Kay Armatage

Professor Emeritus
Room 306W, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5


Kay Armatage’s research focuses on women filmmakers, feminist theory, Canadian cinema and various aspects of international film festivals in books, film magazines and refereed journals.  Her current research is on film festivals, with recent publications on open-air screenings and the Toronto International Women & Film Festival 1973, and an article in progress on environmental film festivals. She recently became smitten with opera, and her work in progress deals with the work of Barbara Willis Sweete, director of the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts. As an adjunct to academic work, she has also worked as an international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, 1983-2004, and served as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, 1991-1997. She has also produced and directed documentary and experimental narrative films. She has taught a variety of film and women’s studies courses on women’s cinema, documentary film, film theory, popular culture, and international film festivals.

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"Fashions in Feminist Programming," There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond, ed. Corinn Columpar & Sophie Mayer, University of Michigan Press, 2010. 
“Joyce Wieland’s Political Cinema,” Canadian Women Filmmakers, ed. George Melnyk, University of Alberta Press, 2010.
“Toronto International Women & Film 1973,” Film Festival Yearbook, ed, Dina Iordanova & Ragan Rhyne, St. Andrews: College Gate Press, 2009: 82-98.   
“Blood on the Chapel Floor: Adventures in Women’s Studies,’ Minds of Our Own: Inventing Feminist Scholarship and Women’s Studies in Canada and Quebec, 1966-76, eds. M. Eichler, F. Descarries, M. Luxton, W. Robbins, Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2008.
“The Women’s Film History Project and Women and the Silent Screen,” Screen, Vol 49 No. 4, Winter 2008, 462-468.
"Screenings by Moonlight,” Film International Vol. 6 No. 4/2008, special issue on film festivals, ed. Dina Iordanova, 34-43. 
“Wieland's Far Shore and Shipman's God's Country," Great Canadian Film Directors, ed. George Melnyk, University of Alberta Press, 2007. 
“Seeing and Hearing Salome,” co-authored with Caryl Clark, Image and Territory: New Essays on Atom Egoyan, ed. Monique Tschofen & Jennifer Burwell (Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2006). 
"Sex and Snow: Landscape and Identity in the God’s Country Films of Nell Shipman,” American Silent Film: Discovering Marginalized Voices, ed. Gregg Bachman & Thomas Slater, Southern Illinois University Press, 2002, 125-147.
“Janis Cole and Holly Dale: Cinema of Marginality,“ North of Everything, ed. Jerry White, University of Alberta Press, 2002, 122-143.
"Fashion and Fetish in Canadian Film", Topia Journal of Cultural Studies, Spring 2002, 57-73.