2019 DOCTalks FESTIVAL & SYMPOSIUM

The 2019 DOCTalks Festival & Symposium will be held from June 11th to 13th on the University of New Brunswick campus in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

Based on interest in DOCTalks activities between 2013 and 2019, we will be inviting individuals and organizations to help Dr. Paul De Decker from Memorial University of Newfoundland with his research to develop a "DOCTalks Handbook of Best Practices for Cross-Sector Partnerships."  Those invited will be able to assist in the following ways: 1)Participate in-person or by videoconference call in several round table discussions taking place on Wednesday June 12th and Thursday June 13th in Fredericton, NB during the 2019 DOCTalks Symposium;  2) Participate in an online "DOCTalks Best Practices" questionnaire in July 2019.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be by “Research Invitation Only” and there will be no fees for invited attendees.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

FILM SCREENINGS & TALKS

The general public will be invited to attend documentary film screenings & talks during the evenings only. There will be no charge for these evening film screenings. 

ACCOMMODATION

DOCTalks attendees requiring accommodations can find and book through the following:                             
i) UNB Conference Services (offering single and multi-person dormitory suites):                       http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/conference-services/stay-at-unb/index.html
ii) City of Fredericton Tourism (offering a wide selection of places to stay)     http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/stay

SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS

Sponsors: Canada Media Fund, (more to be announced soon)
Supporters: New Brunswick College of Craft & Desiging

2019 PROGRAM & SCHEDULE: Subject to change & updates  

University of New Brunswick  - Fredericton Campus Map


TUESDAY JUNE 11, 2019

 6:45 pm - Registration: Amphitheatre - Room 32 MacLaggan Hall, UNB

 7:15 pm - Welcome & Acknowledgements: Host – Marc Bragdon / Welcome - Dr. Paul De Decker: President, DOCTalks Festival & Symposium Inc.

 7:30 pm - Documentary Film Screening & Talk: Free & Open to the Public / Location: Amphitheatre Room - 32 MacLaggan Hall, UNB 

GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY (Canada)

Guardians of Eternity is a documentary film about the toxic legacy of the Giant Mine in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and one of Canada’s most contaminated industrial sites that will remain highly toxic forever. The mine is located near the Dene First Nation communities of N’Dilo and Dettah and was built in 1949 without consent on Dene hunting and harvesting grounds. The film features people who are most affected by this gold rush legacy and looks at the challenge of communicating the danger to future generations. The documentary is directed by France Benoit and produced by Sheba Films (Kelly Saxberg, Dr. Ron Harpelle) in association with Dr. John Sandios (MUN).

9:30 pm - Opening Meet & Greet: Windsor Castle Bar (UNB Grad House, 676 Windsor Street / 2 minute walk from film screening venue)


WEDNESDAY JUNE 112, 2018

8:00 am - Registration & Information: Videoconference Room 302 Tilley Hall - UNB

8:45 am – Welcome & Announcements: HOST – Marc Bragdon

9:00 am - Best Practices Round Table Discussion: WHY COLLABORATE?

What are the opportunities and benefits of producing knowledge based documentary media projects using cross-sector partnerships - documentary producers, academic researchers, charities, governments, foundations and broadcasters?

10:30 am - Morning Break

10:45 am – Best Practices Round Table Discussion: HOW TO COLLABORATE?

How can different types of knowledge based documentary media projects be produced using cross-sector partnerships – feature & series documentaries, videos, podcasts, immersive learning technologies, interactive websites, social media?

12:00 noon - Lunch

1:00 pm - Best Practices Round Table Discussion: BEST PRACTICES FOR CROSS-SECTOR CREATIVE STORYTELLING & PRODUCTION

What are some of the creative & production issues and challenges that will need to be considered by each partner before collaborating with other cross-sectors on a documentary media project - documentary media content, intellectual property & copyright, ethics, rights clearances, insurance, third party agreements, etc.?

Moderated by Dr. Paul De Decker (MUN)

 2:30 pm - Afternoon Break

2:45 pm - Best Practices Round Table Discussion: BEST PRACTICES FOR CROSS-SECTOR FUNDING, DISSEMINATION & DISTRIBUTION

What are some of the funding, promotion, dissemination & distribution issues and challenges that need to be considered by each partner before collaborating with other cross-sectors on a documentary media project - proposal preparation, budgets & accounting, sources of funding, application submissions, promotional strategies, content dissemination & distribution, etc.?

Moderated by: Dr. Paul De Decker (MUN)

 4:30 pm - Closing Remarks & Announcements: HOST – Marc Bragdon

Evening Rest & Dinner Break

7:30 pm - Documentary Film Screening & Talk: Free & Open to the Public / Location: Amphitheatre Room - 32 MacLaggan Hall, UNB 

EVERY LIVING THING - experiencing a bioblitz (Canada)

The documentary film, Every Living Thing - experiencing a bioblitz, will take you on an amazing journey of what it's like to spend four weeks over two summers exploring all aspects of nature – fish, insects, plants, fungi, reptiles, amphibians and mammals - that live in the Grand Lake Protected Natural Area in New Brunswick, Canada. In this the UN Decade of Biodiversity (2011-2020), the film was directed by Kent Martin, produced by Flower Power Production (Lloyd Salomone) in collaboration with the New Brunswick Museum's BiotaNB program (Dr. Donald McAlpine). A 20 year biodiversity research project to identify and catalogue as many species in the province of New Brunswick, before human encroachment and climate change intensifies.

9:30 pm - Meet & Greet: Windsor Castle Bar (UNB Grad House, 676 Windsor Street / 2 minute walk from film screening venue)


THURSDAY JUNE 13, 2018

8:00 am - Registration & Information: Videoconference Room 302 Tilley Hall - UNB

8:45 am – Welcome & Announcements: HOST – Marc Bragdon

9:00 am – Documentary Media Project & Case Study: FILMS ON FOGO ISLAND (Canada)

In 1967 a filmmaker from the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada and a field worker from Memorial University made a series of 27 films on Fogo Island. The exercise pioneered the use of film as a community development tool and made an indelible mark on film history in Canada. Now, a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the Fogo Process, combines original footage with new interviews of the films’ subjects. The 44-minute long The Films of Fogo Island is produced and directed by history professor Dr. Jeff Webb and filmmaker Derek Norman.

10:30 am - Morning Break

10:45 am - Best Practices Round Table Discussion: ESTABLISHING DOCTalks CHAPTERS IN ATLANTIC CANADA

DOCTalks is in the early stages of establishing chapters in Atlantic Canada, so a “discussion document” has been drafted and will be circulated to seek feedback and guidance on the purpose, structure and activities of a DOCTalks Chapter. See link for more info: https://www.doctalks.ca/doctalks-chapters With the goal of establishing DOCTalks Chapters in all four Atlantic Canadian provinces, we will examine how a Chapter in St. John’s, NL is currently being established, and the ways that it can be created there and in other communities. 

12:00 noon - Lunch

1:00 pm – Panel Presentation: EXPANDING THE OPEN YOUR EYES CONCEPT IN ATLANTIC CANADA

The Open Your Eyes concept was designed and developed in Fredericton, and since 2016 has proven to be an effective way to produce, fund and promote knowledge based documentary media projects in local communities using cross-sector partnerships. An update on this initiative will be presented. See link for more info: https://www.doctalks.ca/open-your-eyes

2:00 pm – Afternoon Break

2:15 pm – Panel Presentation: ESTABLISHING EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION CHANNELS IN ATLANTIC CANADA

There has been interest from DOCTalks and various cross-sector partners to establish educational television channels in Atlantic Canada to help produce, fund and mobilize knowledge based documentary media content. An update on what’s happening in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to move this process forward will be presented.

3:30 pm - Panel Presentation: UPDATE ON DOCTalks PRESENTS TV SERIES & FUND IN CANADA & UNITED STATES

To counter-balance the loss of documentary media content on Canadian and American television channels, DOCTalks initiated the DOCTalks Presents TV Series & Fund. This initiative seeks to produce and distribute knowledge based documentary media content through a partnership between DOCTalks, CACTUS community TV stations in Canada and NETA-PBS TV stations in the United States. An update on this initiative will be presented. See link for more info: https://www.doctalks.ca/doctalks-presents

4:30 pm - Closing Remarks: HOST – Marc Bragdon

Evening Rest & Dinner Break

7:30 pm - Documentary Film Screening & Talk: Free & Open to the Public / Location: Amphitheatre - Room 32 MacLaggan Hall, UNB

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (United States)

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. The documentary film resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten - a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon. The Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project was directed by Tracy Heather Strain and produced by The Film Posse (Tracy Strain, Randall Maclowry), with financial support from a wide range of grants and institutional funders in the United States

9:30 pm - Closing Meet & Greet: Windsor Castle Bar (UNB Grad House, 676 Windsor Street / 2 minute walk from film screening venue)