“In it Together” – A Virtual Brunch with DOC BC & Friends | This Saturday’s Topic:  Animation in Documentary

This Saturday May 23rd – Join us for a brunch conversation about “Animation in Documentary”, featuring a moderated panel with a variety of animation talent. We will be speaking with Ann Marie Fleming (Window Horses), Jenn Strom (Amplify HER/Motion Comic) and Charlie Tyrell (My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, Broken Orchestra) who will share their perspectives on using animation in documentary. Also, get a preview of some of their work and join in on the Q&A. Moderated by D’Arcy Hamilton from the DOC BC board.

Saturday, May 23rd at 11am – 12.30pm

Zoom. Click the link to register.
100 participants maximum.



11:00 – 11:10
Introduction of DOC BC, Virtual Brunch Format
Introduction of Panelists

11:10 – 12:00
Panelists have the floor:
Ann Marie Fleming
Jenn Storm
Charlie Tyrell




D’Arcy Hamilton (Moderator)

Priding himself in not only making the best shots possible, D’Arcy thrives on telling engaging stories of real people. With experience traveling to over 28 countries, D’Arcy has built a reputation to be a very well rounded filmmaker. With experience in stop motion time lapses, steadicam, and After Effects animation, D’Arcy is always thriving to push the limits of technology, to tell fascinating, engaging and heartfelt stories.

D’Arcy has worked closely with Hello Cool World with many clients, such as First Nations Technology Council, VACPC, Arts Health BC, Towards the Heart (BCCDC), together with Agentic on “Room in Your Heart” a Foster Care campaign, and the First Nations Health Authority. He is part of their workshop team for “Drawing Wisdom”, (headed up by Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations) which includes mentoring workshops with First Nations communities using video story telling techniques to explore health related and cultural topics.

He has also worked directly with many community-based foundations/groups producing and directing short films to tell their stories. Some include First United Church, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

D’Arcy has also DOP’d several projects with Love Intersections for Telus Storyhive as well as a short about an Iranian-Canadian who fights for women’s rights through her music for CBC Arts.


Ann Marie Fleming (Panelist)

Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning Canadian visual artist, writer, director, animator and cross-platform media maker who works in a variety of genres (animation, experimental, documentary and drama). Her work often deals with themes of family, history and memory.

Ann Marie’s graduating film from Emily Carr College of Art and Design,You Take Care Now (1989), was ranked among the Top 10 short films in Canada’s 150th Essential Cinema.  Blue Skies (2002) and New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes (1990) both won Best Canadian Short Film Awards at TIFF. Her filmography includes such acclaimed short films as I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010), Big Trees (2013), and the animated web-series My Place (2009) for Discovery USA’s Planetgreen.com. Ann Marie adapted her 2003 award-winning animated documentary The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam into a graphic novel, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2007 at San Diego’s Comic-Con International as well as being listed on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List for Tens.  The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam also won the Doug Wright Award for Best Canadian Comic.

Ann Marie’s 2016 animated feature Window Horses, about a young Canadian poet discovering her family history, received awards all over the world, including the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated feature, Best Animated Film at the Gijon International Film Festival in Barcelona, the Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea, the audience award at the AnimaSyros International Animation Festival in Greece, Best Canadian and Best B.C. Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Canadian Screenplay by the Vancouver Critic’s Award, Best Canadian Film by the Association of Canadian Online Critics, and the Humanitarian Award from the Riverrun Festival in North Carolina.

In 2018 Ann Marie created the portrait A Short Film about Tegan and Sara, for the Governor General Awards, highlighting their advocacy work in the LGBTQ community, and is currently working on Question Period, a short film that gives a window to the thoughts and voices of a group of recent Syrian refugee women as they negotiate their life in Canada

Jenn Storm (Panelist)

I’m a director, editor and animator and I live in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve been making films for 23 years.

Documentary is my favourite storytelling medium: it expands our understanding, fuels change, captures complexity, and provides endless possibilities to play with the art of film language.

Recent projects and collaborations include: Stuffed (editor, story editor) a feature-length documentary about taxidermy artists which premiered at SXSW 2019 in the doc competition, Amplify Her Motion Comic (animator) a multi-platform project exploring the life stories of female DJs, Journeys to Adäka (co-editor, story consultant) a feature-length documentary about the healing and reclaiming journeys of First Nations artists in the Yukon, which won the Audience Choice award for Best Canadian Documentary at The Available Light Film Festival 2018, and The Road Forward (editor, visual effects supervisor) a feature-length musical documentary about First Nations activism which won 6 awards at the 2018 Leo Awards, including Best Picture and Best Picture Editor in the Feature Documentary category.

I chose the path of artist very early in life, and as a director I often explore creativity, culture and point of view, using animation, experimental storytelling and sound design to evoke a character’s inner world. Examples include a short about Nick Bantock, which was part of the Gemini-nominated arts series 12 TakesCity Centre, which explores condo development through the eyes of poet Evelyn Lau, and Assembly, a hand-painted animation about feminist filmmaking which was given the 2012 Artistic Achievement Award by Women in Film Vancouver.

As an animator I’ve always been inspired by the artistic legacy of animators at the National Film Board of Canada, and love getting the opportunity to work with mixed media, stop motion and digital techniques. For 10 years I’ve also worked part-time as a promo producer/editor at Knowledge Network, BC’s arts and culture network, making trailers for documentaries and children’s television.

As a documentary editor, I enjoy crafting dramatic arcs and out of the material of real life. When working as a story editor, I love helping a filmmaker find pathways through their characters’ journeys – drawing out connections, themes and contrasts. Both these processes are often puzzles to untangle, diving into the heart of the content, sorting through what exists, what is most alive and what needs to be understood.

I first became involved in the film community in 1996 through the Gulf Islands Film and Television School on Galiano Island, and the ethos of DIY-powered, experimental and passion-driven media making that was the staple of that community still fuels me as an artist. I’m also trained as a somatic therapeutic counsellor, and am drawn to film as a tool for education and healing.

Film making is a privilege I try to use with awareness and responsibility. Collaborative relationships are really important me, and I am deeply grateful to get to work with the talented individuals you see credited on these project pages.

Charlie Tyrell (Panelist)

Charlie Tyrell is a Torontonian filmmaker and the New Year’s Baby of 1988. His work has screened internationally at such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Nashville Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Raindance, Brooklyn Film Festival and many more. His latest short doc, My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes premiered at Sundance 2018 and went on to win best Documentary Short at Cinema Eye Honors, the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at SXSW 2018, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten 2019 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2019.

Charlie’s work often combines live action footage with stop motion and 2D animation. He also likes skateboarding and swore he would never eat another hot dog until the Blue Jays win the World Series.



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