Artist on Fire

Joyce Wieland

A film by Kay Armatage

Canada | 1987 | 54 minutes | Color | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99192


A pioneer of feminist avant-garde cinema, Joyce Wieland has explored the crux of nationalism, feminine sexuality and ecology for more than thirty years in films such as her influential RAT LIFE AND DIET AND REASON OVER PASSION. This richly suggestive portrait surveys Wieland's involvement in structural filmmaking with Michael Snow and Hollis Frampton in the 1960s and her reinvention of women's crafts in her artwork.


"An astoundingly dynamic piece of filmmaking-an intense marriage between Armatage and Wieland's art."

Carole Corbeil Toronto Globe and Mail


  • Edinburgh Film Festival
  • San Francisco Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • Toronto Festival of Festivals, Award of Excellence


Kay Armatage

Kay Armatage is a Professor at the University of Toronto, cross-appointed to Cinema Studies Institute, Innis College and The Women and Gender Studies Institute. She is a member of the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama.

Author of The Girl from God's Country: Nell Shipman and the Silent Cinema (University of Toronto Press 2003). Co-editor of Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women's Cinema (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999). Armatage is the Editor of Equity and How to Get It (Toronto: Inanna Press, 1999). Also, she is the author of articles on women filmmakers, feminist theory and Canadian cinema in books, film magazines and refereed journals.

She has won a number of awards and grants, including SSHRCC research grants (1995, 2003, 2007), Canada Council Senior Artist's Grant (1992), YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (1989), Toronto Women in Film and Television Award of Merit (1988 & 2004), Clyde Gilmour Award (2004) and numerous film festival prizes and arts council grants.

Armatage acts as international programmer, Toronto International Film Festival, 1983-2004. Vice-Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, 1991-1997. She was also the Director of Undergraduate Women's Studies Program, and the founding Director of the Graduate Collaborative Program in Women's Studies.

Her works as producer/director of documentary and experimental narrative films include: JILL JOHNSTON (1977); GERTRUDE & ALICE IN PASSING (1978); SPEAK BODY (1979); BED AND SOFA (1979); STRIPTEASE (1980); STORYTELLING (1983); ARTIST ON FIRE: THE WORK OF JOYCE WIELAND (1987). (8/14)


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