How often nowadays our phones become cameras and capture daily and momentous family gatherings! When fascinating family stories end up as full-fledged films, they can shed as much light on social realities as they do on the portrayal of a family. Ali Kazimi (Random Acts of Legacy), Clarke Mackey (Revolution Begins at Home), and Megan Murphy (Towns End) all bring questions of politics and filmmaking into the spotlight through the lens of biographical and autobiographical family stories. From Ali’s portrait of a Chinese-American family from the Great Depression to the post-war period, to Clarke’s close-up and personal look at radicals of the 1960s, to Megan’s poignant telling of Douro’s family grocer closing in the face of corporate superstores – these movies give us the chance to glimpse at seldom-seen depths of family life. How do they merge the personal and political? What inspired these filmmakers? How did the filmmakers construct their stories – as observer, advocate, therapist, family member, or something else altogether? Join the conversation with these three filmmakers to explore the creative and critical possibilities of those family videos that we love so much to collect.
CLARKE MACKEY has worked as a director, cinematographer, editor, producer or writer on over 50 film, television, and new media projects. He made his first feature fiction film, The Only Thing You Know (1971), at the age of 20. The author of Random Acts of Culture: Reclaiming Art and Community in the 21st Century (2010), he teaches in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University. Revolution Begins at Home is his most recent project.
ALI KAZIMI is a documentary filmmaker whose interests include race, migration, indigeneity, history and memory, with a particular interest in South Asia and Canada. Interested in emerging and cutting-edge digital image technologies, he is a collaborative researcher in the interdisciplinary Future Cinema Lab in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University. Kazimi’s most recent publication is Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru (2012). His films have been shown at festivals around the world, winning more than 30 national and international awards. Random Acts of Legacy is his most recent collaborative project.
MEGAN MURPHY is a graduate of York University’s Fine Arts programme, the Second City Conservatory Program, and the Documentary Filmmaking Institute at Seneca College. She has worked as an actor locally and in the Toronto film, television, and theatre scenes. Currently a morning show co-host on two Peterborough radio stations, Megan was the recipient of the TD Canada Trust $50,000 Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership in 1998. Her film Murphy’s Law was released in 2015 and has played at festivals internationally. Her new film Towns End premiering at ReFrame 2017 is about the beloved town store in Douro.
This panel is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.