Support DOXA in 2017! End of year letter from Executive Director Kathleen Mullen

Support DOXA in 2017! End of year letter from Executive Director Kathleen Mullen

“Inspirational”, “empowering”, and “life-changing” -- these are just a few of the many positive comments we received from our audience survey handed out at the 2016 DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

This has been a year of significant change. DOXA said goodbye to former Executive Director Kenji Maeda, and welcomed myself as the new Executive Director. As someone who is new to the Festival, I have been learning about the importance of the organization, not only to filmmakers, students, volunteers, and sponsors, but most importantly to audience members and documentary lovers. At different cultural and social events across the Lower Mainland, I’ve met people who have attended DOXA screenings, panel discussions and industry events.

Part of what we do at DOXA is to present filmmakers and invited speakers in discussion after screenings, so that audience members have the opportunity not only to ask filmmakers about their work, but to engage deeply with the films presented, and the ideas they encompass. Cinema is a social act, and nothing makes this more evident than a theatre filled with people in active and impassioned conversation and exchange. This aspect is especially critical for younger audiences.

In recent years, we have experienced some challenges at DOXA including the rising cost of venues, increasing screening fees, and additional expenses for filmmaker travel. In 2017, DOXA needs your support to expand our capacity. We do a lot with very little. We put together an 11-day festival and year-round programming with two full-time staff, three part-time staff and contractors. A financial contribution to DOXA will allow us to continue to make bold programming choices, and support the documentary genre.

I really hope that you will be willing to make a special year-end donation of $25, $50, $100, $1000, $5000, $10,000. Any amount will help DOXA meet its goals and bring more filmmakers, students, and audience members to the festival. Your donation today will allow us to:

  • Continue to present some of the challenging and innovative documentaries from around the world to DOXA audiences.
  • Move toward more stability and greater organizational capacity.
  • Bring in more guests and filmmakers to engage our audiences.
  • Subsidize and offer discount tickets for students and seniors.
  • Support programs like Rated Y for Youth, the Justice Forum, and our annual Spotlight.

Documentary cinema can transport you, challenge your assumptions, and foster a profound and ongoing empathy for people a world away. I know first-hand the power of film, both as an art form and as a tool for social change. I have seen the effect that documentaries can bring to the world we live in and the power they have to initiate change. I invite you to support DOXA 2017 as we move forward into a new year.

With gratitude,

Kathleen Mullen

Executive Director, DOXA Documentary Film Festival