Our graduate students and alumni dazzle at TIFF
Over twenty five AMPD community members have premiered their pieces at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Excerpts from 2021 York MFA thesis films.
An MFA in Film offers our students specialized instruction in fiction, documentary, alternative cinema and screenwriting. Learn more about the amazing research and work our graduate scholars have been undertaking.
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Alumni in the News
Lisa Jackson, an award-winning creator of documentary and fiction films, virtual reality and multimedia installation works. Her productions are broadcast widely and have screened at top festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlinale, SXSW, Hot Docs and BFI London. Known for out-of-the-box thinking and a commitment to making positive change, Lisa is an advocate for Indigenous screen sovereignty and ethical production practises..
With 20+ years of experience as a writer, director, producer and visual artist, Alison Duke aka “Golde” is a storyteller, in every sense of the word. She tells dynamic stories that illuminate history, document the present and push culture forward. Duke’s filmmaking career began in the 90s when she produced music videos for some of the biggest names in Canadian music, like Maestro Fresh Wes, Glenn Lewis and Nelly Furtado. Duke made her directorial debut with the ground-breaking 2001 documentary Raisin Kane: a rapumentaory.
Chase Joynt is a director and writer whose films have won jury and audience awards internationally. His debut documentary feature, Framing Agnes, premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where it won the NEXT Innovator Award and the NEXT Audience Award. With Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase co-directed No Ordinary Man, a feature-length documentary about jazz musician Billy Tipton, which was presented at Cannes Docs 2020 as part of the Canadian Showcase of Docs-in-Progress. Since premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2020, No Ordinary Man has been hailed by The New Yorker as “a genre unto itself” and Indiewire as “the future of trans cinema.”
The Graduate Program in Film at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.