Week 2 (2016)

Lindsay + Danielle

Producer/Writer: Michelle Macklem

About the documentary:

“Lindsay + Danielle” explores the blurry lines between ability, bodies and technology as told by two people. Danielle Peers and Lindsay Eales are artists, scholars and partners in Montreal who study disability through their own embodied experiences. Danielle is a former wheelchair basketball Paralympian and now researches disability sport and social justice movements in Canada. She uses her wheelchair as a tool to navigate the world, while her partner Lindsay uses her own tools – like psych meds and make-up – to help her deal with mental illness. Lindsay is the co-artistic director of CRIPSiE, the Collaboratively Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton, and also a registered occupational therapist and PhD student studying invisible disabilities. Although the way they interact with their abilities are different, both Danielle and Lindsay are the same in how they share in caring for each other.

lindsay_danielle - Michelle Macklem
Danielle Peers and Lindsay Eales

About the producer:

Michelle Macklem
Michelle Macklem

Michelle Macklem is a radio producer for CBC and other podcasts, and she began making radio at CFUV in Victoria, BC. She recently created a 4-part podcast series called Adaptive that investigates the relationship between human ability and technology.

Michelle’s pieces are sound-rich and explore human connection, like a piece called “Alex” that she produced for the critically acclaimed podcast The Heart in February.  Her work has been featured in international festivals, including being shortlisted for the HearSay International Arts Festival in 2015 and a finalist in the Third Coast Short Docs Award 2016 for a piece called “Swimmers”.

 

 


Byron Hatt – Reflections of a Crossing Guard

Producer/Writer: Fritz Musser

About the documentary:

Nova Scotia crossing guard Byron Hatt
Nova Scotia crossing guard Byron Hatt

I nearly daily drove past a crossing guard. He is a small, middle-aged man with gray hair and sharp blue eyes. We never spoke and had only the barest of exchanges. I’ll admit to having had condescending thoughts about crossing guards, to questioning the basis of their authority, and to considering them unnecessary. And, I passed judgment on who would work as a crossing guard. But something stood out about the way this crossing guard did his job—he seemed to me so serious about his work. One day, I asked him if he would talk to me about what he did. He said he would but that it would only take two minutes for him to say everything there was to say about being a crossing guard. We spoke for nearly an hour. I came away from our conversation in awe of his perspective and profound wisdom.

 

About the producer:

Fritz Musser
Fritz Musser

Fritz Musser seeks to create non-narrative documentary audio stories with minimal sound design that showcase the full spectrum of the human experience, create connections and bridges of understanding through our shared humanity, and motivate people to act to improve lives and communities—in short, to make audio that transports, transforms, and inspires.

 

 


The Apocalypse

Producer/Writer: Liz McArthur

About the documentary:

When I was a kid my grandma told me a lot of things about one world governments, the Illuminati, the devil and the end of the world. It all had a big impact on how I grew up.

The Raiders of the Lost Ark movie ties into the weird lore my grandma told me, says Liz McArthur.
“The Raiders of the Lost Ark movie ties into the weird lore my grandma told me,” says Liz McArthur.

 

About the producer:

Liz McArthur
Liz McArthur

Liz McArthur is a radio producer in Victoria, BC. When she isn’t weaving stories with sound and voice, she likes to explore the wilds of Vancouver Island and garden.

 

 

 

 

 


Dandelions

Producers/Writers: Jacques Gartner and Brendan Wyant

About the documentary:

What if we could make use of something that people typically try to throw away? Dandelions are a contentious issue; the topic comes up every spring as the little yellow petals begin to appear. People often resort to spraying herbicides on them purely for aesthetic reasons. Locally the city of Edmonton has typically regarded the dandelion as a weed and has resorted to spraying herbicides to eliminate them. Recently, however, the city of Edmonton has cut down drastically on its spraying practices resulting in numerous complaints.

I you are interested in knowing more about dandelions and different initiatives around Edmonton, Gartner and Wyant created the website http://dandelionsedmonton.weebly.com.

About the producers:

Jacques Gartner was born and raised in Edmonton. He is a dual ticketed tradesman and a father of two. He is currently working towards a bachelor of education at the University of Alberta, where he was able to link up with CJSR and explore the dandelions through an alternative perspective in relation to sustainability. “I have always had a passion for the outdoors and gardening which made exploring the dandelion a perfect fit for this project.”

Brendan Wyant is a 4th year Elementary Education student at the University Of Alberta. His spare time usually consists of watching any sports or movies he can get his hands on.

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