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Welcome to Ezra Winton’s web pl/space, where I write posts all too infrequently, feature some of my published writing, share projects that I’m involved with, and showcase other miscellany related to cinema, media/arts and documentary in particular.

I was born in Cumberland, BC, on beautiful Vancouver Island, K’ómoks First Nation territory. I now live on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) on the island of Tiohtiá:ke, or Montreal, in la belle province, Quebec. I am a settler scholar, curator, writer and critic of Dutch and English descent.

I am currently a Visiting Scholar at Lakehead University, at the Reimagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL), where I’m conducting research on Indigenous representation in Canada’s media arts and the ethical dimension of film circulation and reception. I was recently an Assistant Professor of Film Studies (Visiting) at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, where I taught 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, Indigenous film and media, alternative media, social movements and media, film festivals, and what I call “screen ethics.” 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. A book version of my dissertation is currently under construction and will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (and in which I will add a fourth interlocking force: colonialism).

I’m the co-founder (with Svetla Turnin) and Director of Programming of Cinema Politica, a non-profit media arts organization that is the world’s largest campus and community based documentary screening network (but we also love and show political fiction).

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 door stopper Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010). Other recent academic contributions appear in Activist Film Festivals: Towards a Political Subject, The Documentary Film Book, the Canadian Journal of Communication, and Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication. More chapters, articles and books are forthcoming and are listed in my writing section.

I’m a a nature-lover at heart but remain fixed in the concrete crag of cityscapes, where I trade mountains and ocean for art and politics. You can find me tweeting fairly regularly here.

If you want to contact me by email, type my first and last name together along with the @ symbol, followed by gmail dot com.