EDIE STEINER is a Toronto filmmaker, photographer, and teacher of media art in Toronto colleges. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies (York University) and makes projects about intersections of environment and culture, memory and place. Among her published works are several book reviews and lens-based visual essays in the online ecocritical journal The Goose, and the book chapter, “Requiem for Landscape” in the scholarly text, Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice (2015). She has published original music collaborations with Canadian and international artists and her films have won awards at international film festivals. Edie Steiner’s early documentary photographs are in the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collection. Her current project, Borderland Memories, is a one-hour digital essay film now in post-production.
Why did you get involved in this project?
It was a great chance to collaborate with other artists during the pandemic, to help record this time and history in a participatory way.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
It was fine for the short projects, good to work to a deadline to keep things in flow.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
It was fun to see the results of the collaborations at different stages.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
Creativity comes in all forms and at all stages of an artist’s development; I’m also a teacher so I’m used to seeing and sharing work in progress.
If you worked on several videos, what kept you coming back for more and how many did you do?
I did 4 and I wanted to work on each of the 4 segments.