Michelle A. Mohabeer

90 Spencer Avenue, Apt #2.
Toronto, Ontario M6K 2J6 Canada
Tel: (416) 539-0076 / Fax: (416) 539-9181
Email: thirdeye@interlog.com

EDUCATION

Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production, YORK University. (1997)
B.A. Honours, Film Studies, Carleton University. (1985)
Course: Public Relations in the Arts Humber College (1990)

ACADEMIC TEACHING/SPEAKING & WORKSHOPS

  • Instructor, Ryerson Polytechnic University. Sept.-December 1998 Course: Film: The Moving Image 1 {Part-Time}
  • Instructor, 'HOW TO MAKE A FILM at LIFT Sept. '98-December '98
  • Teaching Assistant, York University. Sept 1995-April 1996 Course: Film, Television & Society (A 2nd Year Film/Sociology Course)
  • Instructor, "Effective Grant Writing Workshop LIFT, 1995
  • Instructor, "Fundraising & Grant Writing for Independent Film." LIFT, 1994
  • Guest Lecturer, York University at class on. Race, Racism & Popular Culture", 1997 (Professor, Dan Yon)
  • Guest Presenter of Paper/Panelist at "Caribbean Theories: Culture, Identity, Nation" Conference (April 1999) Claremont University, California
  • Panelist, College Art Association: Canadian Feminist Filmmaking, 1998
  • Panelist, Film Studies Association of Canada Conference on "Race & Representation in Film & Video". Queen's University, Kingston 1991
  • Guest Speaker, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto MA. Seminar on Race & Gender Studies ,1995 (Professor Sherene Razack)
  • Guest Speaker, Out Of The Archives: Conference on Sexuality York University, 1994


    FILMOGRAPHY (Professional Productions)

    UNDER The KNIFE (in Pre-Production) Writer/Producer/Director: Michelle Mohabeer, 16mm Experimental 20 min.

    CHAMELEONS (Feature Drama 1st Draft in Development) Writer/Director: Michelle Mohabeer

    MANUFACTURING GENDER Feature Length Documentary in Development Writer/Producer: Michelle Mohabeer

    CHILD-PLAY (1997) *Honourable Mention: Best Direction at IMAGES Film Festival
    Writer/Director/Producer/Production Designer: Michelle Mohabeer
    Canada/Tobago 16mm 15 min. Narrative, Colour
    Distributors: C.F.M. D.C. (Canada) & THIRD WORLD NEWSREEL (New
    York/USA)

    TW0/D0H (1996) *Screened at several International festivals
    Writer/Director/Producer/Co-Cinematographer:Michelle Mohabeer
    Canada, 16mm/5 min. Experimental, Colour [r B/W
    Distributors: CFMDC (Toronto) [r Framelines San Francisco/USA)

    COCONUT/CANE & CUTLASS (1994) *Winner of three International Awards
    Writer/Director/Producer: Michelle Mohabeer
    Canada/Guyana, 16mm/30 min. Experimental Docu-Narrative, Colour
    Distributors: CFMDC (Toronto/Canada)/Women Make Movies (New
    York/USA)

    EXPOSURE (1990) *(Five Feminist Minutes Award - NFB/Studio D)
    Director/Producer Michelle Mohabeer
    Canada, 16mm/8 min. Documentary, Colour
    Distributors: CFMDC (Canada) & Women Make Movies (New York/USA)

    ARTIST AWARDS

  • Honourable Mention Certificate for Best Direction of CHILD-PLAY. 11th IMAGES International Film & Video Festival, Toronto, 1998

  • SPECIAL MENTION in the Documentary Category for COCONUT/CANE & CUTLASS, 10TH TURIN International Film Festival, TURINO, ITALY, 1995

  • ISABELLA LIDDELL ART AWARD of Excellence, 32nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, COCONUT/CANE & CUTLASS USA, 1994

  • COCONUT/CANE & CUTLASS. Selected by CURVE San Francisco based Magazine as Top Ten Independent Short Film of 1994.

  • 5 FEMINIST MINUTES AWARD, National Film Board of Canada (Studio D) for the Production of EXPOSURE Montreal, 1989

  • Award of recognition, EXPOSURE, Black Film/Video Network, Toronto, 1990

  • Official Selection Certificate for EXPOSURE at The 41st Berlin International Film Festival. Germany, 1991


    GRANT AWARDS

    CANADA COUNCIL Creative Development Grant Chameleons, 1998
    N. F. B. of Canada, Professional Development Scholarship, 1997
    ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL Completion & Production Grants, 1996 & 1995
    NEW INITIATIVES IN FILM (NFB/Studio D) Production Grant, 1995
    Ontario Film Development/Racial Equity Fund, Development Grant, 1995
    Ministry of Heritage & Culture, Development Grant, 1995
    ONTARIO FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP. [Non-Theatrical Fund], 1993
    CANADA COUNCIL- Explorations, 1992
    Ministry of Heritage & Culture -Grants, 1992 & 1991
    LGCA Community Appeal - Production Award, 1992
    Liaison of Independent Filmmaker's of Toronto -Completion Grant, 1992
    National Film Board, Studio D Production Grant 1991
    NFB/PAFFS Post-Production award 1993
    NFB/Studio D Production Equity Grant 1992
    ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL Writer's Reserve Grant 1991
    NFB/Studio D Five Feminist Minutes Award, 1990


    PANELIST/MODERATOR

  • Panelist, at Caribbean Theories Conference, Claremont University, California
  • Panelist, at 6th International Conference of Caribbean Women Authors & Scholars. May 1998 -GRENADA
  • Panelist, "Race, Multiculturalism & the Politics of Being Caribbean," at The Theatre Center/ Desh Pardesh, Toronto 1997
  • Panelist, WIFT-Toronto (Women In Film & TV), "Imaging Women", 1992
  • Panelist , "Cultures Canada: Feminist Filmmaking ", National Arts Center, Ottawa, 1993
  • Moderator/Panelist, Inside/Out Fundraising Panel 1993
  • Panelist, Fundraising Workshop, Images Film Festival 1993
  • Moderator, film distribution panel at "About Face/About Frame:" National Alliance Conference for First Nations & People of Colour, 1992
  • Moderator, Panel Discussion; "IMAGING DIFFERENCE:" From a Canadian perspective, (Former) Festival of Festivals. 1991
  • Moderated the screening of Deepa Metha's SAM & ME at The Canadian Film Centre, 1992. Toronto
  • Panelist, Desh Pardesh, 1991, The EUCLID Theater, Toronto
  • Panelist, Shooting The System Conference organized by FULL-SCREEN addressing issues of funding & access for the producer of colour

  • Panelist, Kingston International Film Festival addressing issues of race & representation., 1992
  • Panelist, Kingston International Film Fest. Anti-Racist Education . 1992
  • Panelist, Canadian Artist Network: Black Artists in Action, 1991
  • Moderator, Book Launch of "Creation Fire" An anthology of Caribbean Women's Poetry [Published by: Sister Vision Press, 1991
  • Moderator, benefit screening of Passion of Remembrance with filmmaker Issac Julien in attendance, 1991, Toronto Board Of Education
  • Moderator, premiere of Twilight City at The EUCLID Theater, 1990 with UK Black Audio Collective filmmaker Reece Auguiste in attendance


    FILM JURIES

  • Genie Awards Prix (Screenplay Jury) Academy for Canadian Cinema & Television, 1998
  • Ontario Arts Council, Film/Video Production Jury, Winter 1998
  • Canada Council Media Arts Film Production Jury, Summer 1997
  • TV Ontario Telefest Jury, Experimental Category, Summer 1997
  • Ontario Arts Council Advisory, Grants to Arts Organizations, 1995
  • Ontario Arts Council First Projects Jury, 1994
  • Facilitator, Ontario Film Development Corporation Racial Equity Fund Project Jury, 1993


    PURCHASES AND BROADCAST SALES

    Child-Play: SALES to US and Canadian Universities/Libraries


    *University of California Los Angeles-Film Department
    *Arizona State University Library
    *Claremont University
    *Stanford University
    *The University of Victoria (British Columbia)
    *Metro Reference Library (Toronto)

    BROADCAST MARKET:

    *DUTY-CABLE 54, UNQUOTE TV, PHILADELPHIA July 199
    *WOMEN'S TELEVISION NETWORK- SHAMELESS SHORTS 1999
    *MANHATTAN PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION, November 1998

    Coconut/Cane & Cutlass & EXPOSURE: SALES to USA and Canadian Universities

    *UCLA
    *Arizona State University
    *Stanford University
    *Harvey Mudd College
    * SUNY-Plattsburgh (USA)
    *New York University
    *Columbia University
    *Miami University
    *San Francisco State University
    *Western Washington University
    *Cornell University
    *Berkeley University
    *Indiana University Library
    *York University
    *Metro Reference Library (Toronto) Purchased my body of work
    *2 Private Sales of Coconut/Cane & Cutlass. in New York
    *Toronto Board of Education, Equal Opportunity Office Purchased Coconut/Cane & Cutlass
    *Toronto Public Library Purchased Coconut/Cane & Cutlass
    *Women's Television Network Broadcast EXPOSURE and TWO/DOH on "Shameless Shorts" 1996-1997 and 1997-1998
    *National Gallery (Ottawa) Purchased EXPOSURE
    *Oberlin College/ASU/Fletcher Library Purchased EXPOSURE
    *University of Hawaii at Hilo (USA) Purchased EXPOSURE
    *Private Sale of EXPOSURE (Germany). Manfred Saltzhamer
    *SUNY -Binghamton
    *Indiana University Library and Hunter College, New York Purchased EXPOSURE


    CURATOR/PROGRAMMER

  • Curator, "Post-Modern Urban Tales of Love, Angst, Longing and Despair., IMAGES Film & Video Festival 1998
  • Curator, "SKIN FLICKS" for LIFT Party of Parties, 1998
  • Curator, Small Pleasures at 3rd Rail Visual Arts Festival, 1997 Toronto
  • Curator, (In)Queering Cultures: Talk On It," 5th INSIDE/OUT Film & Video Festival, Toronto, 1995
  • Curator, Cross/Currents & Toc-Storee" 4th INSIDE/OUT Film/Video Festival, Toronto, 1994
  • Curator of 2 screenings for Asian Re-Visions" Harbourfront, 1992
  • Programmer, "Prathiba Parmar Retrospective", The Euclid Theater 1990
  • Programmer of the Film& Video Program, Queerculture. 1990
  • Programmer, "Body & Sexuality", The Euclid Theater, 1990,
  • Programmer, "Canadian Womens' Experimental Shorts", The Euclid Theater, 1990
  • Programmer, "Race & Representation: work by film/videomakers of colour, The Euclid Theater, 1990
  • Programmer, Women of Colour/Immigrant Women Film Fest, The Euclid Theater, 1990
  • Programmer, Carleton University Film Society 1983/84

    BIBLIOGRAPHY/PRINT/RADIO & TELEVISION

    Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors, Edited by Judith Redding Victoria Brown Published by Seal Press, USA 1997. Features an interview with me about my work.

    The Bent Lens, , Claire Jackson & Peter Tapp, eds. Published by Australian Catalogue Company, Australia 1997. Features Coconut/Cane & Cutlass & Exposure,

    Articles in various publications re: "Coconut/Cane & Cutlass", "Exposure" and Two/Doh'' in: Fuse/Take 1: Special Issue on Race and Representation, Deneuve, Felix, FILM FEST, Woman's News, Bellingham University Press

    Articles in the following Newspapers and Publications:
    NOW, XTRA, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, San Francisco Bay Chronicle, The Bombay Telegraph, Share & Indo-Caribbean World Newspaper, Sao Paulo Daily

    Interviews on various radio/television programs: CKLN, CIUT, Roger's Cable 10, CFMT (Channel 47)

    FILM PRODUCTION CREDITS/RELATED WORK

  • SOUND RECORDIST: Turn On Tune Out 16mm independent drama 15 min, 1988. Director, Jim Blockman
  • Vulva Piece (Trailer for Shauna Dempsey) Video Document 10 min, 1988. Director, Marusia Boceriew
  • Assistant Picture Editor: Heart of the Forest 16mm, T.V. drama, 22 min, 1987. Lindrian Films: Adrienne Mitchell/Editor: Michael Werth
  • ART DIRECTION: Hearts of Fire Art Department Production Assistant, 35mm Feature US Production 1987
  • The Morgan Curse Assistant Art Director, 35mm, Feature (pre-production.), 1986
  • Beyond Memory Art Director 15 min drama, 16mm, 1986. Director, Louise Lamarr, National Film Board-Studio D
  • Apprentice Sound Recordist National Film Board of Canada (Studio D) 1985-86
  • Film Projectionist, Film Studies Dept., Carleton University, 1982-84

    ARTS ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

    Administrator, Ontario Film Development Corporation Project -The Racial Equity Fund, Administered at Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. October 1991- June 1993

    Perspectives Canada Film Symposium Coordinator, Toronto International Film Festival, July-September 1991 (short-term contract)

    Programmer, The EUCLID Theater. August 1989 - January 1991

    Assistant Program Director, CKLN Radio May-September 1991

    Administrative Assistant, Toronto Arts Council. January-July 1989

    Special Projects Publicity/Community Outreach Coordinator, Women's Art Resource Centre. January-December 1988

    AFFILIATIONS

  • Academy Of Canadian Cinema &Amp;Television (Voting Member)
  • Independent Feature Project (New York)
  • Women Make Movies (Distributor, New York)
  • Third World Newsreel (Distributor, New York)
  • Cinenova (Distributor, England)
  • Women In Film &Amp; Television (Toronto) *Full Member
  • Liaison Of Independent Filmmaker's Of Toronto *Full Member
  • Canadian Filmmaker S Distribution Center, Board of Director's 1998-1999

    BOARDS & COMMITTEES

  • New Works Jury, IMAGES Film & Video Festival, 1997-1998
  • Screening Committee Member, INSIDE/OUT Film Festival, 1996 -1997
  • LIFT Board Of Directors *Treasurer, 1994
  • Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Center, Board of Directors, 1991-1992
  • Co-Founder & Former Board Member, FULL-SCREEN 1989 -1991
  • Consultant re: film & video program for DESH PARDESH, 1991
  • Former EUCLID THEATER Programming Committee member, 1991
  • Member, Women's Art Resource Center Committee, 1988

    Biography