Hot Docs 2019 Interview: Ariella Pahlke and Teresa MacInnes

“We wanted to turn around [the conventional documentary format] and have them offer their solutions and their ideas. To be in control of what they wanted to share and how they wanted to share it. We felt strongly about giving the women a voice in whatever way they wanted to have a voice.”

Seana Stevenson
Apr 27 · 16 min read

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved with filmmaking.

Can you tell me about Conviction and how you all came together to create this film?

You focus on just a few of the women, how did that collaboration come about?

Speaking about the women who did take the cameras once they were outside, there was some very personal, kind of shocking images that they ended up shooting. What was that like to get back and talk to them about putting in the film?

How much footage did you end up getting and what was that like to edit?

Conviction is not just about the prison system but also discusses rehabilitation after these women are released. Can you talk about how this came about and what it was like to go through this process with them?

How is the From The Ground Up project doing now?

Can you talk about all the women that worked on the film?

Tell us about why you are a feminist and why it’s important to your filmmaking.

Finally, recommend one #MUFFApproved** film for our blog readers!


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Seana Stevenson

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Creative Producer of the MUFF Society, Journalist, Photographer, Marketing and Social Media Manager. Based in Toronto.

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We are a community that celebrates women in film and TV. High five!