Inspired by the massive cultural impact the Winter Olympics had on arriving in Vancouver in 2010, Storyhero Media has specialized in producing a string of socially-conscious, thought-provoking video reporting projects over the past decade that explores the interplay of the Olympics and human rights.
Far from being a monotone critique of the Games, our Olympic video projects have brought people together from across the globe to learn more about the social and cultural impact of the Games through the eyes of locals, underdogs, and over-looked communities. With stories ranging from protest and demonstration to shining examples of humanity and celebration.
Our portfolio of Olympic content includes a series of CBC-published video segments at London 2012, an internationally-screen documentary filmed at Sochi 2014, a six-part video reporting series from Rio 2016 and two commissioned films shot in PyeongChang South Korea in 2018.
Mount Gariwang: An Olympic Casualty is a film about Sport, Politics, the Environment and why a 500-year old ancient forest was bulldozed for a 2-week event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. This 24-minute documentary film was produced in collaboration with UBC’s Centre for Sport & Sustainability.
Raw, Engaging, Authentic and Local; R.E.A.L Rio is a grassroots project initiated by Storyhero Media in 2016 that took viewers outside the official Olympic venues and into the heart of local communities during the Rio Olympics. This was done through a 6-part video series of short stories that weaves Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant history, art, culture and politics.
Morro da Providencia is Brazil’s first hilltop community to be called a “favela” But when the Olympics came to town, this community of 20,000 residents was as good as “out of sight, out of mind.” But the hill in the centre of Rio de Janeiro houses a little secret that’s putting smiles on the faces of those who call the community “casa.”
The Sochi 2014 Olympics will be remembered for a lot of things. Corruption. Overblown budgets. Poor infrastructure. And Putin’s pride. It will also be remembered for months of international protest after Russia’s contentious decision to ban gay rights. Fuelled by his passion for the Olympics, Vancouver journalist Jordan Wade travels to Sochi to witness first-hand the most controversial games of our generation. Through interactions with athletes, academics, activists and Russian citizens, this film explores the evolution of the gay rights movement, the IOC’s role as a global facilitator, and the interplay of the Olympics and human rights. A dark moment in history – but perhaps a turning point for the Olympic movement.
Storyhero journalist Jordan Wade traveled to London in 2012 to capture the cultural buzz of the London Games. This was one of the stories he co-produced for CBC; The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad drew 25,000 artists from around the world to take part in music, theatre, multimedia and visual arts events across Britain. But as Jordan Wade reports, it plays second fiddle to sports throughout the Games themselves. Wade talks to organizer Jenny Waldman about how tying arts events to sports enhances the experience of the Olympic Games and interviews British artists who brought their Brazilian counterparts to this years’ festivities for a taste of what’s ahead in 2016.