Ann Shin Wins Anne Green Award

10 July 2014

Ann Shin is the WordFest 2013 Anne Green Award winner! She received the award for her book of poetry, The Family China, which was presented at WordFest as “multimedia performance culminating in a cathartic china-smashing that grappled rawly and musically with the profound messiness of human relations.”

For more about the Anne Green Award, visit:

Join Ann Shin for a Reading at Doors Open Underground!

16 May 2014

Ann Shin is joining a group of talented Diaspora Dialogues authors for a day of readings at the secret Heritage Room, a crypt-like space underneath the Metropolitan United Church, as part of Doors Open Toronto.

Readings all day, from 11 am – 4 pm. Check out for the full list of authors.

    When: Saturday, May 24
    Time: 11 am – 4 pm
    Where: Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East
    Cost: Free!

Family China Review in Arc Poetry

25 April 2014

Check out “Picking Up the Pieces: Ann Shin’s The Family China, the latest review of by Phoebe Wang in Arc Poetry Magazine.

“That Shin is also a filmmaker is evident in the book’s cinematic quality. Shin’s eye pans over the decades, zooming in on details such as her mother’s breath in her ear or the wind in the grass outside their old family farm.”

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!