James MacSwain

Director, Video maker, Interdisciplinary visual artist, Teacher, Arts administrator
Lives in
Halifax , NS
Nova Scotia CA

Director, video maker, interdisciplinary visual artist, teacher, arts administrator. A distinctive queer voice within the Halifax independent film and arts network for more than two decades, as well as a pillar of Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative, MacSwain was trained at Mount Allison and teaches at NSCAD. His uneven and eclectic output includes The Executor (1996), a short narrative video touching on AIDS, triangles and transgender; Mother Marilyn (1997), a whimsical cutout animation about astronomy and Marilyn Monroe’s secret son; and most powerfully, the raw first person documentary Amherst (video, originally Super 8, 1984), a jeremiad about his hometown, where the artist awakened in the 1950s and early 1960s, to sexuality and self-knowledge, as well as to capitalism, ostracism and exile. See Chapter 5.