The DOC NOW documentary media festival celebrates the work of graduating students from Ryerson's Documentary Media Master of Fine Arts program. Established in 2007, Ryerson's Documentary Media program is the only MFA degree program in Canada dedicated to developing tomorrow’s documentary filmmakers and visual artists. The program contributes to Canada's world-renowned reputation for excellence in documentary by nurturing new talent and critical approaches. A unique facet of this program is its cross-disciplinary structure in which students produce work in film, new media, photography, installation, or combinations of the above.
The works presented in DOC NOW 2012 continue to challenge the meaning and methods of documentary by critically questioning the boundaries of contemporary practice. The exploration of subject matter is as diverse as the methods of presentation. DOC NOW 2012 offers audiences an intimate look at issues through works ranging from a film exploring infertility in the outskirts of Lebanon, an interactive video installation presenting threatened Malaysian indigenous traditions, to a photographic exhibition chronicling the life of an Afghani refugee living in Toronto.
DOC NOW goes beyond borders to uncover stories waiting to be told.
With 25 participating artists, DOC NOW kicks off with screenings at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, on May 28 with additional screenings on May 30, 31, and June 1. All screenings are from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Exhibitions are on view from May 2 to – June 29 at 80 Spadina Avenue in the following locations:
All screenings and exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.