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Far Away From Far Away

Bruce Alcock and Jeremy Mendes
2020 | 25 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionIDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, Amsterdam (2019)

  • Official Selection - FNC ExploreFestival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal, Canada (2021)

  • Nomination - Best Production, InteractiveCanadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Canada (2022)

Technology and user experience

The National Film Board and Fogo Island – A brief history



Zita Cobb is a Canadian entrepreneur who grew up on Fogo Island during a time of radical transformation in the fishing industry. After completing high school on the island, Cobb went on to study business to gain a better understanding of the global economic systems that had disadvantaged Fogo Island and other small communities. In 2005, she returned to the island with the goal of giving back to the place that had given her so much. Together with her brothers, she founded Shorefast, a registered charity that owns associated social business and artistic ventures, including a residency-based art venue called Fogo Island Arts. It also operates various businesses, a microlending fund and several environmental projects. Under the Shorefast banner, Cobb also opened the Fogo Island Inn, an innovative inn boasting world-class sustainable design. In 2016, she was awarded the Order of Canada. ©David Howells 2018 www.davehowellsphoto.com


Michael Crummey


Bruce Alcock
Creative Director


Jeremy Mendes
Creative Director

Photo : Adam Gilmer

Annette Clarke
Producer and Executive Producer

Photo : Dave Howells

Rob McLaughlin
Executive Producer



Written by
Michael Crummey

From conversations with Zita Cobb

Creative Direction
Bruce Alcock and Jeremy Mendes

Interactive Programming

Narrated by
Ruby Joy

Sound Design
Shawn Cole

Director of Photography
Justin Simms

Sound Recording
Shawn Cole
Sacha Ratcliffe

Portrait Photography
David Howells

Additional Cinematography
Bruce Alcock
Bradley Broders
Liam Neil
Boyce Reid
Jessica Reid
Yassine Ouhilal

UX and Visual Design
Global Mechanic

Navigation Design
Denman Digital

Featuring Music by
Daniel Byrne
Shawn Cole
Erin Donovan

Footage from the installation,
From the Lion’s Den,
appears courtesy of
Will Gill

Annette Clarke
Rob McLaughlin

Line Producer
Camille Fillion

Associate Producer
Kelly Davis

Studio Operations Manager
Janine Steele

Senior Production Coordinator
Jasmine Pullukatt

Production Coordinator
Cheryl Murgatroyd

Production Assistants
Bradley Broders
Fraser Carpenter
Liam Neil
Jessica Reid

Production Supervisor
Roz Power

Technical Coordinator
Christopher MacIntosh

Studio Administrators
Victoria Angell
Camila Blos
Carla Jones
Leslie Anne Poyntz

Marketing Managers
Gabrielle Harvey
Johanna Lessard

Jennifer Mair

Marketing Coordinator
Sophie Thouin

Information Technology
Bruno Gervasi
Sergiu Raul Suciu

Legal Services
Christian Pitchen

Social Media
Hannah Martin
Mélissa Sauvé

Additional Programming
Vincent McCurley
Ash Mishra

Additional Video Editing
Alida Horsley

Executive Producers
Annette Clarke
Rob McLaughlin

Executive Directors
Michelle van Beusekom
René Bourdages

Special Thanks to
Zita Cobb
The Cobb Family
Paddy Barry
Chris Brodie
Marlene Cahill
Frank Comden
Susan Cull
Pete Decker
Chloe Fiset
Sebastien Fiset
Will Gill
Emily Gorner
Holly Hogan
Jasmine Lane
Alexandra McIntosh
Jon Montes
Tina Ouellette
Pauline Payne
Andrew Pike
Cheryl Penton
Boyce Reid
Amy Rowsell
Tamara Segura
Iris Stünzi
Glen Tilley

Bangbelly Café
Fogo Island Arts
Fogo Island Central Academy
Lane House Museum
Mary Queen of the World
Shorefast Foundation
The generous people of Fogo Island

Media Relations

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