OPEN CINEMA Goes on the Road: Get on the Doc Bus!

This post published on May 12, 2013

a photo of Mandy Leith proudly showing off the Doc Bus decalsThis summer, OPEN CINEMA founder and program director Mandy Leith is heading across Canada for the documentary pilgrimage of a lifetime! She will explore Canada’s documentary legacy, share OPEN CINEMA’s hybrid event model and build community along the way. And you’re invited to join her, either in person or virtually!

Get on the Doc Bus!

Travelling from Mile 0, Victoria, BC to Mile 0, St John’s Newfoundland in her VW westfalia bus, Mandy will connect with filmmakers, film lovers and community screening programs across the country to talk about the future during a time of unprecented transition for the entire media industry.  The goal is to seed a nationwide community cinema network and discuss other ways to connect and keep the struggling documentary genre alive and well.

Watch this video to find out more…

Documentary Needs Your Help!

In the spirit of community building, we are calling on the community to help crowdfund the expenses for this project. We need money to buy gas, travel expenses (food, campsites, parking) and to build a website that will serve as a map-based database and travelogue.

Please share this video and donate to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Our campaign ends at midnight on Wednesday May 15th and we’d love your support to help spread the word. If you can contribute financially even better!

We are offering perks in return for your contribution of $10 or more: personal postcards, creative photographs, lovely calendars, cool t-shirts, and great promotional opportunities. All the details on the Indiegogo campaign site.

a photo of a toy Doc Bus with a request for support for our Indiegogo campaign, which ends midnight May 15, 2013



photo of the front of Full Circle Studio Arts store.

Full Circle Studio Arts, 1800 Store Street.

Please join us at the Doc Bus Send-off Party at 5.30pm on Wednesday May 29th, 2013 at Full Circle Studio Arts, 1800 Store Street.

We’ll have Hoyne beer, nibbles, wine and 10% off everything in the store. It’s a Fun-Raiser, so owner Valerie Pusey will donate 5% to the Doc Bus.

Find out more at the Facebook event page.


Find out more about this exciting project:

Visit the project website.



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