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montreal 13/03/2016 - 08:00PM

Curators in Conversation: Jesse Wente Discusses Indigenous Programming

Jesse Wente is a leading film critic and programmer of Indigenous cinema, and Cinema Politica is thrilled to be co-sponsoring his visit to Montreal on March 22, when he will join CP's Ezra Winton and a small audience (seating is limited!) in a discussion on the politics of representation and selection and the relationship between curatorial practices and Indigenous culture and art. The event is sponsored by the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and supported by the FOFA Gallery (both at Concordia University). Seating is limited but this event is open to the public. Wente's bio and event details are below

What: Curators in Conversation: Jesse Wente Discusses Indigenous Programming
When: Tuesday, March 22nd, 7:30-9:30 PM
Where: Room FB 630.15 (sixth floor of the FB Building), Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, 1250 Guy street (corner of St. Catherine)
Cost: Free
Info: email ezra AT cinemapolitica DOT org

About Jesse Wente:
Jesse Wente is the Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox, overseeing New Releases, series and TIFF Cinematheque programming and scheduling. Some of his contributions to programming since the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox in September 2010 include retrospectives on Roman Polanski, Paul Verhoeven, David Cronenberg, Oscar Micheaux, Studio Ghibli and Michael Mann. His first major curatorial project at TIFF Bell Lightbox was the landmark film programme First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition and its accompanying gallery exhibition, Home on Native Land, which took place from June 21 to August 11, 2012. In the summer of 2013 he curated TOGA! The Reinvention of American Comedy, which brought cast and crew members of Animal House together for an onstage reunion. In 2014, Wente co-organized the Canadian premiere of the immensely popular travelling exhibition Stanley Kubrick, and programmed the accompanying retrospective that brought Kubrick’s key collaborators, members of the Kubrick family, and leading critics and scholars to TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Prior to his appointment as Director of Film Programmes, Wente served as one of the Canadian features programmers for the Toronto International Film Festival, and also programmed for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival. Well known as a film critic and broadcaster in Toronto and across Canada, he is a weekly contributor to CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and has covered film and pop culture for 20 other local CBC Radio programs. He has also been a regular guest on CBC Newsworld’s News Morning and Weekend Edition, as well as Q. Wente is the former president of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada's oldest Indigenous Performing Arts Company.


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