David Vaisbord’s film career has included documentaries such as Mischa 1996 (Canada Council/NFB/CBC), Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man 1998 (CTV/TVO/BRAVO!), Britannia Beach 2002 (CTV,TVO, CBC) Drawing Out the Demons: A Film About the Artist, Attila Richard Lukacs 2004 (BRAVO!/TVO), Dark Pines: An Investigation into the Death of Tom Thomson 2006 (BRAVO!) and work in series TV. In between large projects, he produces videos for unions and non-profit organizations. Vaisbord maintains academic connections with UBC’s SCARP’s School of Community and Regional Planning.

In 2008 Vaisbord launched the Little Mountain Project which won the 2012 Farris Award for Art and Social Media. His Masters thesis on social media and activism was published in POV Magazine the same year. This web project has evolved into the feature documentary Champions of Little Mountain.

Vaisbord sits on a number of national boards concerned with the future of documentary filmmaking in Canada, including the Documentary Organization of Canada and the HOT DOCS.

Director infront of last bldg

I am a filmmaker and activist, with finely honed digital media skills, years of award-winning documentary film work and academic teaching experience.  My passions lie in community engagement and participation, the arts, environment, urban planning and social justice.

David Vaisbord and Red1 at Little Mountain

David Vaisbord and Red1 discuss the last row house at Little Mountain

I am available to take on new projects and challenges across ever expanding transmedia platforms.

Please contact me for if you are interested in talking about digital media, community engagement, and getting your message out. CV and references from clients available upon request.



I am also available to lead talks on The Six Block Documentary and the Hyperlocal Documentary, which describe the praxis informing The Little Mountain Project. I the past several years I have given this talk to students at Langara College, and the Richmond International Film and Media Arts Festival, and taken part in International conferences on the future of pulblic housing. as artist and speaker.



To accompany films I have produced in the past, I have produced bios which have suited the occasion. My oldest film bio accompanied the Canadian television premiere of Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man, a film I made about two Canadian performers who took a crazy road trip to the Burning Man Festival. It is at the Fearless Conversation site. This has background info on all of my documentary and docu-drama work up to 2006. The site has not been updated since.

A more up-to-date biography accompanies the 10th Anniversary celebration of the same film, at Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man. The film became something of a Canadian cult classic and launched Tom Comet and Christine Taylor to the stratosphere of Canuck fame (if not fortune). Today, Mr. Comet helms one of Canada’s biggest pyrotechnics companies Circus Orange, and Ms. Taylor continues to write and perform sketch comedy.

You can watch clips from all of my films here:

David Vaisbord – Film directing demo reel. from David Vaisbord on Vimeo.

A couple of years ago, I created a new web page for my 2002 film Britannia Beach, which you can visit HERE. Britannia Beach examined the social, environmental and economic legacy of heavy industry on a small company town. Britannia Beach is located just North of Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway, on the way to the ski resort of Whistler. There’s a short video clip on the website.

All for now,

David Vaisbord – BA/BFA/MAA
Director, Educator, Producer, Writer
The Little Mountain Project

3 thoughts on “Filmmaker

  1. I grew up not far from the “project” 1953 on. My father built them. He also built all the houses on James st. that he created by carving it out between Quebec and Ontario starting across the street from the projects 33rd down to about 26 th. James Walk that wound it’s way through the projects was named for his family. He stopped building in the late fifties and his legacy was thousands of homes through out Vancouver starting with his father back in 1909. Sad to say that along with Little Mountain much of what he built is gone.

  2. I lived in little mountain from 1953 1968 then moved to Culloden court till I was married in 1972. My parents continued to live a culloden court till my dads death them my mom moved to the b.c. housing licated at #2 and Blundell in richmont till her death.. I have returned to the 33rd and Main area and was surprised to see the demolition to the project. In my opion the remaining row housed need to be brought back to their former glory as they were in the 1950’s when they were built. These homes represent a last reminder of what our youth was like . Growing up with the stigma a being a project kid and keeping this dirty little secret has shaped so many young people. I always avoided any conversation about where I grew up my whole life, it is only now as a 60 year old adult that I can now face the stigma with my head held high and not be ashamed of what I am , a strong confident individual that too came from living in the projects.. I thank you for reading my note..
    Pat Carter-Kessler

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