Host Joyce Kline catches documentary filmmaker Krista Loughton in the midst of Krista’s campaign for city councillor in the upcoming Victoria BC municipal election.
Krista describes a harrowing incident in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown East Side that inspired her 20 year career fighting homelessness and addiction through filmmaking.
Krista is widely known for the empathic documentary Us and Them (co-created with collaborator Jennifer Abbott) which followed the lives of four chronically homeless Victoria residents over an entire decade.
The film premiered on CHEK TV and has been shown more than 70 times across Canada—including an exclusive parliamentary screening for Canada’s Members of Parliament. It includes cameos by famed addiction specialist Dr. Gabor Maté, Indigenous leader Chief Phil Lane Jr, and “Reverend Al” Tysick, former director of Our Place community support society.
Though Krista initially thought Us and Them would be limited to her subjects’ day to day struggles, the film turned unexpectedly personal when Dr. Maté challenged her to examine her own personal pain.
Listen in as Krista shares with host Joyce Kline how Dr. Maté helped her, what’s surprised her about running for political office, and why she creates films specifically to influence politicians.
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Podcast Production Team:
· Technical Director: Paul Ruta
· Sound Editor: Michael Korican
· Host, Researcher & copywriter: Joyce Kline
· Co-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta