Keep the Documentary Production Program (Threatened to be cut.)

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Lisa Abel
10 years ago
I'm a class of 2010 Algonquin Documentary Grad. This program was an amazing immersion in how to make a documentary, an intro to the production business and excellent way to connect with filmmakers. As a result of my taking this program, I was able to intern at l'Office national du film and now have a full time paid position making videos for an NGO. Research has shown that there are few training opportunities in documentary in Canada (http://www.culturalhrc.ca/research/CHRC_Documentary_Films_TGA-en.pdf) and it seems short-sighted to terminate this program as it's starting to pick up it's stride and foster a new community of skilled documentary filmmakers.

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Katie Martin
10 years ago
I am a graduate of the TV Broadcasting Program 1996. The Documentary Production Program allows a student to explore their creative mind while educating others about a subject that is dear to them. We must encourage this level of creativity not stifle it. Please reconsider shutting this program down.
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Katie Martin

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Kevin Teichroeb
10 years ago
I'm an Algonquin Alumnus who didn't have the opportunity to participate in the not-yet-founded Documentary Program when I was a student in 95-96. In 2007 I executive produced a cross-platform program on CBC Television and cbc.ca called Exposure and saw several high quality entries make it quite far in the competition. I continue to be impressed by the quality Algonquin students and faculty produce, and know that this is an extremely valuable program that will continue to yield important work. Please consider the value of the program you currently have and take the necessary measures to keep it running at the high standards the department has already achieved.

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Carol Collins
10 years ago
The Documentary Production program should be expanded upon and marketed better—not cut.

The Documentary Production program is the absolute best program that I've taken at Algonquin College. The wealth of knowledge and wonderful guidance provided by the dedicated instructors of this program are some of the best that I've had in my 30 years (90+ courses) of studying at Algonquin. As a mature student who has been in the work force since 1978, I know first-hand how important it is to not only build one's skill set but to be continually adding to it in this ever changing work world of ours—a world in need of professional communicators who know how to tell and present factual stories effectively. Effective documentary filmmaking does just that—it raises awareness about the important issues of our time and inspires positive change.

Let’s ensure that future students of Algonquin College have the option of not only learning about documentary film making but becoming film makers themselves.

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RJ Kim
10 years ago
DPP course at Algonquin is needed to keep the indie film producers alive and to thrive here in Canada

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Steve Chao
10 years ago
At a time of shrinking funding for conventional media, the role of the documentary maker in keeping powers that be accountable is becoming increasingly important. Citizen journalism is essential in maintaining the freedoms and the rights that we as Canadians and we as world citizens enjoy. But, people need the tools to tell a story effectively, which is why this program is so important.

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Andrée Cazabon
10 years ago
Over the years I have had a number of student volunteers and employees from the DOC programs during the production of our documentaries. They have brought valuable experience and a genuine drive the join the ranks of our industry and some are currently working at our production office. Icant imagine our documentary community without the DOC program! I hope the College will reconsider.

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Pepita Ferrari
10 years ago
Having been invited to give a few master classes at Algonquin what impressed me the most was the cross-discipline approach of the program. This kind of program is more critical than ever because of how documentary is being used in so many different forms than just the traditional one. People actually working in the field with NGO's, in marketing or new media are able to learn the essentials in a time efficient manner with this program. Located in Ottawa , such a hub of governmental, non-governmental and industrial headquarters, makes Algonquin the ideal location for such a program. To abandon the program is very short-sighted - why not a full review to ensure the program is fulfilling its potential?

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Christopher Majka
10 years ago
Documentary film is one of the cornerstones of Canadian culture - now as much as at any time in the past.

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Lois Siegel
10 years ago
Documentary Film is very important in Canada. The strong history of The National Film Board of Canada is based on Documentary films, besides it's Animation Film program.

It would be unfortunate suspend such a good program. It definitely has value in Canada.