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Doc Talks: Docs Making a Difference


Tue, May 3 6:30 PM
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60 minutes | Rating: -

Access: Open to the public

Can one film really change the world? From the NFB’s Challenge for Change program to Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line, documentaries have a long tradition of being a catalyst for change. But how much difference can one film really make? Meet three directors who have sought to create films that help pave the way for social transformation.

Moderated by Katerina Cizek.

Terence Macartney-Filgate (2011 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Honouree) For over half a century, working at the National Film Board, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and independently, filmmaker Terence Macartney-Filgate has been a highly influential and crucial figure in documentary culture.

Born in England in 1924, Macartney-Filgate spent his boyhood in India and was an RAF flight engineer during the Second World War. After the war, he took a degree in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University before moving to Canada in 1954. Working at the NFB, he directed his first film in 1956, and then worked extensively as a producer and cinematographer on seven of the 13 films in the NFB’s groundbreaking Candid Eye series. He helped refine the free-form, unscripted, observational approach and is considered perhaps the most important single influence on the direct cinema style of the series.

In 1960, Macartney-Filgate briefly joined Drew Associates in New York, where he worked on films with D.A. Pennebaker and the Maysles, including Primary (1960) directed by Richard Leacock. Macartney-Filgate went on to work independently in New York, winning a Peabody Award for his 1964 film, Changing World: South African Essay. He rejoined the NFB in the late ‘60s, working on the Challenge for Change series, and then moved to CBC, where he achieved prominence in the mid-‘70s with such major documentaries and docudramas as Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Road to Green Gables (1975), Grenfell of Labrador: The Great Adventure (1977), Fields of Endless Day (1978) and Dieppe 1942 (1979). His 1992 CBC documentary, Timothy Findley: Anatomy of a Writer, was honoured at the Geminis with the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program.

Lee Hirsch - Director, The Bully Project
Lee Hirsch’s debut film, Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, is an Emmy award winning feature documentary chronicling the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle through a celebration of its musical heroes. This film was released to wide acclaim, winning the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

Shannon Walsh - Director, H2Oil, St-Henri, the 26th of August Montreal-based filmmaker and educator Shannon Walsh sees film as a means for social change. Her first feature doc, H2OilI, traced the devastating effects of tar sands development on people and the environment. In 2010 she collaborated with 16 filmmakers to direct St-Henri, the 26th of August.

Tickets for all Doc Talks are free at the door

Presented by the NFB in collaboration with Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Presenting Partner: National Film Board of Canada
In Collaboration with: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund