publications

Canadian Film Institute publications provide in-depth analyses, essays, discussions, interviews, and creative musings on a variety of acclaimed and respected Canadian filmmakers. The CFI is currently undertaking the task of digitizing all of our publications originally distributed in paperback, for access and promotion on an international scale.

All CFI publications are made possible by Canada Council for the Arts.

Now available for free online:
• Elective Identities: The Moving Images of Gariné Torossian (2010)
• Rivers of Time: The Films of Philip Hoffman (2008)
Further books will be posted soon.

Edited by Scott Birdwise and Tom McSorley.
Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2014. 

Contributors: Scott Miller Berry, Scott Birdwise, Dan Browne, R. Bruce Elder, Clint Enns, Zoë Heyn-Jones, Brett Kashmere, Tom McSorley, Cameron Moneo, Andréa Picard, Michael Sicinski.
 

Having devoted his life to the art of cinema in his various capacities as a filmmaker, scholar, preservationist, and poet, Stephen Broomer is on his way to establishing himself among the most aesthetically and historically engaged experimental filmmakers in Canada.

Edited by Tom McSorley. Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2014. 

Contributors: Keltie Duncan, Tom McSorley, Chris Robinson, Jerrett Zaroski
 

Theodore Ushev's astonishing animation is a kinetic collage of graphic artistry, psychological mystery, emotional intensity, ideological uncertainty, and musical alchemy. A swirling, kaleidoscopic collision of darkness and light, sound and silence, chaos and order, Ushev's passionate and exploratory animated films constitute one of the most assured, authoritative, unsettling, and impressive bodies of work in contemporary Canadian moving image arts.

Edited by Tom McSorley. Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2013. 

Contributors: Scott Birdwise, Marc Glassman, Mike Hoolboom, Tom McSorley, Jessica Mulvogue, Christopher Rohde, Jerrett Zaroski

Intellectually febrile, philosophically fertile, and formally agile, the works of Daniel Cockburn are propelled by that great Canadian cinematic preoccupation with ontological and epistemological uncertainty. By turns essayistic, diaristic, satiric, poetic, dramatic, and comedic, Cockburn’s explorations grapple with our predicament of existing in time.

Edited by Tom McSorley. Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2012. 

Contributors: Scott Birdwise, Nobuaki Doi, Keltie Duncan, Tom McSorley, Igor Prassel, Chris Robinson, Jerrett Zaroski

For over a decade, Malcolm Sutherland has produced some of the most impressive, stylistically freewheeling, and intelligent animated films in Canada. His work ranges in style from the comedy of Fleischer Brothers cartoons to the animated abstract expressionisms of Norman McLaren and Pierre Hébert, to works reminiscent of the playful and profound inventiveness of Spanish artist, Joan Miró.

Edited by Tom McSorley. Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2012. 

Contributors: Scott Birdwise, Marc Glassman, Peter Mettler, Tom McSorley, Charles Officer, Alexandra Rockingham Gill, Jerrett Zaroski

Creator, collaborator, conspirator: in her many roles (actor, producer, writer, director) Ingrid Veninger is all of these things, and her contribution to Canadian cinema is as multifarious as it is impressive.

Edited by Tom McSorley. Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2011. 

Contributors: Scott Birdwise, Peter Gravestock, Tom McSorley, Jerrett Zaroski

Denis Côté’s genre-blending, hybridized works combine low-budget ingenuity with daring formal experimentation to forge one of the most distinctive cinematic signatures in contemporary Canadian cinema.

Edited by Scott Birdwise. Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2011.

Contributors: Scott Birdwise, Mireille Bourgeois, Zoë Constantinides, Donigan Cumming, Blake Fitzpatrick, Marcy Goldberg, Mike Hoolboom, Tom McSorley, Solomon Nagler, Craig Rodmore, Christopher Rohde

An award-winning photographer, videographer and visual artist, Donigan Cumming has internationally exhibited and screened videos that are widely praised (and criticized) for their genre-bending, unsettling iconoclasm. As Cumming continues to chart the underrepresented life-worlds and experiences of the marginal, he insistently reminds us of the things we share in common.

Edited by Tom McSorley. Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2010. 

Contributors: Christina Battle, Scott Birdwise, Amanda Dawn Christie, Marc Glassman, Mike Hoolboom, Tom McSorley, Solomon Nagler, Chris Robinson

Born in Beirut, raised in Toronto and now Paris-based, Armenian-Canadian filmmaker Gariné Torossian’s striking works explore the complex constructions of personal, cultural, and national identities. For two decades, these explorations have yielded some of the most daring moving images ever produced in Canadian independent filmmaking.

Edited by Tom McSorley. Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2008. 

Contributors: Scott Birdwise, Rick Hancox, Mike Hoolboom, André Loiselle, Penny McCann, Tom McSorley, James Missen, Chris Robinson, Christopher Rohde.

A filmmaker of memory and association, Hoffman creates highly ‘personal’ yet universal works, which weave fiction and documentary in an experimental ‘diarist’ cinema. He has screened his work in England, Holland, Australia, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, and the USA.