Speakers

Erin Sorenson is an impact producer and the founder of Third Stage Consulting providing strategic planning and niche impact distribution for justice-themed documentary film projects.

With a focus on subject-driven documentaries, specific interests include:  interpersonal violence, women’s issues, animal rights, homelessness, disabilities, and international relations.

Erin has worked on over 30 impact campaigns to date and is a frequent trainer at Good Pitch filmmaker workshops.  

Erin graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. In 2001 she was awarded “Chicagoan of the Year” for her work with Chicago’s Mayor Daley in developing one of the nation’s largest nonprofits for abused children.

Prior to founding Third Stage Consulting, Erinspent 5 years as the Chief Programs Officer for the BeCause Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the power of documentary filmmaking and its fusion with creative outreach and engagement projects. While there she worked on film projects that included: Welcome to Shelbyvilleand Bully.

Current Projects: TransMilitary, Maineland, Roll Red Roll, Love & Bananas, 62 Days, Crossing Bhutan and Grace

Recent Past Projects:Almost Sunrise, Dispatches from Cleveland, Councilwoman, Driving with Selvi, Chasing Coral, Kangaroo, Home Truth, Private Violence, Southwest of Salem

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David Vaisbord is the Chair of DOC BC, on the National Executive of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) and the board of Hot Docs.  He's here to share thoughts on how to strengthen documentary film communities across North America and to meet doc filmmakers and educators from all disciplines interested in visiting Vancouver to conduct masterclasses for DOC members.

Filmmaker, educator, activist David Vaisbord, has made several award winning documentaries for television including  Drawing Out the Demons: a film about the artist Attila Richard Lukacs, Mischa, Britannia Beach, Dark Pines, and cult classic Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man.  While at the Emily Carr University of Art+Design he wrote his masters thesis on the historical relationship between Canadian documentary practice and social justice in Canada. 

Vaisbord is in post production on a 10-year long-form feature doc (working) titled:  The Little Mountain Story. The documentary follows two blind senior citizens and the community who fought the destruction of their public housing project.  POV Magazine’s feature story provides background while the project's evolution is covered on the web at: www.littlemountainproject.comVaisbord is currently looking for completion funding.