Doc Now 2012

  • May 29th, 2012
  • Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • IMA 307, Ryerson University

Keeping up With Documentary: Exploring the Relationship Between Form and Value

Manfred Becker, filmmaker;
Eric Geringas, filmmaker;
Monika Berenyi, Master’s Candidate for the Documentary Media Program, Ryerson;
Bruno Lessard, Assistant Professor at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson

Moderated by Katie McKenna, Interim Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC)

Once solely associated with film and photography, documentary has become a much broader category of artistic endeavour. Reality TV, docu-soaps, and gaming are transforming what it means to capture reality. Mobile devices, e-books, and websites are extending documentary’s reach onto new platforms and causing traditional storytelling techniques to evolve. Audience participation once meant a Q&A session with the director after a screening; now, it starts before a single frame is shot, with community building, crowdfunding, and other collaborative activities. Even print publications and advocacy organizations are getting into documentary production. What does it all mean?

Join us for a debate about the limits, the pulse, and the future of the documentary genre in the 21st century.