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Five@50

2019 | 5 short Films


Series - 2 Liner

Trailer: Five@50

Handmade Mountain | Michèle Pearson Clarke , 6 min 42 s


Handmade Mountain: Long Synopsis and Credits

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Images: Handmade Mountain

Woman Dress | Thirza Cuthand, 6 min 26 s


Woman Dress: Long Synopsis and Credits

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Images : Woman Dress

The Bassinet | Tiffany Hsiung , 6 min 25 s


The Bassinet: Long Synopsis and Credits

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Images: The Bassinet

Reviving the Roost | Vivek Shraya , 6 min 14 s


Reviving the Roost: Long Synopsis and Credits

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Images: Reviving The Roost

The Hook Up | Michael V. Smith , 6 min 21 s


The Hook Up: Long Synopsis and Credits

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Images: The Hook Up

Team


Michèle Pearson Clarke
Filmmaker
Biography
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Photo : Jessica Laforet


Michèle Pearson Clarke

Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist, writer and educator who works in photography, film, video and installation. Using archival, performative and process-oriented strategies, her work explores the personal and political possibilities afforded by considering experiences of emotions related to longing and loss. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and screenings at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (2019), the LagosPhoto festival (2018), Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (2018), the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (2018), ltd los angeles (2018), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2016). Based in Toronto, Clarke holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and in 2015 she received her MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University, where she is currently a contract lecturer. Most recently, Clarke has been awarded the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 2019 Finalist Artist Prize, and she has been appointed to serve a three-year term as the second Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto.


Thirza Jean Cuthand
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Thirza Jean Cuthand

Thirza Jean Cuthand makes short experimental videos and films about sexuality, madness, queer identity, love and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. She completed her BFA with a major in Film/Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005 and her MA in Media Production at Ryerson University in 2015. She has performed at Live at the End of the Century in Vancouver, Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. She is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. She is Plains Cree/Scots, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and resides in Toronto, Canada.


Tiffany Hsiung
Filmmaker
Biography
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Photo : Kevin Kelly


Tiffany Hsiung

Tiffany Hsiung is a Toronto-based filmmaker. Her debut feature-length documentary, The Apology (2016), produced by the National Film Board of Canada, has won more than a dozen awards internationally, including the prestigious Peabody Award and the Allan King Memorial Award, presented by the Documentary Organization of Canada. The Apology was one of the top 10 films at Hot Docs (2016), the winner of best documentary awards at the Busan International Film Festival and the Oslo International Film Festival, and nominated for an Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary by the Directors Guild of Canada. Hsiung co-created and co-directed the interactive web documentary The Space We Hold (2017), which had its world premiere at the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival and was awarded a Peabody – Futures of Media Award and a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Digital Production.


Vivek Shraya
Filmmaker
Biography
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Photo : Zachary Ayotte


Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of literature, visual art, theatre and film. Her bestselling book, I’m Afraid of Men, was her­ald­ed by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel,” and her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part‑Time Woman, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. A five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, was featured on The Globe and Mail’s Best Dressed list, and has received honours from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Publishing Triangle. She is a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.


Michael V. Smith
Filmmaker
Biography
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Photo : Sarah Race Photography


Michael V. Smith

Michael V. Smith is a queer writer, performer and associate professor teaching creative writing in the interdisciplinary department of Creative Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, in BC’s Interior. Smith is an MFA grad from UBC’s Creative Writing program.


Justine Pimlott
Producer
Biography
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Photo : Jennifer Rowsom


Justine Pimlott

Justine Pimlott is a multi-award-winning producer based at the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio in Toronto. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, she has a long history of bringing stories that are often marginalized to the screen.

Her NFB credits include: A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017, Doc NYC 2017); the Canada 150 interactive project Portrait of a Family (2017); What Walaa Wants (Berlin 2018, Hot Docs 2018 DGC Special Jury Prize Best for Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Film, CSA nominee for Best Feature Length Documentary); Camera Test – Five Feminist Minutes (Hot Docs 2019); numerous Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards shorts; the online LGBTQ2+ short doc series, Five @ 50 (2019); Borealis (Hot Docs 2020); and Inconvenient Indian (2020).


Anita Lee
Executive Producer
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Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer and Head of Studio in Toronto for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), where she helms the programming and production of Ontario projects, including Canadian and international co-productions, and forges key strategic partnerships. A multi-award-winning producer, Lee produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, named Best Documentary Feature by both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle and Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association. She was awarded a Peabody for The Apology. Recent projects as Executive Producer include: This Is Not a Movie (TIFF 2019); What Is Democracy? (TIFF 2018); What Walaa Wants (Berlin 2018, DGC Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs 2018, TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten, CSA nominee for 2019 Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary); Unarmed Verses (Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs 2017, TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten, CSA nominee for 2018 Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary); A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017, Doc NYC 2017); and Draw Me Close (Tribeca 2017, Venice 2017). Lee also established the NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab, which partnered with the CFC and the Ford Foundation on the Open Immersion documentary VR lab, with the National Theatre (UK) on a creative doc VR lab, and with POV Spark (PBS) on Otherly, a non-fiction Instagram Stories lab. Lee is the Founder/Advisory Chair of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

 

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