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Films Screened by Cinema Politica

Other films directed by John Greyson

Green Laser / 2011
Gaza Island / 2011
Teddy Tribute / 2011
BDS Bieber / 2011
Ballad of Roy and Silo / 2010
Hey Elton
Vuvuzela / 2010
Captifs D'Amour / 2010
Why Rain? / 2010
G7 vs. G8 / 2010
Roy & Silo's Starter Home / 2009
Fig Trees / 2009
Rex vs. Singh / 2009
Covered / 2009
CUPE 3903 Thriller / 2008
14.3 Seconds / 2008
Abbott Has No Pride / 2007
On Message / 2006
Albino / 2005
Motet for Amplified Voices / 2004
Pils Slip / 2003
Motet for Zackie / 2003
Two Tables / 2003
Proteus / 2003
The Sixth Room / 2001

John Greyson


John Greyson was born in Nelson BC, grew up in London Ontario, and has lived in Toronto (more or less) since 1978. Instead of film or art school, he joined Toronto's film and video production co-ops (Charles St. Video, Trinity Square Video, LIFT) and started making activist and experiemental videos, working with diverse collaborators (Colin Campbell, Richard Fung, Michael Balser, David McIntosh, Lisa Steele, Clive Robertson). He attended the Canadian Film Centre in 1990, and has taught at California Institute of the Arts (1986-89) and York University Film Department (2005-present).

His shorts, features and installations include: Fig Trees (2009, Best Documentary Teddy, Berlin FIlm Festival; Best Canadian Feature, Inside Out Festival); Proteus (2003, Best FIlm, Diversity Award, Barcelona Film Festival; Best Actor, Sithenghi Film Festival); The Law of Enclosures (2000, Best Actor Genie); Lilies (1996 - Best Film Genie, Best Film at festivals in Montreal, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, San Francisco); Un©ut (1997, Honourable Mention, Berlin Film Festival); Zero Patience (1993 - Best Canadian Film, Sudbury Film Festival); The Making of Monsters (1991 - Best Canadian Short, Toronto Film Festival, Best Short Film Teddy - Berlin Film Festival); and Urinal (1988 - Best Feature Teddy, Berlin Film Festival). He co-edited Queer Looks, a critical anthology on gay/lesbian film & video (Routledge, 1993), is the author of Urinal and Other Stories (Power Plant/Art Metropole, 1993), and has published essays and artists pieces in Alphabet City, Public, FUSE, and twelve critical anthologies. He was awarded the Toronto Arts Award for Film/Video, 2000, the Bell Canada Video Art Award in 2007, the Arts & Culture Pride Award, 2009, and the 1st annual Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance, Cinema Politica, 2011.

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