CFC, NFB name Creative Doc Lab participants

Josephine Anderson and Nisha Pahuja are among those confirmed for the documentary storytelling-focused program. (Pictured: former Doc Lab project Stories We Tell)
August 21, 2015

Nisha Pahuja, Josephine Anderson, Noam Gonick, and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa have been named to the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Canadian Film Centre (CFC)’s Creative Doc Lab program.

The CFC and NFB announced in May the relaunch of the program, which will focus on storytelling and take place in three modules over eight months, beginning in September.

Each participant arrives to the program with a project already in the works, which they will develop further over the course of the Doc Lab.

Nisha Pahuja is a Toronto- and Bombay-based filmmaker whose previous credits include Diamond Road (2007 Gemini Award for Best Documentary Series) Bollywood Bound and The World Before Her (TIFF Canada Top Ten 2012; Best Documentary Feature, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival; Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2012). Her project, Send Us Your Brother, explores what it means to be a man in modern-day India, where modernity and tradition are in constant collision.

Josephine Anderson, based in Vancouver, brings her project The Third Movement to the program. The doc charts the career and life of globally acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner. Anderson’s credits include The Sticking Place (2012), which was a Webby Award Honoree and winner of two Pixel Awards.

Noam Gonick’s project, Amber, is a documentary set in the Canadian prairies, which explores a double kidnapping from a range of thematic perspectives. His film credits include the doc To Russia With Love and the Hot Docs award-winning Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight.

Pablo Alvarez-Mesa is a Colombia-born, Vancouver-raised filmmaker whose credits include Presidio Modelo, Jelena’s Song and Nuestro Monte Luna, which was featured at this year’s Hot Docs. His project, Chrononauts, is a character study and an exploration of contemporary society from the perspective of four living time travelers.

Notable docs to emerge from the previous two incarnations of the program are Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, Su Rynard’s The Messenger and Yung Chang‘s The Fruit Hunters.

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