Poetry Gala at the Richmond Hill Public Library: part of Celebrate National Poetry Month

18 April 2014

I’m looking forward to reading at the Richmond Hill Annual Poetry Gala tomorrow with Barry Dempster, Paul Vermeersch, Elizabeth Greene, Baron Jeramy Dodds, Kimmy Beach.  It’s part of Celebrate National Poetry Month – come on out to hear these beautiful poets, see you there.
For more information check it out: here

Ann Shin Reading and Smashing at Scene and Heard

13 March 2014

This week Ann Shin will be in Newfoundland for the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival Film Industry Conference for her book The Family China.

On FRIDAY, MARCH 14 Ann will be hosting a Poetry Reading and Poetry Smashing Event at the Eastern Edge Gallery – FREE! Please RSVP here:

We hope to see you there – don’t forget to bring some old porcelain and china to SMASH!


The Defector Wins 3 Canadian Screen Awards!

05 March 2014

I am pleased to announce The Defector: Escape from North Korea won three Canadian Screen Awards at last night’s Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television ceremony: Best Documentary Program, Best Direction in a Documentary Program and the Academy’s Diversity Award.


A great team win! It’s a testament to the incredible talent that came together to make this film. Heartfelt congratulations to: Director of Photography – STEPHEN CHUNG Supervising Editor and Co-Writer – MANFRED BECKER Editor – CHRIS WISEMAN and STEVE GUISE Art Director – ALEXANDRA G. BRILLEMBOURG Animation Director - ROBERT PILICHOWSKI Visual Research – ELIZABETH KLINCK Music Composed and Performed by – ARI POSNER Commissioning Editor, TVO – JANE JANKOVIC Line Producer – HEIDI TAO YANG Associate Producers - SHERRY BARRETT-BOGUSKI, ERICA LEENDERTSE, HEIDI TAO YANG, MELANIE HORKAN, HANNAH DONEGAN CG Graphics – SCOTT MCPHERSON Motion Graphics - ALEXANDRA G. BRILLEMBOURG, ROBERT PILICHOWSKI, STEPHANIE DUDLEY, SHUMING JIANG, TOM TRINDADE, MUNZER HALIME, ABHYUDAY KARN, ARTURO MERINO Second Unit Cinematographer - ALAN POON Additional Camera - ROBERT PILICHOWSKI, JOHN TRAN Camera Assistant - SCOTT BURTON Los Angeles Sound Recordist - NATHAN BARGER Los Angeles Production Assistant - JUSTIN FERK Toronto Sound Recordists - SEAN VAN DELFT JEFFREY MAGAT Korea Sound Recordist - NA-RU KANG Thailand Sound Recordist - PONGSARID TOMECHAI Fixer (South Korea) - MI-HYE KIM, CHARLIE MAENG Fixer (Thailand) - FRANK SMITH, MAE THEEWARI Daily Assistant Editor - JARED RAAB Editorial Assistant - DAINE BOHNER Additional Stock Treatment - KYOUNGKUEN CHUNG Translators and Editorial Assistants - EUI YONG ZONG SEAN KANG MI-RE KIM Interns MAX COTTER ARIAL YANG Post Production by - REDLAB Audio Post Production by - POST CITY SOUND INC. Dialogue Editor and Sound Design - ALEX BULLOCK Music Supervisor - STEPHANIE PIGOTT Music Mixed by - JARED KUEMPER Music Assistant and Additional Music - PATRICK COTTER Thank you TVO, CMF, Bell Broadcast and New Media FundRobin Balick MirskyHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Documentary Organization of Canada, Canal DCTS and to all of the amazing Kickstarter supporters!

Smashing Politics: The Family China in MAWA

21 February 2014

In the latest issue of MAWA – Mentoring Artists for Women’s Arts Magazine – Melanie Dennis Unrau dissects the title of Ann Shin’s book of poetry, The Family China, uncovering the politics of porcelain figurines and the joys of smashing them.

“You can find the title of Toronto filmmaker and writer Ann Shin’s poetry book The Family China (2013) tucked inside a short poem near the bottom of a page. The speaker tells the story of her wedding, when the “sambuca shots / came out” and the guests threw the wrong plates,

breaking the family

china   your mom

shrieked, your dad

grabbed another and

smashed it,

to life!

On the cover of the book is a photo of a blond-haired angel figurine, captured right after her head has been shattered with a ham- mer; her intact face falls in front of her body in a grotesque shrug.”

Read the full critical writing piece on page 11 of MAWA NEWS Spring 2014.

Saving The Enemy is a BravoFact Award Recipient!

17 December 2013

BravoFact has announced the first round of award recipients for the BravoFactual Short Docs and it is good news for our doc-in-progress Saving The Enemy! We were awarded a grant by the BravoFactual Inaugural Short Docs Jury. The grant will fund the production of a short documentary version of Saving The Enemy, which will be featured on
Congratulations to Ann Shin, Melanie Horkan, Steve Guise, Jamie Shen, Robert Steel, Jonathan Howells, with special thanks to Alan Mendelsohn!

literASIAN Festival Nov 21-Nov 24, 2013

19 November 2013

I’ll be reading and giving a workshop at literASIAN Festival in Vancouver this week.

Workshop: Leveraging Literature in New Media

Saturday Nov 23, 1.00pm – 3.00PM

UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street, downtown Vancouver

When you write a story or a suite of poems, they shouldn’t end up in your drawer. In this age of digital media, a literary work could also become an article, a blog piece, a Huffington Post blog, an iPad app. This gets your work read more widely, but even more interestingly, it allows your work to morph into new forms.

Family China Book Launch

Sunday Nov 24, 2pm  at 612 Main Street, Vancouver.

I’ll be reading from The Family china on Sunday, Nov 24 at 2pm at the UBC Learning Exchange on 612 Main St, in Chinatown. There will also be a book fair with the wonderful authors Denise Chong, Evelyn Lau, Terry Watada and many others. Can’t wait!

For more information: