Canadian Film Studies
Indigenous 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
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 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 Cinema
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 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 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.
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 Dead: Interviews with Canadian Filmmakers
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 Artists
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 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 Genre: Canadian Literature into Film
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 Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas
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 Exposures: Photographing and Filming the Canadian North,
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
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 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 Canada
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 Confidential
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
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.
biography brings to life Grierson's exciting personality and remarkable
achievements. Softcover, 187 pp. $15.95.
One Man's Documentary
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
studios in their golden years. Softcover, 233 pp. $24.95.
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.
Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema
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 Paradise: Canadians in the Golden Age of Hollywood
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 Cinema: Gerald Pratley's Feature Film Guide: 1900 to the Present
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-Bound: Feature Film Adaptations of Canadian and Quebecois Drama
Since the 1990s many of Canada's best-known filmmakers, such as Denys Arcand,
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 Rain
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.
Interviews from the Canadian Film World
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 Columbia
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 Snowshoes and other Canadian film phenomenon
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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