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3 more films from the DOXA Connexions Youth Forum

Following up on yesterday’s post, here are the 3 remaining films from the 2010 DOXA Youth Connexions Forum:

Love Life

Josephine Anderson is 24 years old, holds a B.A. in English Literature from UBC and is a graduate of the Capilano University Documentary Film Program. Her short documentary, The Janitor, was recently nominated for Labour Video of the Year by LabourStart. Currently, Josephine is editing a video for Tumaini Children’s Project.

As a young documentary filmmaker, it was exhilarating to work out of the NFB during the DOXA Youth Connexions Forum. For non-filmmakers it would be hard to know how much work goes into a 90-second film, but for us it seemed unimaginable to get it all done in one week until the week came to a close, and we’d all completed our projects. We started with a rapid-fire roundtable discussion, trying to shape theoretical ideas into visible ones. Within a matter of hours we’d pinned down stories, and we were out of the gates filming by the second day.

My project is a documentary called Love Life, which is about love from the perspective of an 8-year-old boy. Outside of filmmaking I work with children, and I’ve been considering for some time the idea of making a film that that includes them. This project shows a boy named Angus, who has an infectiously spunky and thoughtful personality. As a filmmaker, it’s a personal goal of mine to get as close as possible to the people I film, to bring a perspective that is as honest and idiosyncratic as possible on screen, so I feel blessed to have had the chance to film Angus as he lets us into his world for a moment.

D & d

Dolly Reno, 19 years old, is an aspiring filmmaker/singer/songwriter of Native and European ancestry. Her foray into film came via her love of photography and upon the urging of her father, who recognized in his daughter a desire to voice her concerns for social justice to a wider audience, through her gift for communicating with visual media.

The [DOXA] process was amazing and the experience of throwing myself into MY OWN PROJECT from pre-production to production to post, was something I’d never done before completely on my own, though it’s still a half truth that I even did this time considering Catrina, Lisa, Mo and Elisa were so great to me with all the time they spent sitting with me while I talked out my idea, to helping me when I didn’t know how to do things and being my extra sets of eyes when I needed honest opinions.

The pre-production phase was frustrating for me cause I couldn’t narrow my idea down, but working through it was really enjoyable because I was literally watching my brainstorming turn into a solid concept. There’s not a second of production that I wasn’t totally in love with… I mean come on! It’s a film about my friendship with my dad which meant spending all day with him, how could I not have loved it?!?!?!


Su-An Ng, the final participant in this year’s program, is 24 years old, originally from Singapore now living in Vancouver and is an Animation graduate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her first film titled Nature On Its Course has been screened in various film festivals worldwide.

Throughout the program, Su-An tweeted about her experiences. You can find her Twitter stream here.


A special thanks to all the filmmaker mentors: Elisa Chee, Catrina Longmuir, Lisa Nielsen, Mo Simpson & Don White.

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