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Michael Yaroshevsky, MA, MFA

Associate Professor (Film Production), Undergraduate Program Director, Cinema

Michael Yaroshevsky, MA, MFA
Office: S-FB 421-7 
Faubourg Building,
1250 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4662

Michael Yaroshevsky is a multi-disciplined filmmaker/director of photography.  As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto he majored in Japanese language and literature before completing an MA in the History of Art with a focus on narrative devices in late medieval image cycles and the influence of photography on 19th century Realism.  Concurrently he began making films and studying screenwriting.  He went on to complete an MFA in film production and worked as an assistant director, then as a cameraman. He continues to work as a freelance cinematographer. His filmography includes: Petropolis, 2002 (Best Experimental Documentary, Barcelona Docúpolis), Interstellar, 2005 (Festival Nouveau Cinéma), Death Valley Superstar, 2008 (International Jury Award, 32nd São Paulo International Film Festival), La Trilogie RétroviseurPortrait Zero (2012), Lost Object Notice (2013), Blue Signal (2014), La Version nouvelle, 2018, (Festival Nouveau Cinéma). His cinematography for Ulla von Brandenburg's 'Around' (2005) is part of the Tate Modern's permanent collection.  

Besides image-making, the history of images, and their relationship to texts, Yaroshevsky's interests are in teaching cinematography and the process of perception/visualisation; the confluence of digital and analogue image technology; screen-aesthetics; colorimetry; screenwriting and essay-film; cinema-iconology-prosody; mise-en-scène and performance theory.  

recent & upcoming screenings:
• Cinématheque Québecoise, Montréal, La Version nouvelle – August 30th release, 2019
• 47th Festival Nouveau Cinéma
 La Version nouvelle – October 2018
• Westwerk, Hamburg
 – Karel Appel Drum Machine – May 2018
• Retrospective
 – Cinématheque Québecoise, Montréal – December 2016
• 32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival – Karel Appel Drum Machine – June 2016
• Rencontres Audiovisuelles, Lille – Blue Signal– June 2016
Museum of Contemporary Arts of Vovodina, University of Novi Sad – Portrait Zero – December 2015
• 13th Festival de Cortos de Bogotá – 
Blue Signal – December 2015
• Symposium Créer/Montrer/Conserver, Cinématheque Québecoise, Montréal – November 2015
• 51st Chicago International Film Festival – 
Blue Signal – October 2015
• 44th Festival Nouveau Cinéma – Karel Appel Drum Machine – October 2015

• 14th Festival Silhouette, Paris – Blue Signal – September 2015

• AVI Festival Alternative Film & Video, Podgoričko – Portrait Zero – July 2015
• 31st Hamburg International Short Film Festival – Blue Signal – June 2015


  • MFA, Concordia University, 2002
  • MA, University of Toronto, 1994
  • BA, University of Toronto, 1992

Areas of expertise

Cinema production; Cinematography

© 2016 Y35 STUDIO
La Version nouvelle
Photo credit: Y35STUDIO

Teaching Activities

Sabbatical until July 2021

Research Activities




Recent/Upcoming Screenings/Exhibitions/Seminars

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