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Jess Stewart-Lee

Jess Stewart-Lee is a graduate student in the Film Studies program at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts With High Distinction from the University of Toronto, double majoring in Cinema Studies and Diaspora & Transnational Studies. Jess' interests in archival media studies was piqued during her undergraduate career through such directors as John Akomfrah and Sandi Tan. She will expand upon these interests with her SSHRC-funded thesis, "The In-Between: An examination of archival media in autobiographical documentary film". Outside of schoolwork, Jess is a photographer, videographer, editor, and huge fan of RPGs.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Award


Supervisor: May Chew

Thesis Title: Beyond the Archive: A study of auto/biographical documentaries and the ‘moment of discovery’

Research Interests:

  • archives
  • documentary
  • critical race theory
  • Chinese studies
  • History
  • Time and Temporality
  • Hauntology
  • Family


FMST 201: Film History to 1945

FMST 200: Introduction to Film Studies

Awards and Scholarships:

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant

Selected Publications:

Blended Truths: A study of archival footage as shared memory in 'Oh, Saigon'


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