Activist Video Making Workshop –

Blackwood Gallery invites you to ACTIVIST VIDEO-MAKING – Feb 8

This one day workshop is in conjunction with Blackwood Gallery’s exhibition “Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War”

Friday February 8, 2007 2:00 pm – 4:00
MIST room CCT Building, University of Toronto Mississauga
Blackwood Gallery – 3359 Mississauga Rd N.
(905) 828-3789

A good activist video is more than a ‘document’ – it both expresses and embodies the political consciousness of the filmmaker. In this introductory workshop, you’ll learn how to make your own activist video project. We’ll look at the relationship between filmmakers and social movements; designing the project; collaborating creatively and successfully; and looking beyond the ‘campaign’ to make a video that has a life of its own. Examining the history of activist film-making participants will discuss the complex issues of style, technique, structure and ideologies in which the socially committed artist must prepare to confront. Produced in collaboration with Media Generator, ICC.

Instructor: Jonathan Culp is the creator of over thirty short films and videos, including collage, documentary, and super 8 works, as well as the feature comedy “Grilled Cheese Sandwich”. As co-founder of the Toronto Video Activist Collective, Culp was an early proponent, and sympathetic critic, of ‘video activism.’ He has helped to promote truly independent film and video via the Satan Macnuggit Video Road Show, as film and video editor for Broken Pencil magazine, and, presently, as Workshop Coordinator for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). In 2003 Culp was cited as ‘Toronto’s Most Indefatigable Underground Video Guru’ by NOW Magazine.

To reserve seating please contact Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at 647-892-4603 or

Thursday March 6, 2008 5:00pm
MIST Room, CCT Building
University of Toronto, Mississauga

A screening of experimental videos created from the video activism workshop held in February in conjunction with the Blackwood Gallery’s exhibition “Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War”. The session introduced participants to the history, techniques and trends of activist artwork through video production. With the assistance of Media Generator, registrants were able to transform their ideas and political motivations into moving pictures.

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