We help people and organizations use documentary media as a tool to educate, engage and advocate on issues of social importance.

We help people and organizations use documentary media as a tool to educate, engage and advocate on issues of social importance.

WHAT WE DO

EDUCATE

Documentary media is about educating the human imagination. Through it, people might empathize with a trapper from the far north, or unpack the colonial history of their nation. From documentaries for broadcast to gps-enabled audio tours or exhibits in museums, Hidden Story wants to help you nurture a more intelligent, compassionate and just society.

Indigenous Stories of Alberta

Hidden Story was brought on by the Royal Alberta Museum to produce a series of thirty documentary shorts and a 360 projection for their permanent exhibit in the Human History Gallery. We travelled across Alberta to bring Dene, Metis, Cree, Blackfoot and Nakoda contemporary and historical stories to life. With our core team of four, we brought together multiple production and post-production units to produce a series of stores, each unique in their character, story, and location. [more…]

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ENGAGE

Videos, films, podcasts are meant to connect with audiences. Interviews with teenagers from rural communities can bring their perspectives to an educator’s conference. A well produced TEDx talk can spur insightful conversation. Hidden Story helps you find the right media for the right purpose and context.

Elder in the Making

Elder in the Making premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival to a sold out crowd and critical acclaim. Winner of Best Feature Documentary and Best Original Score in Alberta, this film is now required viewing in schools and companies all across Western Canada. Visit elderinthemaking.com to find out more.

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ADVOCATE

In an increasingly complex world, we need ways to highlight issues of importance in our society. From calls for individual action on climate change to fundraising for child advocacy, Hidden Story can help you create a story to advocate for your social cause.

Some Secrets Shouldn’t Be Kept

The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre handled the worst cases of child abuse, but needed a way to talk about their important work. However, given a short timeline and the understandable reluctance of victims to speak on camera, Hidden Story proposed a scripted commercial with child actors. The result was a short, poignant video that communicated the essence of the advocacy centre without being gratuitous.

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OUR APPROACH

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CONCEPTUALIZE

TRANSLATING VISION INTO WORKABLE CONCEPTS
There’s an idea you want others to understand or a story you want others to experience. We’ll help you find your central theme as well as decide on a format and approach.

RESEARCH

SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND
What sets us apart is our understanding of the issues and how it fits into the larger context of the earth and humanity. Our aim is to cultivate the collective narrative to create a more compassionate and intelligent society.

Circle Meeting from Above
Filming at Blackfoot Crossing where Treaty 7 was signed

PRODUCE

MAKING IT HAPPEN
We bring together the right team members to bring the project to life. Our productions have included features and shorts for broadcast on CBC, 360 degree projection installations, and dozens of linear media for museums. From small crews to managing dozens of production and post-production units, we scale for the budget and scope of the project.

OUR STORY

So you want to know more about the kind of people we are. What better way than discovering it through our own little stories?