Past Events and Digital Resources

Bart Testa on Boat People

Bart Testa examined Ann Hui's politically-engaged Boat People, and its key contribution to the emergence of the Hong Kong New Wave.

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David Bordwell on Motion Emotion: The Art of the Martial Arts Film

David Bordwell delivered a lecture on the dynamic cinematic language of the martial-arts film and its evolution throughout the genre's history.

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Hou Hsiao-hsien Panel

This roundtable discussion examined the influential work of Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien and his masterful film Dust in the Wind.

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Buried Treasures of Chinese Silent Cinema

Screenings of three exceptionally rare Chinese silent films were accompanied by a discussion centred on the challenges of preserving China’s largely vanished silent-cinema heritage.

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4th and 5th Generations of Chinese Filmmaking

In this roundtable discussion, filmmakers, film scholars and programmers explored both the connections and divergences between the 4th and 5th Generations of Chinese filmmakers.

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Women in View: SEXMONEYMEDIA

Five media experts discuss the role of women as both content creators and subjects of representation in the film, television and media industries.

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Arc Productions on Animation and Visual Effects

Arc Productions offered a behind-the-scenes look into the production of visual effects for CG animation and live action film and television.

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Geraldine Moriba on CNN's In America

Geraldine Moriba, the Emmy Award–winning executive producer of CNN's In America, discussed her role in producing socially engaged documentaries for television.
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Master Class with Julie Dash

Julie Dash, director of the landmark independent film Daughters of the Dust, discusses her enduring cinematic legacy as a screenwriter, director, and producer of socially-engaged film and television.
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Master Class with Pixar Film Title Designer Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley, Film Title Designer for Pixar Animation Studios, joined post-secondary students and faculty to discuss her experiences working on live action films and those for Pixar, such as the Toy Story trilogy, RatatouilleWALL•E, and Up.
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George A. Romero on Night of the Living Dead

The "Godfather of Zombiedom", George A. Romero joined post-secondary students and faculty to discuss his immeasurable contributions to the horror film genre and popular culture.
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Master Class with Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek, the internationally renowned philosopher and cultural critic featured in the Sophie Fiennes-directed The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, delivered a lecture entitled "Welcome to the Desert of Post-Ideology" for students and faculty.
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Master Class with Andrea Martin

Award-winning actress and comedy legend Andrea Martin discussed her expansive and diverse career: from the zaniness of SCTV's improv to her performances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Breaking Upwards.
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Master Class with Roger Avary

Academy Award®-winning screenwriter, Roger Avary discussed the craft of screenwriting and his adaptation of author Bret Easton Ellis's The Rules of Attraction.
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Master Class with George R.R. Martin

Bestselling author of the A Song of Ice and Fire cycle, George R.R. Martin, joined students and faculty to discuss his celebrated novels' adaptation to the small screen as HBO'sGame of Thrones.
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Ways of Seeing (in) Contemporary African Cinema Panel

Trends in contemporary African film production, film programming, and popular visual culture are examined through a panel discussion and screening of the short film Mwansa the Great.
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Cannes Critics Week Panel

In celebration of Cannes' Critics Week's 50th anniversary, four film critics participated in a panel discussion focusing on the shifting definition of film criticism.
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Master Class with Juliette Lewis

Golden Globe and Academy-Award®-nominated actor Juliette Lewis joined students and faculty for a look back at her diverse career and entry into the music industry.
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Master Class with Costume Designer Monique Prudhomme

Academy Award-Nominated® Canadian costume designer Monique Prudhomme discussed her creations for the Terry Gilliam-directed The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with students and faculty.
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Master Class with Film Titles Designer Richard Morrison

Richard Morrison, one of the world's leading film titles designers, joined post-secondary students and faculty for a Master Class, in which he discussed his creative methods and experiences working on over 150 title sequences.
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Gena Rowlands on Opening Night

Legendary actress Gena Rowlands joined the Higher Learning audience for a Q&A following a screening of the John Cassavetes-directed Opening Night.
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Steve James on Hoop Dreams

Critically acclaimed director and producer Steve James answers questions from post-secondary students and faculty about the production and reception of his award-winning documentary Hoop Dreams.
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Master Class with Paul Haggis

The Canadian Academy-Award®-winning writer, producer, and director Paul Haggis joins Higher Learning for a screening of his film In the Valley of Elah, followed by a Q&A.
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Aboubakar Sanogo on The Lumière Brothers and Africa

Film scholar and curator Aboubakar Sanogo presents a lecture for the Higher Learning audience on the work of the Lumière brothers in and on Africa and the resulting films they produced between 1896 and 1903.
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Ingrid Veninger on Modra

Following a screening of her film Modra, independent Canadian filmmaker, producer, writer, and actor Ingrid Veninger joined post-secondary students and faculty for a Q&A.
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Master Class with Douglas Trumbull

Douglas Trumbull, the industry pioneer behind the special effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner joins student and faculty to discuss his remarkable career in visual effects and his own directorial projects.
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D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on Kings of Pastry

Collaborative documentary duo D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus screened their latest documentary Kings of Pastry(2009) and discuss the challenges in documentary filmmaking with students and faculty.
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Master Class with Tim Burton

Director, producer, writer, animator, and artist Tim Burton joined post-secondary students and faculty to offer feedback on the work of animation students and to celebrate the medium of stop-motion animation.
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DJ Spooky on Rebirth of a Nation

Multimedia artist DJ Spooky examines his 2008 film Rebirth of a Nation - a retelling and rescoring of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) - to emphasize the importance of sampling and remix in contemporary popular culture.
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Jacob Tierney on Good Neighbours

After a screening of his film, Good Neighbours, Canadian filmmaker Jacob Tierney participates in a Q & A with the Higher Learning audience and addresses issues in Canadian and Québécois cinema.
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Jacqueline Stewart on the Politics of Film Preservation

Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart delivered a lecture on the "Politics of Film Preservation", focusing on Spencer William's The Blood of Jesus, the films of Oscar Micheaux, and the Tyler Texas Black Film Collection.
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David Cronenberg and Ron Sanders on Videodrome

In the Higher Learning programme's inaugural event, legendary Canadian director David Cronenberg and his longtime editor Ron Sanders joined post-secondary students and faculty for a screening of the 1983 classic Videodrome.
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