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What does community-building look like in our new virtual normal? This panel considers how digital tools have been mobilized through varying methods to adapt, respond and address changing socio-cultural contexts, and engage with communities, especially with regards to the events of 2020.
Featured image designed by Misbah Ahmed
The Reel Ideas Symposium - On World-Building responds to a growing momentum of digitization initiatives and strategies through dialogue with artists, community organizers and industry professionals. These sessions gather visions of radical world-building that mobilize, engage and strengthen creative communities, to usher in better presents and futures.
Admission: $3.49 per session / $10.99 for Reel Ideas Access (all panels)
Justine Abigail Yu • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Living Hyphen
Justine Abigail Yu is the founder of Living Hyphen, a community that explores what it means to live in between cultures. She is an award-winning writing workshop facilitator whose work with Living Hyphen has been featured on national and local media outlets including CTV National News, CBC Metro Morning, Radio-Canada International, CBC Ontario Morning, CityTV’s Breakfast Television, and City News. Justine Abigail is a fierce advocate for diversity and equity in Canada’s arts and literature scene.
Hannah Sung • Journalist
Hannah Sung is a journalist, currently working in podcast and newsletter production and strategy. Previously, she worked at the Globe and Mail, TVO, MuchMusic and was the Asper Fellow in Journalism at University of Western Ontario in 2020. She writes the newsletter At The End Of The Day at endoftheday.ca
Khanh Tudo • Programmer, Insomniac Film Festival
Khanh Tudo spends most of their days between organizing Insomniac Film Festival, working in the lighting department on sets, hanging out with their 1-year-old niece, and in various garages working on installation sculptures. Khanh is constantly drawn to DIY projects that invoke chaos, and laughter. Currently Marie Kondo-ing their room for the 100th time this year.
Neha Kohli • Comedian, Actor and Screenwriter
Neha Kohli recently quit her job of being an accountant to pursue my dreams of not being an accountant (read: screenwriter, comedian, actor, post-secondary instructor, board member at Ukai). Neha is a graduate of Second City’s Conservatory Program and recipient of the 2018 NBC Diversity Fellowship. Neha was part of the cast of the critically acclaimed 2019 Toronto Fringe Show, Woke ‘N Broke. Neha co-wrote and starred in the Luminari ad I Am A CPA – Rant (that went viral…with accountants).
17 Nov, 2020 4:00 pm
to 5:30 pm
This fireside chat gathers together filmmaker mentors from Reel Asian’s 2020 Unsung Voices incubator to discuss what the building blocks of a good narrative are. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.
14 Nov. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
This masterclass explores the narrative construction of A.K.A Don Bonus, contextualizing the film in its era but also situating it in contemporary conversation. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.
17 Nov. 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This panel brings together programmers from festivals and ARCs to discuss the radical possibilities and limitations of arts programming and its relationship and responsibility to socio-political events. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.
18 Nov. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm