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August 16: Free Outdoor Screening of I Am The Blues, a film by Daniel Cross


I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

Watch I Am The Blues for free at Place de la Paix, 1182 Boul St-Laurent (entry on St Catherine and René Lévesque)

I Am The Blues
a film by Daniel Cross
106 minutes

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/144133836
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Jan. 19: A Talk with Toby Lee (NYU) About “The Sensory Ethnography Lab”

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Toby Lee (NYU)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5pm in the FB 630.15 (Global Emergent Media Lab)

1250 rue Guy, Montreal, QC, H3H 2T4

“The Sensory Ethnography Lab: Community of Practice, Space of Play”

Since its inception in 2006, the Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) at Harvard University has produced a body of non-fiction media work that has been met with both wide acclaim and marked criticism. In this talk, Toby Lee presents a critical overview of the Lab and its work — attending to questions of aesthetics, ethics, politics and practice — and reconsiders the value of a space like the SEL for the fields of documentary, anthropology, and the visual arts, as well as institutions of higher education.

Toby Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at NYU. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and Film & Visual Studies from Harvard University. Her research interests include visual and media anthropology; the anthropology of cultural institutions; cultural citizenship; film festival studies; expanded documentary. A practicing artist, she works across a variety of media including video, installation, performance and drawing.


**This talk is sponsored by the Global Emergent Media Lab and the Concordia Documentary Centre



The New York Times Praises ‘The Iron Ministry’

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On Thursday, The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott chose JP Sniadecki’s The Iron Ministry as one of the week’s “NYT Critics’ Picks,” stating that the film is “a work of art — vivid and mysterious and full of life.”

Last year, JP Sniadecki brought the film to the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), during which he hosted a Master Class at Concordia University, which was sponsored by the Concordia Documentary Centre.

The Iron Ministry was produced by Sniadecki and Joshua Neves, who is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University as well as a member of the Concordia Documentary Centre.

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Master Class with JP Sniadecki


10:00AM, Friday, 14 November 2014 at the Cinema de Seve at Concordia University.

LB-125, 1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal, Quebec

As a member of the influential Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab (Leviathan, Manakamana), JP Sniadecki has explored the social dynamics of contemporary China like no other filmmaker. Sniadecki’s most recent contribution to cinema is The Iron Ministry, an observational exploration of China’s massive rail system. Prior to that, he made People’s Park with Libbie D. Cohn, a feature length single take that explores a public park in Chengdu, China, and the people in it. In 2010 he made Foreign Parts with Véréna Paravel, a sensuous and visually dynamic exploration of a neighbourhood of used car repair shops in Queens, New York. In this Master Class, Sniadecki will speak about challenges, frustrations, and triumphs of experimental documentary filmmaking.

This event will be held in collaboration with RIDM

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