Creative Activism: A Masterclass with Velcrow Ripper
December 7, 2014
December 7, 2014

7 December 2014—10:00am-6:00pm
Howe St studio


Cineworks and TELUS OptikTM Local present a Masterclass with with Velcrow Ripper

"Velcrow Ripper is a lot like his movies - friendly, hopeful, full of electrifying ideas." ~ Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper is an acclaimed artist whose documentary work examines the intersection between politics and spirituality and has won awards at prestigious international festivals including Hot Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival. He describes his work as "cinematic activism" and draws on his roots as an experimental filmmaker to inject an element of art and design that many message films lack. Join Velcrow for a full-day master-class, where he will share his philosophies on making documentaries more impactful by simultaneously engaging an audience's eyes, hearts and minds. Topics to be explored include the power of sound design, artful cinematography, the use of visual metaphor, documentary as a tool of inner and social transformation, and engaging audiences through social media. Workshop attendees will be invited to submit materials for a documentary which they are developing, and three of these packages will receive direct feedback and evaluation from Ripper during the session.

Members $26.25/Non-members $36.75 (prices incl GST) Register by calling 604 685 3841 or email

Filmmakers interested in having their documentary projects workshopped during the session will need to have their submission in to by no later than noon on Monday, December 1, 2014. There is no additional cost for having your project selected. We will accept projects at any stage of development or completion, please include the following materials in your submission to be considered:

  • Short synopsis
  • One page summary
  • Links to visual support materials
  • One page outline of the current stage of the film's development as well as information about what you'd specifically hope to accomplish/brainstorm/discover through this session.