Colin is a writer, documentary filmmaker and film historian. He was co-founder of the Kootenay School of Writing and the Praxis Screenwriter's Workshop and serves on several boards including the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Audio-Visual Heritage Association of BC and The Capilano Review.
Colin is Professor Emeritus in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he taught film production, film studies and critical writing. His most recent book, The Hatch, is published by Talonbooks. He was recently involved in the restoration of Edward Curtis’ feature film In the Land of the Head Hunters, shot on Vancouver Island in 1913-1914. Current projects include a study of Charles Edenshaw and a history of the Surrealist engagement with the ceremonial masks and objects of the Northwest coast and Alaska. He is a guest curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery for an exhibition opening in 2016 that will bring together the work of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen.