Korean Canadians Behind the Screens: In Conversation with Albert Shin and Gloria Kim (Panel Discussion)

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 20156:30PM - 8:30PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
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2015 UofT Korea Week


Day 1 – Film Screenings
Monday, October 26 | 7:00 PM | Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Screening of Albert Shin’s critically acclaimed feature, In Her Place, preceded by Gloria Kim’s short film The Auction.

Day 2 – Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 28 | 6:30 PM | Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Influenced by their upbringings as first or second-generation immigrants, Asian Canadian filmmakers and artists have foregrounded identity and belonging as a recurring theme in their work. In this panel and discussion, Korean Canadian filmmakers Albert Shin and Gloria Kim will share their experience of living and working in different cultural settings, and discuss how that has impacted their artistic vision and cinematic practice. As they extrapolate the identities of fictional characters on screen, what have they learned about their own?


Albert Shin graduated from York University with a B.F.A. in Film and Video Production in 2006 and directed his debut feature, Point Traverse in 2010. He returned to the director’s chair for his second-feature, In Her Place (2014), which premiered at TIFF and went on to receive 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay. Albert was the 2015 recipient of the Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Artist by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Albert was also a producer on Igor Drljaca’s Krivina (2012) and The Waiting Room (2015).

Born in Seoul, Korea, writer/director Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of media makers. With a degree in English Lit at U of T, she worked at numerous magazines, most notably Maclean’s. She’s an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab, and TIFF Talent Lab. Her short film, ROCK GARDEN: A LOVE STORY (CBC, BRAVO, IFC), has won numerous awards including the Global Audience Award for Best Anarchy Film: Slamdance 2008 and the CBC Canadian Reflections Award. THE AUCTION (CBC, IFC), premiered at the 2010 Sprockets TIFF, and won Best Short Film among others and is now part of the John VanDuzer Film Collection at TIFF BellLightbox. She just completed FLAMENCO, for CBC, (Reel Asian’s Pitch Competition Winner; Canada Council and Toronto Arts Council Recipient). Gloria is now working on three features. She is in this year’s inaugural NSI Shaw Media Diverse TV Director’s Program.

Moderator: Jane Kim

Jane Kim is a filmmaker and media arts programmer. She is currently a programmer for the Industry Conference at Hot Docs Festival. Previously, Jane was a media arts programmer for Hot Docs Festival, Images Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Ontario Arts Council’s Mobile Media, and SAVAC’s Monitor and she helped organize the 2013 Evolve or Perish: Media Arts Symposium for Media Arts Network of Ontario. NOW Magazine named Jane “best stealth curator” for the 2004 Best of Toronto Critics’ Picks. Jane is currently writing a dissertation on the relationship between Toronto’s artist-run culture and media arts festivals. She has made five short films that have been exhibited at international festivals.


Rachel Ostep


Jane Kim
Filmmaker and Programmer

Albert Shin
Director of In Her Place

Gloria Ui Young Kim
Writer and Director of The Auction


Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Centre for the Study of Korea


Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto

CASSU - Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union

UTKSA - UofT Korean Students' Association

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