Projects

Residencies & Commissions, Youth & Community Programs

Residencies & Commissions:  In addition to our training seminars and workshops, CSV occasionally offers opportunities to work at the facility as a resident-artist or to produce commissioned work. We often link our residency and commissioning programs to local exhibitions or media art festivals.

Resident and commissioned artists are generally selected by peer assessment committees in open competitions. Further information is available on our website. We welcome new opportunities to collaborate with festivals and other exhibition/art organizations. Contact us if you are interested in discussing a partnership.

Youth & Community Programs:  
CSV offers a wide range of support to youth groups and community organizations interested in engaging in a media art or film production program. We specialize in curriculum development, technical support, and facilitator training/mentorship. With our expertise in professional digital cinema equipment and arts education we work with our partner organizations to create innovative community-based programming.

CSV accepts ongoing submissions from interested groups to work with us as youth and community partners. We are always eager to build new relationships and develop new programs, and we would love to work with you and support your community-based media art work.

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Youth Project2017

Animating Democracy


Animating Democracy is an 8 week video workshop for youth ages 16-22 from Scarborough Arts, in partnership with Charles Street Video. The students learn practical production and post production skills while tackling a social issue that they see in their community.
Community Project2017

'5 Steps' Video Shoot


Collaboration with Sketch Working Arts
Seven community engaged artists were interviewed and invited to share their "5 steps" to address and disrupt systemic oppression through arts and community work. This content will be compiled into a zine and video series that is being produced by SKETCH and the Neighbourhood Arts Network.
Residency Project2016

Sabine LeBel and Alison Taylor


Artist Residency
 Sabine LeBel and Alison Taylor have been working together, mostly on films and videos, for over 15 years. The first video they ever made together was a stop-motion animation involving some very disturbing dolls. It is on VHS. They can’t find it. But hence, the name: mutantoy. Their current work centers around a low-fi sci-fi trilogy entitled ‘messages from visitors.’ The first instalment was ‘dispatches from the future,’ and it centers around a grieving woman who believes she’s being haunted through her car. In the second instalment, ‘diary from the brink of collapse,’ her car runs out of gas as her ghosts threaten to become more tangible. ‘Diary’ recently screened as part of In Your Pocket: Dear Diary, at Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. The third video, 'landing in the present tense' was shot entirely during the Neo Future residency at Arteles Creative Centre in Haukijärvi, Finland in May, 2016 and is currently in post-production. Here emerges a cross-temporal love story, set in a future that is neither apocalyptic nor utopic, where two chaotic creators are trying to orchestrate positive ecological changes by making unlikely allies, human and otherwise. Sabine is an educator, researcher, and artist. These days, Sabine is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto. Her current academic research is on e-waste, affect, and the visual. Alison is a film and video editor, writer, artist and dabbler in stand-up comedy. She has edited a wide range of TV formats and films. She was recently nominated for a CCE award for Best Editing in a Lifestyle/Documentary Program. Exile Quarterly published her short story 'Spud Gun.' in 2013, and she is currently shopping around her first novel. Sabine and Alison live near, but outside of the Junction in Toronto with a collection of sci-fi goggles and two cats who also think it’s fun to rip the heads off dolls. For more info, visit mutantoy.squarespace.com.
Residency Project2016

Marnie Parrell Residency


in partnership with Imaginative
 6th Annual CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency Program imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Charles Street Video (CVS) are pleased to announce that Métis filmmaker, writer and artist Marnie Parrell has been selected for the 6th Annual CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency. This residency was developed to offer a mid-career or established Indigenous artist the opportunity to expand their practice and experiment with the latest video technologies while creating a new, short video work. Marnie Parrell is a Métis filmmaker, writer, artist and artmaker who began her film practice in 1988. Her films and videos have been screened nationally and internationally at many festivals and galleries, including: YYZ Artist Outlet, Cinematheque Ontario, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, imagineNATIVE Film and New Media Festival, Hallwalls Buffalo and The Power Ball Toronto. Parrell has received several awards and grants and fellowships, among them the Cynthia Licker’s Sage Award and Chalmers Arts Fellowship. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto and an MFA at York University in film production, where she wrote, directed and edited The Future, a 'so-last-week', half-hour 'femsploit-action' sci-fi adventure. "This residency provides a unique opportunity to experiment with the production facilities and equipment at CSV. I look forward to enhancing my skills, working with the knowledgeable staff at CSV and completing a new piece, the intent of which is to provide a space, however brief, where the viewer can allow themselves to find a moment's peace,” said Marnie Parrell. Parrell’s films are hybrids - short, experimental, narratives and documentaries. Her early work was small gauge and low-tech including regular and super-8 film and the Fisher Price Pixelvision. She also has an interest in wearable electronics and found objects/art, with which she continues to bridge the gaps between high and low tech. For more information and to view examples of her work please visit marnieparrell.com. Parrell’s films are available through V Tape.
Residency Project2015

Romeo Candido Residency


So You Think you Can Pitch Established Artist 2015
Romeo is an award winning, international content creator with seasoned strengths in factual and narrative storytelling for film, television, advertising and digital platforms.  With a solid foundation in traditional arts and media, Romeo has actively branched off into the digital space using mobile and online platforms to deliver engaging stories, immersive experiences and connecting with viewers and users in impactful ways. 

A new media pundit, energetic community leader and public speaker, Romeo’s valuable expertise invokes engagement from all audiences.
Youth Project2015

POV 3rd Street


 The POV 3rd Street training program is an intensive 20-week program open to marginalized young adults aged 18-25 who desire to work in media but do not have the experience, financial capability, and social connections to pursue their career.
Youth Project2015

Young Creatives Program


The Scarborough Project: You Are Here
The Scarborough Project: You Are Here is an arts-education project for newcomer, first generation and Indigenous youth, living in Kingston-Galloway. Over a period of 10 weeks, participants aged 14-16 will learn the Indigenous history of Scarborough and be introduced to still and moving image production, editing, and narrative writing; explore themes of location and displacement; community-building; and identities. Participants will create arts pieces with the support of artist mentors.
Residency Project2015

Melanie Gilligan Commission


The Common Sense
Gilligan is in the process of creating a new project titled The Common Sense. Commissioned by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and Charles Street VIdeo. The Common Sense is an experimental narrative drama in the style of a television miniseries. The project is currently in production. Half of the film was shot in January 2013 in Toronto, and the other half was filmed in 2014 in the Netherlands. The work will be shown throughout 2014/2015 in three parallel solo exhibitions planned in the Netherlands at De Appel, Amsterdam, Casco, Utrecht and De Hallen in Haarlem. All episodes of The Common Sense will be made available for viewing online. As with Gilligan’s previous video works, Crisis in the Credit System, Self-Capital and Popular Unrest, this long-form video piece will use drama and fiction to contemplate broader social, political and economic issues. The story of The Common Sense revolves around a new technology that allows people to feel one another’s embodied experience, physical sensations and emotions. Worn on the roof of the mouth, the “neural entrainment device” is given the informal name “The Patch”. Technologies change us - our attitudes, our behavior and our bodies. The film charts a future moment where the widespread use of the Patch has created pronounced neuroplastic change in the brains of its users, transforming their capacities. As our story begins, The Patch has existed for ten years and in that time the relation between self and other, individual and collective, and also between subjects and their economic survival, have been profoundly transformed as the physical conditions of individual existence are technologically remade. Conceptions such as empathy and solidarity have been replaced with the ability to have concrete sensations of other people’s situations. The story spans the period of a decade, and will show the social and political effects of The Patch over time. In doing so, it will grapple with how social contact between people forms subjectivity, how structural conditions affect such contact, and how political possibilities are shaped by these interactions. The time of the story is - like our own - one of ever intensifying competition and economic polarization. Living standards are declining rapidly for many in a culture that desperately prioritizes business and financial growth over the wellbeing of its population. Collective political resistance is emerging in many places around the world. However, the technology’s role in these shifts is ambiguous. While this technological development creates possibilities for new modes of existence and collective social formations, it also leads to new contradictions and conflicts. Gibson is a university professor who teaches a class on technology and society. As our story begins, Gibson’s students sit down to watch a television program relevant to their studies. The TV show takes place many years ago when the Patch was first released. Events that take place in this television program are discussed by characters within the wider narrative and we see the social changes caused by the technology through their eyes. Then, in the world outside the TV show, a calamity occurs: the Patch network breaks down for the first time in its history. Everyone is utterly shocked. Nothing like this has happened before. The students of the class are faced with a disorienting few days, in which they alternately feel the need for constant social contact, but feel a discomfort with contact that is unmediated by the Patch. The anxiety makes each of them retreat to their own homes. When the Patch network is repaired, something is very different in the world. Our story and its structure has suddenly changed. We still follow episodes of the TV show, but now when we return to our main story, it is split into two parallel realities: one where wide scale political disruptions have broken out, and another where life continues as it was before. These two realities continue in parallel and will create a physical disconnection in the story, which will be borne out in the mode in which the work is displayed. Biography Melanie Gilligan completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2002 and was a Fellow with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in 2004/5. She has presented solo exhibitions at institutions including Chisenhale Gallery (London), Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne), Transmission Gallery (Glasgow), The Banff Centre, (Banff), Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto),and VOX centre de l’image contemporaine (Montreal). In 2008, commissioned by Artangel Interaction, Gilligan released Crisis in the Credit System, a four-part fictional mini drama about the recent financial crisis. In 2009 she received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists and in 2010 she won the Illy Present Future Award. Gilligan has taught widely in Europe and North America, and has appeared in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, including Manifesta 8 (Murcia, Spain) in 2010. Her writings on art, politics and finance have appeared in magazines such as Artforum, Texte zur Kunst and Grey Room.
Residency Project2015

Seeking a stand-up fellow...


A 'Maker Space' project
 Toronto mixed-media artist/ graphic designer Xenia Vakova documents results of her Craigslist w4m posting experiment through text-based video, sound, and illustration, to discuss heteronormative gender roles on the internet. The tongue-in-cheek installation also includes an interactive component which encourages viewers to enter into the male identity narrative. Join us on August 14th to launch this week long installation project as part of our maker space program. Artist Statement Seeking A Stand-Up Fellow: Installation by Xenia Vakova! My multi-media installation “Seeking A Stand-Up Fellow” consists of three parts: audible, visual, and tactile. I am using these three learning styles to describe the collection of responses I have received to my craigslist personals ad. ! This experiment involved describing myself with the goal of meeting a local man for casual sex. The overwhelming 200 e-mail responses have been organized by naturally-emerging segments, such as “Greetings” and “Self Descriptors”, and compiled into one piece of text totalling over 4,000 words. I did not otherwise edit the information, leaving spelling and grammar as is.! Having viewed the original text, the audience is invited to create their own responses using the provided magnetic phrases (taken from the entirety of the original text) and the photocopier. They are instructed to make one copy of their creation as a personal keepsake and to post another on the provided wall space with some tape. At the end of the exhibition, these audience creations will be compiled into a zine publication which can be made available for purchase at Charles Street Video. My intent is to document this experience in order to question gender norms around sex and illustrate what is lost and gained through electronic communication. I believe the quantity of the responses shows how a posting of a sexual nature, by a heterosexual woman in my age group, is quite unusual and unexpected. ! My hope is that my audience shares my personal curiosity in the content of this text. The repetition of particular words and phrases strikes me as a fair assessment of cultural norms and expectations, as well as male-bodied self-representation.! ! By engaging personally with the text through the magnetic “fridge-poetry” aspect of the show, the audience is pushed further to explore the questions exhibited through the prints and the voice narrative. The format achieves this exploration without intimidation or self-importance, and rather through the acts of humour and play.! Bio Xenia Vakova (1987, Moscow, Russia) is a multidisciplinary artist, working in visual media as well as music and creative non-fiction. Influenced by the work of Sophie Calle and Darren O'Donnell, text based projects, interactive works, and installations are close to her heart. ! ! Leaving Russia at a young age to begin a new life in Toronto without her extended family has left Vakova with an interest in memory and archives. Often questioning the role of personal narrative in larger stories, she combines a rich sense of family and cultural mythology with an urban sensibility. Her work exists in the intersections of many media, examining what it means to be an artist and woman in a modern world. ! ! Vakova studied at NSCAD University, OCADU, and Humber college, receiving a BFA in printmaking from OCADU in 2013.! *Each digital print was produced on archival recycled paper in editions of ten and is valued at $60. Please inquire with CSV regarding sales.
Youth Project2015

Unsung Voice 4


Fearless first time filmmakers make their return in the 2015 edition of Unsung Voices. Ayano In The Forest Ammar Keshodia* | Canada 2015 | 8:00 A young woman awakens in the forest, confronted by a stranger. Can he help her find out how she got there? Originally from Pakistan, Ammar Keshodia is a Political Science graduate from the University of Toronto. Teaching Taboo: Sex Ed and the South Asian Diaspora Lakshya Dhungana* | Canada 2015 | 10:00 In 2015, Ontario proposed changes to its sex education curriculum for the first time in years. Teaching Taboo looks at the issue from inside the South Asian community. Lakshya Dhungana graduated from the International Development Studies Program at U of T, and is involved with the Toronto Nepali Film Festival. Ntervw Melissa Tran* | Canada 2015 | 6:00 Sometimes life feels like all preparation and no action, but what would that actually look like? Melissa Tran is a fourth year high school student in Toronto. Door To Door Bruce Ravichandran* | Canada 2015 9:00 The sort-of true-life story of two bumbling door-to-door sales men who must train a pair of newbies, or else lose their jobs. Bruce Ravichandran was named after Bruce Lee and loves action movies. Adult Children Camille Bertrand-Morel*, Veronica Tsui*, Natalie Yiu* | Canada 2015 | 3:00 A daughter’s relationship with her father is strained when he can’t let go of work in this short animated film. Camille Bertrand-Morel, Veronica Tsui, and Natalie Yiu are students at Seneca College, currently in their first and second years. I’m Afraid Of You Leaving Iris Ni* | Canada 2015 | 10:00 Two cousins left alone in a Chi- nese megacity deal with their feelings of abandonment. Iris Ni is a graduate of University of Windsor and writes for stage and online. “Cindy” Anthony Tran* | Canada 2015 | 2:00 A young queer Asian Canadian woman navigates her multiple identities in this delightful stop-motion animation. Anthony Tran is a Toronto-based young queer artist and muse to the Gods. Liquid Beings Seden Lai* | Canada 2015 | 9:00 He wakes up. He doesn’t know who He is. He creates Her. But who created Them? Seden Lai is a recent graduate of OCAD, and is interested in understanding the world through spaces, objects, sounds, and experiences.
Residency Project2015

Maker Space Resident: Party Like It's 1669


Maker Space Residency
Frances Adair McKenzie and  Aleks Schürmer form the collective Party Like it's 1699. The collective's aim is to take classical music from the confines of the modern concert hall and to reclaim it as a popular medium in the form of a digital Baroque opera. Aleks and Frances will be doing a two week research and development residency at CSV to develop their project Le Pop d’époque which is an immersive multidisciplinary work, combining classical music, dance, theatre and performance with digital scenography and four channel electronics. The collective is concerned with exploring how new forms can touch on the past while simultaneously pursuing innovation in terms of style and technique. http://partylikeits1699.com/ Frances Adair Mckenzie is a multi-media artist who combines genres and technologies as a means to invoke the construction of fantastical internal and external worlds. Her work in motion-design, animation and immersive installation evokes a din of concentrated effects that meld both high and low cultural references and technologies. With a simultaneous eye to the history of art and the culture of Pop she extends upon the precedents of feminism and digital culture only to foreground the spectacle as a D.I.Y. space of subversion and tool of empowerment. Frances lives and works in Montréal. She attained a diploma in New Media from B.C.I.T. and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University. The National Film Board of Canada has commissioned her animations and her work has been exhibited at the Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, and in the Satosphere of the Société des Arts Technologiques. Frances is based in Montreal but originates from 100 mile house, BC and thanks her origins for a strong dutch protestant work ethic. She strongly agrees with Nietzsche that, “we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” http://francesadair.com/ Aleks has performed 17th and 18th century music on period instruments with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, l'Ensemble Arion, Les Idées heureuses and his own ensemble les tabarnaks d'époque. He holds a Master of Music Degree from McGill University. He studied flute under Patrick Gallois. ​ His compositions have been played on CBC radio, at the Société des Arts technologiques (SAT), M for Montreal, Montreal Baroque, Pop Montreal, HTMlles, Suoni per il popolo, Toronto Music Gallery, Montreal Fringe, Ottawa Chamber Music and University of Toronto New Music festivals. His works have been called “major discoveries” (Stephen Ritter, American Record Guide 2003). http://www.aleksschurmer.com/
Residency Project2015

Celeste Koon Residency


So You Think you Can Pitch Emerging Artist 2015
Working in children's media and entertainment has always been Celeste's dream. She has a vivid imagination and a creative outlook on the world, which she brings to her work. Celeste has written, directed and designed two independently produced children's shorts: Paper Princes, Gypsies, and the Boy With No Return Address (2009) and The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk (2012). Both films played at numerous international film festivals across the globe. In 2013, Celeste wrote, directed and designed two segments for Season 44 of PBS's Sesame Street: 'A' is for Adventure and 'O' is for Ocean. Celeste also has five years of experience working on various industry television and film productions in the art department and recently worked with Radical Sheep Productions developing children and youth properties, while at the same time writing 44 scripts for their preschool show Can You Imagine That. November 10th 2014, Celeste won the Charles Street Video/Reel Asian International Film Festival's 'So You Think You Can Pitch - Emerging Filmmaker' prize and will be shooting her new short, The Ghost of Granpa Tong, early 2015!!
Residency Project2015

Thirza Cuthand Residency


A CSV/ImagineNATIVE Residency
imagieNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Charles Street Video (CSV) are pleased to announce that award-winning experimental Cree/Scottish filmmaker Thirza Cuthand has been selected for the 5th Annual CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency. This residency was developed to offer a mid-career or established Indigenous artist the opportunity to expand their practice and to experiment with the latest video technologies in the creation of a new short video work. Thirza will be enrolled in CSV’s workshops, receive technical support and training from CSV staff, be provided with access to CSV’s production and post-production equipment, and receive additional financial and resource support from imagineNATIVE and CSV. ”CSV is very excited about bringing Thirza’s amusing treatment to life and we look forward to seeing it develop during her residency,” says Greg Woodbury, CSV’s Operations Director. “CSV exists to support media art practice and Thirza’s track record speaks for itself. She’s exactly the right person to be working at our facility.” Daniel Northway-Frank, imagineNATIVE’s Manager, Festival Initiatives adds, “In addition to a fresh and witty project idea, the Selection Committee recognized that, with Thirza’s skills and past experimentation, this residency would be an important step in further honing her practice with creatively versatile video equipment offered through this program.” Cuthand, originally from Regina, Saskatchewan has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race since 1995 that have screened internationally including the Tribeca Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival and imagineNATIVE. She is currently completing her MA in Media Art at Ryerson University. Thirza’s submiited proposal, a biting and comedic Two-Spirit “how to” infomercial is rife with opportunity for new experimentation with new technology. The Residency recipient had this to say about her selection: “I am delighted to have the chance to create new work with the assistance of Charles Street Video and ImagineNATIVE! I am thankful for the recognition of the importance of Two-Spirit identities in my next video.” This initiative continues the yearly partnership between imagineNATIVE and one of Toronto’s most respected non-profit, artist-run centres, Charles Street Video. Cuthand will premiere her new video at the 16th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 14-18, 2015.
Residency Project2015

Ellen Moffat Residency


Ellen Moffat is an independent media artist whose work spans solo, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Rooted in the language of sculpture - the body, space and materials – her primary media is sound. Using deconstructed spoken word, field recordings and experimental soundmaking, her projects range from multi-channel installations, to interactive electroacoustic instruments, to performance, to live actions in gallery and off-site venues. Her work is a poetic and conceptual inquiry into sound and space, language, composition and social relations. Born in Toronto, she lives in Saskatoon.
Youth Project2014

Unsung Voices 3


A Reel Asian/CSV Collaborative Educational Program
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s UNSUNG VOICES YOUTH VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP will provide young Asian Canadians with a keen interest in film the necessary skills to express themselves as artists, learn from professionals in the field, and to produce a distinctly Asian Canadian story. Youth participants, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to engage in filmmaking, will be provided the means for producing their own 8-minute (maximum), Asian Canadian video in any genre (fiction, documentary, experimental). Each work will be produced with fellow workshop participants and within the community. The entire video collection will receive a worldwide premiere at the 18th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2014 and may be considered for additional national and international screenings. The programme undertaken in collaboration with Charles Street Video.
Youth Project2014

Story Planet


Story Planet is a non-profit story making centre and CSV is pleased to be partnering on their youth video-making initiatives wtih equipment demos, and program support.
Youth Project2014

Reel Change Boys Filmmaking Workshop


  These short documentaries were produced through SkyWorks Charitable Foundation's Real Change Boys Filmmaking Project 2013/2014.   Performing Masculinity from Skyworks on Vimeo. BOXED IN from Skyworks on Vimeo. Man in the Middle from Skyworks on Vimeo. THATS MY BOY from Skyworks on Vimeo. SOUL MODEL from Skyworks on Vimeo.
Residency Project2014

Betty Xie Residency


So You Think you Can Pitch Emerging Artist 2014
As an emerging filmmaker, Betty believes that extraordinary stories are embedded in the everyday life of ordinary people, and she is on a life-long search for extraordinary/ordinary narratives. Specifically, she is interested in themes of diaspora, migration and identity. Betty has written and directed the fiction short Girlfriends, which was screened at the 2013 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and 2014 Reel World Film Festival. Currently, she is directing and co-producing the documentary The Home Promised, the winning project from the 2013 "So You Think You Pitch Competition" (emerging category) at Reel Asian Film Festival.
Residency Project2014

Susan Blight Residency


ImagineNative Resident 2014
Susan Blight is Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation. A visual artist, filmmaker, and arts educator, Susan’s films and video work have been screened nationally and internationally at such venues as Media City International Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, and the ImagineNative Festival. In addition, Susan has exhibited across North America, most notably at Gallery 44, The Print Studio, Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Susan is co-founder of The Ogimaa Miikana Project, an artist/activist collective working to reclaim and rename the roads, streets, and landmarks of Toronto with Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) and in July 2013, she became the fourth member of the Indigenous Routes artist collective which works to provide new media training for indigenous youth. Susan Blight received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor in Integrated Media, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba. She is the host of Indigenous Waves radio show.
Residency Project2014

Gloria Kim Residency


So You Think you Can Pitch Established Artist 2014
Born in Seoul, Korea, Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of media makers. With a degree in English Lit at U of T, she worked as a journalist at Maclean’s. She attended Ryerson: Image Arts and the 2008 Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her short film, ROCK GARDEN: A LOVE STORY, described by Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful”, has won numerous prizes including the CBC Canadian Reflections Award. Her CBC film, THE AUCTION, premiered at the 2010 Sprockets TIFF, and won Best Short Film, the Audience Choice Award: 2012 WIFT Short Film Showcase and Children’s Jury Prize: Seattle Film Festival for Children, and is now part of the John VanDuzer Film Collection at TIFF BellLightbox. Her other works have won numerous Golds, at the Bessies, the Marketing Awards, One Club; her OAC-commissioned work, Why Do I Dance… has had over 800,000 views on Youtube since April, 2012; she was in the 2009 TIFF Talent Lab; is a mentor for youth (Female Eye Film Festival , Reel Asian Film Festival, Hot Docs). She has recently directed the Ontario Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary film, Live, Love Art…which won Best Interview Film at PR Daily Video Awards. Her script, Debra and Mona won the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award.
Residency Project2013

Keesic Douglas Residency


ImagineNative Resident 2013
Keesic's video 'Bear Hunt' was produced during the ImagineNATIVE/Charles Street Video Mid-Career Artist Residency. Bear Hunt was programmed at the 2013 Imaginative Festival as a part of the Moose River Crossing program. Biography Keesic is an Ojibway artist from the Mnjikaning First Nation in central Ontario. He specializes in the mediums of photography and video. His work has been exhibited across Canada and the US. Keesic focuses on issues surround his Native heritage in his photo and video work. His video The Vanishing Trace recently won Best Short Documentary at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto. His video War Pony showed at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2009 in Germany. Some of his photographic works are currently in a group show in Prague, Czech Republic.  He was also the 2013 CSV/imagineNATIVE mid career artist in resident.
Youth Project2013

TDSB Media Coop


Once again this year CSV is proud to be offering support in the form of equipment, facilitation, and curriculum development to the Toronto District School Board Media Art Co-op.  The TDSB Arts Department, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Education Centre, presented the Arts Co-op performance Eighth Fire Journeys, a collection of original performance pieces and films by secondary students from across the TDSB. The program aims to build cross-cultural understanding through active, intensive engagement in drama, dance, and media. A company of 23 students of diverse backgrounds worked with professional artists and artist-educators. The goal is to empower these youth, and provide them with artistic tools, practices, and techniques, as well as a platform that honours and gives voice to their stories These works, which toured to over 3,500 TDSB students, invited students to think and feel deeply about issues of identity and cross-cultural understanding. First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives were woven into the fabric of these works. The Eighth Fire, is an Ojibway prophecy which foretells a time when society will reach a crossroads. In order for humankind to move forward in positive ways, diverse peoples from around the world must come together to create positive social and environmental change. The program culminated in a matinee and evening performance at Young People’s Theatre on June 11, 2013.
Residency Project2013

Gita Hashemi Residency


A Charles Street Video/A-Space Residency
Gita Hashemi’s transmedia practice focuses on historical and contemporary issues. In 2013, her solo exhibitions included Time Lapsed at A Space Gallery in Toronto and The Idea of Freedom at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), and she participated in The Third Space exhibition at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre as part of Tirgan Festival of Iranian Art and Culture. Drawing on visual, media and performance strategies and using different techniques and technologies, she explores social relations and the interconnections of writing as embodied language with cultural imaginary and politics.
Youth Project2013

Unsung Voices 2


This youth video production workshop gave young Asian Canadians keen on film the skills to express themselves as artists and produce distinctly Asian Canadian stories.
Community Project2013

Queer Video Mentorship Project Retrospective


A multi-generational video mentorship program
2013 marks the 15th anniversary of our Queer Video Mentorship Project (formerly known as the Queer Youth Digital Video Project). In celebration, this year we will present a commission of new short works from five past participants along with a retrospective of their first videos originally produced through the Project. We’ve hand picked previous participants who created videos through the Project that we loved and who have continued to produce film/video work. We are proud to have supported these fine Canadian artists right from the beginning of their careers. Inside Out is thrilled to bring these success stories back to our big screen and share them with you. We have teamed up once again with Charles Street Video, our technical partner from the very beginning of this important Project. We are truly excited to see what our alumnus have in store for the 23rd annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival. VIDEO PROJECT HISTORY: In 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video, Inside Out initiated the Queer Youth Digital Video Project to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production in a supportive atmosphere. The Youth Project provided young artists with the hands-on access to the latest video technology - which historically has been financially out of reach for most youth. As well, the Project provided one-on-one mentorship and training with professional artists. Often post-secondary programs do not offer safe, supportive, queer and anti-oppressive environments for queer youth to express themselves and be creative. The QYDVP provided this important outlet. Queer youth under the age of 25 were mentored through the process of making their first videos - from storyboarding and shooting to post-production and editing. In 2009, Inside Out switched to working with high definition camera equipment and produced HD videos, providing young artists access to the latest technologies in video production. In 2010, Inside Out presented a special edition of the Project called the Legacy Video Project as part of the 20th Anniversary Festival. Much like queer youth, elders also often lack access to professional educational mentorships, new technologies and opportunities to engage with their peers in a supportive, LGBT-positive environment. There is often a gap between the young and older generations. With the Legacy Video Project, our goal was to have youth and elders share their experiences and stories while working together. After completion the works are screened at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and many have gone on to play at festivals around the globe. Each year, the videos are compiled on DVD and distributed free to schools and community organizations. To date, over 100 new filmmakers have created work through the Project.
Community Project2013

Access Alliance


Good Jobs Campaign
Two new evidence-based films making the connection between employment security and health.
Residency Project2013

Stephanie Law Residency


Reel Asian So You Think you Can Pitch Emerging Artist 2013
Stephanie Law is a Toronto-based film/TV/transmedia writer. She is a recent participant of the WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program and the Canadian Media Production Association’s national mentorship program. Little Miss Jihad won the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s ‘So You Think You Can Pitch?’ competition in the emerging category. Stephanie holds a BFA honours degree in film production and screenwriting from York University and is currently developing several feature and TV scripts of her own.
Youth Project2012

Youth, Camera, Action! 2012


Youth Camera Action! is an environmental video production program specifically designed for youth between the ages of 13 – 18 years. This action packed two-week summer program is open to youth across the Greater Toronto Area and provides a unique and creative opportunity to learn about the environment, get practical, hands-on video-making experience and create their own short environmental video projects in all genres. Completed projects premiere as part of the Green Sprouts Youth Filmmakers Showcase at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival each fall. YCA films have also gone on to enjoy screenings at other youth film festivals throughout North America and have been broadcast on national television! 
Residency Project2012

Keith Lock Residency


So You Think you Can Pitch Established Artist 2012
Magical Coincidence - Synopsis Ben, a Chinese-Canadian super 8 filmmaker who does not speak Chinese, meets Amy, a Caucasian woman who speaks perfect Mandarin. A strange message sends them on a journey into a mysterious world of fate and coincidence. A unique film. Referencing John Cage, the filmmakers used a random coin toss to dictate decisions within the story, casting and production. Short Bio Born in Toronto, Keith Lock holds an M.F.A. degree in film from York University. He was a founding member and first Chair of the Toronto Filmmaker’s Co-op, Canada's first film co-op, which morphed into LIFT. His student film, Flights of Frenzy, won the Best Super 8 Award at the UNESCO 10th Muse International, Amsterdam, 1969. Early in his career, Keith worked as Claude Jutra’s assistant as well as Michael Snow’s cinematographer on a number of works. He is also Canada’s first Chinese Canadian filmmaker and directed the first feature film by an Asian Canadian. Keith’s experimental film, Everything Everywhere Again Alive, (1975), was presented at TIFF's Retrospective of Canadian Cinema in 1984, and his dramatic feature, Small Pleasures (1993), also screened at TIFF, was the first dramatic feature film made by a Chinese Canadian. His half–hour film, A Brighter Moon, received a Gemini Award Nomination for Best Short Drama in 1987. Keith was the first recipient of the Chinese Canadian National Council’s Media Applause Award in 1998. His television documentary, The Road Chosen: The Lem Wong Story, received the NFB Innoversity Conference Award, 2002 and his short film, The Dreaming House (2005), was selected for the Hot Docs Library and received the Best GTA Filmmaker Award at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Keith’s short, Magical Coincidence, was the winner of the “So You Think You Can Pitch” competition at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, 2012.
Youth Project2012

Reel Change Girls Filmmaking Workshop


These short documentaries were directed, shot and edited by participants in SkyWorks Charitable Foundation's "Real Change Girls Filmmaking Project", in partnership with Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau.  BEAUTY BITES from Skyworks on Vimeo. GIRLS BETWEEN TWO WORLDS from Skyworks on Vimeo. BOYS WILL BE BOYS from Skyworks on Vimeo. wasichana from Skyworks on Vimeo.
Youth Project2012

TDSB Media Art Coop


Working with the TDSB Arts Department, the Theatre Centre, and the Aboriginal Education Centre, CSV was pleased to support this years media arts coop.  Students created collective pieces that were screened at The Theatre Centre's Free Fall Festival, and individual pieces that toured to schools across the TDSB with a cluminating performance for 400 people at Young People's Theatre.
Community Project2012

Queer Video Mentorship Project 2012


In 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video, Inside Out initiated the Queer Youth Digital Video Project to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production in a supportive atmosphere. The Youth Project provided young artists with the hands-on access to the latest video technology - which historically has been financially out of reach for most youth. As well, the Project provided one-on-one mentorship and training with professional artists. Often post-secondary programs do not offer safe, supportive, queer and anti-oppressive environments for queer youth to express themselves and be creative. The QYDVP provided this important outlet. Queer youth under the age of 25 were mentored through the process of making their first videos - from storyboarding and shooting to post-production and editing. In 2009, Inside Out switched to working with high definition camera equipment and produced HD videos, providing young artists access to the latest technologies in video production. In 2010, Inside Out presented a special edition of the Project called the Legacy Video Project as part of the 20th Anniversary Festival. Much like queer youth, elders also often lack access to professional educational mentorships, new technologies and opportunities to engage with their peers in a supportive, LGBT-positive environment. There is often a gap between the young and older generations. With the Legacy Video Project, our goal was to have youth and elders share their experiences and stories while working together. After completion the works are screened at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and many have gone on to play at festivals around the globe. Each year, the videos are compiled on DVD and distributed free to schools and community organizations. To date, over 100 new filmmakers have created work through the Project.
Youth Project2012

Unsung Voices


  Unsung Voices - Youth Summer Video Production Workshop The 16th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival proudly presents Unsung Voices, the festival's first suite of short films by six young Asian-Canadian filmmakers with little-to-no formal filmmaking experience. Light-hearted romance, dark thrills, psychological drama, documentary and experimental nuances are all represented in this daring collection of work. Reel Asian's inaugural Youth Summer Video Production Workshop, which launched summer 2012, brought together youth who teemed with rich, creative stories but had not yet explored their passion for making films. Through mentorship by industry professionals, hands-on exercises and a crash-course-like production schedule, Unsung Voices is the product of their successful creative expression, teamwork and development as leaders, aspects of which were carefully honed during the Workshop. WORKSHOP FACILITATOR: Tony Lau WORKSHOP MENTORS: Gloria Kim (Directing), Monica Mak (Production Management), Sacha Nastili (Sound Composition), Iris Ng (Cinematography), Albert Shin (Editing), Nathalie Younglai (Writing) Unsung Voices is a collaboration between the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Youth Summer Video Production Workshop and Charles Street Video with support from Global Toronto and the Ontario Arts Council. For more information about Reel Asian's Educational Programmes, please visit reelasian.com.  
Youth Project2011

Youth, Camera, Action! 2011


 Youth Camera Action! is an environmental video production program specifically designed for youth between the ages of 13 – 18 years. This action packed two-week summer program is open to youth across the Greater Toronto Area and provides a unique and creative opportunity to learn about the environment, get practical, hands-on video-making experience and create their own short environmental video projects in all genres. Completed projects premiere as part of the Green Sprouts Youth Filmmakers Showcase at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival each fall. YCA films have also gone on to enjoy screenings at other youth film festivals throughout North America and have been broadcast on national television!
Youth Project2011

Queer Connections


An LGBTQ Youth Video Dialogue Project
With assistance from Canada Council for the Arts, Charles Street Video was able to undertake a 10-week video dialogue project with three groups of youth across Toronto. Queer Connections was an innovative project model in which three groups of LGBTQ youth from three different neighbourhoods in Toronto (Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York) used video to have an online conversation. Meeting twice a week for 10 weeks, each group created 7 short films, proceedng from pre-production to the internet in approx. 5 hours. This process resulted in 21 short films. At the beginning of the project each group of youth made a video exploring the theme of identity. These are the first videos in each of the three ‘video streams’. The videos were then posted online and viewed by one of the other groups, who in turn created a response based on their reaction to the content and ideas proposed by their peers. Each video is not only a response to the video before it, but a catalyst to the video that comes after it! The videos document the exploration of queer identity through drawings, acting, puppetry, dance, history, music, storytelling, playfulness, and personal narrative. The video format enabled these expressive forms to come alive through cinematic language to build a dialogue that is both rich and deep.
Youth Project2011

Reel Change Youth Filmmaking Workshop


Success Beyond Limits
  Success Beyond Limits is a youth mentorship and empowerment program that supports youth in Toronto's Jane and Finch community. SBL runs a summer camp to prepare youth for a successful transition into high school. SBL also runs after-school programs throughout the school year at Westview Centennial Secondary School. This video about Success Beyond Limits was directed, shot, and edited by youth from SBL, trained through SkyWorks Charitable Foundation's Real Change Youth Filmmaking Mentorship Program. The film was made with the support of the Toronto District School Board's Focus on Youth Toronto program.   Success Beyond Limits - Toronto from Skyworks on Vimeo.
Community Project2011

Queer Video Mentorship Project 2011


 In 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video, Inside Out initiated the Queer Youth Digital Video Project to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production in a supportive atmosphere. The Youth Project provided young artists with the hands-on access to the latest video technology - which historically has been financially out of reach for most youth. As well, the Project provided one-on-one mentorship and training with professional artists. Often post-secondary programs do not offer safe, supportive, queer and anti-oppressive environments for queer youth to express themselves and be creative. The QYDVP provided this important outlet. Queer youth under the age of 25 were mentored through the process of making their first videos - from storyboarding and shooting to post-production and editing. In 2009, Inside Out switched to working with high definition camera equipment and produced HD videos, providing young artists access to the latest technologies in video production. In 2010, Inside Out presented a special edition of the Project called the Legacy Video Project as part of the 20th Anniversary Festival. Much like queer youth, elders also often lack access to professional educational mentorships, new technologies and opportunities to engage with their peers in a supportive, LGBT-positive environment. There is often a gap between the young and older generations. With the Legacy Video Project, our goal was to have youth and elders share their experiences and stories while working together. After completion the works are screened at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and many have gone on to play at festivals around the globe. Each year, the videos are compiled on DVD and distributed free to schools and community organizations. To date, over 100 new filmmakers have created work through the Project.<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DXk5cjcGqEs?list=PL5C3538C640684187" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>
Youth Project2010

Youth, Camera, Action! 2010


Youth Camera Action! is an environmental video production program specifically designed for youth between the ages of 13 – 18 years. This action packed two-week summer program is open to youth across the Greater Toronto Area and provides a unique and creative opportunity to learn about the environment, get practical, hands-on video-making experience and create their own short environmental video projects in all genres. Completed projects premiere as part of the Green Sprouts Youth Filmmakers Showcase at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival each fall. YCA films have also gone on to enjoy screenings at other youth film festivals throughout North America and have been broadcast on national television!
Youth Project2010

Voices 3


YMCA Youth Newcomer Video Project
an innovative video program that provides knowledge and training in the art of video production for newcomer youth to share stories of immigration and settlement in Canada on film.
Community Project2010

The Ancestor Project


with Sketch Working Arts
Art making is a curious way to address homelessness or poverty - growing issues in Canada, one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Art making offers expression, self discovery and skill building. It facilitates participation in community life and in the making of culture. Sketch creates art making opportunities for young people who live street-involved and homeless or who are considered to be at risk.
Community Project2010

Legacy Video Project 2010


The Legacy Video Project is a special multi-generational edition of the Queer Youth Digital Video Project.
Youth Project2009

YMCA Flicks


Newcomer Youth Film Project: January - March 2009
Flicks Newcomer Youth Project is the first youth initiative of the YMCA. The project is for newcomer youth and enables participants to tell their stories and share their experiences immigrating and settling into Canada.
Youth Project2009

Inside Out Queer Youth 2009


Since 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video, Inside Out initiates the Queer Youth Digital Video Project to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production and post-production in a supportive atmosphere.
Residency Project2009

Vera Frenkel Commission


Produced during CSV/IMAGES Residency
Vera Frenkel is one of Canada's most renowned multidisciplinary artists, respected both internationally and at home. Her installations, videotapes, performances and new media projects address the forces at work in human migration, the learning and unlearning of cultural memory, and the ever-increasing bureaucratization of experience.
Youth Project2008

Architecture of the Imagination


Eight video works by twenty six grade eight students from Brookview Middle School
Youth Project2008

Youth, Camera, Action!


Video Camp
The Youth, Camera, Action Video Camp chose twenty-four diverse youth participants to create short videos for Planet in Focus, Canada's only Environmental Film & Video Festival
Youth Project2008

Inside Out Queer Youth 2008


In 1998 Inside Out initiated the Queer Youth Digital Video Project with CSV for youth to learn video production in a supportive environment.
Youth Project2007

Inside Out Queer Youth 2007


Raw energy, ideas, & talent UNITE! Inside Out and Charles Street Video are proud to present the ninth annual Queer Youth Digital Video Project.
Youth Project2006

Inside Out Queer Youth 2006


Raw energy, ideas, & talent UNITE! Inside Out and Charles Street Video are proud to present the eighth annual Queer Youth Digital Video Project.
Youth Project2006

Avondale Alternative School


Video Program 2006
For the third year, Aleesa Cohene (In House Editor at Charles Street Video) is teaching a video arts course to senior students.
Residency Project2006

Witnessed City-Audio CIty


Produced by: Nobuo Kubota/Annette Mangaard
Witnessed City-Audio City is a ten minute video that chronicles the history of free form sound art in Toronto from the 1960s through to the present day.
Youth Project2006

Through Our Eyes


Indie filmmakers David "Sudz" Sutherland and Jennifer Holness created Through Our Eyes (TOE), an exciting, new arts education program. This innovative project engaged 25 students, some of whom fall into the 'at-risk' category, and introduced them to the film/ video media.
Community Project2005

Video on Stage/Video and the Stage


Will video kill the theatre star... or is post-dramatic theatre itself a dead-end?
Youth Project2005

Inside Out Queer Youth 2005


digital video project
The Queer Youth Digital Video Project chooses six to eight youth to make a short video for the Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival.
Youth Project2005

7th Generation Image Makers


7th Generation Image Makers
As part of the Tauqsiijiit Collective 2005-06, The Seventh Generation Image Makers (Native Child and Family Services of Toronto) hired a group of five youth to work with video and experience a collaborative arts based experience in two parts. These youth named themselves United Aboriginal Productions.
Community Project2005

Robert Lee Retrospective


Curated by Milada Kovacova
Images 2005 Canadian Spotlight focuses on Toronto video artist Robert Lee. As artist in residence at Charles Street Video, Lee has recently re-edited or remade much of his existing work, resulting in a program that is at once a retrospective and a collection of world premieres.
Youth Project2005

Avondale Alternative School


Video Arts Program 2005
Students learned about various aspects of digital video making, which lead to their writing, directing, shooting and editing their own video.
Residency Project2005

Command Z


Now that I'm here, can I go back?
Bad decision, dumb idea, humiliating memory? Suffer no more from the merciless irreversibility of error! Images and Charles Street's annual commissioned video program hits Command Z: the keyboard shortcut to "undo".
Youth Project2005

Video Variables


The Power Plant and Charles Street Video offer youth ages 13 to 18 the chance to work in collaboration on small video projects.
Community Project2004

Deep Wireless '05


A celebration of radio art.
The Deep Wireless Radio Art Festival runs from May 1st-30th every year in Toronto.
Youth Project2004

Field + Streaming


Field + Streaming workshops provide a hands-on opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 25 to learn all the elements involved in a successful live webcast event.
Youth Project2004

Y Docs


Youth Documentary Project
The YDocs project is a program where youth get the opportunity to work alongside filmmakers, their peers, as well as a mentor to create a documentary on a social issue they feel passionately about.
Youth Project2004

Inside Out Queer Youth 2004


digital video project
The Queer Youth Digital Video Project chooses six to eight youth to make a short video for the Inside Out Gay Lesbian Film and Video Festival.
Residency Project2004

The Olive Project


Two Minutes for Peace and Justice
Since the second Intifada in Palestine and Israel, the olive harvest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has been disrupted by violence.
Residency Project2004

Tauqsiijiit


artists-in-residence
An artists-in-residence program that used experimental video to explore the themes of place, collaborative process, and Inuit and Aboriginal representation.
Residency Project2003

Fear Factory


FEAR FACTORY was a two-part collaboration between Charles Street Video and the Images Festival in which artists are asked to consider what makes us afraid and in turn, what fear makes of us.
Residency Project2003

Aural Cultures


Aural Cultures was a multi-artist residency at CSV curated by Jim Drobnick to explores the cultural significance of sound. It was published by YYZ books in 2004.
 
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