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Forty years, 40 films, 40 minutes
posted on 09-27-2010
The Department of Film in York’s Faculty of Fine Arts celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and it’s marking this milestone with a series of events highlighting past achievements and looking to the future.
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Alumni films featured at Toronto International Film Festival
posted on 09-08-2010
A female convict with 24 hours to make good, a rumour–filled town baking under a hot Mexican sun and a gay porn art film are the three latest flicks by York alumni to be announced as part of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) lineup.
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York shines once again at Toronto filmfest
posted on 08-18-2010
Avant–garde, thrilling, provocative, brainy and fascinating are just a few of the words used to describe films directed by several York alumni, as well as a current student, that are screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
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York to the Power of 50: Film artifacts donated to archives
posted on 03-02-2010
Artifacts from York alums Rhombus Media's Oscar-winning film The Red Violin and other productions are now part of York's archives
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Passing of Prof. Robin Wood, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
posted on 12-23-2009
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Prof. Robin Wood, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in the Graduate Program in Film. We express our condolences to Prof. Wood's family, especially his partner, Richard Lippe.
Read the full New York Times obituary.

Summer Institute in Film launches with lectures by film theorist Dudley Andrew
posted on 05-25-2009
York University’s Department of Film launches its inaugural Summer Institute in Film today. The three–week intensive program, which runs to June 12, features four public lectures, June 8 to 11, by eminent film theorist Dudley Andrew, R. Selden Rose Professor of Film & Comparative Literature and director of graduate studies in the Film Studies Program at Yale University.
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John Greyson opera Fig Trees tackles AIDS activism
posted on 05-25-2009
York film Professor John Greyson, of the Faculty of Fine Arts, says opera could be seen as an “inappropriate medium” for the subject matter of Fig Trees, his new video opera, wrote CBCNews.ca May 21.
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York filmmakers hot on the festival circuit
posted on 04-21-2009
Many York University filmmakers have been featured at Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in the past, and the lineup for the upcoming 2009 fest continues the trend.
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York film prof's anti–war play to launch Rwandan theatre company
posted on 06-27-2008
York film Professor Colleen Wagner is currently in Rwanda where her play The Monument, winner of the 1996 Governor General's Award for Drama, will receive a landmark production next month.
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Spotlight on talented York filmmakers
posted on 05-21-2008
Festival screenings, premieres, distribution deals and awards have been putting York filmmakers in the headlines, including a number of grad students and faculty in the graduate program.
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York MFA Thesis Film by Franci Duran premieres at Hot Docs Festival
posted on 04-23-2008
Mr. Edison's Ear, Francisca Duran's MFA thesis film, has been selected for the Hot Docs festival in Toronto. It received its World premiere on Tues 22 April, and will be screening again on Friday 25 April at the Innis Town Hall theatre at 1:30pm.
Hot Docs Canadian spotlight programmer Gisèle Gordon described the film as, "An inventive exploration of the visceral nature of sound and how we learned to capture and reproduce it over time. Anchored by the discovery of the phonograph by the brilliant–and deaf–inventor Thomas Edison, this visual and conceptual collage of rich archival footage and animation playfully traces the birth of technological reproduction and the beginnings of our modern, audio–drenched world."

York film professor subject of CFI retrospective
posted on 04-04-2008
York film Professor Philip Hoffman is the subject of a five–part retrospective by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) in Ottawa, titled "Rivers of Time: A Retrospective of the Films of Philip Hoffman."
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York Shorts showcases six grad-student films from past decade
posted on 03-18-2008
York University's Film Department showcases the diversity, originality and excellence of works by rising filmmakers in its graduate program with York Shorts, a screening of six thesis productions created over the past decade, to be screened Thursday March 20, 2008, in the Nick Mirkopoulos Screening Room, 004 Accolade East Bldg., as part of the third annual York Fine Arts Festival.
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NEW Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies
posted on 01-28-2008
Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies
York University
A new Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies will be launched in September 2008 in the Graduate Program in Film at York University (pending approval by OCGS). The program application deadline is February 28th 2008. Applications and further information will be posted soon.
To apply, go to: Grad Admissions

International film and conference series focuses on Japan
posted on 11-13-2007
York's Department of Film is presenting an international conference and film series titled Cinema/Movement that looks at the vibrant and controversial interaction between political action and experimental filmmaking in Japan during the 1960s and 1970s.
Cinema/Movement, organized in part by Professor Sharon Hayashi of York's Department of Film, runs through Nov. 19 at York University and the University of Toronto and features a number of speakers and films. The conference portion will be held Nov. 15 and 16.
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Students' short will screen at Rendezvous With Madness festival
posted on 10-30-2007
A mini–documentary called The Wall made by three York MFA film students will be shown Nov. 10 at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto.
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Film students win GFADs
posted on 10-23-2007
Two first–year Film MFA graduate students, Zoe Laband (Screenwriting) and Jennifer Dysart (Production), have been selected to receive the prestigious GFAD (Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction), given out to "incoming students with a high potential for future leadership in international affairs." Only 3 GFAD awards are given out at the Masters level, out of 48 Masters programs at York. Congratulations Zoe and Jennifer!

York MFA Film Grad Scott Puccio screens thesis film at New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant–Garde
posted on 10-11-2007
Scott Puccio, a recent graduate of York's Graduate Program in Film MFA Production program, had his thesis film, The Film of a Thousand and One Nights and a Night (Vol. 2), selected for Views from the Avant–Garde (6–7 October 2007), part of the New York Film Festival.
For more see: New York Film Festival

York film Professor John Greyson wins Bell Award in Video Art
posted on 10-11-2007
John Greyson, professor of film in York's Faculty of Fine Arts, is the winner of the 2007 Bell Award in Video Art. The announcement was made on Oct. 9 by the Canada Council for the Arts.
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