Welcome to the Made By Other People collective. Please check out our Vimeo page to see what we’re up to.

Michael Hurlbut’s manifesto is below.

Who or what are Other People? Are they just like the rest of us, or somehow different? Are they the stratified elite, hoarding away secret-power and wealth in their counting houses, or just another anonymous element of the unwashed masses? Or are they, as Jean Paul Sartre succinctly put it, hell? In Fact, Made by Other People is a tight-woven but loose-limbed collective of likeminded, youngish filmmakers whose desire to create personally driven, formally sophisticated and thematically varied films is matched by our collective allergy to pigeonholing of any kind. All of us are former film/acting students whose desire to keep creating individually generated work—usually with the aid and abetment of the others in various capacities—spurred us to officially unite forces. However, as each individual is bedeviled by individual concerns, subject matter and style can swerve wildly from film to film. If an aesthetic/thematic through-line must be found, it is a preoccupation with identity; or more specifically, an opposition the generalized, banalized capital I Identity found in so much Canadian film. We usually opt for the lowercase, and through the twin prisms of behavioral naturalism and stylistic imagination attempt to investigate questions of personal, social and, in rare moments of grandeur, political/national identity. Our sleek name itself is an attempt to embody the shifting nature of identity and to seem at once crushingly ordinary and somehow strange (and was whittled down from cumbersome antecedents like Otherness, and the personages who embody it, Imperfect Strangers, Those Guys, Not You and, ominously, Them…) Needless to say though, the individual projects come first and the weighty ideological inquiries a distant second… with money, alas (as we are not a company or business) an even fainter third. In short, our mission is to have no prescriptive mission-type statement and instead focus on work and use our collective will to instigate, midwife and nurture that work into the world.

Made by Other People is a collective of likeminded youngish filmmakers whose desire to create personally driven, formally sophisticated and thematically varied films is matched by our collective allergy to pigeonholing of any kind. All of us are former film/acting students whose desire to keep creating individually generated work—usually with the aid of the others in various capacities—spurred us to officially unite forces. However, as each individual is bedeviled by individual concerns, subject matter and style can swerve wildly from film to film. If a thematic through-line must be found, it is a preoccupation with identity; or more specifically, an opposition to the generalized capital I Identity found in so much Canadian film. We usually opt for the lowercase, and through the twin prisms of behavioral naturalism and stylistic imagination attempt to investigate questions of personal, social and cultural identity. In short, our mission is to have no prescriptive mission-type statement and instead focus on work and use our collective will to instigate, midwife and nurture that work into the world.

Made by Other People is a collective of likeminded, youngish filmmakers whose desire to create personally driven, formally sophisticated and thematically varied films is matched by their collective allergy to pigeonholing of any kind.

  • Michael Hurlbut