Virtual Salon Series

A series of online film & media lectures

Class Description

Virtual Salon Series

Join Dr. Kristen Hutchinson for a series of zoom lectures on film and media. Dr. Hutchinson will present three topics from her Living Room Seminars: Documentary Film & Photography, Feminism & Film, and History of Video Art. Lectures can be taken as individual modules, or you can register for all three! Slides lists, optional readings, and recipes will be provided prior to each class.

Full series – 75 for members, 90 for non members
Individual Modules – 30 for members, 35 for non members
People registering for all three will have to do so by noon on May 1st.
People registering for individual modules will have to do so before noon on the day prior to each lecture.

Salon 1: Documentary Film & Photography

Salon 2: Feminism & Film

Salon 3: History of Video Art

Payment Policies

Class Payment and Cancellation Policy

Your enrollment in any class is not guaranteed until payment is received.  Classes must be paid for at least one week before the first class.  You may cancel your enrollment in a class one week before the first class without charge.  Cancellations made less than a week before the first class will be refunded the full amount less a $50 cancellation fee.  Cancellations made after the first class will be refunded the tuition less a $50 cancellation fee and the appropriate portion of the total tuition for the one class you attended. You must cancel before the date of the second class to receive a refund. All classes are subject to cancellation if there are insufficient registered participants.  We will notify you regarding cancellation at least one week before the first class.  If we cancel the class, you are entitled to a full refund or you may transfer to another scheduled class, space permitting.

Next Classes

Virtual Salon Series

Instructor: Dr. Kristen Hutchinson

Salon Series 1: May 9th

Salon Series 2: May 16th

Salon Series 3: May 23rd

Schedule: Saturdays from 3pm-5pm

Cost: Members: Full series $75 Individual Modules $30 each

Non-members: Full series $90, Indiviual Modules $35 each

Register: email

More About the Modules

May 9: Feminism & Film: Horror

This class will examine how tropes of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class are represented in 21st century feature length films with a focus on the genre of horror. The class will consist of a lecture with a variety of examples and discussion of the assigned film.

Students will watch one film prior to class: Babadook (2014), directed by Jennifer Kent. The film is available on Starz and Shudder, and for rent on iTunes and Amazon Prime. Students will also receive two optional readings prior to class.

May 16: History of Video Art: 1970s

With the 1965 release of Sony’s Portapak analog video camera, artists began to experiment with technologies that were until then only accessible to corporate television and film studios. With the dissemination of this technology, video art was born. The course will trace the history of video art from the 1970s through an examination of performance, experimentation, feminism, identity, interactivity, embodiment, and activism.

May 23: Documentary Film & Photography: Family

This class is inspired by a question asked by documentary photographer and Magnum collective member Susan Meiselas: “How do you bring people closer to reality through aesthetics?” We will be exploring documentary practices in 21st century film and photography through the theme of family. The class will consist of a lecture with a variety of and discussion of the assigned films.

Students will watch two films before class: Stories We Tell (2012), directed by Sarah Polley and Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2008), directed by Pepita Ferrari. Both films are available for free at Students will also receive two optional readings prior to class.

Programs Calendar

Upcoming Programs

The Programs Calendar is a combination of pretty much all the FAVA related activities from events to education. Including:

Select from the links above for their specific calendars. Or browse the following calendar to find all programming events.

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Upcoming Classes


Video Kitchen

This is our introductory class. It is a prerequisite to Main Course. Video Kitchen provides a creative place to explore and express your ideas visually.


Intro to Screenwriting

Got a screenplay you’re itching to write? Develop your short or feature film script or one-hour teleplay in an intense but supportive workshop setting.


Intermediate Screenwriting

Take your storytelling to the next level! This workshop-style class is intended for writers with some experience in/familiarity with dramatic screenwriting and screenplay format.


Main Course

This is our intermediate production class. Participants must have completed FAVA’s Video Kitchen course, or have proven equivalent experience.

Education Brochure

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Equipment List



All Workshops

FAVA also offers one-off workshops, and collaborates with other arts and culture organizations in workshops too. Check out the Calendar of upcoming workshops at FAVA and in the greater arts community.


FAVA Free For All Workshops

The FAVA Free For All is an ongoing series of one-off workshops that are FREE for our membership. Workshops are topical and range from beginner to professional levels. They could introduce you to new gear, best practices, aesthetics and techniques, or just about anything. Make sure to contact FAVA Programming and register for a FAVA Free For All, spaces are limited for each workshop.



Recent Programs Blog Postings

Personal Instruction

Access to Artists

Looking to learn how to use a specific piece of equipment or brush up your your skills in a certain area? If there isn’t a class or a workshop covering what you are interested in learning, FAVA members can contact our Director of Programming at, to set up one-on-one, member-to-member training through our Access to Artists program.


We Dare You

Super8 Challenge

Shoot some film! We dare you! Included in the cost of your registration you’ll get: a three-hour workshop on shooting super8; one roll of super8 film (one only! It’s a challenge!); a weekend rental of a super8 camera (or use your own if you have one); FAVA pays for shipping to the lab, film development, and transfer of all the films to DVD. See your masterpiece for the very first time alongside the other challenge participants at FAVA’s summer BBQ. Crank up your nerve and come have some fun shooting film.



Artist in Residence

FAVA supports local, national, and international artists in the creation of new work, providing facilities, materials and financial support for an artist in residence. The Artist in Residence is then responsible for some of the following residency components:

  • Workshop for FAVA members
  • Artist Talk & Screening
  • Office Hours to meet with FAVA members
  • Production of Work
  • Exhibition

Grants & Awards

Grants & Awards

FAVA offers a variety of Grants, Awards and Scholarships to help you make your stuff. Check out some of the opportunities available to our membership and the greater arts community.




FAVA Endowment Fund

Let's reach $100 000

The Society established an endowment fund in 2012 and has contributed to it in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The fund is administered by the Edmonton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to create an investment resource that will help sponsor artist training, production and distribution far into Alberta’s future.

Endowment Fund (Goal $100 000)


Increase in Donations (2012-2013)


FAVA Annual Reports

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

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