I am passionate about documentary’s power to tell transformative stories and to build community.

I have been involved with the creation of socio-political documentaries since 1981, when Super 8, 16mm and 35mm film were the cutting edge. In 2003, after being moved and inspired by the many films I helped to make, I founded a non-profit documentary screening program to bring inspiring docs to audiences in Victoria, BC. OPEN CINEMA is dedicated to the innovative use of film as a tool for community engagement: screenings are following by open forum discussion with invited guests, along with food and cash bar in cafe-style venues. In 2011, entertainment reviewer Michael D. Reid called OPEN CINEMA “one of Victoria’s most successful cultural enterprises.” 

In 2013, I followed my dream and embarked on an epic cross Canada journey to explore Canada’s digital future: Get on the Doc Bus planted the seeds for a cross Canada community cinema network, which I am now developing in an innovative tech startup called Connect the Docs: an online documentary screening and engagement hub that combines the best of live and online cinema.

For a detailed online resume, please visit Mandy’s Linked-In profile.

Following are highlights of the films Mandy’s has helped to create.

  • Christ Church College Radio Film & TV Degree documentary Mandy studied film here in the early 1980’s and this doc features 16mm footage of a few of the films she worked on as part of her BA degree in Film Studies. Mandy also features in front of the camera, and can be seen walking on set with the mirror at the end of this clip.
  • It Matters Who Makes It (NFB, 1992) Pre-conference of the 23rd International Institute of Communications Conference Roundtable on the role of women in film and television. (Director and Editor)
  • From Baghdad to Peace Country (NFB, 2003) This award-winning documentary chronicles artist Deryk Houston’s transformative journey to Iraq, Scotland and Northern BC, using his creativity to transform the horrors of the Iraq war into a series of installations about peace. (Editor)

From Baghdad to Peace Country by Sherry LePage, National Film Board of Canada

  • Breaking Ranks (NFB, Screen Siren, Global TV, 2006) Mandy was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Editing in 2007. (Editor)

Blue Gold: The Tsilhqot’in Fight for Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) from Susan Smitten on Vimeo.

  • Save Mary Lake: In 2011, Mandy was hired as a digital strategist for a fundraising campaign to protect an ecologically unique and sensitive property in the Highlands outside of Victoria, BC. As part of a creative social media strategy that included a web-a-thon, photo contest and innovative geomapped square-meter donation crowdfunding campaign, Mandy created a series of 4 short documentaries about the importance of the property. (Producer, Director and Editor).