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The Lost Stories Project 2017 Edition

Four Documentary Films to Mark 150 Years of Canada
Deadline: 23 January 2017


The Lost Stories Project collects little-known stories about the Canadian past, transforms them into works of public art on appropriate sites, and documents the process through a series of short films available in English, French and other appropriate languages. Based at Concordia University and led by Concordia historian Ronald Rudin, in collaboration with professors from other universities and artists working in various media, the project has received support from the Canadian government’s Canada 150 fund to develop four new episodes for 2017.

Each of these episodes is built around a story chosen from those submitted by the public. In each case, a story will be paired with an artist who will have the task of interpreting it to create a permanent public artwork to be located on a site related to that story. The artist’s creative process will figure prominently in the documentary films that we will be producing.

We welcome submissions from filmmakers who would be able — in a roughly twenty-minute documentary — to weave together the story from the past and the story of the artist sorting through the various choices that need to be made. Public art connected with the four stories will be inaugurated during summer 2017, in conjunction with significant public events. Interested filmmakers can get a better idea of the look and feel of the project’s films by viewing the pilot episode for the series, Thomas Widd’s Lost Story, at the project website.

Lost Stories 2017 Edition

The four stories selected to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada deal with various topics from the past and are from all parts of the country. Further details about these stories are also available at the project website.

Leprosy on Sheldrake Island, New Brunswick

From the North to Ottawa’s Southway Inn

Yee Clun and Regina’s “White Women’s Labour Law”

The Kidnapping of Stó:lō Boys During the Fraser River Gold Rush


Call for Submissions: Deadline 23 January 2017.  

We invite filmmakers, preferably individuals who have some connection with one of these stories, to submit a dossier, no later than 23 January 2017. Be sure to indicate the story for which you would like to create a documentary film, and explain your ties to that story, if that’s relevant. Please apply for only one of the four commissions, including a cover letter that discusses your practice and whether you have experience in filming artists at work, as well as your CV.

Dossiers will be evaluated by the team directing the Lost Stories Project, which includes individuals with a wide array of experience in presenting stories about the past in public space. Short lists will be created in late-January, with interviews (most likely by Skype) to follow. Each of the selected filmmakers will receive $23,000 to cover all expenses connected with production of the roughly twenty-minute film that would need to be delivered no later than 1 December 2017. Depending on the distance between the artist, the site for the public art, and the home base of the filmmaker, a small travel budget may be available. The films will be distributed by means of the project website.

For further information, or to submit your dossier, contact: historylost@concordia.ca, using the subject line: Lost Stories 2017 Films.


Your submission should contain:

-Cover letter outlining (where appropriate) your ties to the stories or communities involved. Please be sure to specify which story you are applying for, and indicate whether you have experience in filming artists at work.


-Examples of previous film projects. Please send links to your website or other online site (such as Dropbox or Google Drive) to view examples of your previous film projects.

Applications must be received by midnight on 23 January 2017.