The Art of Storytelling for Film

led by award winning documentary film maker

Nettie Wild

Nettie will help you develop and write your own script. Bring your idea for your own film. It can be about anything you want as long as it happened to you.

Play the Flame Game – hold a match and see if you can tell your story before the flame burns your fingers! Find the spark in your story. Develop your main character. Shape the beginning middle and end of your story. Learn how to storyboard your movie in In the Lower Room preparation for shooting. Participants will be encouraged to shoot and edit their documentary over the summer in time to submit their finished short film for the first annual South Hill Neighbourhood Film Festival in September.

Free, but you must register by email to

Wanna make a movie?

The first step is to write a good story. And the most powerful story you can tell – is your own. Why? Because you are the expert. Using theatre and storytelling games, Nettie will lead a workshop designed for aspiring filmmakers 12-16 yrs old.

Workshop is funded by the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program / Vancouver Foundation

Friday July 8th 9:00 – 12:00
5873 Prince Edward St.
In the Lower Room

(Enter from the ground level door on the south side of the house next to South Hill Church.)


Nettie Wild is an adjunct professor at UBC teaching documentary development and production. She got involved in the South Hill Neighbourhood while directing the INSIDE STORIES project. The resulting friendships and connections that grew out of that project keep on bringing her back.

Nettie Wild is one of Canada’s leading documentary filmmakers. Her highly charged and critically acclaimed films have brought her audiences behind the frontlines and headlines of revolutions and social change around the world. She is best known for her award winning documentary features including FIX: The Story of an Addicted City (2002), A PLACE CALLED CHIAPAS (1998), BLOCKADE (1993) and A RUSTLING OF LEAVES: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988).

Nettie Wild’s films have been distributed theatrically, broadcast and honoured around world. She has twice won the Genie Award for Best Feature Documentary in Canada. On January 11, 2010 she received the BC Film Critics Circle Award for her contribution to the film industry. The book WILD AT HEART focuses on her work and career. There have been multiple retrospectives of her work.

Nettie was the Filmmaker in Residence at the National Film Board in 2007. She is currently working on her first narrative dramatic screenplay, HUNGER, and continues to develop follow-up projects to INSIDE STORIES –an interactive website about South Hill Neighbourhood that launched in Spring 2011.