Concordia University

Mr. Nicolas Renaud

Part-time Professor, Studio Arts
Part-time Professor, Cinema
Part-time Professor, First Peoples Studies, School of Community and Public Affairs

Nicolas Renaud is a filmmaker, editor and video artist. He has made documentary and experimental work over the past 20 years. He received the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award (for 1st or 2nd feature-length documentary) at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival in 2013, for Brave New River (La Nouvelle Rupert). His experimental films and video installations have been shown in numerous festivals, galleries and museums.

As an editor, recent collaborations include the experimental documentary 13, a ludodrama about Walter Benjamin, directed by Carlos Ferrand (shown at MOMA, Le Louvre...), short animation films by Indigenous artists in the NFB's Hothouse 12 project, the feature documentary Another Word for Learning by Jadis Dumas, and the video installation Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan by Eruoma Awashish, Meky Ottawa and Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush (NFB & Montreal Museum of Fine Arts).

He has also written extensively on film, arts and the media, and was co-founder and co-editor of Hors Champ online magazine from 1996 to 2016. In 2019-2020 he is working on essays for two publications, about colonialism in the Québec art world. Involved as well in curating film screenings and events, he organized several programs in collaboration with the Cinémathèque québécoise from 2000 to 2012: notably a 4-day event with legendary experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, a retrospective of the films of Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, a tribute to NFB pioneer Colin Low, screenings of rarely seen 1910’s silent films by Louis Feuillade, etc. Since 2014, he is co-programmer of the film section at the Montréal First Peoples Festival (Présence autochtone).

He teaches part-time at Concordia since 2007.

MA Sociology (UQAM)
BFA Cinema, Film Production (Concordia)

Some samples of recent work:

BRAVE NEW RIVER (Fr.: La Nouvelle Rupert) / documentary, 68 min, 2013
COLUMNS IN THE SEA, by Nancy Baric & Nicolas Renaud / experimental film, 2 min, 2007
OURSONS (Bear Cubs) / documentary, 9 min, 2019

Teaching activities

Courses taught, 2007-2020:

MFA Seminar: Indigenous Cinema of the Americas (Studio Arts)
First Peoples of Canada (FPST)
First Peoples' Cinema (Cinema, FMST)
Le Cinéma québécois (Cinema, FMST)
Film History to 1959 (Cinema, FMST)
Films on Art (Fine Arts, FFAR)
Film Aesthetics (Cinema, FMST)

Fields of interest:

Film history, documentary cinema, Indigenous cinema, Québec & Canadian cinema, experimental cinema, aesthetics & politics, realism, identity, sociology, colonialism and Indigenous cultures and history.

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