Chris Gehman

Managing Director Chris Gehman (he/him) is a filmmaker, curator, educator and critic. He was born in Shiikakwa/Chicago, in the territory of the Anishinaabe Council of the Three Fires, traditional lands of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. He is currently resident in Tkaronto/Toronto, the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River, which is subject to the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

His film Dark Adaptation (2016) premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the 2017 Berlinale. Chris was the Artistic Director of the Images Festival from 2000 to 2004, and has also worked as a programmer for Cinematheque Ontario and the Toronto International Film Festival. As an independent programmer he has organized screenings for venues including Experimenta (Bangalore), B92/Rex Cultural Centre (Belgrade), the Winnipeg Film Group/Manitoba Cinematheque, Image Forum (Tokyo), Lago Film Fest (Italy), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA).

Chris was editor of the anthology Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists’ Film and Video (LIFT & Images Festival, 2013) and co-editor, with Steve Reinke, of the critical anthology The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (YYZ Books, 2005). He has written on the work of Simone Jones, Philip Hoffman, Janie Geiser, Lindsay Page and John Porter for critical anthologies and exhibition catalogues, and his writings on experimental media have appeared in periodicals such as Millennium Film Journal, Cinema Scope, Take One and Broken Pencil. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of media arts organizations: the Hand Eye Society (2015-19); Images Festival (2006-09); Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (President, 1999-2001); and the Board of Directors/Programming Collective of Pleasure Dome (1994-97).

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