Get on the Doc Bus is the brainchild of documentary filmmaker Mandy Leith, combining her love of long roadtrips, documentary film and community building.
Many people have contributed to the evolution of the Get on the Doc Bus project for over a decade. Read about the history of the project here.
Find out about the other members of the Doc Bus digital team, summer interns and project sponsors.
Documentary Filmmaker, Community Activator and Doc Bus Driver
An explorer and a creator from an early age, Mandy was born into a long line of storytellers. Using both traditional and emerging technology, Mandy creates and uses narrative, film, social and interactive media to build bridges: stories that inspire people and communities. Her work percolates at the intersection between documentary filmmaking, social media, community building, storytelling and transformation.
After studying film at Christ Church College, Canterbury, then working as a film editor at the BBC in London, Mandy made Canada her home and fulfilled a lifelong dream by working at the National Film Board in Montreal.
Mandy is the editor dozens of award-winning documentaries, including Blue Gold: the Tsilhqot’in Fight for Fish Lake, the first documentary ever to be used as evidence in a Canadian Federal Land Claim Hearing. Mandy served on the Documentary Organization of Canada’s National Board of Directors from 2010 to 2013.
Through her company Media Rising, Mandy now works as a digital alchemist, media producer, educator and social media strategist in beautiful Victoria, BC. In 2011, her work with the Save Mary Lake campaign garnered a nomination for a Westie Award as “Social Media Campaign of the Year 2011”.
Mandy is also the Founder and Director of OPEN CINEMA, a popular and innovative documentary screening program, that has been using cinema as a tool for community engagement since 2003. Now moving into its eleventh successful season, OPEN CINEMA was recently referred to as “one of Victoria’s most successful cultural enterprises.” Michael D. Reid.
When Mandy isn’t watching films, writing on her laptop or posting Instagram photos on her iPhone, she can be found unplugged in a tent, swimming in a lake, biking along the ocean or hiking in the woods.