2018 DOCTalks Festival & Symposium

Tuesday June 12 @ 2:15pm  UNB MacLaggan Hall - Panel Discussion: What are the Best Practices for Collaborative Storytelling?
Collaborative Storytelling Using Documentary Media
The panelists will explore how they are using a variety of cross-sector collaborations to research, develop, produce, fund, distribute and disseminate their knowledge-based documentary media projects and content.

Neal Livingston, Producer & Director, Black River Productions  
Dr. Mary Blatherwick, Producer & Academic Researcher, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Elizabeth Yeoman, Producer & Academic Researcher, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Moderator: Dr. Paul De Decker, Linguistics Researcher, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Neal Livingston
Neal Livingston has a Fine Arts Degree in film and lives in the Mabou Inverness area on Cape Breton Island, NS. He is a well-known documentary filmmaker and artist, owns a renewable energy business, maple syrup farm and is a woodlot owner. Neal is an award winning documentary filmmaker, producing more than 40 films since the age of 12. Several of these films are recognized as the most important political documentaries made about environmental issues in the Atlantic region. His films have aired on Candian and international television networks, screened at film festivals and in local communities. Besides filmmaking, Neal is also a visual artist, photographer and activist. Over his career, Neal has collaborated with community groups, academic researchers and various types of funders.

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Mary Blatherwick
Mary Blatherwick is a visual art and creativity educator in the faculty of Education at UNB. She also chairs the Atlantic Centre for Creativity. Her interests include the use of film to research the creative practices of prominent visual artists of New Brunswick. She has produced 13 short documentaries on artists including: Suzanne Hill, Hermenegilde Chiasson, Brigette Clavette and Bruno Bobak. In addition to these creative works she coordinated the documentary titled: Taking Shape based on the 2014 International Sculpture Symposium located in Saint John NB. This documentary investigates the purpose and transformative qualities of this public sculpture event. Most recently Mary coordinated a short documentary on the 2017 Creative Connections conference at which several disciplines and centres of innovation from UNB and the Atlantic region came together to explore the concept of creativity and interdisciplinary creative practices.

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Elizabeth Yeoman
Elizabeth Yeoman is Professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her current research is a SSHRC funded collaborative project with Innu elder and environmental activist, Elizabeth Penashue, on two books: an edited English language version of Elizabeth Penashue’s diaries and a companion volume about translations and collaborative writing. Her past scholarly writing and research is about language, culture, history, walking and memory. She has also published poetry and travel writing in literary magazines, contributed media pieces to the Globe and Mail, St. John’s Telegram, W Network and CBC Radio. Elizabeth also made a documentary film, Honk If You Want Me Off the Road, about getting around St. John's in winter, with co-director, Sharon Roseman (Dept. of Anthropology, MUN).

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Paul De Decker - Moderator
Paul De Decker is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a Fogo Island Research Fellow, Paul spent 1 month on the island filming the beautiful scenery and colourful accents of local Islanders for a short documentary on Fogo's dialects. His goal is to make linguistic research accessible to larger audiences through documenatry story-telling.