Ontarians can cast their vote now for the next great documentary
filmmaker at docstudio.tvo.org
TORONTO, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - TVO is pleased to announce five
finalists in TVO's second annual short documentary competition, the TVO Doc Studio Contest. Under the theme of Poverty in 5, entrants from across Ontario were
asked to submit films that challenge society's perceptions of poverty
in five minutes or less. Led by renowned producer/director Shelley
Saywell, a jury of esteemed Ontario documentary filmmakers determined
the shortlist of five films. And now it's in the hands of the public to
choose their winner by voting online.
The contest engaged a wide range of people, from aspiring filmmakers and
those directly affected by poverty, to students from elementary to
post-secondary levels. Submissions told compelling stories, such as
seniors impacted by poverty; homeless men who commit crimes so they can
get into jail - and off the streets; a filmmaker's criticism of banks;
and poverty from the eyes of grade-school students. The jury, which
included Lalita Krishna, Manfred Becker and Min Sook Lee, were
impressed as much by the ideas expressed in the films as by the
innovative filmmaking demonstrated in the submissions.
"The jury and I were really looking for a different approach to the
issue of poverty, and in watching the films we saw that participants
understood that. We were prompted to question our own definitions of
poverty," says Shelley Saywell, TVO's featured filmmaker. "TVO's Doc
Studio Contest has given people a valuable platform in which to have
their say on an issue that affects so many of us, and has also made the
art of filmmaking very democratic."
The public can view the five films and vote on their favourite until
March 18 on the TVO Doc Studio voting page. The winning film will be announced on the Doc Studio site on Monday
March 25. The winner will see his or her documentary aired on TVO,
receive a pass to the Hot Docs Film Festival, and a day-long mentorship
session with Shelley Saywell.
For more information and full contest details, visit docstudio.tvo.org.
The five finalists are:
I Am Excessive Wealth
Directed by Adam Corrigam Holowitz (London)
I am Excessive Wealth takes a satirical look at wealth distribution trends in Ontario. The
film's main character, Excessive Wealth, tries to convince the world to
keep the poor "locked in their station" with suggestions like trying to
be born poor, stripping unions of power and cutting social services.
Make It a Priority
Directed by Doug MacDonald (Woodstock)
Against a simple backdrop of stats and facts, Grade 6 students explore
why poverty exists. Through impassioned "rants," the students contrast
the Western world's ease of access to the necessities of life to
children around the world who struggle every day to get food,
education, water and healthcare.
Directed by Vince Vaitiekunas (Toronto)
Exploring "where" poverty takes hold, Poor Ink takes viewers to a tattoo shop at the corner of Queen and Sherbourne in
downtown Toronto and introduces three individuals who share the
physical and emotional impact of poverty on their lives.
Food for Thought
Directed by Luis Cornejo (Toronto)
Filmed in two very different kitchens and focusing largely on images of
food, Food for Thought is a visually rich and creative take on the socio-economic divide,
comparing the meals prepared by a wealthy couple and a poor family.
Directed by Craig Conoley (Ottawa)
Mixing poetry, performance and documentary, 4 Kids examines poverty through the prose of Just Jamaal, a slam poet and hip
hop artist from Ottawa. As an early childhood educator, night-shift
caretaker, part-time artist and father of four, Jamaal is a testament
to the pride that can exist despite one's circumstances and the power
of art to liberate oneself from those circumstances.
About Doc Studio
TVO champions documentaries year-round on air and through Doc Studio, an
online showcase for documentary filmmakers and their work and a
learning community supporting point-of-view filmmaking. A leader in
Canadian point-of-view documentaries, TVO devotes more than half of its
primetime schedule to documentaries and commissions 8 to 10 new
point-of-view documentary films every year.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to
be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
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