Jonathan Culp

Jonathan Culp is a filmmaker, curator, writer, musician and archivist. He has produced, directed and edited over 40 short films and videos, as well as two ‘underground’ features. Much of his work, like “A New Place To Dwell,” is based on the appropriation and recontextualization of found footage imagery. His “Taking Shelter” feature is a narrative-based phantasmagoria of forgotten Canadian VHS tapes.

Culp maintains a large archive of analog media, including thousands of vinyl LPs and 16mm films and hundreds of super 8 films, which along with some original footage comprise the visual source material of “A New Place to Dwell.” Culp has exhibited his rare and unusual films in many contexts, including the popular and long-running “Classroom Film” night at Toronto’s Trash Palace. Unpopular Arts is his vehicle for exploring creative uses of historic and abandoned cinematic ephemera.

Culp has written about film for many publications including Now Magazine, POV, Broken Pencil and his own Cinertia zine. He sings and plays guitar with Toronto power pop band Broken Puppy.


I Regret

2018, 07:29 minutes, colour, English

Projections (compilation)

2016, 120:00 minutes, colour, English

It Can Happen Here (compilation)

2016, 112:00 minutes, colour, English

How Does It Work? (compilation)

2016, 92:57 minutes, colour / b&w, English

A New Place to Dwell

2016, 45:00 minutes, colour, No language

Taking Shelter (compilation)

2014, 83:18 minutes, colour, English

Grilled Cheese Sandwich (compilation)

2006, 89:49 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Canadian Film Week
by Janet Smith et al. The Georgia Straight, Apr 13, 2016.
This Director Edited 400 (Pretty Shitty) Canadian Movies Into One...
by Chris Dart. Vice, July 9, 2015.
Cancon Cinematic Crap Compressed into one Batshit Crazy Film
by Craig Takeuchi. The Georgia Straight, July 13, 2015.
You're Not Dead Until You're Forgotten: A Memoir Review
by Jonathan Culp. Spectacular Optical, Sept 10, 2014.
Gimme (Tax) Shelter: The '70s and '80s Were an Especially Fertile...
by Jason Tannis. Fangoria, Nov 2011, no. 309.
Activist video: What do activists and artists have to offer each...
by Jonathan Culp. Canadian Dimension, July Summer 2004, v. 38, no. 4.
It's All Rights Ma I'm Only Watching
by Jonathan Culp. POV, Spring 2000, no. 39.