Connect the Docs offers unique online tools for documentary filmmakers

by Luigi Benetton The Victoria documentary film community gathered on Wednesday, January 28 to discuss and watch clips from the upcoming doc Election Day in Canada. The screening happened in other locations simultaneously thanks to everyday tools – streaming video, social networks and the Open Cinema site – that helped remote viewers participate in this […]

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Peter Smoczynski on independent filmmaking, risk, and the value of a freelancers’ union

by Rachel Sanders   Peter Smoczynski says that joining the Canadian Media Guild’s freelance branch was a turning point in the production of his latest film. “I didn’t feel I was alone anymore,” he says. Although the Ottawa-based filmmaker has spent the majority of his 40-year career working independently, it was a relief to have […]

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Open Cinema “connects the docs” with online technology

by Luigi Benetton   Want to check out what might turn into the Netflix of documentary filmmaking? “It’s closer to Netflix plus live engagement options,” Mandy Leith explains. Leith, the Victoria, B.C.-based founder and director of Open Cinema, has been leading the effort to assemble a combination of online technologies to help documentary filmmakers share […]

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