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Experimental Documentary: Master Class with Danielle Sturk


Find out how and why award-winning filmmaker Danielle Sturk “basically blow(s) up documentary conventions in ways both whimsically weird and seriously avant-garde”(Alison Gillmore, Winnipeg Free Press) with mixed-media forms (animation, live-action, illustration, miniature models, etc) used in El Toro and her other films.

This three hour master class will start with a screening of Danielle Sturk’s unique and multifaceted  documentary, El Toro. A lecture and discussion with Danielle about the award winning film and Danielle’s practice will follow. Participants will learn about various experimental approaches and techniques to documentary story telling. A break out session will give the opportunity for participants to discuss their own documentary ideas with Danielle.

Participants are welcome to send a synopsis in advance of the class (

Danielle Sturk:

A recipient of multiple arts awards from national, provincial and municipal arts councils, Danielle Sturk is a bilingual multi-disciplinary artist. As a filmmaker, her combined films d’auteur have been screened at over thirty film festivals and broadcast on most major Canadian English and French networks, such as CBC, Radio Canada, APTN, UNIS, TV5, MTS TV, Vision TV and for the National Film Board of Canada. She has been commissioned by the Canada Council for several web-based video projects, including artist portraits of Governor General Award recipients in Visual and Media Arts.

El Toro:

Romance and tragedy bind eight siblings who work with their parents at their family-run truck stop diner deep in the entrails of 1960’s industrial Saint-Boniface. El Toro no longer exists between the old Canada Packers and the Union Stock Yards but does very much so in the minds of the surviving DeGagné brood.

The film El Toro rebuilds the walls, stools, and atmosphere of the restaurant, recreating a surreal, rich, and imaginative world, evoking a lost time and place through the lens of memory, nostalgia and love. And yes, animals were consumed, filmed, drawn, and animated in this hybrid documentary.



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