Media That Matters: The Nature of Media
With Bill Weaver, Greg Coyes, Emilee Gilpin and Nettie Wild
May 20 - 24, 2020
A stimulating time with 40+ creators of all ages: four days of dialogue, big groups, little groups, passionate dinner conversation and case studies- all about where media is, should be, might be and could be… — Betsy Carson, Face to Face Media
In an era of divisiveness and disconnection, our relationship to media and technology must evolve. Can we, as makers, bring about more effective change by tapping into the poetic, the sensual, the natural, and the unexpected?
The Nature of Media is for artists, filmmakers, writers, and New Media makers who are expanding their horizons: creators who want to inspire reflection, empathy, meaningful conversation, and ultimately, action. It is a gathering that aims to explore storytelling, journalism, art, and technology as a bridge across political cultural divides; a one-of-a-kind opportunity to reconnect to the natural world, and to strengthen our human connections.
Surrounded by a powerful natural environment, participants form a collaborative community to discuss narratives and aesthetics that appeal to new regions of the mind, and re-examine the roots and the future of storytelling across a broad range of traditional and emerging platforms.
Come to learn, cross-pollinate, reinvigorate, and be inspired.
More info at mediathatmatters.org
Bill founded the Media that Matters conferences in 1999. He’s a media strategist / philosopher and a Peabody-Award-winning, 40-year veteran of television and radio in the US and Canada. He has produced, directed, shot, and edited 10 television documentaries and numerous interstitials for Canadian television, and continues to create short films and organizational narratives for values-based business and social profits. Bill believes that we cannot communicate at our fullest capacity without touching in with our most elemental media: our inner dialogue, our conversations with others, and our interactive relationship with the natural word. Next year, he’ll be traveling the world for the University…
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Greg Coyes has worked in the Indigenous media community over the last three decades as an award- winning documentary film-maker, and as an educator and writer. He has produced and directed with the National Film Board, and consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale University, Greg is currently teaching, and coordinating the Independent Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University in North Vancouver. His Master’s thesis focused on the SLOW MEDIA Community, which creates and promotes decolonized media, and an Indigenous sense of cinematic time and space. Greg is Metis/Cree…
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Emilee is a facilitator, educator, journalist and multimedia reporter. She is the lead journalist and storyteller for the National Observer’s series First Nations Forward. Emilee is committed to sharing stories of success and sovereignty and also investigating responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. She has been awarded the Susan Carson Bursary Award, a Fulbright Canada scholarship, and was also the Human Rights “Emerging Indigenous Intern” at The Tyee. A journalism graduate from Concordia University, Emilee is Saulteaux Cree and Métis. mediathatmatters.org
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One of Canada’s most respected documentary filmmakers, Nettie Wild is now exploring new narrative directions. She has a passion for catalyzing effective change by tapping into the poetic, the sensual, the dimensional, and the unexpected. Her recent film Koneline: Our Land Beautiful explored a more spacious visual approach that reflected the culture, message and landscape of the Tahltan First Nation. Her innovative projection mapping project, Uninterrupted, cinematically transformed Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge into a wild B.C. river – immersing audiences of all world views in the incredible journey of migrating sockeye salmon. Her next step: porting the experience into Virtual Reality. mediathatmatters.org | canadawildproductions.com
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