Red Button pushes the boundaries of unscripted storytelling. In this bold and innovative series, documentary subjects become the filmmakers, turning the camera on themselves to break down the misconceptions, prejudices or stereotypes they face.
Each episode focuses on one young person who gives us an unflinchingly honest portrayal of their life. Inspired by today’s culture of self-documentation, the storytellers are given smartphones, lightweight audio and camera gear, and a one-on-one media production workshop to learn the basics of filmmaking. With guidance from professional filmmakers, they record all aspects of their lives from their own point of view. Once the episodes are shot, the footage is handed over to producers and editors. The most poignant and captivating moments are woven together into powerful narratives. The result is a beautiful combination of raw, unfiltered reality and sophisticated storytelling.
The first series of Red Button stories focuses on homeless youth in Toronto and has accumulated more than two million views on digital platforms.
The second season of Red Button, launching on CBC Gem in June, 2019, invites viewers inside the lives of teens dealing with challenging health conditions. The episodes take us inside the world of teens living with differences, looking for representation and recognition. Their episodes spark conversations about mental health, physical disabilities, inclusion and much more.