Perspectives Series Podcast: Episode 3 – Genre

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Perspectives is a series of talks that takes you behind the scenes of Canadian documentary filmmaking. his series is presented by the DOC Institute with generous support from presenting sponsor Vistek as well as the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Creates.

In each week of this three-part series, three filmmakers join host Aisha Jamal to unpack an element of documentary filmmaking and explain the role it plays in their work. This series was recorded as a live event via Zoom. The Perspectives panel featured a live conversation with the filmmakers, followed by questions from the audience.

Following episode one’s conversation Tackling Theme and episode two’s focus on Finding Your Format, filmmakers Maya Gallus (The Heat: A Kitchen ( R )evolution), Shane Belcourt (The Crimes of Shelly Chartier), and Maya Annik Bedward (The Haircut) join Jamal to talk about giving their docs the right generic spin. How does one choose between an observational work, talking heads, true crime, character study, or hybrid?

Perspectives is sponsored by Vistek, Canada’s leading supplier of our industry’s most trusted digital production equipment. Whether you’re shopping in-store or online at, you’ll find a complete range of audio/video solutions and expert advice to help you select the right tools for your next project. And don’t forget: DOC Members enjoy 20% off rentals and VIP pricing on purchases, so be sure to visit Vistek before your next shoot.

Perspectives is available on

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For further viewing

The films of Maya Gallus
The Heat
The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche
Derby Crazy Love (trailer)
Girl Inside (trailer)
Dish (clip)

The films of Shane Belcourt
The Crimes of Shelly Chartier
Heritage Minutes: Naskumituwin (Treaty)
Heritage Minutes: Chanie Wenjack
The Cycle of Life (clip)

The films of Maya Annik Bedward
The Haircut
Farm Crime: Canola Caper
Language Arts: With Me (music video)
Petra Glynt: Sour Paradise (music video)
Black Zombie (in production)

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Hosted by Aisha Jamal
Audio editing by Madeline Lines
Clapper image by Anuwat Meereewee
Intro theme: “First Met” by Vikas Singh Chhonker

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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