York Film Master Class: Alanis Obomsawin
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Alanis ObomsawinJoin the legendary Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist Alanis Obomsawin for a riveting journey through her career and life, viewing clips and talking with award-winning filmmaker/curator Ariel Smith. A veteran of the National Film Board since 1971, when she made Christmas at Moose Factory, Obomsawin has made over 50 films, including Incident at Restigouche, Our People Will Be Healed, Trick or Treaty and Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child. Her extraordinary feature documentary Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance takes viewers inside the barricades of the Mohawk 78-day uprising at Oka. Among her countless awards and honours, the Cinema Politica Alanis Obomsawin Award is named for her “awe-inspiring and unstoppable dedication to social justice and political documentary.”

Presented by the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) Department of Cinema & Media Arts (CMA) and Shan & Jaya Chandrasekar Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency

Free to Cinema & Media Arts students and alumni. Registration is required by email:

A shuttle bus is available from the Keele campus, leaving at 11:30 and returning at 5pm. Contact for location details as part of your RSVP.

Winters Frolic: Havana Nights
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Winters Frolic: Havana Nights @ Winters Dining Hall 001, Winters College

We are excited to bring you a new tradition to celebrate the end of a semester, and another year. The first ever “Winters Frolic” at Winters College, with a theme of “Havana Nights”! A formal dinner party event where Cuban-inspired dinner and drinks will be served along with exciting performances by both musicians and dancers. We will be raffling away fantastic prizes, with all proceeds going towards our Winters College student scholarships and funds. Follow us on Instagram: @WintersCollege for a sneak peek of the big day and the prizes we will be raffling off!


Welcome to Winters College and AMPD!
Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Welcome to Winters College and AMPD! @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

Welcome to Winters College and AMPD!

AMPD Winter Orientation is an event for all new students affiliated with the School of AMPD and Winters College. Our unique and spirited community has so much to offer throughout the school year. Please join us on January 11th to meet our enthusiastic community, and to learn about: The Winters College Office, Winters College Council, the York International team, your Peer Leaders and Academic Support!

Sign up for AMPD Winter Orientation here!

York Film Master Class: Jennifer Baichwal & Nick de Pencier
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

An arial photo from Anthropocene

For the past two decades, Jennifer and Nick have collaborated on an extraordinary series of films, from their award-winning feature documentaries (Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, Manufactured Landscapes, Payback, Watermark) and concert films (Long Time Running) to complex gallery installations in collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Collaboration – with each other and with a dizzying range of diverse thinkers and artists – is often both fulcrum and dialectic for their project of making unforgettable images and ideas, ones that have captivated and challenged audiences around the world. With Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, their epic 2018 gallery exhibition/documentary co-production with Burtynsky, they explore radical new ways to co-author work, even as they bear unflinching witness to our global climate-change disaster.

Presented by the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) Department of Cinema & Media Arts (CMA) and Shan & Jaya Chandrasekar Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency

Free to Cinema & Media Arts students and alumni. Registration is required by email:


CineSiege 2018: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CineSiege Eyes from the 2019 ProgramCatch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 16th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of Canadian film and media culture.

Screening one night only, this juried showcase features the best productions created in 2018-2019 by undergraduate students in York University’s Department of Cinema & Media Arts. The films selected for CineSiege 2018 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.

The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Adam Cook, Elise Cousineau, Debbie Ebanks Schlums, Peter Mohan and Myrocia Watamaniuk. The jury picked the productions to be shown at CineSiege, with “best of” awards for each genre and craft area (directing and screenwriting, cinematography, production design, and editing and sound).

The best first year film was selected by the Department’s Production Committee. The best second year films were selected by the second year students through anonymous vote.

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

Map & parking info

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of 

Nachos Night with the Head of Winters College
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nachos Night with the Head of Winters College @ Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop

Come to the Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop and get to know your Head of Winters College, John Mayberry, over some tasty nachos – on us! Enjoy an evening of nachos, trivia and good conversations.

Blindness Meets the Devil & The Feel of Blindness, talk by Michalko and Healy
Jan 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Jan 30 talk posterBlindness Meets the Devil: It’s true.  Blindness did meet the Devil. And, they met on Queen Street West in Toronto. Now, blindness is constantly meeting itself and doing so in a variety of guises; sometimes as musical genius, at other times, as the pathos of lacking the most precious gift and, at still other times, as the devil.  This paper explores blindness and how it meets itself.  It “focuses,” at least  peripherally, on the meaning of both blindness and the devil and of blindness and putative “madness”.  It ends with a reflection of blindness as perception; blindness, too, has peripheral vision and, if focused, it can temporarily blind the power of sight.

The Feel of Blindness: This explores the feel of blindness, thus challenging the current, sighted, contemporary Western understanding and imaginary of blindness as something that is experienced only in the eyes. Blindness does not merely inhabit the eyes but rather, it is a full sensory experience. Making use of autoethnography and critical disability studies, my paper explicates how blindness is felt by the body before it is noticed by the eyes. The oft asked question, “When did you notice your blindness?” is one that imagines blindness as something that happens in the eyes alone. In this paper, I explore how the eyes may not always be the knowing sense of blindness. Blindness as a full body experience allows me to engage with the question of how I noticed my blindness differently. I do not know how long blindness had been with me before I noticed its presence. I suppose it began with a feeling rather than a noticing of something different. It was a feeling of difference that hinted at something. This paper explores the feeling of difference in the body that illuminates blindness.


Rod Michalko, University of Toronto (Emeritus) has taught sociology and disability studies in several Canadian Universities including, most recently, the University of Toronto.  He is author of numerous articles and books including The Mystery of the Eye and the Shadow of Blindness (UTP 1998), The Two in One: Walking with Smokie, Walking with Blindness (Temple UP, 1999) and The Difference that Disability Makes (Temple UP, 2002).  He is co-editor with Tanya Titchkosky of Rethinking Normalcy: A Disability Studies Reader (Scholars Press, 2009).  Since retirement, Rod has turned to writing fiction.  His first collection of short stories Things are Different Here (Insomniac Press) was published in 2017. He is currently completing his first novel, My Thick Persian Rug.  All of his work, scholarly and fiction, begins in his experience of blindness. Rod reveals how blindness may be understood as framing the scenes and activities of everyday life.


Devon Healy, OISE is a blind PhD Candidate, award winning actor and active member in the Toronto arts community working with directors such as Guillermo del Toro on ‘The Strain.’ Her work explores how blindness makes an appearance in culture and is informed by disability studies, phenomenology and Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical model.  Her most recent article, “Eyeing the Pedagogy of Trouble: The Cultural Documentation of the Problem Subject” can be found in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

 Co-sponsored by Peripheral Vision Lab, Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, VISTA, The Departments of Theatre and Cinema and Media Arts, the Canada Research Excellence Fund, the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series, and the Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies.

Winters Café
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Winters Café @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

We’re bringing Central Perk to you! Enjoy a tasty beverage, something sweet and a few performances at this semester’s first Winters Café.

Winters Café is a cozy environment where you can chill out and listen to a variety of performers: musicians, comedians, playwrights, poets – you name it! Board games and good fun is also encouraged.

Interested in performing? Sign up here!

Nat Taylor Tuesdays: Faculty of Horror
Feb 5 @ 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm

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Faculty of Horror is coming to York! Alexandra West and Andrea Subissati tackle everything from New French Extremity to the Slasher genre through a critical feminist lens in their game-changing podcast, Faculty of Horror. Join Subissati and West as they discuss their careers in Horror journalism, academia and podcasting. Q&A to follow.

Sponsored by the York Graduate Film Student Association.

Admission is free and all are welcome

Winters College Film Screening
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winters College Film Screening @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

Showcase your films at the Winters College Film Screening! Whether it’s a finished or in-the-works project, we’d love for you to share it. All short documentary, fictions and/or experimental films are welcome to be submitted – 15 minutes max. Please upload your work to Google Drive and share it with

INTERCUT 2019: Staged Readings of Original Screenplays
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm

An evening of staged readings of original screenplays by AMPD’s very own!

Undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of Cinema & Media Arts’ production and screenwriting programs were invited to submit short screenplays or fully realized scenes. Selected scripts were chosen for revision with story editors and workshopping with actors from the Department of Theatre.

In a spirit of feedback and dialogue, the results will be presented in this live performance of short scripts and scenes. The readings will be followed by a Q & A with the screenwriters.

Intercut is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free. All welcome.

Presented by Winters College in collaboration with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts and Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Poster for Intercut, repeats some of the text from the event listing and has an illustration of a typewriter

AMPD Students – Study at the University of Leeds, UK
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

AMPD Students are invited to an info session about earning YorkU credits while on exchange at the University of Leeds.

Amnon Buchbinder Film Retrospective March 22 and 29
Mar 22 – Mar 29 all-day

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In celebration of his recent promotion from Associate Professor to Professor, The Department of Cinema & Media Arts presents a 2 day Amnon Buchbinder retrospective featuring 7 of his films and a workshop by  Geneviève Appleton exploring Buchbinder’s innovative interactive documentary project Biology of Story.

Amnon Buchbinder started teaching at  York University in 1995 and received a tenure stream appointment in 1996. He is a former Chair of the department and has played an instrumental role in developing the department’s curriculum in production and screenwriting. An active filmmaker, screenwriter and author, his credits include directing two theatrically-released feature films: Genie award winning The Fishing Trip (1998), made in collaboration with his students and distributed by Mongrel Media, and Whole New Thing (2005) which screened at more than 100 international film festivals, winning a dozen best-film awards. Working in the Canadian film and television industry, Buchbinder has written numerous screenplays and served as story editor on over a hundred feature film projects in funded development. His book The Way of the Screenwriter (House of Anansi Press, 2005), which reinterprets the craft from both a philosophical and practical point of view, has been widely acclaimed by working screenwriters and he has taught professional screenwriting workshops in a dozen countries. Buchbinder has also served as a curator and film programmer for several organizations including the Vancouver International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

Biology of Story illustrates Buchbinder’s theory of story and anti-story in art and life. It was undertaken as research-creation and funded with a major SSHRC Insight grant, launching at SXSW-Interactive in 2016 with over 70 hours of material (see news story). It is now a highlight of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design’s eLearning courses.


11am    Oroboros (1983)  & Seed (1988)

1pm      The Fishing Trip (1998)

4pm      Whole New Thing (2005)



10am    Travelling Medicine Show (2011)

1:30pm Biology of Story (2016) (MFA workshop with Genevieve Appleton)

4pm      Amnon, talking about his work

followed by reception/celebration of his promotion to Professor

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Yeh Freedom Life/This Freedom Life
Mar 26 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

The Department of Cinema & Media Arts, Nat Taylor Tuesday and the South Asian Visual Art Centre (SAVAC) present a free public screening of Priya Sen’s Yeh Freedom Life/This Freedom Life, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker moderated by Indu Vashisht, Executive Director of SAVAC.

Filmed over the course of a year in a dense, working class area in south Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life/This Freedom Life invites us into the world of Sachi and Parveen, two women in love with other women, whose desire is to live and love outside the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

2019 Wendy Michener Lecture: Anna Maria Tremonti
Mar 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”

Anna Maria TremontiAnna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.

Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.