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John Greyson: Taking Risks & Reflecting Your Values in Film

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Toronto Public Library - Northern District Library

40 Orchard View Boulevard

Toronto, ON M4R 1B9

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Neofilmmakers is proud to present Toronto's own John Greyson-- award-winning and critically-acclaimed director, writer, producer, political activist, and professor at York University's film school. After moving from London, Ontario to Toronto in the late 1970s, he became a notable part of the so-called Toronto New Wave in the 1980s. His work often deals with LGBTQIA+ themes, and Greyson himself has long been an outspoken member of the gay rights movement as well as the artistic community that formed around it.

Some of Greyson's most notable films are Zero Patience (1993), Lilies (1996), and Fig Trees (2009). His personal values, social criticisms, and politics have not only heavily influenced his works, but also sparked plenty of controversies. This September 17th, our special guest will discuss the challenges and rewards one faces in being outspoken as a filmmaker. From Greyson, we can learn about taking risks as filmmakers, how to be successful and honest in our artistic expression, how to engage viewers with the statements we want to make, and how to avoid letting fears about public image rule our careers. This is an excellent opportunity for neophyte* and veteran filmmakers alike.

Please join us for our largest event to date. Consistent with the aim of this group-- to provide educational and experiential opportunities for new, transitioning, and aspiring filmmakers free of cost-- this event is free of charge. However, we ask that you please register here for the sake of capacity, if you're able, please consider donating toward the costs of the venue. Neofilmmakers Toronto is, for the time-being, run by just one person, with expenses paid completely out-of-pocket. While I'm very happy to do so in order to make these events happen, my reality as a restaurant server usually means I earn my monthly rent and little else. Your contributions can help this organization move toward a bright future and, hopefully, eventual nonprofit status.



Source: https://www.toronto.com/news-story/1490356-queen-west-filmmaker-john-greyson-launches-40-episode-series-on-ttc-screens/



Photo Credit to ERIN HATFIELD of Toronto.com.


*It is also worth mentioning that Greyson's background beautifully encompasses the vision of this group; like many who are drawn to Neofilmmakers Toronto, Greyson did not study film at university. Instead, he joined the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and other west-end film cooperatives, got hands-on experience on set, helped other independent filmmakers on their projects, and eventually became involved at the Canadian Film Centre. In a Toronto.com interview, Greyson stated, “There was so much permission and generosity back in the 1970s and the stuff I wanted to learn wasn’t being taught at universities. I was really excited by queer art and the new generation of gay artists making work about sexuality and that just wasn’t in the curriculum at OCAD or UofT or York, it was on the street.”

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