The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, the School for Studies in Art and Culture, and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture present…

“Sexuality, Aesthetics, and Embodied Resistance: A Screening of Four Short Films”

  • Carleton University River Building Theatre
  • Friday, February 26, 2016
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Reception
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Screenings and Discussion with Filmmakers
  • ASL, barrier free space, all films are captioned, please help make this a scent free space.

With the support of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Departments of History, Law and Legal Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology.

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  • Akin (Canada, Chase Joynt, 2012)
  • My Father, Francis (Canada, Casey Mecija, 2013)
  • Holy Mother My Mother (Canada, Vivek Shraya, 2014)
  • GIMP Boot Camp (Canada, Melisa Brittain & Danielle Peers, 2008)

filmmakers photo montageAkin (2012)
By Chase Joynt. Experimental documentary short. AKIN powerfully engages in a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past. 9 minutes.
CHASE JOYNT is a Toronto-based moving-image artist and writer whose work utilizes strategies of first person engagement to interrogate representations of gender and violence. Recently awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist and jury awards for Best Documentary and Best Short, Chase’s work continues to be exhibited internationally.

My Father, Francis (2013)
By Casey Mecija. Documentary short. A father and daughter collaborate. A comment on kinship, diasporic labour, devotion and the factory as a site of creativity. 12 minutes.
CASEY MECIJA is an accomplished multi-disciplinary artist, who first appeared in the spotlight as vocalist and songwriter for the Canadian orchestral pop band, Ohbijou. Casey is the host of CBC Radio’s The Doc Project and will soon release her first solo album, Psychic Materials. She is also an award winning filmmaker, having work that has been screened internationally and at home at the Reel Asian Film Festival and Inside Out.

Holy Mother My Mother (2014)
By Vivek Shraya. Experimental documentary. A portrait of motherhood filmed during the 2013 Navaratri festival (the Goddess festival) in India. 7 minutes.
VIVEK SHRAYA is a Toronto-based artist working in the media of literature, music, performance, and film. Vivek’s body of work includes ten albums, four short films and three books, which have been used as textbooks at several post-secondary institutions. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. Both Vivek’s debut poetry collection, even this page is white, and first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2016.

G.I.M.P Boot Camp (2008)
By Melisa Brittain and Danielle Peers. Short comedy. A satirical exploration of how co-filmmaker Danielle Peers navigates between the social expectations of able-bodiedness and disability. Through a dramatic “CRIP Awards” ceremony, an infomercial-style guide to survival, and a touching testimonial from a recovering inspiration addict, G.I.M.P. Boot Camp uses humour to deconstruct the stereotypes of disability. 8 minutes.
DANIELLE PEERS is a community organizer, artist, and scholar who uses sociocultural theory to study disability movements and the non-normative moving body. For this work, Danielle draws heavily off of her experiences as a Paralympic athlete and parasport coach, as well as her artistic practice. Danielle is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication Studies at Concordia University, where she uses digital and movement-based research-creation to study community-supported disability flourishing.

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