Callista Ottoni, MAP, is a Manager of Qualitative Research and Knowledge Translation and Exchange at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM), Vancouver, Canada. She is a core member of CHHM’s interdisciplinary research teams that address the barriers and facilitators to social and physical health across the lifespan. Callista integrates communications strategy and storytelling principles with academic research to share information in accessible formats: video, presentations, outreach and engagement events, lay language and academic reports, info-graphics, and web content.
She is also an award winning filmmaker and the Director of Video Production and Strategy of the Knowledge Mobilization Studio (located in CHHM). Callista creates emotionally and visually compelling video narratives to stimulate discussions and provoke action across government/policy and community based settings. Her documentary films have screened across North America. “I’d Rather Stay,” created in collaboration with Joanie Sims-Gould and Heather McKay, won Best of Fest at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles. Most recently, she collaborated with Active Aging BC, Promotion of Wellness in Northern BC Association, and Better at Home, Cranbrook, to direct and edit a series of 8 short documentary-video vignettes. The vignettes offer a diverse snapshot into the lives of older adults across BC. They address the question, what does it mean to be active and engaged in later life?