House Calls

House Calls

| 55 min

This award-winning documentary presents Mark Nowaczynski, a physician who photographs the lives of many of his elderly patients. "Who in the world would want to see a bunch of pictures of me? Junk," says Connie, 93. Yet "Dr. Mark" has been photographing her and other patients to raise awareness about the lack of home care in this growing segment of the population. His black-and-white pictures reflect faces that convey fragility and vulnerability but also quiet strength as these seniors struggle to live with dignity.

Manifesto Point # 5: Use whatever medium suits: There’s a feature film worth mentioning here too. In House Calls (2006) family physician Mark Nowaczynski advocates for a return to the practice of house calls for seniors who are living independently in their own homes. Things sure have changed since the 1930s, when 40% of doctor-patient encounters were house calls. What’s interesting about “Dr. Mark” is that he’s turned to the art of photography to make his case. Through portrait photography, Dr. Mark gives a dignity to his patients and photography subjects, all the while making a strong argument for doctors to hit the road more often. This film, directed by Ian MacLeod and produced by Filmmaker-in-Residence’s own producer, Gerry Flahive, has influenced policy, practice and attitudes across Canada.

Katerina Cizek
De la sélection : Manifesto for Interventionist Media - because Art is a Hammer

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House Calls, Ian McLeod, offert par l'Office national du film du Canada

Largeur de la vidéo :

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  • réalisateur
    Ian McLeod
  • écriture
    Ian McLeod
  • producteur
    Gerry Flahive
  • directeur de la photographie
    Michael Grippo
  • monteur
    Denis Takacs
  • preneur de son
    Steve McNamee
  • None
    Eric Robertson
    Claude Desjardins
    David Drainie Taylor
    Chris Warren Textworks
    Highscribe/Vespi Inc.
    Shannon Craig
    Kevin Kelly
    Anousheh Showleh
    Lea Marin-Jara
    Joanne Forrest
    Sue Mander
    Douglas MacFarlane
  • caméra additionnelle
    Mark Ellam
  • prise de son additionnelle
    Hartley Wynberg
    Bob Salter
  • assistant monteur
    Angela Fong
    Brian Katugampola
    Anthony Miceli
    Dan Thornhill
  • recherche
    Joanne Fishburn
  • décharge des droits pour les séquences de films
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • libération des droits musicaux
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • conception sonore
    Steve Munro
  • ré-enregistrement
    Trackworks Inc.
  • monteur en ligne
    Dan Johnston
  • coloration
    Dan Johnston
  • agent de budget
    Julietta McGovern
    Ida Di Fruscia
  • coordonnateur technique
    Mark Wilson
  • superviseur de production
    Kemp Archibald
  • producteur exécutif
    Silva Basmajian
    Sylvia Sweeney

  • Clara

    Doctor Mark N. used to be my husband's doctor at 90 Medical. My husband just sent me this site with this phrases: Here is an independent documentary from Dr Nowaczynski . Now I think , I really miss him . A great doctor but more a compassionate human being.

    Clara, 23 Oct 2010
  • heidiannemorris

    Superb documentary. Thank you for the insight.

    heidiannemorris, 4 Aoû 2010