A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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The NFB and TVO launch interactive web documentary The Next Day

Press release


Toronto, May 10, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and TVO launch The Next Day, a groundbreaking interactive animated documentary constructed from intimate interviews with survivors of near-fatal suicide attempts. In this poetic and profound philosophical exploration, four seemingly ordinary people offer their haunting personal insights into life, the decision to end it, and what comes after. The Next Day is part of Mental Health Matters, TVO’s extensive programming in support of Canadian Mental Health Week (May 7–13, 2012). Visit nfb.ca/thenextday and tvo.org/thenextday to engage with The Next Day.

According to the World Health Organization, suicide rates have increased by 60 percent worldwide in the last 45 years. An estimated 900,000 people commit suicide every year—the equivalent of one death every 40 seconds. The Next Day asks: What if they had waited just one more day?

This interactive experience allows audiences to create their own path through a selection of audio interviews with the survivors and poignant animation based on the minimalist illustrations of acclaimed indie comics pioneer John Porcellino.

“We’re incredibly excited to have had the opportunity to team with media organizations that embrace new ways of storytelling and reaching audiences,” said producer Alex Jansen of Pop Sandbox. “My hope is that our approach to the subject, tackling it as both an interactive experience and a graphic novel specifically, helps bridge a divide and reach a different audience,” added director Jason Gilmore.

The Next Day was presented at the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam’s annual DocLab showcase of breakthroughs in interactive documentary storytelling. It was also recently nominated for a Banff World Media Award in the Webseries – Non-Fiction Programs category.

The Next Day was developed simultaneously as a graphic novella that has been featured on The New York Times Book Review reading list and is now available in bookstores across North America. The Next Day interactive experience is produced by Pop Sandbox ( KENK: A Graphic Portrait) with the NFB, in association with TVO, as part of the NFB-TVO Calling Card Program, which provides an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and new-media teams from Ontario to work with the NFB and TVO to create documentaries for new-media platforms or television broadcast. Co-produced by Alex Jansen (Pop Sandbox) and Lea Marin (NFB). Directed by Jason Gilmore based on interviews conducted by former social worker Paul Peterson.

About the NFB-TVO Calling Card Program

The Calling Card Program is an initiative produced by the NFB and TVO with the participation of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC). Each filmmaking team is awarded $45,000 and receives mentorship from members of the film and new-media community to take their docs from concept to television premiere or online launch. The winning 30-minute TV documentary receives its premiere broadcast on TVO. The winning online interactive documentary is launched on both NFB.ca and tvo.org.

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world’s leading video portals, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.

About TVO

TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.

Where to find TVO

On air:
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 265 | Bell Fibe TV TVO HD channel 1265
Rogers TVO HD channel 580 | Rogers-On-Demand Channel 100
Shaw Direct channel 353                      

tvo.org | tvokids.com | tvoparents.com | ilc.org                                 

Yahoo! | YouTube | Rogers-On-Demand-Online | iTunes                      

Facebook | Twitter     

About Pop Sandbox

Pop Sandbox is an award-winning multimedia production and publishing company with a focus on original non-fiction graphic novel, film and new-media projects. It is a boutique operation centred on innovative and meaningful storytelling across platforms. Pop Sandbox’s inaugural release was the groundbreaking 300-page journalistic comic book  KENK: A Graphic Portrait, which was named a Best Book of 2010 by  Quill & Quire (Canada’s top literary magazine) and is being developed as a fully animated film. Pop Sandbox is currently in full production on its first video game project, Pipe Trouble, as well as a new graphic memoir surrounding the Canadian residential school system. Visit popsandbox.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Mair                           
Publicist, National Film Board of Canada           
Phone: 416-954-2045 | Cell: 416-436-0105           
E-mail: j.mair@nfb.ca | Twitter: @NFB_Jennifer            

Lily Robert
Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Phone: 514-283-3838 | Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca

Paul Ginis
TVO Communications
Phone: 416-484-2600 ex. 2305
E-mail: pginis@tvo.org