INI100H1: The City Where Movies Are Made

An introduction to film culture in Toronto from a variety of angles, including: a history of the city onscreen (both as itself and as a popular shooting location for American productions); an account of major Toronto filmmaking sites and institutions; introductions to local directors and producers; and overviews of contemporary local film festival culture (TIFF and beyond) as well as the city’s film-critical community. Through a combination of lectures, screenings, field trips and special guest speakers, the students will be moved to consider both the vitality of Toronto’s film scene as well as its connections to other aspects of the city.

  • Fall (2020) Term: Thursdays 3-6


Course Instructor

Adam Nayman PortraitAdam Nayman is a film critic in Toronto and a contributing editor to Cinema Scope. He has written on film for the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, Film Comment, Cineaste, Montage, POV, Reverse Shot, The Walrus, Saturday Night, Little White Lies, and The Dissolve. He teaches film studies at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and writes The Vice Guide to Film for Viceland. Adam has also authored the following books on cinema:

  • It Doesn’t Suck. Showgirls (2014)
  • Ben Wheatley: Confusion and Carnage (2017)
  • The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together (2018)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks (Oct 2020)