Alison Duke’s Missing Minutes
Part of the Other Places Book Launch Series
a conversation with Alison Duke and Jordan Arseneault
Friday November 22, 6:30pm
Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
More information at: otherplaces.mano-ramo.ca
Alison Duke, Production still for Promise Me, in progress, Photo by Yvano Antonio
Alison Duke is absent from her own work in ways that not many filmmakers are. After meeting this empathic documentarian in Toronto in 2017, film researcher and activist organ/izer Jordan Arseneault had the privilege of sitting down with her last winter – with Montréal vidéaste Étienne Ganjohian – to delve into Duke’s filmic subjects, her strategy for authorial removal, and about 17 missing minutes from one unforgettable film. For the occasion of this special launch of Other Places, we offer a preview of Duke’s jaw-dropping fiction foray in progress Promise Me (in progress, prod. Fonna Seidu) and MediaQueer’s didactic short introducing this Black, queer conveyor of truths and keeper of promises. Filmmaker in attendance and in conversation with the very grateful author. — JA
Alison Duke is an artistic activist, award-winning filmmaker and producer. Duke
established Goldelox Productions to produce social issue content. In 2016, she produced the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project, a digital web series, which celebrates the legacies of Toronto-based black activists. Inspired by Ava Duvernay, #metoo and the reality that opportunities for women behind the camera in Canada are long overdue, Duke hired five black female Canadian directors to helm the films. Alison has worked as a segment producer/director for several internationally renowned syndicated documentary series and award-winning feature-length social issues documentaries that have received Canadian, USA and European television broadcasts as well as film festival awards. Her first film, Raisin Kane: a rapumentary (2001) won the HBO best documentary award at the Urban World Film Festival.
Jordan Arseneault is a translator, performer and film curator in Montréal. By day, he has coordinated the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec project and subtitled films with Montréal’s T&S Coop for several years; by night, he attacks stages in his drag persona, Peaches LePoz. His two social practice workshops, Fear Drag (2010-present), and Disclosure Cookbook (with artist Mikiki) address criminalization, stigma, HIV/AIDS, addiction, queerness and community. Besides this year’s privilege of writing on A. Duke, his account of “How to Have an HIV/AIDS Lecture Series in an Epidemic” features in the Aug. 2019 issue of On Curating, edited by Theodore Kerr. Born: Saint John, Canada, 1980.