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Filmmaker-In-Residence Project Partners Media and Medicine

St. Michael’s Hospital is the site of a groundbreaking experiment with film and media. Until Dec. 2007, award-winning documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek will team up with frontline health care workers in the Filmmaker-in-Residence project.

Toronto, January 13, 2007

St. Michael's Hospital is the site of a groundbreaking experiment with film and media. Until Dec. 2007, award-winning documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek will team up with frontline health care workers in the Filmmaker-in-Residence project sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

Collaborative and community-based, the project puts media creation into the hands of citizens so they can participate and become agents of social change. Throughout the two-year pilot project, Cizek will join our doctors, nurses, researchers and patients at the frontlines of Canadian health care in projects that focus on issues both local and global.

Filmmaker-in-Residence is an incarnation of the NFB's Challenge for Change program. When the program launched in the late 1960s, filmmakers entered communities as diverse as inner city legal clinics and rural fishing villages. The idea was simple: work with communities to use film as an instrument for social change. As a result, other NFB centres across Canada are using media to work hand-in-hand in communities to help affect social change.

Working with web designers Subject Matter Inc., the NFB has released a website that takes viewers along for the journey as Cizek brings her unique style of social justice filmmaking to bear at the Hospital:

www.nfb.ca/filmmakerinresidence

The website tells the story of how Cizek's collaborations with health care workers create film and media that make a difference in the lives of our patients and community. "Over the next year, I am curious to see how media and medicine can learn from each other," Cizek says.

I WAS HERE logoSupport the cause and don't miss the upcoming Filmmaker-in-Residence events "I WAS HERE," a photography exhibit in cooperation with the Young Parents, No Fixed Address Network:

Jan. 15 - 19: Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West
Jan. 22 - Feb. 2: Toronto Free Gallery, 660 Queen St. East
Feb. 5 - 9: St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond St.
Feb. 12 - 16: NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St.