Artist

Michael Connolly

The work of documentary filmmaker Michael Connolly focusses on social issues and the arts. How To Eat a Cat: The Cartoonist Mike Constable, his fourth independently-produced television documentary, is a humourous and innovative portrayal of the colourful political artist Mike Constable. It premieres on CBC Newsworld’s Rough Cuts series on February 1st, 2000..

Connolly describes the style and content of his documentaries as an alternative to the usual television fare but he strives to reach the wide audience that only television can provide.

His previous documentaries include: The Iconoclast: The Images of Richard Slye (1990, a co-production with TVOntario); Making Peace: What Makes Canadians Secure? (1994, a co-production with Vision TV); and My Sister's Keepers (1996, a co-production with TVOntario). The Iconoclast won awards at the Houston International Film Festival and the EarthPeace International Film Festival. My Sister’s Keepers was chosen for the Hot Docs! International Documentary Film Festival and was nominated for the Best Social Issues Award.

Michael Connolly grew up in Halifax and now lives in Toronto. He teaches video production part-time at Centennial College while pursuing his own documentary projects. He is the former Artistic & Administrative Director of the Ed Video Media Arts Centre, a non-profit, artist-run, video production centre in Guelph, Ontario. He is a member of the Toronto Executive of the Canadian Independent Film Caucus and writes for Point of View magazine.

Videography

How To Eat A Cat: The Cartoonist Mike Constable

2000, 39:39 minutes, colour, English

Making Peace

1994, 81:15 minutes, colour, English

Iconoclast: The Images of Richard Slye

1990, 50:00 minutes, colour, English

Tammy, The Millionaire, The G-7 And The Protestors

1989, 07:15 minutes, colour, English

Chains That Bind Us All: Oliver Tambo in Canada, The

1987, 25:30 minutes, colour, English

South Africa is Not So Far Away

1986, 27:20 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Tent city debuts
by Tom Lyons. The Toronto Star, Oct. 31, 2001.
Reels of Change: Film and Video for the Working Mind
by Unknown. Mayworks, 2000.
Big box debate goes on video
by Andrew Bruce. The Guelph Mercury, Feb. 12, 1997.