Season 1, Episode 1

Rosvita Dransfeld: The Master of Cinema verite

A documentary director and producer, Rosvita’s body of work is extensive. She started as a broadcast journalist in her native Germany, and made the transition into documentary film after moving to Canada in 2000. Over the past two decades, she’s produced and directed more documentaries than she can count, all in her adopted home of Edmonton where she runs her company ID Productions. Rosvita was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Vital Bonds, a documentary which explores the world of organ donations at the University of Alberta hospital. Her Cinéma vérité style films are character driven and look at the human condition in its many forms.

In this episode:

We hear about how Rosvita got started in the Edmonton film scene, getting access and building trust with documentary subjects, and creating an emotional experience for an audience.

Rosvita also discusses the importance of having a vision and telling difficult stories, marketing films that can’t be easily categorized, and finding your voice as a filmmaker.

Finally, we hear Rosvita’s three tips for starting out in the film industry.



By Executive Producers: Elise Graham, Ava Karvonen, Samantha Quantz, Theresa Wynnyk; Senior Producer: Sheena Rossiter; Associate Producer: Shayna Giles; Host: Sheena Rossiter; Audio Technician: Sheena Rossiter; Social Media Coordinator: Shayna Giles; Original Storylines theme composed by Aaron Macri and Laura Raboud. Produced with support from Alberta’s Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. Special thanks to FAVA for it’s support in this production.

This episode sponsored by:

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