ABOUT US

The Cinematheque offers filmmaking and media literacy workshops to learners of any age or background, in order to support and engage a vibrant film community in British Columbia. We aim to foster a critical understanding of the impact of visual media in the world around us, and an appreciation for the exciting art of filmmaking. The Cinematheque values diversity, inclusion and Canadian cinema, and we center these values in the hands-on work that we do. We believe that media and digital literacy are best learned through fun and active learning. While our workshop facilitators offer tools and support to participants, we aim to centre each participant’s unique experience and creative input in our work. Bringing 20 years of experience to our work, we are happy to offer our programs to organizations and schools in the Lower Mainland and throughout B.C. Feel free to send us an email at education[at]thecinematheque.ca for further information.

 


MICHAEL FONTANA – EDUCATION MANAGER

Michael has more than 20 years of professional experience in the creative industries. He worked in over 25 national and international artistic productions, including production by the Biennale of Venice (Italy), Zuecher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), and Thèâtre Le Grand Bleu (France). In 2007, he won the Italian National award for young actors (‘Prova d’Attore’). As a visual artist, he presented his work at the the Biennial of the Mountain, the National Exhibition “Art at the Center of a Socially Responsible Transformation”, and the IX National Exhibition “Saturarte”. He holds a PhD in Theatre & Museum, a MSc in Science Communication, and he has received professional training in theatre & education. As a videographer, he has written, directed, and produced short films in Italy, New Zealand, and Japan.


THEA LOO — EDUCATION + OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Thea Loo is a photographer, musician, educator and filmmaker living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Film Production at the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. Her main interests within film lie in Asian-Canadianism and religion. At the Cinematheque, Thea works to garner a growing sense of film appreciation in Vancouver by facilitating various video production workshops and other educational projects in film. Her passion for visuals extends into her love for outdoor activity and nature photography.


CAMERON MACKENZIE — EDUCATION + OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Cameron Mackenzie is a visual artist, screenwriter, educator, and filmmaker based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied Visual Arts at The University of British Columbia, and holds a BFA in Film Production/Criticism at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts. His narrative, and experimental short film work has screened in various Canadian film festivals, and primarily explores the construction of identity, examining topics of psychology, sexuality, and intrapersonal relationships. In collaboration with The Cinematheque, Cameron primarily facilitates video production workshops, and creates educational film work to promote an appreciation for cinema.


FLICK HARRISON — MEDIA LITERACY & VIDEO PRODUCTION FACILITATOR

Flick Harrison is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker, community artist and educator in Vancouver.  Starting out on the CBC youth series Road Movies as one of Canada’s first professional videographers, he’s since made video in Pakistan, the US, Mexico and China.  As part of the Arts and Social Change project, he is studying community arts across Canada in conjunction with SFU, Concordia, U of A and U of T.  His work has been seen on dance and theatre stages, by millions of television, been nominated and won awards internationally, and slipped into, under and through almost every Canadian funding niche.


BYRON PETERS — MEDIA LITERACY & VIDEO PRODUCTION FACILITATOR

Byron Peters is an artist, writer, organizer, and educator based in Vancouver. His work critically engages the social impacts of emerging technologies, and takes the form of participatory video, sound, and public installations. As an educator, he facilitates workshops with The Cinematheque throughout the Lower Mainland. He has led undergraduate courses on time-based media and sculpture, and has given presentations on the politics of new media at The London School of Economics, The New School for Social Research in New York, and The University College of London. He has an MFA from California College of the Arts.

 

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