Brett Kashmere

Brett Kashmere is a Canadian-born, US-based filmmaker, curator, and writer. Combining traditional research methods with materialist aesthetics and hybrid forms, Kashmere's experimental documentaries explore the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, geographies of identity, popular culture, and the politics of representation. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board of Canada, the Saskatchewan Art Board, and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, his films and videos have screened internationally at the London Film Festival, Made in Video: International Video Art Festival in Copenhagen, Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Kassel Documentary Festival in Germany, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, the British Film Institute, Conversations at the Edge and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and The Images Festival in Toronto. 

As a curator, Kashmere has created programs and exhibitions for La Cinematheque quebecoise in Montreal, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, New York's Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Light Cone in Paris, TIFF Cinematheque and Vtape in Toronto, the Seoul Film Festival, Portland's Cinema Project, the D.U.M.B.O. Arts Festival in Brooklyn, Synoptique Film Journal, MOCA Cleveland, the Winnipeg Cinematheque, the VIA Festival of Music & New Media, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers' 3 Rivers Film Festival. His curatorial projects include the touring expanded cinema installation and DVD-format catalog, Industry: Recent works by Richard Kerr; the multi-part film series, The Road Ended at the Beach and Other Legends: Parsing the "Escarpment School"; and the touring retrospective Arthur Lipsett: About Time, which traveled to venues in France, Belgium, England, and Canada. In addition, he contributed an entry on Lipsett to the Senses of Cinema “Great Directors” section, and also provided archival research for the NFB documentary, The Arthur Lipsett Project: A Dot on the Histo-Map (2007). He is currently co-editing a book on Lipsett's films and life titled Strange Codes.

Kashmere's writing has appeared in journals, magazines, and anthologies such as 
The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Millennium Film Journal, Take One, ESSE, The Films of Jack Chambers, The Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film, Synoptique, Senses of Cinema, Offscreen, A Microcinema Primer: A Brief History of Small Cinemas (edited by Andrea Grover and Ed Halter), and the forthcoming anthology Coming Down from the Mountain: The Other Face of the Summit Series (edited by Brian Kennedy). In every city he's lived in, Kashmere has generated a cultural impact, developing numerous collaborative arts initatives over the past decade. He was a founding director of The Antechamber Art Gallery & Cinematheque, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of emerging independent artists and filmmakers, and Syracuse Experimental, a collective film and media workshop. He is also the Founding Editor and Publisher of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. Kashmere holds an BA in Film & Video Studies from the University of Regina, as well as an MA in Film Studies and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. Kashmere has taught film and video production at Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and in the Cinema Studies Program at Oberlin College.

Artist Code: 940


From Deep

2013, 88:00 minutes, colour, English

Valery's Ankle

2006, 33:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

unfinished passages

2005, 16:30 minutes, B&W, English

When Canadians Attack

2005, 04:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Critical Writing

Interview with Brett Kashmere
by Brett Kashmere. The Magic Bird: The Best of Basketball Art + Design, Dec 8, 2014.
Valery's Ankle: 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series erodes the...
by Antoine Tedesco., June 26, 2008, v. 8, no. 4.
Filmmaker Ponders Hockey Violence
by Brian Kennedy. Inside Hockey, Feb. 23, 2008.
Small Gauges for Small Cities: An Interview with Alex Rogalski
by Brett Kashmere. Splice Magazine, Summer 2007.
Interview Brett Kashmere
by Nancy Keefe Rhodes., May 18, 2007.
Adventures in Perception: Stan Brakhage's 'Dante Quartet' and the...
by Brett Kashmere. Splice Magazine, Winter 2005.
Telling Time: Essays of a Visionary Filmmaker
by Brett Kashmere. Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Spring 2005, v. 14, no. 1.