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Religious Studies scholar Elijah Siegler considers the place of religion and its felt absence in Cronenberg's oeuvre prior to the screening of The Brood, and will be joined by the director himself for an onstage dialogue following the film.
Please note: the date and time for this event have been updated since the printing of the TIFF Bell Lightbox Fall Schedule. The correct date and time of this event is December 1 at 1:30pm.
- Elijah Siegler
- Elijah Siegler has degrees in religious studies from Harvard and the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he also studied film theory and history. He grew up in Toronto but now lives in South Carolina where he is an associate professor of religious studies at the College of Charleston. Professor Siegler has published books and articles on new religious movements (aka "cults"), the influence of Asian religions on American culture, and the intersection between religion and mass media, including "David Cronenberg: The Secular Auteur as Critic of Religion" in the December 2012 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. He is currently completing a manuscript on "New Age tourism, Global Daoism and the predicament of modern spirituality" and editing a volume on mythology and morality in the films of the Coen Brothers.
- David Cronenberg
- David Cronenberg is an internationally renowned Canadian filmmaker. His reputation as an auteur has been firmly established by his influential body of work which includes Shivers, Rabid, Fast Company, The Brood, Scanners, The Fly, eXistenZ, The Dead Zone, M. Butterfly, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis. He has won Genie Awards for best director for Videodrome, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Crash, and Spider. Cronenberg is a member of France's Legion d'Honneur, an Officer in the Order of Canada, and a Fellow of the British Film Institute. He is currently completing the Bruce Wagner penned film, Maps to the Stars.