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Capilano Universe — Slow Media: Decolonized Media

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Join us Feb. 24 for a virtual live discussion about Slow Media with Gregory Coyes, presented by the Gibsons & District Public Library. Gregory has worked extensively in the Canadian broadcast community over the last 35 years as an award-winning filmmaker, educator and writer.

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Location: Gibsons & District Public Library

Capilano Universe — Slow Media: Decolonized Media;

Gregory has directed both documentaries and animation with the National Film Board, and his series and one-offs have aired on including APTN, CTV, and CBC. He has also consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

This lecture features the development, as well as the art and application of the Slow Media Community (SMC). The SMC is an online library of decolonized media that is challenging our sense of, and our relationship with our media.

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You will receive an emailed link to the talk from the organizer on the day of the event.

Founded by Capilano University faculty member Gregory Coyes, the SMC is currently exploring its ability to promote a sense of belonging and well-being in both virtual and face-to-face gatherings. The SMC promotes media that is simple in composition and presented in real time. This is an alternative to the compressed timelines and accelerated concept delivery of much of the media that is currently being produced and consumed.

Partially inspired by the Inuit aesthetic of video, Gregory believes that we, as both producers and users, can nurture one another through a more conscious use of the medium of motion pictures. His intent is to develop the public's awareness and appreciation of Slow Media, to disrupt viewing habits, and to explore how media affects society. These aims are being served through public education, content creation, distribution and research. Slow Media is decolonized media.

In 1998, he produced the first Indigenous news magazine series in Canada for the CBC, All Our Relations. And in 2000, he collaborated with the Grand Shaman, Norval Morrisseau on the multi-award winning, four-part animated series, Stories from the Seventh Fire, the first animated series to be broadcast nationally in both English and Cree.

Recent projects include Live from the Hundred Years Cafe, an 8 x 1 hour-long series featuring contemporary Indigenous music for APTN. His work has been recognized with awards from the Japanese Wildlife Film Festival, The Yorkton Short Film Festival, the Telenatura Awards in Pamplona, Spain, and the Native American Film Festival in San Francisco.

Gregory is the founder of the Slow Media Community, an online video library that is actively promoting an Indigenous, decolonized model of cinema. Greg is Metis/Cree from St. Albert, Alberta and proud member of the L’Hirondelle family. He feels blessed to be living in unceded Squamish territory in North Vancouver, Canada.

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