DocNow! Showcases a New Class of Documentary

Doc fans may focus on education this week by catching new work from the students of Ryerson University’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media. DocNow!, Ryerson’s 8th annual festival for the MFA programme, offers a multi-disciplinary and multi-media festival from June 2 – 22. The fest showcases new innovations in documentary form from a new class of filmmakers.

The festival opens with Philip Skoczkowski’s documentary installation Sonic City. Additional works of photography, video, and live DJ-ing will accompany the piece and give documentary a new scene. The party kicks off at Rally on Ossington.

June 6 and 7 showcases two programmes of short docs at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Each night screens four films from current students and features Q&As following the programme. The films receive encore screenings June 10 and 11 at Ryerson.

DocNow! includes ten exhibitions of video and photography around the city, along with the “immersive performance” Terra Inconita by Alexandra Simpson. This event includes food and mingling, so it’s one with which hungry fans may fill their appetite for documentary culture. All screenings, exhibitions, and performances are free, but admission for this event is by donation.

Finally, DocNow! has additional chances to talk docs with three special events. “Diaspora Documentary” puts DocNow! artists Alyssa Bistonath, Cyrus Sundar Singh, and Ebti Nabag in conversation with photographer, writer, curator, and Ryerson professor Blake Fitzpatrick. “State of Mind” puts DocNow! artists Frances Juriansz, Grayson Richards and Sophie Sabet in conversation with writer, curator, and Ryerson professor Sara Knelman. Finally, “Ginger Beef on the Menu” offers food for thought on Chinese food and Canadian identity as DocNow! artist Elyse Bouvier discusses her work Royal Café with Lily Cho, author of Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada.

Enjoy the many flavours of documentary when DocNow! runs June 2 – 22.