Holding Space Films is a boutique production company based in Toronto, founded by director, editor and cinematographer, Patricia Marcoccia in 2017. With a focus on documentary films, we grapple with difficult, socially relevant topics that challenge stale thinking and promote meaningful conversations through timeless human stories.
The company's name derives from the concept of "holding space," which is central to its filmmaking process. To hold space for someone is to metaphorically walk with them amidst their experience using genuine presence and deep listening to enable authenticity to emerge. This provides building blocks for the most powerful and honest documentary films.
Its first film, SHUT HIM DOWN: The Rise of Jordan Peterson (44 mins), was released on Canadian television in late 2018, topping the CBC Docs POV charts and receiving two Golden Sheaf Award nominations.
Building on this success, Holding Space Films strives to continue producing thoughtful and thought-provoking content that transcends ideological agendas through honest human stories.
Patricia Marcoccia is a Toronto-based director, producer, editor and cinematographer nominated for best emerging filmmaker at the Golden Sheaf Awards. Her premiere feature documentary, SHUT HIM DOWN: The Rise of Jordan Peterson, broadcast on CBC Docs POV in fall 2018 and was also nominated for best Social/Political Documentary at the 2019 YFF Golden Sheaf Awards before her foray into documentary film, Patricia worked as a journalist and digital media producer on multi-platform content. She collaborated on innovative projects such as a Telefilm multicity national workshop series on online marketing and multiplatform distribution for film, and Melting Silos, a transmedia development workshop sponsored by NFB, Telefilm, CMPA and BC Film.
In 2011 Patricia participated in DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Kris Anderson Program for emerging female filmmakers. She went on to work as associate producer for the interactive component of Canadian Screen Award nominated action documentary series, Battle Castle. Battlecastle.tv won the Blue Drop Award for best entertainment website in 2013. Patricia earned an honours bachelor of science degree in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour at McMaster University and a master degree in journalism at Ryerson University.
Maziar Ghaderi is a multimedia artist, director and producer that works with visual media and interactive technology. With a background in multimedia production, his primary work is situated at the intersection of technology, the experiential and creative direction. Maziar's work has been curated in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Los Angeles, Boston, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and recognized by the MIT Media Lab (2016), The Creator's Project (2014 & 2015), The Globe & Mail (2x, 2015), CBC Radio (2016), IxDA (2013) Toronto Life (2016), The Georgia Straight (2011) and SIGGRAPH (2013). He has also presented at Toronto Wearables, Subtle Technologies, Gladstone Hotel, The Gardiner Museum, Shopify, Luminato Festival, HarbourFront Centre's HATCH festival, Sumahan Art Centre, The Fridge Dubai, Nuit Blanche (2015, 2016), and Summerworks (2015, 2018). With the direction of Marina Abramovic, Maziar was the media producer and on-site technical assistant for the 2013 Luminato Festival's MAI Prototype, and has directed and produced his original work, Dissolving Self: Sufi Whirling X Wearable Technology for the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2014 (ISEA) held in Dubai. With his partner, Patricia Marcoccia, he is currently working on his debut documentary entitled, The Refugee’s Son and his first sci-fi film, Lights Fallen set to shoot in Dubai in 2020. More info here.