Movie Screening | Paywall


Redpath Library Building Research Commons, Room A (main floor, enter through McLennan terrace doors), 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA
Nathan Hall
Vincent Larivière

This Open Access Week, join us for a special screening of Paywall followed by a Q&A with guests producer/director Jason Schmitt and professors Nathan Hall & Vincent Larivière.

Film description:

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 

Staying true to the open access model: it is free to stream and download, for private or public use, and maintains the most open CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons designation to ensure anyone regardless of their social, financial or political background will have access.  

For more information on the film:

Dr. Nathan Hall is an Associate Professor and Director of the Learning Sciences graduate program at McGill University. As Director of the Achievement Motivation and EmotionResearch Group (, Dr. Hall's research explores the roles of motivation and emotion regulation in psychological and physical health in educational settings (e.g., undergraduates, graduate students, K-12 teachers, faculty). Dr. Hall is also known for his social media efforts both personally (e.g., @AcademicsSay) and as Vice-President of Communications for the McGill Association of University Teachers (MAUT) utilizing humour and strategic engagement to advocate online for well-being and equity issues in academic employment.

Vincent Larivière holds the Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication at the Université de Montréal, where he is associate professor of information science. He is also scientific director of the Érudit journal platform, associate scientific director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST) and regular member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST). Website:

Jason Schmitt a professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY as well as a filmmaker and journalist. Schmitt has written about open access to research, higher education future trends, and new technology altering global learning in publications such asForbes,Huffington Post,SlateandEdSurge. Schmitt was a field producer and interviewer for the 2012 documentary "Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story" about a small music venue in Detroit that altered rock and roll music. The film won an Emmy in 2016 amongst countless other film festival awards.

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