Launch Event – May 28th, 6–10pm
Join us for the 2014 Festival Launch at the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre for drinks, snacks and a discussion panel about the current state of Documentary, chaired by POV Magazine Editor Marc Glassman.
Two years ago filmmaker Kevin McMahon made a strong case in the National Post that documentary is Canada’s national art form. His argument spoke to not only the country’s deep-rooted history in the creation of documentary work, but also to the ever-increasing popularity of the genre among the general public. Yet in the past few years, funding for documentary work has been rapidly decreasing. We are currently working in a time where documentary funding models are shifting dramatically, and as artists working in this medium, it is important to be a part of that change, to make our opinions heard, and together, to find new methods for keeping documentary ours. How has the Internet changed documentary work? How will emerging artists navigate and shape it? What roles do private donors, crowd funding, collaboration and the public domain take in this new environment? Through a public discussion with a panel of established and emerging documentarians working in film, new media and photography, we hope to find innovative answers for the larger question: What is the future of Canadian documentary?
Landed: Together in Canada is a multimedia installation that tells stories of same-sex binational couples who immigrated to Canada because they could not live together in the United States. The project explores how these couples struggled to stay together, how they decided to immigrate to Canada, and how recent changes in U.S. law will (or will not) affect their plans for the future.
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Gallery Level
RBC Emerging Artist Project
189 Yonge St