Cinema & Media Arts News

July 8, 2020

Investigating Storytelling and Memory – Averie Severs on ‘A Tough Day’

In A Tough Day, a father reflects on his dysfunctional upbringing and how that has shaped him today, while the filmmaker discovers a new side of her father through his memories. Averie Severs directed this personal documentary in her third year of York University's Film Production program. It can now be viewed in the YorkFlix library.


June 26, 2020

AMPD Celebrates Pride

Pride Month 2020 will be remembered as a month of action. Without the big parade or shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on Church Street, we were forced to set aside the free swag, the "gay tourism" and the corporate sponsorships to reflect on why we celebrate Pride in the first place. We were reminded that it is a time to protest, to care for ourselves, care for those who live in the margins, and to make some noise. And looking back at this past year, it is clear that AMPD made a lot of noise.


June 23, 2020

Open Call for Artists

Public Access and Tangled Art + Disability invite disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, Sick, and chronically ill artists to submit proposals for artworks that explore accessibility and digital publishing.


Five fists in the air.
June 23, 2020

Action Plan Addressing Anti-Black Racism

The Department of Cinema and Media Arts expresses our solidarity with Black Lives Matter and reiterates our commitment to racial and social justice as well as an anti-oppression framework. Specifically, we recognize that anti-Black racism is inextricably linked to colonialism and to the systems of power which also perpetuate the marginalization of Indigenous peoples, and we recognize that the Department of Cinema and Media Arts is also not exempt from complicity in this culture of racism and these systems of power. We commit to developing a serious and sustained action plan that builds on the initiatives and recommendations of colleagues and students. The action plan is intended to be organic, dynamic and open to ongoing revision, expansion and sustained reflection.


June 22, 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020

Another school year has come to an end, which means it is time to celebrate and send-off our graduating class as they prepare themselves for the next stage of their careers.

These are truly extraordinary circumstances. In any other year, we would gather in the large Centre of Excellence at the Aviva Centre, surrounded by family and friends. There would be hugs, high fives, and photo opportunities. But even though the love cannot be shared in-person, we want the Class of 2020 to know that we hold them deeply in our hearts.


Samantha Bryan
June 9, 2020

Telling Personal Stories – Samantha Bryan on “Departed Bonds”

Samantha Bryan graduated from York University's Film Production program in 2019. In her final year of study, she wrote and directed Departed Bonds, a deeply personal documentary short film about her mother.

Departed Bonds is now available in the YorkFlix library. We interviewed Samantha about her experience creating the film.


May 27, 2020

UPDATE: Fall Planning in AMPD

Last week, President Rhonda Lenton wrote to the York community about the University’s planning for the fall academic term. That message emphasized adherence to public health and safety and access to courses so that students can progress in their programs. The message also noted the potential for select experiential activities on campus. As explained in that communication, courses will clearly state whether on-campus activities may be required.


Screenshot of the video game shadowpox.
April 29, 2020

Shadowpox Game Teaches People to Stay Home

Alison Humphrey, Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Arts has created Shadowpox: #StayHome Edition, an interactive videogame to communicate the importance of staying at home. This version is adapted from the previous version of the project developed with Professor Caitlin Fisher (CMA), Professor Steven J. Hoffman of the Faculty of Health and Osgoode Hall Law School, director of the Global Strategy Lab, and scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health; and technical director LaLaine Ulit-Destajo, alumna of Digital Media in AMPD.