February 6, 2018

Call for Participants: Reynolds Atelier Masterclass with Alan Handel

The Department of English is currently accepting applications for a one-day nonfiction filmmaking masterclass with this year’s Reynolds Atelier Visiting Artist, Alan Handel. The 2018 Reynolds Atelier will take place on Tuesday, February 6. Award-winning filmmaker Alan Handel is one of Canada’s leading producers of nonfiction television.  His work as director and producer has been broadcast in Canada and on television networks around the world.

Handel Productions ( is a leading international producer of factual television, drama-documentaries and CGI specials.

As director, Alan’s productions includesThe Apprenticeship of Mordecai Richler (1986), The Lonely Passion of Brian Moore (1986), A Passage from Burnt Islands (1992), Singing in the Shadow: The Children of Rock Royalty (2003), and Whisky and Water: The Rise and Fall of a Hollywood Dream (2007).

As producer, Alan’s movies and television programs include the documentaries How William Shatner Changed the World  (2005), The Last Day of the Dinosaurs (2010), Pearl Harbour: The Accused (2016), Titanic: The New Evidence (2017), and the television documentary series Strip the City (2012), Brave New World (2013), and Aliens: The Definitive Guide (2013)

The first part of Alan’s career was at CBC Television where he worked on the Fifth Estate and The Journal and was Senior Producer of CBC Current Affairs in Québec during the first referendum.

Application Instructions:
*Deadline for submissions is THURSDAY JANUARY 4 2018.  Undergraduates and graduate students registered in Faculty of Arts programs are eligible.
*Please email application materials (Subject: Reynolds Atelier 2018) to Professor Trevor Ponech (trevor.ponech [at]

Your application must include:

1) Your name, email address, and current year and program of study
2) A paragraph (approx. 300 words) explaining your interest in the workshop.  Describe any current or planned nonfiction filmmaking project or any relevant experience in nonfiction filmmaking.  We encourage but do not require applicants to submit a sample of their previous (nonfictional or fictional) filmmaking work or work currently in production. 

If you have questions, please contact Professor Trevor Ponech (trevor.ponech [at]