SCA News

Posted on 19 Nov 2015 in

- Renaming of University Professorship to honour Grant Strate

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor hosted a reception at the school last evening in honour of the Wosk family and Grant Strate.

It was announced that the SCA University Professorship currently held by Dr. Laura U. Marks will be renamed in honour of Grant Strate. After the announcement, Wen Wei Wang performed accompanied by Owen Underhill and Daniel Tones with a touching tribute to the late SFU professor emeritus and charter member of the National Ballet of Canada.

Posted on 16 Nov 2015 in

- Cindy Mochizuki honoured with Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media

Congratulations to SCA grad Cindy Mochizuki who received a Mayor's Arts Award for Film and New Media last week. 

Image: Mörkö, 2012, interdisciplinary performance in collaboration with Emma Hendrix. directed by James Long. Co-presented with Vancouver New Music. 

Cindy Mochizuki is a multi-media artist who creates animation, installation, performance, scripted audio works, site-specific projects and collaborations. Her artistic practice explores the intersections of fiction and documentary, experimental narratives and the media of memory. A large body of her work returns to her family’s experience in the uprooting of Japanese Canadians during WWII and their further displacement across the pacific to Japan.

She has screened her films in Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia. Her recent exhibitions and projects include Shako Club, grunt gallery (2015), AIR 475, Yonago, Japan (2014), Fictive Communities Asia, Koganecho Bazaar, Koganecho, Japan (2014), and On the Subject of Ghosts, Hamilton Artists Inc (2013). Since 2004, Cindy’s practice has also included organizing and public programing such as screenings and productions, educational workshops and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Cindy received her MFA in 2006, in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School For Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She lives and works in Vancouver. 

Posted on 12 Nov 2015 in

- SFU film students and alumni rack up wins and screenings at film festival

This year’s Vancouver International Film Festival saw screenings from a diverse range of filmmakers, but there was a common tie for a few—SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts.

The festival screened a record 10 films from SFU contemporary arts alumni and students, with four alumni taking home awards.


Courtesy of SFU News:

Kathleen Hepburn was named most promising director of a Canadian short film for Never Steady, Never Still. The documentary feature Fractured Land, edited by Jocelyne Chaput, took best B.C. film.

Also winning awards were Charles Wilkinson, who directed Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, and Jordan Paterson, who directed Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI. Wilkinson’s film won most popular Canadian documentary and Paterson’s film took most anticipated B.C. feature film.

“It means a lot to get an award like this because it shows people are responding to my work and the particular ways I make films,” Hepburn says.

“You can’t sit in on every screening and see how the audience reacts,” Chaput says, “so this award tells me that my films are resonating with people.”

SFU contemporary arts lecturer Rob Groeneboer says the awards highlight the film program’s strengths and versatility, which combine rigorous hands-on technical and skills training with extensive film theory and history studies.

“Our students are exposed to a wide array of ideas, concepts and theories,” he says. “Filmmaking isn’t merely filming—you need to clearly and deeply understand an idea and build around it. That’s at the core of our student projects and a benefit of an arts program such as this one.”

Each year the film program admits a cohort of 24 students who form a collaborative and tightly knit team.

“We’re proud these bonds continue long after graduation,” Groeneboer says, “and, as a result, there’s a strong collaborative and creative SFU film community out there.

“Film’s a tough game. Not only do you need to have a strong skillset, you need to work together and support each other. 

Hepburn and Chaput credit the program for building their foundational skills and helping them develop a deeper understanding of film.

“I owe a lot to the program,” says Hepburn. “It challenged me to use film as a method of community building and question why and how films are made.”

Says Chaput, “At SFU, I developed not only the technical confidence to work in film, but also the theoretical framework for exploring an idea to the fullest.”

Other films screened at VIFF with an SFU connection include:

My Good Man's Gone, directed by Nick Citton;
Frank and the Wondercat, directed by Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa;
Penny's for Tea, directed by Sophie Jarvis and Kane Stewart;
Lifeguard, directed by Will Ross and Devan Scott;
My Favourite Summer, directed by Liz Cairns; and
Ocean Falls, directed by Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson.

Posted on 05 Nov 2015 in

- Dance in Vancouver showcases local artists

November 18 - 22

Dance In Vancouver celebrates the energy and originality of Vancouver's contemporary dance scene. Featuring five days of performances and events, showcasing some of British Columbia’s most exciting companies including lots of SCA alumni!


Here are a few shows to check out:

battery opera productions  |  M/Hotel
Wednesday-Friday November 18-20, noon-midnight
(performances every hour, on the hour)
Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown Hotel & Suites, 1110 Howe St

Vanessa Goodman | Action at a Distance Wells Hill
MACHiNENOiSY  |  plaything
Saturday November 21, 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

Wen Wei Dance  |  five men: Dialogue (working title)
Saturday, November 21, 12.30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

Thursday November 19, 7:30-7:50pm + 9:30-9:50pm

Friday November 20, 7:30-7:50pm + 9:30-9:50pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Granville Street facade

A series of five-minute choreographic works taking place behind the doors of the art deco Granville Street frontage of Scotiabank Dance Centre. Each showing precedes/follows a mainstage performance at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Including works by Anne Cooper, Arash Khakpour, Carolina Bergonzoni + Luciana Freire D’Anunciação, Elissa Hanson, Heather Lamoureux, Ileanna Cheladyn + Diego Romero, Kelly McInnes, and more.