a film by Daniel Cross
China Now: Independent Visions is a touring festival showcasing some of best recent works in Chinese independent cinema—including illuminating documentaries, brilliant experimental and animated shorts, and spellbinding fiction features. China Now is curated by Cinema on the Edge, a collaboration formed by three of Chinese independent cinema’s most committed supporters: producer and distributor Karin Chien, critic and curator Shelly Kraicer, and filmmaker and anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki.
Montreal events are organized by Joshua Neves and Peter Rist, and sponsored by the Concordia Documentary Center, the Global Emergent Media Lab, The Cinematheque Quebecoise, Visions, the East Asian Studies Students Association and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Mcgill University.
CHINA NOW: Independent Visions – Montreal Schedule
Visual Arts Building 114 – 1395 René Lévesque Ouest
March 12, 7pm A Filmless Festival (2015, 80 min)
GEM Lab, Faubourg building 630.15 – 1250 Guy Street
March 15, 5pm Stratum 1: The Visitors (Cong Feng, 2013, 127 min) + discussion w/ Joshua Neves
J.A. DeSève Cinema, Library Building – 1400 De Maisonneuve Ouest
SSMU Building, Lev Bukhman Room – 3480 McTavish Street, Mcgill University
March 12, 7pm The River of Life (Yang Pingdao, 2014, 101 min)
Cultural Studies Screening Room (Rm 101) – 3475 Rue Peel
March 16, 7pm Satiated Village (Zou Xueping, 2011, 88 min)
March 23, 6:30pm Around that Winter (Wang Xiaozhen, 2013, 96 min)
CINEMATHEQUE + VISIONS
Cinémathèque Québécoise – 335, boul. De Maisonneuve Est
April 1, 7 pm Female Directors (Yang Mingming, 2012, 43 min) +
Listening to Third Grandmother’s Stories (Wen Hui, 2012, 75min)
April 2, 5 pm Animated Shorts Program
9 pm Experimental Short Film Program
April 3, 7 pm Emperor Visits Hell (Li Luo, 2012, 67 min)
April 4, 7 pm Yumen (Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao, and J.P Sniadecki, 2013, 65 min)
April 5, 7 pm People’s Park (J.P Sniadecki and Libbie Cohn, 2012, 78 min)
April 6, 9 pm Yumen (Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao, and J.P Sniadecki, 2013, 65 min)
*All screenings at Concordia and Mcgill are free to public. Screenings at cinematheque will charge regular fee, please check more information on http://www.cinematheque.qc.ca/en
The Movie: Monday, February 1st at 7pm in H-110, Concordia University, 1455 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal.
Screening of A SYRIAN LOVE STORY presented by Cinema Politica
The Master Class: Saturday February 6th, 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM in EV 1.615, Concordia University, 1515 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal.
The Concordia Documentary Centre (CDC) is proud to present a Master Class by documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister. This event will be preceded by the screening of McAllister’s A Syrian Love Story as part of Cinema Politica’s program of events.
In this Master Class held at Concordia, award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister will engage in a dialogue about his international filmmaking practice, which has broached extraordinary events in the lives of protagonists in locations across the globe, including Britain, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Japan, Yemen, and Syria.
Known for his unflinching ability to enter into dangerous and uncomfortable situations, McAllister’s experience and approach will provide master class attendants with exceptional insights into the ethics, politics and practical challenges of global approaches to documentary filmmaking.
CDC Master Class with Sean McAllister (director of A Syrian Love Story)
For more information about Sean McAllister and his work: http://seanmcallister.com/home/
Social Realism and the kitchen sink
After leaving school at 16 Sean McAllister worked in a series of low-paid low-skilled factory jobs in his hometown of Hull before finding a camera and filming his way into the National Film and Television School (NFTS), graduating in 1996. Since then he has made films for both the BBC and Channel 4; working in the UK and internationally. His candid, frank films depict with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but who are survivors; intelligent and resourceful people caught-up in a world of political turmoil and personal conflict.
In 2005 his remarkable film ‘The Liberace Of Baghdad‘ about Iraqi pianist Samir Peter won the Special Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sean is much more than a dispassionate fly-on-the-wall observer of other peoples’ lives, there is a fly-in-the-soup (Vérité) approach to his film-making, he becomes involved, he intervenes, he asks the questions which often provoke his subjects (and himself) into insights, thoughts, and realisations which they never knew they had.
From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998) (both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards), to his more recent successes, such as his Sundance Jury Prize-winning (2005) film The Liberace Of Baghdad, plus Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate, ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary‘ and now A Syrian Love Story Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.
“My duty as a filmmaker is to get beyond the performance” – Sean McAllister
“One of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around.” Michael Moore
“Sean McAllister makes filming look easy.” – Nick Fraser
A great piece about Sean McAllister:
Sean McAllister’s filmography:
A brief write up about Sean McAllister’s awards:
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