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Welcome to Ezra Winton’s home on the web, a space where I write posts infrequently, feature some of my published writing, share updates on projects that I’m involved with, and showcase other miscellany related to cinema, the media arts, politics and documentary in particular.

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Film Studies (Visiting) at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, where I teach too many courses to count on all available fingers and toes. I completed a PhD in Communication Studies at Carleton University in December 2013. My research and teaching is focused on documentary, alternative media, social movements and media, film festivals, and the wonderfully endless prickly relationship between culture and commerce. My dissertation research investigated the various elements that converge at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, with a focus on the culture of documentary and the logic of capital, expressed through three interlocking forces: circulation, consumption and resistance.

I’m the co-founder (with Svetla Turnin) and Director of Programming of Cinema Politica, a non-profit media arts organization that screens independent documentary at nearly 100 locations—mostly on campuses—in Canada and throughout the world.

I’m a contributing editor with POV Magazine where my work is published with some frequency. I’m the proud co-editor, along with Thomas Waugh and Michael Brendan Baker, of the 600-page book Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010). Other recent academic contributions appear in The Documentary Film Book, the Canadian Journal of Communication, and Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication. More chapters, articles and books are forthcoming and can be found in my writing section.

I live in the wonderful city of Montreal, but miss my dear Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. I’m a a nature-lover at heart but remain fixed in the concrete crag of citscapes, trading mountains and lakes for culture and politics. If you want to contact me, type my first name + the AT symbol + the url of this site.