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Philippe Léonard

Critical Media Lab Associate Director - McGill University


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Since graduating with an MFA in Film Production from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (2015), Philippe has been working as a freelance filmmaker, educator, technical consultant, media artist and projection designer for live music (Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Cigarettes after Sex). His practice is situated at the crossroads of expanded cinema (live A/V performances and installations) and forms of experimental documentary. Philippe’s goal is to shift how people experience the world and make them aware of the crises unfolding therein. His film Athabasca (2019), shot from the tar sands during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, illustrates this approach. He immerses the audience in a sensory experience, allowing us to feel the effects of the climate crisis on our forests, thereby implicating us in the problem and inviting us to be an active participant in its solution. Philippe’s work has been shown in festivals, artist-run centres, museums and galleries in Canada, Europe, Asia and the US. Philippe joins the L4E community as the new Associate Director of the Critical Media Lab. 

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