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The Art of Documentary /// The Documentary of Art

In 2010, FilmCAN created a new kind of art project to mark the centennial of Canada’s national parks service: to commission and document the creation of 13 short films and soundtracks inspired by and recorded in Canada’s storied national parks by the country’s best filmmakers and musicians. And with it came the notion of Participatory Documentary, in which a project’s end product and process are linked to form a unified documentary experience on the arts. For the above-described National Parks Project (SXSW Film, 2011), the project engaged over 50 artists, was documented in a 13-part series for Discovery Channel, and offered online in an immersive journey through the parks. In 2012, we did it all again with 5 of Canada’s leading authors and created another holistic Participatory Documentary experience, Northwords. This session will examine FilmCAN’s innovative method for creating these groundbreaking projects, discussing the funding, process, curation, content integration, and results.

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Geoff Morrison, Producer/Director, FilmCAN

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