Upcoming Events

FILM 460 Poster

12-13 APRIL / 10AM – 4PM

Get ready for almost 10h of short movies, a screenplay presentation session, and dozens of installations that will be on display in the Arts and Media Lab (AML) and all over the Isabel!

March 27-31 Art & Media Lab

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The Curating Media Practice students have prepared an exhibition of potential exhibitions! Come experience them at the Art and Media Lab, from Mar 27 to 31. Opening Mar 27, 12pm. Opening hours: daily from 10am to 4pm.

Laura Harrison art work

FILM 356 Presents Laura Harrison via ZOOM

March 2, 3:30 - 5:30pm

LAURA HARRISON lives and works in Chicago. Her animations focus on marginalized, social outcasts with their own sub cultures. These fringe characters provide a focal point for her concerns with diaspora, trans humanism, gender and the loss of touch in an overwhelmingly visual world. Her films have shown at various festivals internationally including The New York Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Animafest Zagreb, LA Film Festival, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Boston International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, GLAS, Melbourne International Animation Festival and many others.

Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 11:45

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KCFF March 2-5

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For Tickets: https://kingcanfilmfest.com/tickets/

February 1st at 5:30 The Screening Room

Downtown, 126 Princess Street

FREE - RSVP:  https://forms.gle/H2HUwQnJJDoML4jJ6

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SCCS Screening Series is pleased to present John Greyson’s newest feature film, Photobooth, with the attendance of the director for a Q&A.


Photobooth is an agitprop opera odyssey featuring the ghost of Jean Genet, Toronto’s gay penguins, and the activist work of queer folk fighting for Palestinian liberation. Using fragmented formal and narrative structures, Grayson weaves a mindbending tapestry of ideas, histories, emotions and potentials.


John Greyson is Canadian director, activist, and artist. His work has been screened locally and internationally. His recent short, International Dawn Chorus Day received the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale in 2021. John teaches film at York University in Toronto. 


This event is hosted by Queen’s University’s Department of Film and Media with the support of the Brockington Visitorship.

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Join us for two artist talks on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 11:30-1:00 pm with Beth Frey and Dan Tapper in Room 222.

Beth Frey works with a variety of media, including drawing, painting, video, sculpture and installation. Through her wry, absurdist sense of humour, Frey playfully draws out contradictions in her subject matter, be it gender, the body, social media, or mental health, often integrating representations of herself into her chromatic cartoon-like world. Working from her complexly layered watercolours, Frey incorporates accessible smartphone apps and AI image generation tools to expand this universe and bring her body into it as an active player. Her popular Instagram project, sentientmuppetfactory, uses AI to comically deform bodies and poke fun classic film tropes. Frey has an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University and a BFA from the University of Victoria. She has exhibited her work in a number of solo and group shows across Canada, Mexico and the US. Frey currently divides her time between Montreal and Mexico City.


Social media links: IG: @bethisms and @sentientmuppetfactory.

Dan Tapper is an artist and creative technologist interested in the intersection between information and experience. His current projects include building sonic VR environments and using machine learning to create new forms of divination.



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Jan 30: Curating in a transhistorical perspective (12pm EST)


A conversation with Raphael Fonseca  



Raphael Fonseca is a researcher in curating, art history, art criticism, and education. He works as a curator of modern and contemporary Latin American art at the Denver Art Museum. The juxtaposition of different temporalities and how it can bring contemporary reflections to the audience has a significant role in his practice. In this talk, Raphael will discuss some of his curatorial projects engaged in a transhistorical approach to art and images. How can images from different historical moments dialogue in the same exhibition space? How do they create contemporary echoes? What are some tensions between the idea of art and visual culture?


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Jan 31: Rituals of Complexity (4pm EST)



A conversation with Fernando Velázquez


Fernando Velázquez is an artist, curator and professor. He explores how technical devices mediate perception, with particular interest in the structures, dynamics, and narratives that give rise current paradigms such as technosolutionism and the anthropobscene. He is interested in emergent and generative creative processes and transdisciplinary methodologies. In this talk, Velázquez will be discussing how his work – which includes installations, objects, videos, audiovisual performances and images generated with algorithmic systems –involve the viewer in a labyrinth of hyperbolic, interactive and ritualistic narratives.


Photo Booth by John Greyson

Photo Booth Screening and Talk with John Greyson

Wednesday February 1, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Screening Room 120 Princess Street

Feb. 1 @ 5:30PM

The Screening Room 

120 Princess Street


VML - Activating Cultural Archives for Marginalized Communities

Annual Report

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Film & Media Faculty Screenings: Gary Kibbins

Gary Kibbins, 2 new works

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts,  room 222

Thursday, Dec. 8, 7PM

P&Not-P Learn Non-Euclidean Geometry

Pedagogy for primates; a comedy. 

The Way to Almsoma

A haunted story, part dreamscape, part travel guide. 

With Neven Lochhead, respondent.

The Crossing and other Tales

The Crossing and Other Tales, Shimon Attie's Immersive Media Installations

October 25th - 30th, 2022 (Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm) 

Art & Media Lab, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts 

Opening Reception: October 28th, 4pm - 6pm, Art & Media Lab 

The Crossing and Other Tales features two of Shimon Attie’s immersive single-channel video installations, a multidisciplinary artist who creates site-specific installations in public places, as well as mixed media installations for museums and galleries. Highlighting the survival stories of refugees who have suffered trauma and violence, his installations give visual form to invisible, forgotten, or erased histories and/or communities.

Concerned with questions of memory, place, and identity, Attie employs video, photography, sculpture, and highly collaborative processes with local communities to realize his projects. His work re-imagines new relationships between space, time, place, and identity, and explores how contemporary art practice can inflect and re-interpret social and political history, personal and communal identity, and more broadly, human memory and the imagination.

Attie’s work has been shown at and collected by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, among many others. He has received fellowships from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He has also received the Lee Krasner Award and was inducted into the National Academy of Design in 2018.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact: Jung-Ah Kim, jungahkim1206@gmail.com / 847.507.6780


Creating Independent Cinema in Canada: A Conversation with Carol Nguyen

Carol is one of Canada's top emerging filmmakers. She is the guest filmmaker for FILM 257 (Concept Development) this semester. Please join via Zoom; there are two one-hour sessions in the morning and afternoon. All are welcome.

Time: Friday, Oct 28 09:30-10:30AM and 3:30-4:30PM

Join Zoom Meeting


Carol's website where her films may be viewed: https://carolnguyenfilms.com/films

(Don't miss her much-lauded student films, No Crying at the Dinner Table, Facade, This Home Is Not Empty)

Carol at IDFA 2019 (transcript and video), the youngest person to give an opening night speech at the world's most important documentary festival: https://www.idfa.nl/en/article/130575/read-carol-nguyens-speech-from-opening-night?fbclid=IwAR181rd8xx81pwUiyG0erHlBdjlqjbwewg_a7gELfGJ5evu8WHM2oJwOStY


Carol Nguyen is a Vietnamese Canadian filmmaker, born and raised in Toronto, now based in Montreal. Her films often explore the subjects of cultural identity, silence and memory. Her latest film “Nanitic” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2022, where it was awarded the IMDBPro Share Her Journey Award for Best Canadian Short Film. Her previous film, “No Crying at the Dinner Table,” received the Jury Prize for Short Documentary at SXSW in 2020 and had its international premiere at IDFA 2019. Carol is a 2021 Doc Accelerator Program Fellow and an IDFA Space Project 2022 participant for her project “The Visitors.” Today, Carol is writing and directing several projects, including two feature films as well as an animated short. She is a graduate of Concordia University and has been winning prizes for her films since high school. Her works encompass all genres of fiction, documentary, experimental, and animation.

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Lázaro González

The Vulnerable Media Lab is thrilled to announce and honoured to host visiting artist-in-residence, Lázaro González, from 24 October–7 November. González is a Queer Cuban American filmmaker, independent director, audiovisual producer, and writer who works with an array of archives in his practice. His areas of interest include queer cinema, non-fiction storytelling, and Latin American film and media production. 

A special screening of select Lázaro González's films will be held at The Screening Room on 1 November, 5:30pm. Co-sponsored with reelout, the public screening will be followed by a Q & A with González.

For free tickets register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lazaro-gonzalez-queer-cuba-across-all-borders-free-public-screening-qa-tickets-445553270827

The two films he will show are:

Villa Rosa (2016, 50 min, Cuba, Span. with Eng. subtitles): Caibarien was one of the most prosperous Cuba fishing villages. Now their progress seems due, rather, to the LGBTI activism of many of its inhabitants.

Sexilio (2022, in progress, 60 min, USA-Cuba, Span. and Eng. with Eng. subtitles )
In 1980, thousands of queer Cubans were expelled from their country during the Mariel boatlift. On the other side of the sea, the possible freedom was also vexed by racism, homophobia, resettlement issues,  and the AIDS epidemic. Making a film becomes later a pretext for another queer immigrant to create an archive of those experiences, and to question the unbearable traumas of being in sexile.

Here’s a link to his website. https://www.lazarogonzalezfilms.com/

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Media distribution practices: gatekeeping and access 

A talk by Dr. Virginia Crisp 

Fri Nov 4, 1.00PM – Isabel Bader Centre, Room 222 

Dr Crisp will provide a brief introduction to her main academic passions, researching media distribution and co-chairing the international research network, Besides the Screen. In doing so, she will discuss her longstanding interesting in exploring the intersections and overlaps between formal and informal media distribution as well as discussing her more recent conceptual framing of in/formal distribution activities as a form of ‘gatekeeping’. She will also discuss the history and upcoming activities of the Besides the Screen Network and its continuing aim to push the boundaries of screen studies into ever more trans/multi/inter disciplinary, multi-practice and inter-industry activities. 

Dr Virginia Crisp is Reader in Media Industries and Cultures at King’s College, London. Virginia’s research spans three interconnected areas: distribution studies, championing multi/trans/interdisciplinary research, and media industry studies. Her first monograph, Film Distribution in the Digital Age (2015) provided a sustained critical examination of the symbiotic relationship between both formal (industry-led) media distribution and informal circulation (piracy). She is currently in the process of writing a book on media piracy with Paul McDonald, due to be published with Polity in 2024. Virginia is the co-founder (with Dr Gabriel Menotti) of the Besides the Screen Network, a network that brings together academics, filmmakers, artists and industry professionals from across the globe to consider the transformation of audiovisual media practices. Virginia is currently the Deputy Head of the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College, London, which is a vibrant, research-led department that approaches a new subject area with traditional academic rigour. 

Theo Anthony

Theo Anthony Screening and Events

DAY 0 Monday Nov 7: Informal Dinner TBD

RSVP: 9fw1@queensu.ca

DAY 1 Bowling with Theo

Tuesday Nov 8, 4pm-8pm


10 Bath Rd (across from Canadian Tire)

Register: https://forms.gle/f91KP2ZqeiGwyRav8

Queen’s University Department of Film and Media and documentary filmmaker Theo Anthony invite you to spend an evening playing the classic American sport of ten-pin bowling. Theo will teach workshop attendants the strategies and techniques needed to succeed and prepare them with a toolkit that can be applied both in the lanes, and out.

DAY 2 Private Screening of All Light Everywhere & drinks afterward

Wednesday Nov 9, 7pm

Isabel Bader Centre

390 King St West

Screening Room 222

An exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens. 

DAY 3 Agnes THE STUDIO: Theo Anthony Workshop on Creative Ideation

Thursday Nov 10, 6:30-8:30pm.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

36 University Avenue

Andre Belier Studio

Fee: $25*

*Five (5) free spots available that can be obtained by Queen’s students through the bursary option on Agnes’ website.

Starting with the “anatomy of a scene,” Theo breaks open one of his scenes, giving participants a window into how he makes creative decisions, his preparation, references and research. Participants take part in an activity to jumpstart ideation and consider how to take a conceptual idea and work it towards concrete manifestation—whether that be a film, piece of writing or material object.

DAY 4 Subject to Review Screening (2019) & Process Speed Run

Friday Nov 11, 11:30am-1:30pm

Isabel Bader Centre

390 King St West

Screening Room 222

Theo will screen his ESPN 30 for 30 commissioned short film Subject to Review (2019) and then talk about how he moves from the research phase into actualization. This speed run will focus on organizing research material and forming an argument/concept.

Generously supported by the Chancellor Dunning Trust Visitorship

Glenn Gear Exhibition

We’re excited to share an upcoming show - ✨Aulak (moving), Glenn Gear Solo Exhibition✨ curated by Jung-Ah Kim.

September 23rd - 30th, 2022 (Monday - Friday, 12pm - 4pm)

Art & Media Lab, Isabel Bader Centre 

Opening Reception: September 23rd, 7pm - 9pm, Art & Media Lab 

Aulak (moving) features a varied range of Glenn Gear’s current work, an Indigiqueer filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist of Inuit and settler ancestry currently living in Montréal. The show features a dozen works encompassing Gear’s drawings, collages, and experimental animations embedded in material practices of Inuit knowledge. The works explore personal, cultural, and unspoken connections to the land, people, and animals.

Thanks to the VP-Research Artist-in-Residence Fund and to the Faculty of Arts and Science EDII Fund for supporting this important initiative.

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A talk by Vinícius Portella Castro (Machado Editora) 

Wednesday Sep 28, 11.30AM @ Isabel Bader Centre, Room 222 

The French philosopher Gilbert Simondon strangely proposed in 1958 that magic could come to exist again under modern technical networks. What could he have meant by this? This talk will explore Simondon’s cryptic suggestion both by presenting his triphasic theory of culture, in which magic is the first genetic (or rather ontogenetic) condition of culture and collective action, and by discussing a few contemporary instances of digital conjuring, both in art and in politics. 

Vinícius Portella is an author, editor and independent researcher born in Brasília and based in Rio. He holds an MA from Dartmouth College and a PHD from Rio de Janeiro State University, both in comparative literature. His two areas of research are mythology and media theory, but lately his focus has been on the work of Gilbert Simondon and the concept of rhythm. His criticism has appeared in the LARB and revista Piauí and his academic articles have appeared in several journals inside and outside Brazil. In 2017 he published the novel "Procedimentos de Arrigo Andrada". He is also an editor and co-founder of Machado Editora. 

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