Images Festival (Toronto, 2017)

For the closing aft of the Images Fest (April 27, 2017) I was asked to represent the Funnel, Toronto’s former experimental film co-op, in a sprawling convo about collectives old and new. That night each collective rep was offered screen … Continue reading

On Artists

Caroline Monnet

This self-taught wonder has logged time in Winnipeg and Montreal, creating work that began as hand-made identity structures, black-and-white lyrics that lent style to her documentary leanings. She is Algonquin and French-Canadian, asymetrical facts that loom large in her making. … Continue reading

On Artists

Lesley Loksi Chan

Lesley Loksi Chan: The Storyteller One of the most important new voices in Canadian narrative cinema, Lesley Loksi Chan was born to make movies. Her genius is that she fully embraces, or so it seems, the place she actually is. … Continue reading


Fifteen (April 2017)

Talk delivered at Winnipeg Art Gallery, April 7, 2017, at the opening of the 2017 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts (GGArts) exhibition. l. So you’re 15 years old and just getting used to the line that divides … Continue reading


Documentary New Wave

Documentary New Wave: The Dirty Dozen proposed for the Winnipeg Cinematheque, September 2016 1. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes by Brett Story (Canada) 90 minutes, 2016 2. Field Niggas by Khalik Allah (US) 60 minutes, 2014 3. Time Out of … Continue reading

On Artists

John Creson and Adam Rosen

The Last Scream 3:30 minutes super 8 2013 A phantasmagoria of light, stretched across a pair of nights and days. The emphasis here is on performance, and the accumulation of seeing, the visible palimpsest of memory that arrives in bursts … Continue reading


Underground (2017)

Underground: The untold story of the Funnel film collective The best-kept secret of the Canadian film underground remains the Funnel, a muchly rumoured experimental film collective that remapped fringe practice in Toronto for a decade. 25 years after it folded … Continue reading

On Artists

Akira Mizuta Lippit

Electric Animal An Interview with Akira Mizuta Lippit (February 12, 2008) “When we kill an animal, we recognize something immediately that we have to erase from our consciousness with this phrase, ‘It’s only an animal.’” Dr. Akira Mizuta Lippit, author … Continue reading


Governor General Award Speech (March 2017)

March 1, 2017 Rideau Hall, Ottawa Your excellency, friends of all genders and persuasions. I come from a place on the margins. We lived in the wilderness past the edge of common sense, so it’s strange to be here. We … Continue reading


Sincerely: Kelly O’Brien (Toronto, 2017)

Sincerely: Kelly O’Brien movies and Facebook performance February 18, 2017 at CineCycle Pleasure Dome For the past two decades local treasure Kelly O’Brien has been making documentary shorts, usually shot on super 8, remapping its typical home movie subjects to … Continue reading


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