PERSPECTIVES DocuMentality: The Growth of a Movement
⭐ Great News!
DOC is extremely pleased to announce that we will be participating in DocuMentality: an initiative that seeks to normalize conversations about mental health and well-being in our industry. DOC is participating in this initiative in order to have clear data to bolster our advocacy for sector commitments to support mental health and well being initiatives for documentary creators.
DOC is presenting a panel discussion at TIFF that outlines the results of the UK and US focus groups that launched Documentality earlier this year, and we’ll share our plans for Documentality in Canada. The information we collect in the therapist-led Canadian focus groups will become a guide to normalizing conversations around mental health in our sector; how documentary filmmakers can become more resilient resources for themselves, their teams and the people who entrust them with their stories; and what actions DOC can take to advocate for sectoral change.
DOC at TIFF!
DocuMentality is an expanding initiative seeking to normalize conversations about mental health in the documentary industry and provide best-practice guidance for filmmakers. The project began with efforts in the UK and US. Now, the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is spearheading a new wave of focus groups with support from the Canada Media Fund. On this panel, we’ll hear from DocuMentality team member Malikkah Rollins and DOC’s Sarah Spring about the past, present, and future of the movement. We’ll also hear from filmmaker Rebeca Huntt describing what she learned about maintaining mental balance in the making of her intensely personal film Beba, which premiered at TIFF last year. Moderator: Inney Prakash (Maysles Documentary Center)
🗓️ Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Rebeca Huntt is a filmmaker and multimedia artist born in New York City. She has a BA from Bard College. She directed the short films ¡Hay Coro! (18) and 1-800 Lovable (20). Beba (21) is her first feature film.
Malikkah Rollins a co-founder of DocuMentality, an initiative designed to elevate the conversation around mental health in the documentary community. She is a trained psychotherapist which she served as for 10 years, specializing in supporting young adults experiencing mental health challenges. She was also an independent film producer for six years. Integrating mental health and documentary filmmaking, she served as a mental health consultant for a group of young BIPOC/LGBTQ+ filmmakers sponsored by POV and has been a guest speaker with several documentary organizations such as Sundance, the European Film Market and Video Consortium unpacking mental health issues in the documentary ecosystem. In her full-time life, she is the Director of Industry and Education at DOC NYC, the largest doc film festival in the United States. She is a member of Brown Girl Doc Mafia and on the board of WIFV-DC.
Executive Director, Documentary Organization of Canada
Cinema Programmer, Maysles Documentary Center Moderator