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Press Release

September 2007

Ottawa - The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is proud to announce the release of a unique online learning module on Research Skills for Documentary Filmmakers.

In association with the Council of Ontario Universities and funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program, this interactive course was developed in close consultation with an Advisory Committee of emerging Documentary Filmmakers. It builds on the conceptual framework of the CHRC's Competency Profile for Documentary Filmmakers to further clarify the roles research skills and document use play in the field of documentary filmmaking.

This learning module is designed to provide Documentary Filmmakers with a set of resources and techniques to prepare for and carry out background research. A series of educational activities pose challenges in conducting research as part of the filmmaking process. These include: defining the scope of research, determining appropriate resources (Internet, archives, periodicals, film/television, etc.), and working within limited financial and time constraints. Content for the module, compromising 2 to 3 hours of engagement, includes information about various facets of carrying out research for documentary films (incorporating, where relevant, audio/visual material); short self-assessment exercises; and interactive "case stories" inviting users to assess and respond to problems that may arise during the research process.

Susan Annis, Executive Director of the Cultural Human Resources Council notes:

CHRC is delighted to add this interactive learning tool to its training offerings. Developed by Documentary Filmmakers for Documentary Filmmakers it addresses, through real life scenarios, the research challenges faced by these film professionals, and offers creative and practical ways of dealing with them.

The online module is available on CHRC's web site.

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of cultural workers - artists, creators, technical staff, managers and all others engaged professionally in the sector, including the self-employed. To become a member of CHRC please visit our website.

For further information please contact Megan Guy (613-562-1535 x 31;