R. Edwin Barnett

R. Edwin Barnett

I earned my MA in Film Studies in 2013. While studying at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, I specialized in ethnographic and travelogue documentaries, as well as silent era cinema. In 2011, I was awarded an unequivocally un-lucrative grant from the International Buster Keaton Society, but did gain the license to call myself an official Porkpie Scholar. As a result of this grant and my subsequent research on the NFB films The Railrodder (1965) and Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965), I was invited as a guest speaker to the 2013 Toronto Silent Film Festival.

Prior to my stretch as a graduate student, I was the Assistant Editor of STRUT magazine in Montreal. For my work with STRUT, I was the recipient of a National Magazine Merit Prize in 2009.

Since completing my MA, I returned to Toronto after a six-year absence. In April 2014, I was awarded the first annual documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship for emerging filmmakers from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. I worked on season two of The Amazing Race Canada. And, most recently, I worked in Industry Programming for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

I am currently directing my first feature-length documentary entitled The Raftsmen, which recounts the epic voyage of L’Égaré II, a primitive log raft piloted across the North Atlantic by three intrepid Frenchmen and two seasick kittens. I am also quietly curating my own epic collection of books, Blu-rays and LPs that will one day require the consultation of a structural engineer.

Twitter: @barneyredwin
Vimeo: r.edwin+barnett

For more information on The Raftsmen documentary, please visit: www.theraftsmen.com