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Tim Schwab, MFA

Professor , Communication Studies

Tim Schwab, MFA
Office: L-CJ 4409  
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2562
Website(s): Cinema Palestine
Imagining NDG
First Light Films International

By appointment.

Teaching interests: Film, video and sound production; documentary and experimental film and video; autobiographical and oral history media; performance in documentary; independent distribution; interactive, multiform and extended narrative in documentary and new media.

Creative/research interests: I have worked for many years as a producer, director and editor of documentary films and videos, personal essays and experimental works which have been shown at festivals, museums and on television on six continents (Antarctica being the lone hold out), and have won a number of awards, including the Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association for the 1997 film THE BURNING BARREL. Much of my work has focused on marginalized and minority and diasporic communities, and on the relationship between culture and the landscape and environment. I continue to actively distribute and exhibit my work, which includes the CBC documentary BEING OSAMA, the interactive website IMAGINING NDG, and the 2014 feature documentary CINEMA PALESTINE.

Teaching activities

FALL 2020
Coms 309 - Documentary Studies

Coms 484 - Moving Images III

Coms 435 - Advanced Topics in Documentary

YEAR 2020 - 2021
Coms 510 - Graduate Diploma Seminar


CINEMAPALESTINE (2014)  Documentary film projectfeaturing interviews with and excerpts from the work of Palestinian filmmakersliving in Israel, the Palestinian Territories and other nations of the MiddleEast which examines questions of nationhood, national identity and dislocationas expressed through transnational cinema. Schwab is principal investigator andproducer/director with funding from Concordia VPRGS seed grant, FQRSCindividual research-creation grant and from the Doha Film Institute, Qatar.

IMAGININGNDG:  DOCUMENTING THE URBAN VILLAGE  (2011)  A community based collaboration combiningoral history interviews, documentary film and photography, text and

graphics in an interactive websitedocumenting urban change over three years in the Montréal neighborhood ofNotre-dame-des-grace.  Schwab is principalinvestigator and producer/director with funding from FQRSC.  Online at                                             


GREAT LAKES TRANSIT (2005)  Digital video/16mmfilm,  nine minutes.  Non-narrative poetic exploration of threeGreat Lakes landscapes addressing issues of transition and impermanence.                     

BEING OSAMA (2004)  Digital, hour longtelevision documentary commissioned for the CBC series “The Passionate Eye”about Arab-Canadians in the post-9/11 world. Produced by Diversus  Productions,co-directed by Tim Schwab and Mahmoud Kaabour.

READING THE MUSEUM (2000)  Digital video, 45 minutes.  Commissioned by the Canadian MuseumsAssociation for Human Resources Canada. Adults marginalized by illiteracy overcome

obstacles.  Co-written, co-produced, co-directed byChristina Craton and Tim Schwab.  Editedby Schwab. 


GATEWAY (1999) 16mm, tenminutes.  A documentary film noir portrait of the totaldestruction of one notorious inner city Minneapolis neighborhood frequented bythe homeless and targeted by “urban renewal’. Written, co-produced, directed and edited by Tim Schwab.  Co-produced by Christina Craton.

THE BURNING BARREL (1996) 16mm film,thirty minutes.  A social commentary onthe rise of consumer culture and the decline of rural life.  Written, produced and directed, filmed andedited by Tim Schwab and Christina Craton for the Independent TelevisionService (ITVS) with funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).                                  


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