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2010 - 2011 Academic Year included:

Milcho Manchevski

Academy-award nominated director Milcho Manchevski visited our department on 18 March 2011 when he led a production workshop with our students and participated in a Q & A session with the audience attending a screening of his film DUST. Please click on the screen to view excerpts from this discussion.

Milcho Manchevski wrote and directed the feature films BEFORE THE RAIN (1994), DUST (2001), SHADOWS (2007) and MOTHERS (2011).

BEFORE THE RAIN won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc.

The New York Times included BEFORE THE RAIN on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made.


Ron Mann

A very generous friend to Film Studies at UWO, sharing Grass (1999), Know Your Mushrooms (2009) and now In the Wake of the Flood (2010) with Western audiences, documentary filmmaker Ron Mann took some time to reflect on the value of a Humanities-based Film Studies degree versus Film School in January of 2011.

Ron Mann is a Toronto-based documentary filmmaker who is best known for such titles as Grass, Poetry in Motion, Comic Book Confidentialand Go Further. In addition to making films, Mann and veteran Toronto film and music promoter Gary Topp distribute films in Canada under the banner Films We Like.


Fernando 'Pino' Solanas

World acclaimed political filmmaker Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas visited the Film Studies department in February 2011. During his three-day visit, he worked with undergraduate and graduate students, mentoring four different short films. He participated in two seminars with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, debating matters of globalization, culture and representation and two of his most recent documentaries were screened to a full auditorium, followed by a Q&A session. Please click on the screen to view excerpts of the exclusive interview that Solanas did with us.

Fernando Solanas is the director (with Octavio Getino) of the canonical film The Hour of the Furnaces (1968). Also with Getino, he wrote the equally influential manifesto “Toward a Third Cinema”.

Currently a member of Argentina’s National Congress, his more recent work as a filmmaker includes the documentaries Memoria del saqueo / Social Genocide (2004) and Tierra sublevada: Oro Impuro (2009).


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2009 - 2010 Academic Year included:

Rob King, Cinema Studies, University of Toronto
Rob King's research focuses on the intersection of class and popular culture in early twentieth-century America, with a particular focus on early cinema and slapstick comedy. He is the author of The Fun Factory: The Keystone Film Company and the Emergence of Mass Culture (University of California Press, 2008) and co-editor of Early Cinema and the 'Nation' (John Libbey Press, 2008).


The Films of Jamelie Hassan, Curators: Miriam Jordan and Julian Jason Haladyn
Jamelie Hassan has been active as a lecturer, writer, activist and independent curator throughout her career, and since the 1970s has exbited her work widely both in Canada and internationally. In 2001, Hassan received the Governor General's Award in recoginition of the thirty years of work in the visual arts of Canada, and in 2002 was commissioned to create the Gift of Art for recipients of the 2002 Governor Generals Awards in Media and Visual Art.


Dr. Matthew Fox, Department of Classics, University of Glasgow

Dr. Matthew Fox is the author of Cicero's Philosophy of History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) and Roman Historical Myths (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996)

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2008 - 2009 Academic Year included:

Marco Abel
Professor Abel is an Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska.

Tom Gunning
Professor Gunning is a Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. His talk was entitled, "Visible and Invisible: Media and Disappearance." Admission is free.

Ron Mann
Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann is one of Canada's foremost documentary filmmakers. Mann established his international reputation while in his twenties with a series of award-winning theatrical documentaries.

A festival and critics favorite since his first feature Imagine the Sound (1981), Mann's exuberant films,whether on jazz, comics, rock N roll dance or marijuana are meticulously researched pop histories. His more recent projects include his work as director of the Juno Award-winning Blue Rodeo: In Stereovision (2005) and executive producer of Examined Life (2008) as well as director of Know Your Mushrooms (2008).

Oliver Husain
Ranging from documentary to live-action compositing to Bollywood dance sequences –sometimes all at once — Oliver Husain's short videos have everything exceptthat stifling sense of seriousness that so often seems to come with rigour.Shot in locations the world over (including Germany, India, Indonesia, andChina), his works are playful travelogues from some place that has never existedexcept as the impossible sum of various parts.

Kent Monkman
Born in St. Marys, Ontario, Kent Monkman is an artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance and installation. He has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Walter Phillips Gallery, and the Indian Art Centre, and has participated in various international group exhibitions including: "We come in peace..." Histories of the Americas, at the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal, and The American West , at Compton Verney, in Warwickshire, England. Monkman has created site specific performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and at Compton Verney, UK, and has also made super 8 mm versions of these performances that he calls "Colonial Art Space Interventions". His award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

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2007 - 2008 Academic Year included:

Professor Barbara Klinger,
Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University
"Contraband Cinema: Piracy, "Titanic", and the Middle East"

During the time of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, James Cameron's Titanic became a cult film in the face of absolute censorship of all media.

Kevin Tierney, Producer of Bon Cop Bad Cop
Producer and co-writer of BON COP BAD COP, the highest grossing movie in the history of Canadian cinema.

Over the past 10 years, Kevin Tierney’s television productions have been nominated for a total of 11 Emmys and 12 Geminis, including two Outstanding Mini-Series, Best Series and most recently, Best TV movie for ONE DEAD INDIAN.

Among his other productions are: CHOICE: THE HENRY MORGENTALER STORY; TWIST, a feature film written/directed by his son Jacob, an official selection at the Venice, Toronto and Rotterdam Film Festivals; VARIAN’S WAR, a UK co-production; Best Mini-Series Emmy nominated MORE TALES OF THE CITY; the Emmy Award nominated Best Mini-Series, P.T. BARNUM and BONANNO: A GODFATHER’S STORY. His latest production, SERVEUSES DEMANDÉES (written and directed by Guylaine Dionne, Les Fantômes des trois Madeleine), will be released at the end of 2007.

Tierney is President of Park Ex Pictures Inc., a company specializing in long-form drama, and is a member of the Boards of the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association, and Montreal’s Cine Gael Irish Film festival. He is currently the out-going President of the Board of the Cinematheque Quebecoise.

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2006 - 2007 Academic Year included:

Bob Munroe,
President and Co-founder of C.O.R.E Digital Pictures
Bob Munroe is a graduate from the Fine Arts program at the University of Western Ontario.  In 1994, with John Mariella, Kyle Menzies and William Shatner, Bob founded C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures. Bob’s leadership helped make the Toronto based company a world class creator of digital visual effects and animation in the feature film and television industry.

Early in 2006, as the Supervising Producer, Bob and his crew delivered the animation for Walt Disney Pictures feature, The Wild. The production, released in spring of 2006, was fully animated in C.O.R.E.’s downtown Toronto studio and required a staff of over 290 artists, animators, systems engineers, software developers and other support staff almost three years to complete. 

Last summer Bob directed second unit in Ireland for Showtime’s new dramatic 10 part mini-series called The Tudors. The series stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as young Henry VIII. Currently in house, Bob is overseeing the completion of 190 shots for The Tudors, which is scheduled to premiere in April of this year.

With a desire to share his knowledge, Bob is quite active on the lecture and public speaking circuit and is on the Canadian Film Centre’s Board of Directors, as well as adjunct professor at Sheridan College.

Rob Stewart,
Sharkwater has won 10 prestigious awards, including numerous People’s Choice awards, Best Documentary awards as well as the Toronto Film Festival award: Canada’s Top Ten!

This incredible true-story follows filmmaker and biologist Rob Stewart, through espionage, corrupt governments, mafia rings, arrests and hospitalization; in his fight to reveal the truth about sharks and the vital importance of saving our oceans.

On March 23rd, Sharkwater, the award winning feature film by Canadian filmmaker and biologist Rob Stewart will be released in theatres. Filmed in High Definition, Sharkwater brings viewers closer to sharks than ever before and ocean conservation into the spotlight.

b.h. Yael
b.h. Yael is an Israeli-born Canadian who is Professor and Chair of Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and a passionate advocate for a just and sustainable peace in Israel/Palestine. She has directed and produced a number of video projects that reflect on the personal and political connections to the land of her birth. Positioning herself amidst controversy, Yael offers a unique perspective, challenging the traditional Canadian perception of peace efforts in the Middle East.

Palestine Trilogy presents an independent voice and a critical perspective focusing on Israeli and Palestinian efforts toward coexistence. Yael confronts the reality of terror, of displacement, of walls, and the constant surveillance on families and indigenous communities while exploring the common recognition to the possibility of a different reality and a hope that the ‘sounds of peace’ may eventually predominate.

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2005 - 2006 Academic Year included:

Thomas Elsaesser
Thomas Elsaesser is a Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of numerous prize-winning books, including New German Cinema: A History (1989, reprinted 1994), Fassbinder's Germany: History Identity Subject (1996), Weimar Cinema and After (2000), Metropolis (2000). Recent books have been on "Studying Contemporary American Film" (2002), the filmmaker and installation artist Harun Farocki (2005) and "European Cinema Face to Face with Hollywood" (2005). His essays on film theory, film genre, film history and television have appeared in well over two hundred collections and anthologies and in such journals as Discourse, New German Critique, October, Persistence of Vision, Positif, Screen, After All, and Sight and Sound. At the University of Amsterdam, Elsaesser founded the Department of Film and Television Studies and was its chair from 1991-2001. It is now one of the largest departments in Europe, with more than 60 full time faculty members and over 1400 undergraduates, graduates and PhD students. In addition, twenty-five volumes have appeared to date under his editorship of the Amsterdam University Press series Film Culture in Transition. He is currently teaching at Yale University.

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2004 - 2005 Academic Year included:

Barry Keith Grant
Dr. Grant is a professor of film studies and popular culture at Brock University, where he was the founding director of the M.A. Program in Popular Culture. He is the author, co-author or editor of over a dozen books on film, including Voyages of Discovery: the Cinema of Frederick Wiseman, Film Genre Reader, and John Ford's Stagecoach. His work has appeared in such journals as Cinema Journal, Journal of Popular Film & Television, and Take One. Dr. Grant is editor of the Contemporary Film and Television series for Wayne State University Press and editor-in-chief of the forthcoming 4-vol. Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. His latest books, Five Films by Frederick Wiseman and Film Genre, are forthcoming from University of California Press and Wallflower Press respectively.

Ella Shohat
Dr. Shohat is a Professor in the departments of Art and Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies, and is also affiliated with Comparative Literature and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She has published and lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on issues having to do with cultural studies, postcolonial theory, and visual culture. More specifically,she has developed critical approaches to the study of Arab-Jews and the Mizrahim. Her award-winning work includes the books Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation, (Univ. of Texas Press, 1989), Unthinking Eurocentrism (co-authored with R. Stam, Routledge, 1994), Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (co-edited, Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1997), Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age (MIT Press and the New Museum, 1998), Forbidden Reminiscences (Bimat Kedem, 2001). She has also curated a number of cultural events and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, such as Social Text, Critique, Jouvert and Public Culture. Her writings have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, German and Turkish.

John Greyson's Workshop
(sponsored along with the London Canadian Film Festival)
Professor Greyson has taught film and video theory and production in Canada, the United States, Cuba and South Africa. His publications include Urinal and Other Stories (Power Plant/Art Metropole, 1993) and co-editor of Queer Looks, a critical anthology of gay/lesbian media theory (Routledge, 1993).The recipient of the 2000 Toronto Arts Award for film/video, Professor Greyson is a filmmaker, video artist, writer, activist and educator whose productions have won accolades at festivals throughout the world. John Greyson's feature films include: Urinal (1988 - Best Feature Teddy, Berlin Film Festival); Zero Patience (1993 - Best Canadian Film, Sudbury Film Festival); Lilies (1996 - Best Film Genie, Best Film at festivals in Montreal, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, San Francisco); Un©ut (1997, Honourable Mention, Berlin Film Festival); The Law of Enclosures (2000, Best Actor Genie); and Proteus, co-created with Jack Lewis (2003). Film/video shorts include: The Kipling Trilogy (1984-5), The ADS Epidemic (1987), The Making of Monsters (1991 - Best Canadian Short, Toronto Film Festival; Best Short Film Teddy - Berlin Film Festival), Herr (1998) and Packin’ (2001). As a director for television, John Greyson’s credits include episodes for such series as Queer as Folk, Made In Canada (Best Director Gemini, 2002), Drop the Beat and Welcome to Paradox.

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