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Films Screened by Cinema Politica

Other films directed by John Walker

Chambers: Tracks and Gestures, 1981
Leningradskaya: A Village in Southern Russia, 1990
Distress Signals, 1991
Shepherds to the Flock, 1993
Hidden Children, 1994
Orphans of Manchuria, 1994
Tough Assignment, 1995
Place of the Boss: Utshimassits, 1997
The Fairy Faith, 2000
Men of the Deeps, 2003
Passage, 2008
A Drummer's Dream, 2010
The National Parks Project, 2011
Playing a Dangerous Game, 2012


John Walker Productions

John Walker


John Walker is one of Canada's finest director/cinematographers working in the documentary genre, and his films have won international acclaim. From his fiction film collaboration, A Winter Tan, described by a "Globe and Mail" critic as "unlike any other film anywhere" to his personal exploration of myth and imagination in The Fairy Faith, Walker defies conventional subjects and approaches. With his provocative film Passage he challenged the form with a complex mix of fiction and documentary - Martin Knelman of The Toronto Star wrote "One of the great triumphs in Canadian documentary film history." With his latest, A Drummer's Dream, Walker delivers a film that lifts you into another dimension of pure joy and exhilaration.

John began his career in 1970 as a photographer in Montreal, Quebec. His photographs were published, collected and exhibited internationally. In 1975 he began working as a cinematographer and in 1981 he was awarded full membership in the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.

His directorial debut was in 1982 with Chamber - Tracks & Gestures. The biography of artist and avant-garde filmmaker Jack Chambers won numerous awards including , American Film Festival Blue Ribbon, Houston Film Festival Bronze, Canadian Film Editors Guild Award, Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award, Canadian Film & Televison Award and Yorkton Film Festival - Best of Festival.

Since then he has credits on over sixty films working as a Producer, Director and cinematographer. Walker's films have been widely broadcast and have appeared at the major international film festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and London. From the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television he has received seventeen nominations and awards including the coveted Donald Brittain Award for best social/political documentary - Utshimassits: Place of the Boss; best documentary director - The Hand of Stalin; and best feature documentary for Strand - Under the Dark Cloth, a personal portrait of his mentor, the photographer/filmmaker Paul Strand. His film on the Cape Breton coal miners choir, Men of the Deeps, won three Gemini awards including best performing arts, best documentary photography, best sound and a best director nomination. The film garnered three million viewers in Canada alone.

His passionate commitment to the documentary form led him to co-found the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly Canadian Independent Film Caucus). Walker has conducted master classes across the country and has mentored numerous emerging filmmakers. He has also served as guest programmer for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Artist talk with John Walker


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