Panel Discussion: Social Justice and Activist Filmmaking

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Located at 1137 Dupont Street (east of Dufferin Avenue, at the corner of Gladstone Avenue). No registration required. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.

Join us for a panel discussion with filmmakers whose work responds to social, political, historical and/or environmental injustice. While some of these artists work with activist intentions, others locate their practice elsewhere. Panelists will present work and speak to their relationship to form, activism and cinema as a space for social change.





Kathleen Mullen is a film programmer, filmmaker and arts administrator. For over 17 years Kathleen has programmed nationally and internationally for film festivals such as Planet in Focus, TIFF and Inside Out. Kathleen consults for film festivals and media arts organizations and is making a short narrative film, Sundowning.



Liz Marshall is an auteur filmmaker who fuses character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the late 90s she has created award winning and socially relevant projects shot all over the world which focus on a range of issues including: animal use and animal sentience; the right to water movement; HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; gender; censorship affecting writers and journalists, and war-affected children.


Ann Shin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and poet. Ann has produced and directed programs and series for CBC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, History Channel, W Network and PBS. Her films have screened and won awards at festivals including: the San Francisco Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival and the Chris Awards.

John Greyson is a Toronto award-winning film/video artist whose shorts, features and installations include: Fig Trees, Proteus The Law of Enclosures, Lilies, UnĀ©ut, and Zero Patience. An associate professor in film production at York University, and a PhD candidate in Sexual Diversity/Drama at U of T, he was awarded the Toronto Arts Award for Film/Video, 2000, the Bell Canada Video Art Award in 2007, and the Alanis Obamsawin Cinema Politica Award, 2011.


Note: LIFT member John Greyson was scheduled to be part of the Social Justice panel. On August 16, 2013 John and his colleague Dr. Tarek Loubani were detained in Egypt without any formal changes. Please sign this petition to demand their immediate release: For further information, please visit


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