ALI DIXON

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Bio

Ali Dixon is an emerging Canadian-based multimedia artist and filmmaker. She is a graduate of Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Film and Media Studies Department and is currently pursuing an MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2019, Ali was one of three students to recieve the CD Howe Scholarship from the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts for her film work.

While the majority of her work is primarily still or moving image, Ali has recently embarked on experimenting with various medias and creative forms, from poetry and prose to soundscapes and digital collage. A recurring theme in Ali’s work is that of Haunting, particularily  Haunting as a metaphor for how memories inhabit and navigate architectures of containment. She also draws from such themes as the surreal, the occult and the whimisical. A few of her muses include Tim Burton, Floria Sigismondi, Jack White & Mary Harron. 

Education

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 
Master of Fine Arts, Film and Media
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 2020 - present

Queen’s University, Bachelor of Arts Degree
Department of Film & Media
Kingston Ontario
September 2016 - June 2020 

Professional Experience

2nd Assistant Director
“Blue Sunday” independent film, dir. Steven Griffin
FILM451 Practicum Internship
Wolfe Island, Ontario
October 27th 2019

Location & Security Personnel
“Murdoch Mysteries”, Season 13, Episode 14 as a part of a FILM451 Practicum internship under the Kingston Film Office
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Sept. 2019

Hair and Makeup Assistant/Production Assistant
“The Prize” proof of concept film production, dir. Suzanne Lacey
as a part of a FILM451 Practicum internship
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Sept. 2019

Modern Fuel Board of Directors Member
Human Resources, Programming, New Media Workspace Committees
Modern Fuel Artists Run Centre
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
July 2019 - present

Videographer for Queen’s Dan School of Drama
production of Goodbye, Paris
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Kingston
Freelance Position
May 2019

Production Assistant for “On the Day the World Began” (dir. Clarke Mackey)
Intern Position
Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Kingston Ontario
May 2018

Stonecroft Foundation Student Assistant
“The Golden USB” Exhibition
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston ON
Summer 2017

Part-time Receptionist
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Queen’s University, Kingston
Part-time Receptionist
2017 - present

Intern for Canadian fashion designer Linda Lundstrom
Summer 2014

Awards, Grants & Scholarships 


CD Howe Scholarship
Royal Canadian Academy of Art
Presented at the RCA Annual General Meeting at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario October 26th 2019

Susan Near Prize in Film
Film and Media Department
Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario
Fall 2018





Exhibitions, Presentations & Public Speaking 

“But 6 Moments in All of Time…”
UNIT 115 Exhibition
Kingston Arts Council, Tett Centre
390 King Street West - April 2018
Collaborative photography and poetry exhibition with poet Bruce Kauffman.

“They’re Coming”
Kingston Canadian Film Festival Short Debut
Kingston Ontario - March 2018
Short film shown at KCFF as a part of their local shorts program.

Q&A Panelist for Spotlight On: Amanda Strong
Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2018  

From Toronto to Paris: The filmmaking journey of Sofia Bohdanowicz in her award winning doc Maison du Bonheur
Interview with filmmaker Sofia Bohdanowicz for FILM 304 summative blog assignment
March 2018

Publications

The Inspired Heart for Teens
Poetry Anthology, published 2019
Melinda Cochrane Publications Inc.

Research Projects 

Penitent Hauntings
FILM500 Honor’s Thesis
Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario
On-going project
Multimedia (photography, digital composite, sound installation) creative exploration of female incarceration in Ontario between 1830s-1940s.

“The Incorrigibles”
FILM460 Major Project
Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario
Fifteen minute short film on the experience of female incarceration in 1930s Ontario.

Research & Artistic Practice Interests 

Women's’ experiences of incarceration, the Spiritualist Movement & spirit photography, the history of Punk and Mod movements in 1960s-70s Britain and 1970s New York, garage rock, history of Rock n’ Roll, psychedelic rock aesthetics, the relationships between illusion and early cinema,  costume & fashion design, multi-media and stop-motion animation, historical drama in film.