Kim Ondaatje

Friday, March 1
Baby Grand
7:00 pm

Kim Ondaatje is a Canadian artist, filmmaker, cultural figure, and environmental advocate. Her legacy in the Canadian art world has been recognized in exhibitions at the AGO and Agnes, but her life and career have deep roots in both Kingston (she holds an MA in English from Queen’s) and the surrounding area (having lived and cared for Blueroof Farm in Bellrock and now living in Sharbot Lake). This program represents the first full retrospective of her filmmaking practice, which shares thematic and formal elements with her visual art practice. From domestic interiors to industrial landscapes and land based practices, her engaging work considers humans in relation to their lived environment. This special event features a number of her short films (recently preserved and digitized in collaboration with the Vulnerable Media Lab at Queen’s University), followed by a discussion with Ondaatje’s friend and local writer Helen Humphreys, and her filmmaker grandson Khyber Jones.

Black Creek, 1972 (7 min., 16 mm, colour)

Factories, 1973 (7 min., 16 mm, colour)

Patchwork Quilts, 1974 (11 min., 16 mm, colour)

Old Houses, 1977 (27 min., 16 mm, colour)

Where Bitter Sweet Grows, 1978 (26 min., 16 mm, colour)

Helen Humphreys, poet/friend

Though born in England, Helen Humphreys has made Kingston her home. Her literary career began at an early age with prolific writing and publication of poetry. Humphreys’ debut novel Leaving Earth was recognized as a New York Times Notable Book and won the City of Toronto Book Award in 1998. With a career spanning several genres, her works like The Evening Chorus and The River demonstrate her astute observations and skill with narrative. Humphreys earned the coveted Matt Cohen Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 2023 for her remarkable achievements in literature.

Khyber Jones, filmmaker/grandson



Queen’s Film & Media Department and the Vulnerable Media Lab