentaries including Inside Her SexWhen Dreams Take Flight and Capturing a Short Life. It’s been a busy year! She recently finished writing a feature film script, Back By Midnight. She also recently completed a documentary, five-years in the making, about iconic feminist pornographer Candida Royalle, titled Candice; She has a short experimental documentary, Out of Darkness, in development with the NFB. Sheona was a recipient of a 2018 Telus Storyhive grant for the documentary project, A short Essay on Men, which will be completed in 2019; And she has just started work on a feature-length doc about cryptocurrency. 

Industry Panelist

Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie Finlay is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. Her acclaimed films tell small and intimate stories to large audiences, whether inviting them behind the scenes of Teesside’s last record shop (SOUND IT OUT) or onto the set of the world’s biggest television show (Game Of Thrones). Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth is her eighth feature film.

Industry Panelist

Naomi Mark

Naomi spent the majority of her twenties crafting stories for screen in both drama and documentary. Influenced by her upbringing in Northern Canada Naomi has produced and directed a wide variety of content including music videos, commercials, short films, experimental films and short and long form documentaries. Naomi has produced and directed films for CBC, Knowledge Network and Northwestel Community TV.

Industry Panelist

Kevin Eastwood - Moderator

Kevin Eastwood is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who works in both documentary and drama. Most recently he directed After the Sirens, a documentary for CBC Television about the epidemic of PTSD amongst paramedics. He also directed The Death Debate, a behind-the-scenes look at the landmark Supreme Court of Canada case on physician assisted-dying, and seasons 1 and 3 of Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH, an acclaimed documentary series about the frontlines of emergency health care. His credits as a producer include the documentary features Vancouver: No Fixed AddressHaida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World and Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson; the CBC television series The Romeo Section; and the movies Preggoland, Fido and The Delicate Art of Parking.