Monday, May 23, 2011

DOCNOW Free Documentary Media Festival - Toronto to June 25 2011

From a media release:

MAY 11 – JUNE 25, 2011

TORONTO, May 2011 – DOC NOW is a free media arts festival showcasing the work of graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Documentary Media program at Ryerson University in
Toronto, Ontario.

The festival presents the final works of emerging documentary media artists from May 11 to June 25. Film screenings take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3 (June 7, 8 and 9), the films will also screen at Ryerson's Eaton Theatre (June 11 and 12). Exhibitions will be presented at Toronto Image Works Gallery, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Inglenook Community High School, Beaver Hall Gallery, [Suite 208] 80 Spadina, and IMA Gallery between May 11 and June 25.

Free - see for a full list of exhibitions, screenings, venues, and artists.

Fresh voices in film, photography and new media

This year's lineup includes a wide variety of works in film, photography, and new-media, with four panel discussions, six exhibitions and over twelve hours of screenings which ranges from the personal to the
political, exploring a gamut of documentary subjects.

Paula John's autobiographical work seeks to embody, through a variety of visual media, the multivalent trauma of mental illness and the unseen internal processes of breakdown and subsequent healing through creative production. With Chris Manson's work we move from mental to physical illness, in his documentary photo-essay about the lifestyle changes required of Canadian adolescents living with type 1 diabetes. Garett Walker and Dafydd Hughes attempt to document hidden organizational processes of geographic and digital spaces. Walker's work explores how memory and imagination work to create meaning in photographs of Toronto's unmarked landmarks. Hughes' digital exegesis of Robert Frank's "The Americans" examines the degrees to which technology intervenes in our interpretation and organization of the ever-increasing amount of information we contend with daily. In Daniel Froidevaux's film "Little Castle" and Scott Humphries' "Humphries Road" explore the illusory quality of identity, the shared subjectivity of memory, and the intersection of familial inheritance within broader economic and political trends. While Froidevaux's work addresses issues of identity, displacement and memory through the story of his great aunt's expulsion from Nazi Germany, Humphries documents the issues surrounding family farm succession and the future of agriculture in Ontario. These individual accounts hint at the relevance of micro-history as a means of reexamining the past and re-imagining the future. For more information on these projects and more, visit

• Free and open to the public

DOC NOW is a great opportunity to see some compelling films and view thought-provoking exhibitions. All shows and screenings are free and open to the public, including openings. Fostering new documentary talent – Ryerson University's MFA in documentary media This unique program was established in 2007 and is the only MFA degree program in Canada dedicated to developing tomorrow's documentary filmmakers, photographers, and new-media artists. Canada has a world-renowned reputation for excellence in documentary media and the Ryerson Documentary Media program is committed to nurturing new talent in this important area. For more information on this program visit

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