Saturday, October 21, 2017
Photo Credit: West Wind (1944) by Graham McInnes. Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.
Planet in Focus’ senior programmer Marc Glassman, who is an Adjunct Professor in the Documentary Media program at Ryerson University, will be delivering a lecture on the history of Ontario environmental films accompanied by clips. The survey of films covers 110 years, from footage of the Great Fire of Toronto in 1905 to Su Rynard’s 2015 documentary The Messenger which investigated the perilous lives of birds in North America. Included in the selection are: Graham McInnes’ warm profile of painter Tom Thompson, West Wind; Kevin McMahon’s disturbing look at what is happening to the waters in Ontario, Waterlife; Vicki Lean’s socially engaged report on contemporary Attawapiskat, After the Last River; Chris Hinton’s funny animated short on those famed (and in this case, titular) Ontario pests, Blackfly; Rob Stewart’s immensely popular advocacy doc on sharks, Sharkwater; Ontario filmmaker Peter Mettler’s aerial view of the Alberta tar sands, Petropolis; and the acclaimed collaboration of three Ontario talents, cinematographer Mettler, photographer Ed Burtynsky and essayist-director Jennifer Baichwal, on the degraded—and degrading--built forms in modern Asia, Manufactured Landscapes.
Marc Glassman is an editor, film programmer, lecturer, writer, broadcaster, and the Artistic Director of This is Not a Reading Series, a multi-disciplinary programme that explores the creative process in literature. Marc is the Editor-in-Chief of POV (Point of View), Canada’s leading periodical on documentary culture and Montage, the Directors Guild of Canada’s national magazine. He is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson Univeristy’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media programme.