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Canadian Film Studies

Indigenous Screen Cultures in CanadaIndigenous Screen Cultures in Canada
Sigurjon Baldur Hafsteinsson & Marian Bredin
This book explores key questions surrounding the power and suppression of indigenous narrative and representation in contemporary indigenous media. Focusing primarily on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the authors also examine indigenous language broadcasting in radio, television, and film. Softcover, 202 pp. $27.95.

No Culture, No Future No Culture, No Future

Simon Brault Translated by Jonathan Kaplansky
A longtime advocate of the arts in Montreal, Brault has taken action to re-establish that city as one of the most culturally accomplished communities in Canada. No Culture, No Future is part of his campaign to convince the people and governments of cities across Canada that investment in the arts benefits all citizens. $21.00.

The Gendered ScreenThe Gendered Screen
Brenda Austin-Smith & George Melnyk
This book is the first major study of Canadian women filmmakers since the groundbreaking Gendering the Nation (1999). The Gendered Screen updates the subject with discussions of important filmmakers such as Deepa Mehta, Ann Wheeler, Mina Shum, Lynne Stopkewich, Lea Pool, and Patricia Rozema, whose careers have produced major bodies of work. It also introduces critical studies of newer filmmakers such as Andrea Dorfman and Sylvia Hamilton and new media video artists. Softcover, 270 pp. $29.95.

Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian FilmTake One's Essential Guide to Canadian Cinema
Wyndham Wise
First published in 2001 with 700 entries, this second edition of The Essential Guide to Canadian Film is now 1,500 entries, completely revised and updated, including 650 biographical notes with filmographies and 850 film reviews, with credits of award-winning Canadian films. Also included are a complete list of Canadian winners at TIFF, the Oscars and Cannes, and a detailed chronology of Canadian film and television history. The Essential Guide to Canadian Film is a unique publication of encyclopedic proportions that is sure to become the reference text for film and television professionals, scholars, students and fans of Canadian film everywhere. Hardcover, 374 pp. $80.00.

Loop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer's Moving ImagesLoop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer's Moving Images

Mike Hoolbloom & Alex MacKenzie
David Rimmer emerged as a young visionary in the late sixties with such startlingly original works as Square Inch Field and Migration. His films of the early seventies -- Surfacing on the Thames, Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper, The Dance, and Seashore -- drew much critical acclaim for taking structuralist film in new directions. This monograph explores the full spectrum of Rimmer's contributions to the history of international experimental cinema. Softcover, 106 pp. $15.00.

Life Without Death: The Cinema of Frank ColeLife Without Death: The Cinema of Frank Cole
Mike Hoolboom & Tom McSorley
Legendary Canadian filmmaker Frank Cole made two feature length films and a pair of award-winning shorts before his mysterious and untimely murder in Mali. This book is a ravishing odyssey of inner and outer visions and a heaven-sent treasure trove of never-before-seen material from the filmmaker himself, including postcards, photographs, and excerpts from a journal made during his legendary crossings of the Sahara. Also included is the award-winning documentary The Man Who Crossed the Sahara. Softcover, 210 pp. $25.00.

My WinnipegMy Winnipeg

Guy Maddin
Herewith, venture deeper into the mind of Guy Maddin with the text of his narration, wantonly annotated with an avalanche of marginal digressions, stills, outtakes, family photos, emails, essays, deoculations, animations, notebook pages and collages. Softcover with DVD. 188 pp. $35.95.

The Young, The Restless, and The DeadThe Young, The Restless, and The Dead: Interviews with Canadian Filmmakers

George Melnyk
The first volume in a series of interviews with key figures in the field of Canadian film, The Young, The Restless, and The Dead captures the spirit of our nation's cinema through conversations with the most accomplished and dynamic of yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's filmmakers. Funny, provocative, and enlightening, the filmmakers herein reflect on their careers and explore with the interviewers the issues that challenge them. Softcover, 134 pp. $18.95.

Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie ArtistsPractical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists
Mike Hoolboom
Practical Dreamers contains interviews with 28 Canadian artists who are at the forefront of fringe movie making. These renegade artists dish about how they get it done and why it matters. The conversations are personal, up close and jargon-free, smart without smarting. Softcover, 318 pp. $29.95.

Great Canadian Film DirectorsGreat Canadian Film Directors

Edited by George Melnyk
Great Canadian Film Directors is the first major study that reflects the cultural and linguistic diversity of Canada's most dynamic film directors. The 19 essays in this collection focus on each filmmaker's ability to create a vision that both reveals and redefines our national cultures Softcover, 468 pp. $34.95.

Screening Gender, Framing GenreScreening Gender, Framing Genre: Canadian Literature into Film

Peter Dickinson
In Screening Gender, Framing Genre, Peter Dickinson examines the history and theory of films adapted from Canadian literature through the lens of gender studies. Unique in its discussion of different adaptations, including films based on novels, plays, poetry, and Native orature, this study offers new readings of works by such well-known Canadian authors as Margaret Atwood, Marie-Claire Blais, and Michael Ondaatje, and by such important Canadian filmmakers as Mireille Dansereau, Claude Jutra, Robert LePage, and Bruce McDonald. Hardcover, $45.00.

The Romance of Transgression in CanadaThe Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas

Thomas Waugh
From pornography to autobiography, from the Cold War to the sexual revolution, from rural roots and mythologies to the queer meccas of Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, The Romance of Transgression in Canada is a history of sexual representation on the large and small screen in English Canada and Quebec. Softcover, 599 pp. $34.95.

Northern ExposuresNorthern Exposures: Photographing and Filming the Canadian North, 1920-1945

Peter Geller
Northern Exposures sheds new light on twentieth-century visual culture and on the relationship between photographic ways of seeing and the expansion of colonial power, while raising important questions about the role of visual representation in interpreting the past. Generously illustrated with over eighty-five archival images from photographs and films of the period, this book will appeal to anyone interested in Canadian and cultural history. Softcover, 258 pp. $29.95.

The Cinema of CanadaThe Cinema of Canada
Jerry White, editor
The Canadian film industry, while often overlooked and overshadowed by its North American cousin, has nevertheless produced some fascinaating films and directors, including Atom Egoyan, Robert Lepage, Denys Arcand, Michael Snow and David Cronenberg. The Cinema of Canada contains 24 essays, each on a different key film and divides itself into three distinct categories: English-Canadian cinema, Quebecois cinema and Aboriginal cinema. In so doing, it provides a fascinating historical account of the development of film and documentary traditions across the diverse national and regional communities in Canada. Softcover, 268 pp. $32.95.

Film in CanadaFilm in Canada
Jim Leach
Film in Canada offers a comprehensive examination of Canadian cinema in its political and cultural contexts. While highlighting the films and filmmakers that have defined the national industry since the 1960s, this book also looks at many of the factors that have influenced Canadian filmmaking, including Canada's ethnic and linguistic diversity, the country's national identity, and the emergence of a global media marketplace. Softcover, 196 pp. $39.95.

Film Festival ConfidentialFilm Festival Confidential
Bill Marshall
Toronto International Film Festival Special!

Signed copies available!
With an irresistable mix of gossip, glamour and glitz, Film Festival Confidential is an all-access pass to the Toronto International Film Festival, its famous stars and the parties. "An intriguing look at one of the greatest film festivals in the world by one of the guys who started the whole thing." - Norman Jewison. Softcover, 258 pp. $19.95.

John Grierson: Trailblazer of Documentary Film John Grierson: Trailblazer of Documentary Film
Gary Evans
By the time that John Grierson was appointed the first Commissioner of the NFB in 1939, he was already as esteemed scholar and seasoned filmmaker with a rich catalogue of life experiences. In the years that followed, Grierson would go on to make a significant contribution to documentary filmmaking, the study of mass media, and Canadian culture as a whole. This terrific biography brings to life Grierson's exciting personality and remarkable achievements. Softcover, 187 pp. $15.95.

One Man's DocumentaryOne Man's Documentary

Graham McInnis
Graham McInnis was one of many talented young people recruited by the charismatic John Grierson to build the National Film Board of Canada during the heady days of WWII. McInnis's memoir of these "days of high excitement" is an insider's look at the NFM from 1939 to 1945, a vivid "orgin" story of Canada's emerging world-class film studio that provides the NFB with the kind of full-bodied vitality usually associated with the great Hollywood studios in their golden years. Softcover, 233 pp. $24.95.

Understanding MoviesUnderstanding Movies
Third Canadian Edition
Louis Gianetti & Jim Leach
Long a staple of university courses, Understanding Movies is now available in its third Canadian edition. In addition to its remarkable chapters on film aesthetics, history, and theory, this special version includes sections on nonfiction films and Canadian films. Both a comprehensive primer and an essential reference book, Understanding Movies: Third Canadian Edition is a necessary addition to the library of any film student or movie buff. Softcover, 448 pp. $86.95.

They Came From WithinThey Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema
Caelum Vatnsdal
Award-winning author and filmmaker Caelum Vatnsdal opens the vault of the Canadian horror film genre from its inception to the present day to explore its history and cultural implications. He unwinds the history of this neglected genre to learn," why we fear what we fear and how it came to be that way." Lavishly illustrated with rare stills and poster art, this extensively researched book will appeal equally to horror fans and film studies specialists. Caelum Vatnsdal won the Carol Shields City of Winnipeg Book Award for Kino Delirium: The Films of Guy Maddin. Softcover, $28.95.

Once Upon a Time in ParadiseOnce Upon a Time in Paradise: Canadians in the Golden Age of Hollywood
Charles Foster
These fascinating true stories chronicle the lives of several Canadians who found success in Hollywood during the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Bobby Breen, Walter Pidgeon, Yvonne De Carlo, Jack Carson, Ruby Keeler, and Raymond Massey and Walter Huston are just a few of the stars whose real-life exploits trumped anything that they did on the silver screen. Hardcover, 319 pp. $35.00.

A Century of Canadian CinemaA Century of Canadian Cinema: Gerald Pratley's Feature Film Guide: 1900 to the Present
Gerald Pratley
Indulge your love of Canadian films with A Century of Canadian Cinema. This guide contains films from the industry's earliest beginnings in Canada right up to the latest releases. An exhaustively complete resource, this book will delight both the fan and student of Canadian cinema. Softcover, 416 pp. $29.95.

Stage-BoundStage-Bound: Feature Film Adaptations of Canadian and Quebecois Drama
Andre Loiselle
Since the 1990s many of Canada's best-known filmmakers, such as Denys Arcand, John Greyson, and Robert Lepage, have looked to the stage for inspiration. In Stage-Bound, Andre Loiselle takes a comprehensive look at feature film adaptations of Canadian and Quebecois plays produced over the last sixty years and examines the important influence the theatre has had on Canadian film. Hardcover, 260 pp. $75.00.

Dreaming in the RainDreaming in the Rain
David Spaner
Twenty years ago, Vancouver didn't register in the mind of any film professional; however, today it is the site of countless major film and television productions. David Spaner's marlevous chronicle of West Coast Canada's emergence as a movie capital is a must-read for anyone interested in Vancouver's ever-increasing role in the global film industry. Softcover, 235 pp. $21.95.

Reel CanadiansReel Canadians
Interviews from the Canadian Film World
Angela Baldassarre
This tribute to Canadian film culture brings together interviews with 29 of the most significant figures in our national film industry, including: David Cronenberg, Bruce MacDonald, Sarah Polley, Clement Virgo, Francois Girard, Mike Myers, Catherine O'Hara, and several others. According to the author: "I let the artists speak for themselves in the hopes that they could shed some light on what makes our culture so marvelously unique." Softcover, 164 pp. $12.00.

Hollywood North: 
The Feature Film Industry in British ColumbiaHollywood North: The Feature Film Industry in British Columbia
Mike Gasher
This timely book recounts British Columbia's rapid rise from relative obscurity in the film world to its current status as "Hollywood North." Gasher positions the provincial industry as a model for contemporary commercial film production, strongly shaped by the perception of cinema as a medium of regional development rather than of culture. Softcover, $24.95.

Weird Sex and SnowshoesWeird Sex and Snowshoes and other Canadian film phenomenon
Katherine Monk
with a foreward by Atom Egoyan
The title alone is worth the price...Monk, film critic for the Vancouver Sun and CBC radio has compiled the first study in more than 20 years on Canadian film in all its warped and struggling glory written a general audience. Screening the past few decades, she pries apart the themes (weird sex and snowshoes among them), the personalities and the movies themselves that have shaped and set what our national cinema is. For those looking for names, they're not listed comprehensively in the index; you're better flipping though the book itself. $26.95.

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