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Master Class with Award Winning Filmmaker: Alan Zweig

September 24, 2020 at6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$20 – $40

 *Note:  This workshop will take place on Zoom. You will receive an email with the link to participate.

About the Instructor

Alan Zweig is one of Canada’s most acclaimed filmmakers. His work freshly escapes from the usual information and fact-based style of many documentary films and Zweig’s work bears his unique stamp. This special online Master Class will feature Zweig as he discusses his distinguished career and even addresses the issue of making his latest film (a sequel to his hit 2000 film about record collectors, Vinyl) during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Zweig has a very unique style with his documentary features wherein he often blends aspects of his personal life with the subjects he is focusing upon. His 2004 documentary, I, Curmudgeon (winner of the Chicago International Film Festival Silver Hugo Prize) explored the world of “curmudgeons” (and included Zweig himself). Even when he moves from autobiographical subject matter, Zweig is always a presence in the films. His 2009 feature A Hard Name (Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Feature), was a deeply moving portrait of ex-convicts and their struggle to maintain lives outside of prison walls and Zweig proved to be a deft interviewer, always displaying compassion, but not veering from the “hard questions”.

In 2013, he explored the world of Jewish stand-up comedians against the backdrop of his own Jewish ethnicity in When Jews Were Funny (Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film prize at TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival). In 2015, he directed Hurt (winner of the very first coveted Platform Prize for Excellence at TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival). This contemporary classic of Canadian Cinema focused upon Steve Fonyo, the celebrated runner with an artificial leg who raised millions of dollars for Cancer research – his triumphs and struggles. Zweig’s penetrating and compassionate interaction with Fonyo even allowed for a sequence in which the filmmaker arranged (and captured) meetings between Fonyo and the esteemed Dr. Gabor Maté, an expert in addictions and childhood trauma.

Zweig’s work has enjoyed considerable success and continues to receive world premieres at TIFF, including his 2017 There is a House Here (a documentary portrait of life in Nunavut, with his “tour guide”, rock singer Lucie Idlout) and the harrowing 2019 Coppers (which focused on the horrors, realities and yes, even the humanity of police officers). This will be a unique opportunity to meet and gain wisdom from a National Treasure of Canadian Cinema.


September 24, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 – $40
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