Midi Onodera

Midi Onodera is a Japanese-Canadian artist born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making films and videos for over thirty years. Her work explores social constructions of sexuality, gender, race and culture. She has over twenty-five independent short films to her credit as well as a theatrical feature film and an abundance of short videos. Her recent works feature a collage of formats and mediums ranging from 16mm film to analogue video to digital video and “low end” digital toy formats such as a modified Nintendo Game Boy Camera, the Tyco and Lego video cameras. From 2006 to 2010, Midi has made over 430 online videos or “Vidoddles” for projects that include: A Movie A Day, Movie of the Week and Baker’s Dozen.

Midi’s work have been critically recognized and have been included in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally. Some highlights include the Andy Warhol Museum, the International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Bilbao, Spain; the Rotterdam International Film Festival; the Berlin International Film Festival; the National Gallery of Canada and a number of screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has had a number of retrospective screenings including: Inside/Out Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival; Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek, Berlin; the Toronto ReelAsian Film Festival; and the Asian American Film Festival, U of Madison. Her work is also available in a number of university and college libraries in Canada, the United States and Japan.



2017, 02:56 minutes, Colour, English

down the drain

2017, 01:26 minutes, Colour, English

the coyotes must see the moon...

2017, 01:38 minutes, Colour, English

Nobody Knows

2001, 03:15 minutes, colour, English


2001, 03:20 minutes, colour, English w Braille titles

Alpha Girls

2001, 45:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Pleasure Dome Brochure: Winter 2006
by Unknown. Pleasure Dome, Winter 2006.
Flowing in groups of four: show at Ed Video
by Unknown. Guelph Mercury, Nov. 21, 2002.
Top 20 Toronto Films since 1981
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 25, 2001, v. 21, no. 8.
'Where we hope to be': Framing cultural heritage & sexual politics
by Shane Smith. Xtra!, Nov. 15, 2001, no. 445.
Where we hope to be: Framing cultural heritage & sexual politics
by Shane Smith. Xtra!, Nov. 15 Fall, 2001, no. 445.
In the spotlight and ready for... action: Local lesbian filmmakers...
by Lynna Landstreet. Xtra!, July 22, 1994, no. 254.
The Colours of Culture: Film and Video by Artists of Colour
by Zainub Verjee. Parallèlogramme, 1992, v. 17, no. 4.
The Colours of Culture: Film and Video by Artists of Colour
Can-Asian Perspectives: A Film and Video Series Exploring Asian Experiences in Canada, 1992. London: The Canadian High Commission and Bazaar Magazine/South Asian Arts Forum, 1992.
Remodeling Asian Media
by Lloyd Wong. Afterimage, May 1991, v. 18, no. 10.
Yellow Peril: Reconsidered
by Stephen Lee. Fuse, Fall 1991, v. 15, no. 1/2.
Culture Jocks: Race to the Screen in review
by Larissa Lai. Fuse, Fall 1991, v. 15, no. 1-2.
Identity and Consciousness:: (Re)Presenting the Self
by Sheila Petty. Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991. Regina, SK: Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991.
Exhibition Program
by Sheila Petty. Identity and Consciousness: (Re)Presenting the Self, 1991. Regina: Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991.
Connecting Voices: An Interview with Richard Fung: Point of View
by James Macswain. The Independent Eye, Winter 1991, v. 12, no. 2.
Visible Difference
by Shani Mootoo et al. Fuse, Spring 1990, v. 13, no. 4.
Speaking of Colour: Image and Nation: Festival of Gay & Lesbian...
by Molly Shinhat. Fuse, Spring 1990, v. 13, no. 4.
Images '89
by Donna Lypchuk. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1989.
Images 89: New festival celebrates Canada's film and video...
by Helen Lee. Now, May 4, 1989, v. 8, no. 34.
Territories of the Forbidden: Lesbian Culture, Sex & Censorship;...
by Marusia Bociurkiw. Fuse, Apr. 1988, v. 11, no. 49.
Grierson '86
by Magnus Isacsson. Cinema Canada, Jan. 1987, no. 137.