Elder, Bruce

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Elder, Bruce

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Richard Bruce Elder (b. June 12, 1947) is an experimental filmmaker, critic, curator and educator. Elder earned a BA (Hons.) in Philosophy from McMaster University, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (1970), and a BAA in Media Studies from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. Elder began teaching in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Ryerson in 1978. In 1999, he became a Professor in the School of Graduate Studies and, in 2002, earned his full Professorship in the School of Image Arts. Since 1998, Elder has also taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Programme in Film and Media and in the Graduate Programme in Social and Political Theory at York University. In 2005, Elder became the Program Director of the Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. As a filmmaker, his work has been shown throughout Europe and North America and has been exhibited in 11 career retrospectives, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario (1985), the Anthology Film Archives, New York (1995), Antechamber, Regina (2000), and the University of Western Ontario, London (2002). Elder has received numerous awards throughout his career. In 1976, his film Barbara is a Vision of Loveliness earned the Canadian Film Award and, in 1980, his film The Art of Worldly Wisdom, was named Best Independent Experimental Film by the Los Angeles Critics Circle. In 2000, he received the Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award from Ryerson University and, in 2007, he was awarded a Canadian Governor General's Award in visual and media arts


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