Watch #SPIRALseries here: https://goo.gl/JR3nfZ
SPIRAL taps into our collective interest in the otherworldly in a familiar dramatic setting – the first year of university. SPIRAL is set and shot in Victoria, B.C. and stars an ensemble cast of performers from popular TV series such as Riverdale, The Next Step and Make it Pop.
Alexandra Beaton (The Next Step), Brennan Clost (The Next Step), Enuka Okuma (Rookie Blue, How to Get Away with Murder, and the forthcoming CBC series titled Caught), Cody Kearsley (Riverdale), Louriza Tronco (Make it Pop), Corteon Moore (Backstage) Kailey Spear (Bates Motel; winner of The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga fan fiction filmmaking contest), and Angela Palmer (Travelers, Supernatural) all bring SPIRAL to life.
SPIRAL is made possible by a content programming grant from TELUS Storyhive and premieres on September 6, 2017 for free on TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand and is also available worldwide at spiralbackwards.com
WILD PACIFIC TRAIL | Ucluelet BC
This famous trail originated through the vision and initiative of Ucluelet's 'Oyster Jim' Martin and continues to evolve with funds donated to the Wild Pacific Trail Society. A stunning part of BC and Jim's work is known around the world. We had a great time getting to know the man and his achievement.
IN THE NAME OF YOUR DAUGHTER | Support this amazing film about #girlsofcourage
Support the next film from amazing filmmaker, Giselle Portenier, a two-time Peabody award-winning journalist and filmmaker who is passionate about human rights, especially the human rights of children and women. She has made films that have not only changed minds and hearts, but changed laws as well. Her hope is that this film too will be a major contribution in the battle against FGM. For more information see: www.Inthenameofyourdaughterfilm.com
A film about the most courageous girls in the world. Join the movement to end #childmarriage and #FGM
BOXES | Urban Native Youth Association and the Lattimer Gallery
In time for the 2016 event, the Lattimer Gallery has released the documentary we produced for them showcasing their Annual Bentwood Boxes Charity Auction, which will be held from November 19th - December 3rd this year. It was inspiring to work with all the artists around British Columbia and to do our small part to support the Urban Native Youth Association.
DEAR CITY OF GLASS
This is a timely and important conversation. Check out the interviews from the Museum of Vancouver event on Affordable Housing in Vancouver organized by Two by Fore and Metropolitan Collective. We produced the #DearCityofGlass campaign for Two by Fore and G&F Financial with the talented filmmakers at Dunya Entertainment. Stay tuned for more video conversation on this.
The talented photographer Marina Dodis is worth checking out if you don't know her work. She's moving from photography into documentary filmmaking and is producing great work. She has shot a number of shorts including one with another favourite artist of mine, Corrine Hunt, about a raven piece. You can check it out here.
NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY
National Canadian Film Day is a huge celebration of Canadian film across Canada. You can find a full listing of events here. Get involved by planning your own screening, there's a list of films here to get you started. There's lots of ways to show your support! Mark the date: April 19, 2017.
LEO & CLIMATE ACTION
Good on @leodicaprio for doing something useful with the Oscars and calling for #ClimateAction. I found the ceremony tedious, even with fast forwarding but applaud him for using the platform for saying something important. The planet was what I was most struck by in The Revenant. The scope of it, how fragile we are on it and how it can work to keep us alive or end our lives. Like The Mission before it, The Revenant is a call to arms, a reminder of what we have and a desperate plea for us to save it.
DIGITAL | SPEAKING | DOCUMENTARY
It was great to be back in Whitehorse this past week. We caught up with old friends, met about a documentary project we have in development there and presented a Digital Media working session for a select group of Yukon producers and filmmakers courtesy of SPYA and Yukon Film and Sound Commission.
We had a couple of great meals at Antoinette's and Burnt Toast. Checked out the new cocktail bar in town, the Woodcutters Blanket. We were also in town the same weekend as Hometown Hockey but didn't get to meet Ron MacLean. Apparently his claim to fame is learning to ice skate as a kid when he lived in Whitehorse!
ADVENTURES UP NORTH
Last week, we traveled up North to the Cariboo on a research trip for an upcoming project.
Unsurprisingly, it was very cold! Nevertheless, we loved getting a chance to spend some time in this beautiful part of the province and enjoyed getting to meet so many amazing people. Thank you to everyone for the hospitality!
The photos in the gallery above are from Wells, BC.
USE STORYTELLING TO EXPLAIN YOUR COMPANY'S PURPOSE
John Coleman wrote an interesting article, by the aforementioned title, in the Harvard Business Review this week. The article details the corporate shift toward defining and communicating a company's "purpose" as a necessary ingredient for success.
Coleman's argument is based on Harvard professor Marshall Ganz's idea that the best way to motivate and inspire others is to connect the company's purpose with the individual motivations of staff, clients, and other stakeholders that are integral to the business.
Ganz believes there are three stories that need to fit together for companies to get it right:
- Self - the personal history of the founder and how they arrived at the values that permeate the company. (Watch this.)
- Us - connecting these values with the broader shared values of others, creating a shared narrative.
- Now - an urgent call to action that invites others to share in the organization's purpose.
Well worth the read: HBR Article.
TAKE ACTION & ENSURE OUR LEADERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR PLANET
Climate Change Reality Project
This December, world leaders will meet in Paris to determine the future of our planet. As an ambassador for the Climate Reality Change project, founded by Al Gore, we're uniting voices around the world to deliver one simple message: Take Climate Action Now. Zero global warming pollution. Zero extreme poverty.
JOIN US IN DEMANDING THAT WORLD LEADERS SIGN A STRONG AGREEMENT AT THE PARIS CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS IN DECEMBER.
ADD YOUR NAME to the petition today: https://roadtoparis.climaterealityproject.org/english.php.
BOXES IN BELLA BELLA
BOXES | Bella Bella, BC
The BOXES team travelled to beautiful Bella Bella to shoot the work of a contributing artist for the Lattimer Gallery's upcoming Charity Bentwood Box Silent Auction. We were blown away by how spectacular this part of our province is and equally excited about meeting a great group of people.
BOXES | Vancouver, BC
The annual Charity Bentwood Box Silent Auction takes place each December at the Lattimer Gallery near Granville Island. And "what begins as a blank cedar bentwood box is transformed into a beautiful work of art, all in the name of charity."
"The small, red and yellow cedar boxes are all kerfed, steamed, finished, and donated by Metis/Cree artist, James Michels. Then, all of the boxes are distributed to a variety of Northwest Coast First Nations artists across the province. James Michels donates these exquisite boxes, the artists donate their astounding creativity, and the Lattimer Gallery donates the venue, the marketing costs, and the event gala."
All proceeds from the 2015 Silent Auction will be donated to UNYA.
Off Island has the privilege of working with the team involved in this initiative and spent today shooting six Vancouver-based First Nations artists all at different stages in their creative process: from conceptualization, to sketching, to carving, to painting.
No two boxes were the same and we can definitively say that this year's Silent Auction stands to be the best yet!
Volumes Project | Vancouver, BC
Another great day yesterday, shooting footage for the Volumes Project. I am excited to be working with this team and cannot wait to see their vision come to life. The Volumes Project, as described by artist and creative director Graeme Berglund, is an initiative committed to "providing innovative and low-cost studio space is critical for enriching Vancouver’s cultural fabric and supporting our talented, emerging artists."
LEARN MORE about the Project at www.volumesproject.com and watch this space for continued updates on our involvement.
AL GORE’S CLIMATE REALITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Climate Reality | Toronto, ON
I was honoured to be selected to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Conference in Toronto earlier this month. The Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore, has set its mission “to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.”
Hearing from and strategizing with like-minded Climate Reality leaders from around the world was energizing and Gore’s speech was certainly a highlight - even more compelling than An Inconvenient Truth, if you can believe it!
Thank you The Climate Reality Project Canada for the opportunity and my fellow leaders for the experience.
JOIN CLIMATE REALITY here.
DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION: QUEEN OF GREEN
Queen of Green | Vancouver, BC
This month, we teamed up with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Queen of Green herself, Lindsay Coulter, to film a video about the importance of taking #smallstepsforchange. The Queen of Green Coaching Program guides those who are passionate about green living to become leaders in their communities by each “recruit[ing] 5 families from their networks to “green”.”
We had the opportunity to interview eight different coaches - some current, others alumni of the program. We loved hearing that the program helped these coaches build not only a greener community but also a more interconnected one. The video will also feature small steps we can all take toward a greener lifestyle.
Read Lindsay’s weekly blog about how to live a greener life here.
P.S. Filming David Suzuki was a dream come true!
FOLLOW-UP: STORY MONEY IMPACT
Media That Matters | Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
Story Money Impact did not disappoint.
The conference was a very well organized four days in an amazing natural setting, with a great group of people, discussing media as a means for social change. I headed home from Hollyhock energized and armed with new contacts and exciting project developments. A huge thank you to my fellow participants and to Tracey Friesen, Bill Weaver, and Sue Biely for the incredible experience.
Learn more about STORY MONEY IMPACT here.
Story Money Impact
Media That Matters | Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
Story Money Impact is a conference that will raise the bar for content creators and organizations using media to promote sustainability, inclusion, and social innovation. I'm looking forward to attending SMI this week. I've heard about Media That Matters and how amazing Hollyhock is for years. Thanks to Tracey Friesen, Bill Weaver and Sue Biely for the opportunity.