Since 2016, I’ve been working on A Better Man, a documentary co-production of Intervention Productions and the National Film Board (NFB) that Hot Docs called the “most-buzzed film” of their 2017 festival. The film follows conversations between co-director Attiya Khan and the man who abused her when they were teenagers 25 years ago, exploring what it means to take responsibility for gender-based violence.
As the film’s Impact Producer, my job was to seed discussions about the film in schools, workplaces and communities. My work has included:
- Writing and editing discussion kits for various audiences (general, unions, and men’s groups)
- Project-managing the development, pilot and release of the A Better Man high school learning kit in partnership with the NFB and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
- Distilling key messages and advising on media strategy, earning accolades for the film in the New Yorker, Maclean’s and BuzzFeed
- Public speaking about the film in locations ranging from Haida Gwaii, British Columbia to Bled, Slovenia (you can hear me discuss the project on TIFF’s Long Take podcast or CBC Metro Morning)
- Co-directing the film’s interactive companion piece It Was Me, which won the inaugural Golden Sheaf Award for Digital Media at the 2018 Yorkton Film Festival and was nominated for a 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Interactive Production
I’ve done this kind of work for other films, like the NFB’s Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada and groundbreaking 2018 documentary Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, about Mandi Gray’s ordeal pursuing justice for her rape through the courts. Want to hire me to get people talking about your film? Head on down to Contact.