Stephen Broomer (born 1984, Toronto, Canada)
Stephen Broomer is an interdisciplinary media artist working in the traditions of experimental film, photochemical abstraction and collage. Parallel to this, he has worked within the field of cinema as a preservationist, historian, educator, programmer and publisher. Broomer's 16mm films and digital videos have screened at festivals such as the San Francisco Cinematheque's Crossroads Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, S8 Mostra de Cinema Periférico (Galicia), and the New York Film Festival, and he has presented solo programs at venues such as Anthology Film Archives (New York), the Canadian Film Institute, the Pleasure Dome (Toronto), and the MassArt Film Society (Boston). In 2014, Broomer's films and videos were the subject of a book-length collection of essays published by the Canadian Film Institute, The Transformable Moment: The Films of Stephen Broomer.
Broomer received his PhD from Ryerson University & York University's joint program in Communication and Culture in 2015, for his dissertation on difficult aesthetics and the origins of the Canadian avant-garde film movement. He has served as the Scholar-in-Residence at the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre (Ryerson University) and at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. His writings on cinema have appeared in Found Footage Magazine, La Furia Umana, CineAction, Film International, Desistfilm and the Visual Anthropology Review. In 2016, his first book, Hamilton Babylon: A History of the McMaster Film Board, was published by University of Toronto Press. In 2017, he founded Sightline Editions, a publishing imprint focusing on the relation between poetry and cinema, and later that same year, the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre published his second book, Codes for North: Foundations of the Canadian Avant-Garde Film.
Broomer has led the restoration of films by John Hofsess, R. Bruce Elder, Arthur Lipsett, Jim Smith and Greg Curnoe. This work has been done both independently and in collaboration with institutions such as the Gatineau Preservation Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Cinémathèque québécois. As a programmer, Broomer has presented screenings of films by Saul Levine, Willie Varela, Marie Menken, Brian Wilson, Jim Davis, Rob Fothergill, Joyce Wieland, Maya Deren and Ian Hugo.
Broomer has taught courses at Glendon College (York University), the Ryerson University Faculty of Graduate Studies and Sheridan College. He has led workshops in filmmaking at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Harvard University, MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Castilla y León), and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.