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_Filmmaker in Residence

For the National Film Board of Canada’s pioneering Filmmaker in Residence initiative, documentarian Katerina Cizek collaborated with doctors and patients to capture the stories of a Toronto hospital.

2004 Katerina Cizek
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“There wasn’t yet a web-native NFB project. Anything on the web was a companion site to a film, so it was a pretty new concept.”

Katerina Cizek, Director, in FastCoCreate

Promoted as “the world’s first documentary experience that’s totally online,” the National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker in Residence project broke ground with its production practices, storytelling, and distribution strategy. Over a period of five years, documentarian Katerina Cizek collaborated with the doctors, nurses, patients, and researchers of Toronto’s inner city St. Michael’s Hospital to create Filmmaker in Residence. Conceived as an experiment in digital filmmaking, Filmmaker in Residence premiered as seven web-native “interventions,” each touching on a different aspect of urban health. Cizek followed a psychiatric “intervention” team that responded to emergency calls about mental distress, documented doctors on a HIV/AIDS prevention trip to Malawi, and worked with young mothers who had experienced homelessness to create a photo exhibition about their experiences on the streets.

A direct precursor to Cizek’s HIGHRISE project (NFB, 2008— ), the Filmmaker in Residence initiative built on the legacy of the NFB’s groundbreaking Challenge for Change program (1967), which put cameras in the hands of communities with the goal of creating social change through participatory filmmaking.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : Canada
Year : 2004
Author : Katerina Cizek
Producer : National Film Board of Canada,St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto
Team : Gerry Flahive,Loc Dao,Rob McLaughlin,Subject Matter Inc.
Festivals : IDFA DocLab
Awards & Nominations : Banff World Television Festival Award,Canadian New Media Award,FlashForward Award,Grierson Award Nominee for Innovation in Documentary,Social Innovation Award Nominee from the Ontario Ministry of Health,UN World Summit Award Nominee,Webby Award for Best Documentary Series
Funders AND Incubators : National Film Board of Canada
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