Past Events and Digital Resources
Reel Heritage: Film Archives and Scholarship
Featuring leading figures in the field of libraries, archives, film and new media, this panel discussion examined how moving image–based collections are utilized in the creation of new scholarship and media projects.
Master Class with Vilmos Zsigmond
Vilmos Zsigmond, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer, joined the Higher Learning audience for an in-depth master class and a look back at his 50-year career at the forefront of the industry.
Krzysztof Zanussi on European East of West
Renowned Polish filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and scholar, Krzysztof Zanussi lectured on the politics and cultural history of Central Europe.
William Uricchio on the Stories That Algorithms Tell
American media scholar and MIT Professor, William Uricchio discusses how programs — not people — author an increasing number of stories in our newspapers and documentaries, and how the pervasive use of algorithms contribute to the interconnected and collaborative nature of our online lives.
Black Women in Film and Television
This panel discussion highlighted some of the triumphs by black women in the film and television industry, and the challenges they face.
Douglas Wilson on Us and the Game Industry
Following a screening of Stephanie Beth's documentary Us and the Game Industry, game developer Douglas Wilson discussed the design principles in contemporary computer game development.
The C Word – What Makes a Film Canadian?
This panel featured different perspectives from Canada's Top Ten Film Festival guests on what makes a film Canadian.
Women's Cinema and Film History
Scholars, media experts and festival programmers considered the legacy of the 1973 Toronto Women & Film International Film Festival, and the significance of women's film festivals in the transnational exhibition circuit.
Martin Katz on Hotel Rwanda and International Film Financing
Martin Katz, the Canadian producer of Hotel Rwanda, delivered a talk on international film financing, focusing on independent co-productions and socially engaged storytelling.
David Cronenberg and Collaborators
Director David Cronenberg was joined in a panel discussion by his two frequent collaborators, producer Jeremy Thomas and makeup and special effects designer Stephan Dupuis.
Master Class with Film Title Designer Karin Fong
Karin Fong, Film Title Designer for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, offered a behind-the-scenes look at the development of creative content for commercial advertising, digital and interactive platforms, feature films, and global brands.
Bart Testa on Boat People
Bart Testa examined Ann Hui's politically-engaged Boat People , and its key contribution to the emergence of the Hong Kong New Wave.
David Bordwell on Motion Emotion: The Art of the Martial Arts Film
David Bordwell delivered a lecture on the dynamic cinematic language of the martial-arts film and its evolution throughout the genre's history.
Hou Hsiao-hsien Panel
This roundtable discussion examined the influential work of Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien and his masterful film Dust in the Wind .
Buried Treasures of Chinese Silent Cinema
Screenings of three exceptionally rare Chinese silent films were accompanied by a discussion centred on the challenges of preserving China’s largely vanished silent-cinema heritage.
4th and 5th Generations of Chinese Filmmaking
In this roundtable discussion, filmmakers, film scholars and programmers explored both the connections and divergences between the 4th and 5th Generations of Chinese Filmmaking.
Women in View: SEXMONEYMEDIA
Five media experts discuss the role of women as both content creators and subjects of representation in the film, television and media industries.
Arc Productions on Animation and Visual Effects
Arc Productions offered a behind-the-scenes look into the production of visual effects for CG animation and live action film and television.
Geraldine Moriba on CNN's In America
Geraldine Moriba, the Emmy Award–winning executive producer of CNN's In America , discussed her role in producing socially engaged documentaries for television.
Master Class with Julie Dash
Julie Dash, director of the landmark independent film Daughters of the Dust , discusses her enduring cinematic legacy as a screenwriter, director, and producer of socially-engaged film and television.
Master Class with Pixar Film Title Designer Susan Bradley
Susan Bradley, Film Title Designer for Pixar Animation Studios, joined post-secondary students and faculty to discuss her experiences working on live action films and those for Pixar, such as the Toy Story trilogy, Ratatouille , WALL•E , and Up .
George A. Romero on Night of the Living Dead
The "Godfather of Zombiedom", George A. Romero joined post-secondary students and faculty to discuss his immeasurable contributions to the horror film genre and popular culture.
Master Class with Slavoj Žižek
Slavoj Žižek, the internationally renowned philosopher and cultural critic featured in the Sophie Fiennes-directed The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, delivered a lecture entitled "Welcome to the Desert of Post-Ideology" for students and faculty.
Master Class with Andrea Martin
Award-winning actress and comedy legend Andrea Martin discussed her expansive and diverse career: from the zaniness of SCTV's improv to her performances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch , My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Breaking Upwards .
Master Class with Roger Avary
Academy Award®-winning screenwriter, Roger Avary discussed the craft of screenwriting and his adaptation of author Bret Easton Ellis's The Rules of Attraction .
Master Class with George R.R. Martin
Bestselling author of the A Song of Ice and Fire cycle, George R.R. Martin, joined students and faculty to discuss his celebrated novels' adaptation to the small screen as HBO's Game of Thrones .
Ways of Seeing (in) Contemporary African Cinema Panel
Trends in contemporary African film production, film programming, and popular visual culture are examined through a panel discussion and screening of the short film Mwansa the Great .
Cannes Critics Week Panel
In celebration of Cannes' Critics Week's 50th anniversary, four film critics participated in a panel discussion focusing on the shifting definition of film criticism.
Master Class with Juliette Lewis
Golden Globe and Academy-Award®-nominated actor Juliette Lewis joined students and faculty for a look back at her diverse career and entry into the music industry.
Master Class with Costume Designer M. Prudhomme
Academy Award-Nominated® Canadian costume designer Monique Prudhomme discussed her creations for the Terry Gilliam-directed The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with students and faculty.
Master Class with Film Titles Designer Richard Morrison
Richard Morrison, one of the world's leading film titles designers, joined post-secondary students and faculty for a Master Class, in which he discussed his creative methods and experiences working on over 150 title sequences.
Gena Rowlands on Opening Night
Legendary actress Gena Rowlands joined the Higher Learning audience for a Q&A following a screening of the John Cassavetes-directed Opening Night .
Steve James on Hoop Dreams
Critically acclaimed director and producer Steve James answers questions from post-secondary students and faculty about the production and reception of his award-winning documentary Hoop Dreams .
Master Class with Paul Haggis
The Canadian Academy-Award®-winning writer, producer, and director Paul Haggis joins Higher Learning for a screening of his film In the Valley of Elah, followed by a Q&A.
Aboubakar Sanogo onnThe Lumière Brothers and Africa
Film scholar and curator Aboubakar Sanogo presents a lecture for the Higher Learning audience on the work of the Lumière brothers in and on Africa and the resulting films they produced between 1896 and 1903.
Ingrid Veninger on Modra
Following a screening of her film Modra , independent Canadian filmmaker, producer, writer, and actor Ingrid Veninger joined post-secondary students and faculty for a Q&A.
Master Class with Douglas Trumbull
Douglas Trumbull, the industry pioneer behind the special effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey , Close Encounters of the Third Kind , and Blade Runner joins student and faculty to discuss his remarkable career in visual effects and his own directorial projects.
D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on Kings of Pastry
Collaborative documentary duo D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus screened their latest documentary Kings of Pastry (2009) and discuss the challenges in documentary filmmaking with students and faculty.
Master Class with Tim Burton
Director, producer, writer, animator, and artist Tim Burton joined post-secondary students and faculty to offer feedback on the work of animation students and to celebrate the medium of stop-motion animation.
DJ Spooky on Rebirth of a Nation
Multimedia artist DJ Spooky examines his 2008 film Rebirth of a Nation - a retelling and rescoring of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) - to emphasize the importance of sampling and remix in contemporary popular culture.
Jacob Tierney on Good Neighbours
After a screening of his film, Good Neighbours , Canadian filmmaker Jacob Tierney participates in a Q&A with the Higher Learning audience and addresses issues in Canadian and Québécois cinema.
Jacqueline Stewart on the Politics of Film Preservation
Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart delivered a lecture on the "Politics of Film Preservation", focusing on Spencer William's The Blood of Jesus , the films of Oscar Micheaux, and the Tyler Texas Black Film Collection.
David Cronenberg and Ron Sanders on Videodrome
In the Higher Learning programme's inaugural event, legendary Canadian director David Cronenberg and his longtime editor Ron Sanders joined post-secondary students and faculty for a screening of the 1983 classic Videodrome .