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network 26/07/2011 - 08:31PM

CP Welcomes our new Advisory Committee

The Cinema Politica family has grown by six new fantastic individuals! As CP expands in Canada and throughout the world, we thought that we could probably use some advice from some professionals from time to time. So it is with great excitement that we welcome the new members of our brand new Cinema Politica Advisory Committee. Filmmakers, educators, programmers, promoters, and provocateurs, the following six individuals are creative super-humans who live inspired, invigorated and community-oriented lives in the documentary and media arts. Below is a little bit of info on each of them. We hope that you are as excited as us in welcoming them to the Cinema Politica family!

TRACEY DEER, a Mohawk from the community of Kahnawake, obtained her bachelor's degree in Film Studies from the Ivy League Dartmouth College in 2000, graduating with two awards of excellence. Immediately afterward, she began working for CanWest Broadcasting's nightly news program in Montreal. Four months later she joined Rezolution Pictures, also out of Montreal, as a production assistant on a feature-length documentary they had just begun. Within three months she was promoted to co-director and co-DOP of One More River, a 96-minute process documentary that followed the emotional and political turmoil involved within the Cree Nation when they signed a new deal to allow more hydroelectric damning on their land. The film won the Best Documentary Award at the Rendez-vous des Cinema Quebecois in Feb. 2005 and was nominated for the Donald Brittain Best Social/Political Documentary at the Geminis. The film was broadcast on APTN in March 2005. Her second film, Mohawk Girls, a 63-minute process documentary, was a solo effort that she directed, filmed and wrote about the lives of three Mohawk teenagers growing up on the Kahnawake reserve, which was co-produced with Rezolution Pictures and the National Film Board. It won the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at the Imaginenative Film Festival in 2005. Tracey also made Club Native in 2008.

SEAN FARNEL is currently an unrestricted free agent, having recently departed his post as Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, market and conference. Sean was recruited to this newly created position in November 2005, following six years as a staff programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. At Hot Docs, Sean was responsible for managing all Festival programming, including film curation and the Industry conference. He also created the popular Doc Soup screening series, as well as the Dog Mogul Award, and managed the Shaw Hot Docs Fund. Sean is a graduate of Cinema Studies from one of Canada’s most respected film schools, Concordia University. Upon graduation he received the Motion Picture Foundation of Canada Award for Most Outstanding Achievement. His occasional blog is Ripping Reality.

JOHN GREYSON is a Canadian filmmaker, whose work frequently deals with gay themes. Greyson is also a video artist, writer and activist; he is currently a professor at York University, where he teaches film and video theory and film production and editing. John has a Vimeo channel where he regular posts awesome political musicals on issues ranging from Palestine to gay rights. John's last feature-length documentary was the incredible political musical Fig Trees. John's Wikipedia page has this little ditty about him: "Greyson is popular with film critics but controversial with some audiences because of the flamboyant theatricality and thematic complexity of his filmmaking style, and the frank depiction of gay themes in his work. His feature works have all been commercially unsuccessful."

SYLVIA D. HAMILTON is a Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer. Through her work as a filmmaker and artist, she has brought the life experiences of African Nova Scotians to the mainstream of Canadian arts. Her first film, Black Mother Black Daughter, has been seen in over forty film festivals throughout North America and Europe, and her films have gone on to win awards and be screened in festivals in Canada, the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia received both the 1994 Maeda Prize awarded by the NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation, and a 1994-Gemini Award. Her most recent film is Portia White: Think On Me, a documentary about the extraordinary Canadian contralto who was known as Canada? Marian Anderson. It has been widely broadcast on VISION TV, BRAVO! and national and regional CBC TV. Her writing (literary and non-fiction) has appeared in a variety of Canadian journals and anthologies. She was a contributor to and co-editor of We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History published by the University of Toronto Press in 1993.

PETER WINTONICK is a producer, director, critic and editor of independent film, video and new media. His work includes dramatic features, theatrical documentaries, educational and socio-political works. Born in 1953 in Trenton (ON), Peter graduated from Algonquin College in Ottawa. He has lectured at Concordia University in Montreal and at universities around the world. A leader in digital documentary production, web work and media literacy, Peter is noted for co-producing and directing (with Mark Achbar) one of the most successful documentaries in Canadian history, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media. It has played in 200 cities, won 22 awards at more than 50 international film festivals and has been broadcast in a dozen languages. He also directed (with the NFB) Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment and Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News. Wintonick contributes to film magazines and advises film festivals and film institutions around the world. Peter won the 2006 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and has supported Cinema Politica since its inception waaaaaaay back in the early 2000s. You can check out his Wikipedia page here.

B.H. YAEL is a Toronto based filmmaker, video and installation artist. She is Professor of Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art and Design and past Assistant Dean and past Chair of Integrated Media in the Faculty of Art. Yael is the recent recipient of a Chalmers Fellowship Award and a Toronto Arts Council grant to media artists. Her most recent work, Trading the Future recently won the ‘Audience Award’ at the Ecofilms 2009 festival in Rhodes, Greece, and has also received the ‘Best Humanitarian Observation – Media Matters’ award at the Rivers Edge International Film Festival in Kentucky, USA. Yael’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown in various settings, from festivals to galleries to various educational venues. Her work has been purchased by several universities. Yael’s past film and video work has dealt with issues of identity, authority and family structures, while at the same time addressing the fragmentary nature of memory and belonging. More recent work focuses on activist initiatives, political fear, apocalypse and gender. The work most often involves non-linear and hybrid forms, including dramatized and fictional elements combined with first person narration, autobiographical and documentary perspectives.



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