Organized by CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival in association with DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada)
Lately, documentarians and photographers have been turning their cameras – even putting cameras into the hands – of underrepresented communities such inner city youth and single mothers. This panel discusses projects ranging from the National Film Board’s filmmaker-in-residence Katerina Cizek’s I Was Here to award-winning filmmaker Lalita Krishna’s Shift Focus. Together, these speakers show how still and motion photography empowers the lives of society’s most vulnerable. The panel will also discuss issues of consent and representation.
A reception and screening of The Mother Project: Tierney Gearon* follow.
Speakers: Katerina Cizek As the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker- in-Residence at an inner-city hospital, Katerina Cizek is partnering media with medicine to fuel social action.
Lalita Krishna Lalita is a Toronto award-winning filmmaker whose work has been shown around the world. Recently, Move Your World won the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 Sprockets Film Festival for Children.
Barbara Mainguy Barbara Mainguy is a Toronto writer and filmmaker. She is Artist in Residence at a transitional house for women with mental disabilities.
Rodrigo Moreno Chilean-born Rodrigo is a Toronto photographer who is presently working on a photography workshop with youth in Lawrence Heights where he lives.
Allan Tong (moderator) Allan is a Toronto filmmaker, presently developing a documentary for the NFB entitled, Better Angels, about a photography workshop for Toronto’s inner city teens as taught by Barbara Mainguy.
*Full details on the films: http://www.contactphoto.com/view.ph p?sec=programs&eventid=910