Artist in Residence

About the Program 

This six-month residency invites emerging filmmakers in Canadian media arts to practice and develop interactive content and workshops for our festival. The program is designed to support young Canadian filmmakers in creating experimental work for youth audiences, and developing new skills, tools, and networks for their creative practice and community engagement.

Featured Artist

Kellen Jackson

Kellen Jackson is a queer filmmaker, sound artist and educator living and working on unceded occupied xwməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwuu7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. They make work generated from an endless stream of hungry questions. Recurring themes include ecological intersubjectivity, myth & magic, and the trouble of having and sharing a body. During their BFA (Hons) at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Jackson was immersed in analogue film experimentation such as hand processing and direct animation; they also studied with founders of the World Soundscape Project on soundscape composition and acoustic ecology. They have a community-orientation education practice, teaching for and learning from community partners such as the Vancouver Pacific Cinematheque, Cineworks Artist Society, Reel2Real International Youth Film Festival, Echo Park Film Centre North, and VIVO Media Arts Centre.

They will present ten half-day workshops for youth participating in the Reel Focus and Feature Focus programs at the 2020 R2R Festival.

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