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 SocietyA 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.

Annual Charity Bentwood Boxes. A document of the creation of boxes from the 2015 charity bentwood box auction. After nine years and nearly $200,000 raised we are very excited about the 10th anniversary of this wonderful event.

THE PLEDGE | Burnaby Board of Trade

OFF ISLAND took the PLEDGE for a sustainable community through the Burnaby Board of Trade. Check it out to see what you can do to make your business more sustainable.


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.


MARINA DODIS

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


HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Interesting program, The Housing Hack, on @TheCurrentCBC about housing communes in Vancouver as a way for millenials to cope with the unaffordable rental and real estate market. Is this one of the ways we should be solving the affordability crisis? Weigh in @homeconvrsation  


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.


TELUS STORYHIVE | SHORT CONTENT

Congratulations to Carlo Solanoy on completing his Storyhive short Last Night. Working with Carlo and NSI-Canada on this project was a great experience and we're looking forward to the premiere! 


WHITEHORSE

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

DEVELOPMENT

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:

  1. Self - the personal history of the founder and how they arrived at the values that permeate the company. (Watch this.)
  2. Us - connecting these values with the broader shared values of others, creating a shared narrative. 
  3. Now - an urgent call to action that invites others to share in the organization's purpose.

Well worth the read: HBR Article.


CHECK OUT THIS TRAILER

BOXES

Here's a short preview of a documentary we are working on, with artists we are proud to be involved with. Visit lattimergallery.com to join the auction and support UNYA.


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.

A huge thanks to Pacific Coastal Air, the Shearwater Resort, Kathy Sereda, and her husband William!


BENTWOOD BOXES

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

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.

Thank you to the David Suzuki Foundation, David, Lindsay, Eoghan, Carlo, and the Queen of Green coaches.

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.