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The 7 Interventions of Filmmaker-in-Residence
Directed by Heather Frise and Katarina Cizek
Produced by Gerry Flahive
A National Film Board of Canada Production
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Everyone participates - everyone has a voice - and the message is revolutionary.

Filmmaker-in-Residence is an innovative documentary experiment from the National Film Board of Canada. It started in 2004 with the placement of media maker Katerina Cizek "in residence" at Toronto's inner-city St. Michael's Hospital, renowned for innovation in patient care and research.

This groundbreaking project in media intervention integrates documentary filmmaking, "videobridging," photoblogs, digital storytelling and more to produce a "collective intelligence" approach that investigates complex health issues and the integral role of creative collaboration across disciplines and hierarchies to smash social and political barriers.

What happens when homeless women become mothers? How can doctors from Toronto work hand-in-hand with HIV activists in rural Africa? What can people who have made recurrent suicide attempts learn from each other? These and other issues - intricate, difficult and delicate - come alive in this 80-minute documentary, featuring seven distinct yet interconnected experiments in collaborative media. The Seven Interventions of Filmmaker-in-Residence charts the project's five-year history, investigating the creative process from within as media makers join health care workers to reflect on ethics, interventionist filmmaking and shifting cinematic genres. This DVD features two hours of bonus features, including an interview with George Stoney, executive producer of the NFB's landmark Challenge for Change program.


81 minutes / color
Closed Captioned
Release: 2010
Copyright: 2009
Sale: $248

Subject areas:
Closed Captioned, Communications, Fanlight Collection, Health Care Issues, Media Studies

Related Titles:
The Bicycle: Fighting AIDS with community medicine in Malawi.

Drawing From Life: A half-hour film that goes inside a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide more than once.

Hand-Held: A documentary anthology on health and homelessness, and a frank and invaluable resource for anyone interested in how media and medicine can work together to change lives.

The Interventionists: A mental health nurse and a police officer ride the streets of the inner city in an unmarked police car, responding to 911 calls involving what are officially called "emotionally disturbed persons" (EDP).

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