Little Mountain Film

The Little Mountain film is a documentary that follows the stories of three Little Mountain families and their fight to save their homes from demolition.
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Vancouver, British Columbia
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This Indiegogo campaign ended on June 23 but you can still contribute to the Little Mountain Film Funding Campaign by sending a cheque payable to:

David Vaisbord
348 East 40th Avenue,
Vancouver B.C. V5W 1L9

And remember to mention which PERK you WANT!

And you can continue to get up to date information about the documentary and how to contribute to the ongoing campaign at The Little Mountain Film.com!  You can also follow us at our Facebook Page. I've made many new friends and connections in the process of running this campaign and look forward to delivering the REWARDS/PERKS to everyone!

David Vaisbord


The Little Mountain Film follows the stories of three families who refused to be removed from their homes in Vancouver’s oldest social housing development. Together with the support of their neighbourhood, they fought back and not only won the right to stay in their homes, but changed city bylaws, and though small in numbers compelled two levels of government to build 54 units of new seniors housing at Little Mountain.

This is the story of a victory, as well as loss. It is vital that the lessons learned at Little Mountain be shared with a wider audience so we can protect our friends and our neighbours, especially those most in need.



This film will also include many other voices, from among the generations of former tenants who grew up there, to those who were forced into vacate from 2007 to 2009 and the community who fought alongside them. 

I've been on a 6 year boot camp in community participation and political action and shot over 400 hours of footage.  Now I want to put it all in a single documentary and give it back to you, so that you can go on your own adventures in your own communities, and shape the future of your city!


A compelling documentary film has the power to move audiences and effect change. After years of documentary filmmaking I decided that the stories I should be telling are those of my own community. This is one of those stories. I am determined to share it with the world. 

***Check out our NEWEST perk: Ground Social Housing***

 Own a piece of social housing history. Diverted from the landfill and saved from oblivion, precious fragments of the Little Mountain Housing Project are now available for purchase.  Click HERE for more information on Ground Social Housing. 

If you want to buy the perk but have it delivered to a friend just shoot us an email at littlemountdoc@gmail.com with their name and mailing information. 

Please remember, every little bit helps.

Sam and Joan after Sam's garden harvest of 2011.

Documentary film-making is an expensive endeavor. My budget may seem high, but it's the bare minimum of time and resources necessary to accomplish the task. After six years of filming I am preparing to turn over 400 hours of footage into a finished product and deliver it to the world. Here’s what I need to make that happen:

  • Shooting ($8,000) – In September the remaining tenants of Little Mountain will move into their new homes. I will be on site to film the final act of the Little Mountain Film. I also intend to record final interviews with current and former tenants, and other key players. The money will be used to hire crew and rent gear for the final shooting days.
  • Editing ($18,000) – Transforming hundreds of hours of footage into an incredible story worthy of showcasing worldwide, is a huge task. The money raised will be used for up to 12 weeks of editing.
  • Titles and VFX ($3,500) – Yes all those words that you have to read at the start of a film cost money. Good titles help set the tone of a story and give credit to all those involved in the project (like you!) The visual language and texture of this film includes tens of thousands of stills photographs (taken over 6 years) stitched into moving mosaics that beautifully unfold across the screen - that's VFX.
  • Archival Footage ($4,000) – I aim to acquire historical footage of the Little Mountain housing development as well as news coverage of the protests and hearings that surrounded the evictions and eventual victories of the tenants. Broadcasters hold the rights to the footage and it's sold by the second. 
  • Writer ($5,000) – A good documentary has a good story; a good story needs a good writer; a good writer needs a decent wage.
  • Sound Mix ($5,000) – Sound is one of the most important and least noticed part of any film. A good sound mix helps to tell the story and prevents the audience from getting distracted or annoyed by unnecessary sounds.
  • Composer ($5,500) – Music sets the tone of a documentary and helps to bring everything together into a cohesive, compelling story.
  • Music Rights ($1,000) – Several local musicians have played in support of the Little Mountain Project and it is my aim to use their songs in the finished film.

Here’s what that looks like:

What if you get more than $50,000?

If I exceed my campaign goal I have a set of stretch goals that I hope to achieve. These include festival submission costs and distribution costs.

What if you don’t get $50,000?

I’ll do the best I can with the resources I have!

I understand that aren't able at this time to contribute to a campaign, but there’s lots of ways you can still help:

Tell your friends about the project! Share on Facebook orTwitter
Email your own contacts.

Like us on Facebook.

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Find out more about the Little Mountain Film and the Little Mountain Project.


My daughter - who has been my sound assistant on some important shoots -  volunteered to hold the photograph.  She is very serious about the project!


In October of 2012, David appeared with hip-hop artist Red 1 of the Rascalz in a Vancouver Province story about the film.

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 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 Little Mountain Film!  Vaisbord is a board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada

Keith Scott, lead guitarist of the Brian Adam's Band returns to the doorstep of his childhood home in 2009 for the Little Mountain Film.

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$21,886CAD
raised by 219 people in 1 month
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$50,000 CAD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on June 23, 2014
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  • $10CAD
    Winds of Change

    Thank you for the wisp of wind that begins to fill our sails! Every great journey has to start somewhere.

    11 claimed
  • $20CAD
    A Seed in the Ground

    You will receive a signed postcard from David, thanking you for your participation. Thank you. We couldn't have done it without you.

    7 claimed
  • $25CAD
    Medium Ground Social Housing

    Diverted from the landfill and saved from oblivion, precious fragments of the Little Mountain Housing Project are now available for purchase. Each PILLOW PACK contains 1oz/29g of ground social housing and entitles the bearer to a THANK YOU CREDIT in the film. Want to gift it to a friend? Enter their info in the shipping address. CONTEST to launch soon to see who has the BEST CREATIVE IDEAS on how to use it! More details at littlemountainfilm.com Note: Add $10 ship outside Canada.

    9 claimed
  • $30CAD
    Community Gardener

    Receive a digital download of the finished version of the Little Mountain Film - the film you made possible!

    18 claimed
  • $40CAD
    A Raised Bed

    Receive a digital download of the finished version of the Little Mountain Film! PLUS an invitation to the after party in Vancouver after our premiere screening!

    7 claimed
  • $50CAD
    The Collaborators

    Want to hold the film in your hands and lovingly display it on your mantle with a sign saying "I made this happen"? Well you can! Receive a signed DVD of the film, PLUS an invite to the after party. Note: Add $10 to ship outside Canada. BONUS DVD: Free DVD of David's Award-winning documentary: "Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man". Available in limited quantity. LIsted below with other perks.

    39 claimed
  • $100CAD
    Community Watch Dogs

    Book yourself a ticket to the premiere screenings! No need to line up to pay for tickets, they'll be waiting for you at the box office. Includes a DVD of the completed film, and a special THANK YOU in the film. BONUS DVD included (see description above) and after party invite.

    49 out of 200 claimed
  • $250CAD
    Community Reflections

    Receive a stunning 24"x24" signed limited edition colour photographic print of the montage of Sammy and Joan at Little Mountain (pictured below). Be inspired by their courage and determination in the face of power. Retail value over $400. Note: Add $50 for mail/courier service in Canada. A special THANK YOU in the film, and BONUS DVD included (see description above), and after party invite.

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $500CAD
    Framing the Experience

    You and David Vaisbord will frame the 24"x 24" photographic print of the Sammy and Joan montage. He'll answer any questions you may have as you explore your hidden framing talents. Photograph includes 24"x24"x1" black metal exhibition frame, no-matting, glass, archival backing, hardware, and some good conversation. A special THANK YOU in the film, and BONUS DVD included (see description above), and after party invite. Cannot be mailed. Delivery is in-person at Opus Framing in Vancouver.

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $750CAD
    For a New Generation

    David Vaisbord will visit your school or office and give an inspirational seminar on his "Six Block Documentary" and "Hyperlocal" community filmmaking processes. Students will learn the lessons of The Little Mountain Project and engage in exercises aimed at sharpening their perception of their world, and their skills at documenting it. Included: 10 DVD copies of the film and a big THANK YOU to your school or business in the film. If outside Vancouver, travel expenses required.

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000CAD
    Date Night

    Bring a friend and celebrate with the filmmaker at a dinner prior to the screening of the finished film that you helped make. Includes: 2 seats at the dinner | 2 seats at the premier event | after party | all DVDs and a special THANK YOU in the film's credits.

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $2,500CAD
    City Builder

    As a CITY BUILDER you will receive updates on the progress of the film, an invite to a pre-screening feedback event, and the celebration dinner. Includes: SPECIAL credit in the film | 2 seats at the dinner | 2 seats at Premier | after party | all DVDs.

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $5,000CAD
    Community Builder

    As a COMMUNITY BUILDER you become a creative collaborator and receive invites to test screenings and discussion panels. Includes participation in test screenings and discussions on the film during important moments in the editing process of the documentary. Be a part of the journey. Includes: Two seats at the Celebration Dinner | 2 seats at the Premiere | a SPECIAL credit on the film | after party | all DVDs.

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