Michael Snow studied at Upper Canada College and the Ontario College of Art. Considered to be one of Canada’s most significant artists, Snow has worked in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, video, film, photography, holography, audio art, book works and music. Included among his many awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Order of Canada, and two Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. He has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre George Pompidou (Paris), and Kunstmuseum (Switzerland). Snow's film retrospectives have screened at The Pacific Film Archive, Walker Art Center, Osterreichisches Film Museum, Image Forum (Tokyo), Cinémathèque Française (Paris),
and Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique. He has taught at Yale University, Princeton University, and L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, among others. He is currently based in Toronto, Ontario.
Malena Szlam was born in Santiago, Chile. She completed her undergraduate studies in visual arts at Universidad de Artes y Ciencias Sociales and received an MFA in cinema from Concordia University. She has completed 15 films and media installations since 2000. Her films have screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 25 FPS, the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, [S8] Mostra de Cinema Periférico, the New York Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2006 she is an active member of Double Negative, an artist’s collective dedicated to the exhibition and production of experimental film in Montréal. Her films are distributed by CFMDC in Toronto.
Oona Mosna is Program Director of Media City Film Festival where she has organized hundreds of single artist's screenings and exhibitions, including touring programs for L'Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires (Argentina), Courtisane Festival (Belgium), Toronto International Film Festival, (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico (Spain), and the Museo Nacional Bellas Artes (Chile). She is the Canadian delegate for the Cinema and Moving Image Research Assembly (CAMIRA), has recommended for Tate Britain, and will be the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film in Vienna in 2015.
She maintains a peculiar obsession with the grave
of Eden Marx and very large hats.
Daïchi Saïto studied literature and philosophy in the USA and Hindi and Sanskrit in India. He now lives in Montréal where he is a co-founder of Double Negative, an artist’s collective dedicated to the exhibition and production of experimental film. Saïto’s work has been exhibited in film festivals, museums, galleries and cinematheques worldwide. In 2010, his film Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis won the Best of the Festival Award at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Jury Grand Prize at Media City. His films are in the permanent collections of the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna) and the Slovenian Cinematheque (Ljubljana), and are distributed by Light Cone (Paris), Arsenal (Berlin) and the CFMDC (Toronto). Saïto has taught cinema at NSCAD University in Halifax, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba and Concordia University in Montréal.
Joyce Wieland (1931 – 1998) made twenty films between 1956 and 1986 as part of a polyvalent practice that also included work in collage, fabric
arts, sculpture and installation. In 1971 she was the first living woman to receive a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, who described her as an "icon of Canadian art history... introducing ideas and breaking conventions that contributed significantly
to the development of contemporary art in Canada.” Wieland was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982.
John Price has been working with new forms of experimental documentary and diary film since
1986, employing alchemical experimentation with
a wide range of motion picture film emulsions and camera formats. His works have screened worldwide at festivals including solo retrospectives at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver) and the Canadian Film Institute. Price holds an MFA from Concordia University, was a long-serving board member of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, and has taught filmmaking at Filmwerkplaats, Rotterdam and Humber College. He has produced film projections for opera and dance, and has worked as a cinematographer with directors including Mike Hoolboom, Bruce Macdonald, and Annette Mangaard.
David Rimmer has made more than forty films and media artworks since 1967. His films have screened at all major venues and festivals for artist’s film worldwide and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the National Gallery of Canada. He is the recipient of a Governor General’s Award (2011). He currently lives in Vancouver.
Arthur Lipsett (1936 – 1986) was a visionary, a
satirist and a creative thinker. A film poet, he realized his vision through creative mixing of footage and material he shot and recorded himself, working directly with discarded materials from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), where he was employed from 1958 to 1970. He has been the subject of three documentary films, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1962. Lipsett's meticulous editing and combination of audio visual montage were groundbreaking, profoundly influencing the work of Stanley Kubrick and many other filmmakers and artists worldwide.
Alexandre Larose is a French-Canadian artist based in Montréal. While completing a bachelor in mechanical engineering in 2001, Larose became interested in cinematography as a tool to re-configure temporal experiences. His moving-image practice investigates phenomena of appearance and representation as translated by the media of optics and celluloid. His approach relies on a methodical stripping out of layers embedded in both the live subjects and the technique that translates them into visual artifacts. His work has screened internationally since 2006.
Chris Kennedy (1977) studied at Queen’s
University and the San Francisco Art Institute.
He has made seventeen films since 2004 with
screenings including solo shows at the Canadian
Film Institute (Ottawa), La Plata Semana del
Film Experimental (Argentina) and Los Angeles
Film Forum. He lives in Toronto where he is
Programmer at the TIFF Cinematheque Free
Screen and Executive Director of LIFT.
Ellie Epp is a native of La Glace, Alberta and studied film at the Slade School in London, UK where she was also involved with activities at the legendary London Filmmaker’s Co-op. Although her film output is modest (four films since 1976), her work has been extensively screened internationally and has gained a crucial and influential position in Canadian artist’s film culture through its interest in structure and landscape. Epp has also worked in video, photography, and experimental writing. In 2002 she completed a PhD in the philosophy of neuroscience at Simon Fraser University. She teaches embodiment studies at a small progressive college in the US and is currently based in Vancouver.