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The Canadian Recession: The NFB launches the first fully online documentary at RIDM

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The fine folks at the NFB have got a new, interactive web documentary that may be of interest to Spacing readers. The project is called ‘GDP: Measuring the Human Side of the Canadian Economic Crisis’, which is being launched this week in conjunction with an event at the Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal on Nov. 18th. GDP is online at

The organizers describe the project as follows:

Over the next year, eight filmmakers and eight photographers across Canada will be following the stories of over a dozen Canadians as they find their way through the current economic crisis. Updated daily, the site will eventually feature 250 films and photo essays, about 4 minutes long each. The site is also interactive: you can add your own creative content – whether it be videos, photos or comments – to the site to broaden the discussion and move it in new directions. We’re hoping that as film makers and media artists, Spacing Montreal members will be interested in adding their own work to this growing a cross-country conversation about the difficulties and successes we’ve all faced throughout the financial downturn.

This Wednesday, on November 18th they’ll be introducing the site to the public at the RIDM, explaining in more detail how to participate and discussing the process of building an interactive, year-long web documentary.

A public discussion about the project happens on November 18 from 5-7pm, in the RIDM Lounge of the Cinémathèque Québécoise, 335 boulevard De Maisonneuve Est.


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