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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Residency Project2018

Steven Whalley Residency

About the Project: Thinking through images as space: Marks made and left in physical and virtual places. How does inhabited space start to frame imagination and perspective as image and abode? Where does external image merge with internal realities? Thinking in images reveals mimetic tendencies in translating imagination and experience into image and space. Using hand drawn image, animation and 3 D projection mapping, Steven Whalley intends to use the Charles St. facilities as a test ground for mapping constructed experiences with physical space and material investigation; looking at scale, size and repetition to build anti narratives and fragmented space closer to that of their particular body experience. About the artist: Steven Whalley is a MFA candidate at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He lives and works in Toronto. His work investigates unfinished gestures and vague spaces as places and artifacts of processing; translating moments through images constructed by internal dialogue and external environments. Through the work he aims to further articulate an index of altered sensory experiences that map perspective in practice, using forms, artifacts and landmarks from daily routines and past experiences that focus on and process otherwise obscure experiential moments.
Residency Project2018

The Smiling Room Residency

Maker Space Program
A Charles Street Video and Maker Space Program residency with The Smiling Room.
Residency Project2018

Jonathan Elliott Residency

imagineNATIVE & CSV Resident 2018
imagineNATIVE and Charles Street Video (CSV) are pleased to announce that filmmaker Jonathan Elliott has been selected for the 8th 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. Through the residency, Jonathan will have the opportunity to create a new short work (5-10 mins) to premiere at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Festival. After the festival, Jonathan will also have the opportunity to deliver a workshop/artist talk to CSV and imagineNATIVE members to detail his work and creative process. Water Drum is a short film about loss, grief and the power of family. The story follows Jolene, an impoverished Tuscarora woman raising her young son David in the wake of her teenage daughters disappearance. ABOUT  Jonathan Elliott is a Tuscarora filmmaker from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Since receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University’s film production program, he has worked as a Director, Cinematographer and Editor on a variety of projects, including: Wild Archaeology (an APTN tv series), Glitch (multiple film festival selected short-film), Blood Child (horror feature-film premiered at Blood in the Snow film festival), Teens 101 (an upcoming City TV series), and Two Wolves (multiple film festival selected short-film). Jonathan’s recent short film, This Wild Season, premiered at ImagineNative’s 2017 festival and is continuing a successful run on the festival circuit. Jonathan’s previous work has been to various film festivals internationally in Italy, Germany, the United States and Canada. Currently, he is completing work on his new short film, Hear and Seek. He is a co-founder, producer, and creative director of Toronto-based production company, Paper Frame Pictures.
Residency Project2018

Home Made Visible Commissioned Artists

with Regent Park Film Festival
Home Made Visible,​ an archival project by ​The Regent Park Film Festival​, has the pleasure of commissioning seven projects by media artists from Indigenous and visible minority communities across Canada. With critical support from our project partner and artist-run centre, ​Charles Street Video​, artists will receive access to production equipment and facilities to bring their works to life. A complete list of commissioned filmmakers is provided below. Home Made Visible​ celebrates the domestic histories of Indigenous and visible minority communities by digitizing and archiving their home videos and then reflecting on the stories that they have the power to bring to life. The commissioned projects reflect on how how archives shape our relationship to the past, how can we re-frame them to build new histories? And in what ways can this inquiry into familial and community archives connect the vast and varied histories of Indigenous people in Canada and the visible minority communities who have settled here? “Home Made Visible is a welcome effort that addresses the lack of Indigenous contributions to our public archives. I’m looking forward to being a part of a group of artists and scholars who are enthusiastic about changing the nature of archives to reflect a nuanced Canadian history full of a variety of experiences belonging to people of colour and Indigenous people.”​- participating filmmaker Jennifer Dysart (Hamilton, ON) “This project can expand awareness in a time when we are seeing so much anti-immigrant sentiment...I look forward to co-creating something that re-defines what being Canadian means.​” participating filmmaker Maya Bastian (Toronto, ON) The six commissioned filmmakers were selected by a jury from a nationwide callout. A seventh special curated visual artist was commissioned to compliment their moving image works All works will premiere at the 16th Annual Regent Park Film Festival, Nov 14-17th, 2018. The works will then tour through library branches across Canada into 2019 with accompanying workshops. Our commissioned artists are: Aeyliya Husain​ is a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on issues of representation, war, women and photography. She started her career at the National Film Board of Canada and has exhibited her work festivals nationally and internationally. Landed, is a short experimental documentary film that views the various stages of the Regent Park development from 1949 to the current transformation, while critiquing the use of land, urban living and how population growth has dictated lifestyle. The film combines locational filming, archival footage, and photographs with narration. Jennifer Dysart​ is a director of short films. She is also a set dresser/decorator, assistant director, a field producer, an archival researcher, and production coordinator. Jennifer was born in Alberta, raised in BC and has Cree roots from South Indian Lake, Manitoba. She is an archives enthusiast with a deep love of found footage and experimental films. Violet's Caibou: can combining found footage from public archives with home movies change the absence of Indigenous influence in Canada’s archives? Lisa Jodoin​ is a writer/filmmaker working out of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Her short films include ​Tracing Blood​, a video poem about Indigenous identity, and ​In Search of Laura Fearn​. She recently completed a feature length documentary for the New Brunswick Aboriginal People’s Council and the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network Atlantic. Part documentary, part scripted narrative, this [untitled] film explores the ways that our histories often find us and the surprising ways that archival collections can link us to our ancestors. Maya Bastian​ is a writer, a filmmaker and an artist. Her work often explores socio-political themes as they relate to ideas of community and culture. In 2017 she was a recipients of the Al Magee Screenwriter Mentorship and included in Reelworld Film Festival’s Emerging 20. The Arrival Archives will be a short, experimental documentary created to highlight the stories of those who are contributing to our changing cultural landscape in a way that serves their identities and memories. Nadine Arpin​ is a Two-Spirited Métis filmmaker based in Sioux Lookout, Ontario where her film production company Cedar Water Films is located. Since 2014 she has been producing and directing independent short films which have screened both nationally and internationally. Mi Vida Canadiense: in Cali, Columbia, Luis España married a Cree woman from Canada and returned with her to NWO to be the only Latin American immigrant in a town of 5000 people. There Luis found, arguably, the most iconic job in Canada, driving and operating the Zamboni at the local rink. Parastoo Anoushahpour and Faraz Anoushahpour ​have worked in collaboration since 2013. Using various performative structures to work in relation to specific sites, their projects explore collaboration as a way to upset the authority of a singular narrator or position. Pictures of Departure: Tashrih-e Mansuri explores the crucial role of the body as a source of consciousness establishing limits between the self and the other. The film moves between the physical body containing lived experiences of the self, to the represented body of the other as it is archived in institutions through language, illustration and text. Melisse Watson​ is a disruptionist, earthworker and multidisciplinary artist. Through the archiving of activism work done by Black and Indigenous peoples in Tkaronto, and exploring access, gender, conflict, Melisse explores speculative futures and their preparations. A was adopted. Where I am from is somewhere I have never been. The stories from the grandparents I never knew, and aunties I’ve never seen - though can sometimes hear them laughing, or smell their southern cooking. In Marietta, Georgia there are more people that share my blood than any place I was ever raised - even my birthplace in Americas west coast, on Gabrielino-Tongva Territory. This is a place, back in Cherokee and Chickasaw Territory, that will be my home made visible. For a full summary of Home Made Visible, please click here.
Residency Project2017

Deafening Darkness

CSV Residency
CSV is proud to have provided significant support for this film About the film Jade's search for her missing friend leads her into the dark and dangerous world of a Deaf alien struggling to come to terms with his traumatic past. Starring Ali Saeedi Directed By Mark Trifunovic Written By Mark Trifunovic Screenplay By Mark Trifunovic Produced By Candice Leigha Ali Saeedi Mark Trifunovic
Residency Project2017

Cara Mumford Residency

Metis filmmaker, writer and collaborative artist, Cara Mumford was selected this year for the 7th 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. "Set 150 years in the future, Red Card will immerse viewers in a time when the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg people have regained a large portion of their territory while much of world outside is in turmoil, leading many non-Indigenous people to apply for their “Red Card” and seek a life in the territory. This project will combine animation, film, concept art, and interactive elements to explore “Indigenous futurisms”―an optimistic envisioning of an insecure future through an Indigenous lens." For more information, visit Cara Mumford's website here.
Residency Project2017

Alice Il Shin Residency

So You Think You Can Pitch? Established Artist 2017
HARU’S NEW YEAR (ON-GOING) Logline: A newly immigrated Asian girl wants to make friends in her new school, but struggles with speaking English. The moment she gives up on communication, she is given a new opportunity. Introduction of Project: The film follows a young Asian immigrant to Canada dealing with isolation and loneliness in a new land. Haru, the main character, has difficulty reaching out to the other students in her new middle school. Haru feels embarrassed and frustrated all day long on her first day. The moment Haru gives up on communication, an eccentric girl named Frances appears to Haru. Haru shares her feelings with Frances at the end of the day. ABOUT Alice Shin is a Korean filmmaker who received her formal film training at Nihon University, Japan. She began her career in national broadcasting with the NHK Educational Broadcasting Company, Japan. Since then, she has worked in Japan, Korea, and the USA as a director, producer, editor, and other supporting roles. Her independent work has screened at numerous international film festivals, including Cine Rail International Film Festival (France) and Jeonju International Film Festival (Korea), and has been showcased on major networks like Fuji TV (Japan). Outside her film work, Ms. Shin has worked in commercial photography, music videos, and promotions for major Korean and Japanese celebrities. As an educator, Ms. Shin has also enjoyed passing on her knowledge as a filmmaking teacher in the Korean secondary school system, and created educational films in partnerships with Seoul National University and the National Institute of the Korean Language.
Residency Project2017

Vera Frenkel Residency

Flute & Drum: Unheard Voices Sing (working title)
Supported by Charles Street Video, Vera Frenkel's newest work centres on a cycle of seven separate encounters between a very young person (average age, seven), and an elder over seventy.
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 Parrell’s films are available through V Tape.
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
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.
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.
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

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.
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

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. 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.” 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).
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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Residency Project2004


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