Posts written by Alexandra Yanofsky
 

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What is visual research, clearance and copyright – and why should you care?

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The NFB, as one of Canada’s most prolific documentary producers, knows that the research, and visual research, invested in a project in the development stage is key to a strong, compelling documentary. Just about every film includes content – photo stills, footage and music – wherein rights need to be cleared before the film is more »

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Insomnia: What keeps you up at night?

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When I mentioned A Journal of Insomnia in a hat-tip to sleep-deprived moms in my Mother’s Day post, I knew I had to return for a more in-depth exploration. Are you one of the many people who’ve experienced the the irritable moods, stinging eyes, sore body, the exhausted and even surreal state where dreams and more »

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Top 5 most-viewed films published on NFB.ca in 2013

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In 2013, we continued to add to our online collection, which currently has over 1700 films for your viewing pleasure. Curious to know what the most viewed films online are lately around these parts? Here’s your countdown of the Top 5 most-viewed NFB films that were published online in 2013: 5. Tokyo Girls (Penelope Buitenhuis, more »

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4 Films for Mother’s Day

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Sifting through the online collection at NFB.ca I discovered 3 films and 1 interactive project which, although completely different from one another, connect beautifully with the theme of mothers and Mother’s Day. Sylvia Hamilton says, at one point in her film Black Mother Black Daughter, “When I look at my daughter Shani, I hope her more »

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Watch 2 Influential Documentaries: Lonely Boy and The Back-breaking Leaf

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The Globe and Mail recently compiled their list of the most influential, must-watch documentaries ever made since 1895. It was exciting to have 2 NFB classics included! One of the films that made the list, Lonely Boy, was featured on our blog last month. Wolf Koenig and Roman Kroitor‘s 1962 documentary let us peek inside more »

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Here at Home shines a light on mental health and homelessness

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How does mental health affect you, your loved ones and your community? This week (May 6 – 12) is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 62nd Mental Health Week. This week is our opportunity to discuss, learn about and reflect upon mental health. One in five Canadians experience mental illness. If you’re not the one in more »