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MammalianMedia

MammalianMedia is the film and video production wing of Mammalian Diving Reflex. In keeping with the company’s mandate, MammalianMedia aims to trigger generosity and equity across the universe through a visual investigation of the social sphere. MammalianMedia explores interpersonal and cultural dynamics through film and video work that is engaging, challenging, to get people talking, thinking and feeling. MammalianMedia is a growing initiative led in collaboration with Artistic Associate Nicole Bazuin. You can take a look some of the documentation of our projects on our Youtube channel, but for the more substantial projects, you’ll have to wait until a screening.

Projects

All the Sex We’ve Ever Had (in production)
Directed by Konstantin Bock, Darren O’Donnell
Produced by Eva Verity, Jenna Winter
All the Sex We’ve Ever Had is a durational film starring seniors from seven presentations of the stage show, All the Sex I’ve Ever Had, from Bern, Switzerland; Glasgow, Scotland; Oldenburg, Germany; Philadelphia, USA; Prague, Czech Republic; Singapore; and Toronto, Canada. Travelling meticulously, year by year through time, the film presents all the sex the performers have ever had, and the stories of a generation.

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Hattie Goes Cruising (in production)
Directed by Konstantin Bock
Produced by Mammalian Diving Reflex
Hattie Goes Cruising stars Hattie Louise from Philadelphia, a performer from the Philadelphia presentation of All the Sex I’ve Ever Had, as he explores love, beauty and the fine art of cruising.

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Teen Thoughts, 2015
Directed by Nicole Bazuin
Produced by Darren O’Donnell and Eva Verity
Teen Thoughts features five members of Mammalian Diving Reflex’s teen collective: Sanjay Ratnan, Virginia Antonipillai, Sharay Dennis, Chozin Tenzin and Kathy Vuu who quietly dish on what it is to be human.
Teen Thoughts is part of the CBC Arts digital project, The Collective.

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Sleeping with Family, 2015
Directed by Nicole Bazuin, Darren O’Donnell
Produced by Kathleen Smith
Sleeping with Family is about sleeping arrangements in a low-income neighbourhood as described by 15 teenagers living in Parkdale, Toronto. Disguised to protect their identities, the young people in the film discuss their living conditions, particularly the absence of, and negotiations for privacy living in close quarters with multiple family members.

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High School Health, 2014
Directed by Nicole Bazuin, Darren O’Donnell
Produced by Eva Verity, Jenna Winter
Co-produced with Luminato Festival
High School Health is a four-part video investigation into the love lives of accomplished Canadians, starring Wayson Choy, Atom Egoyan, Bette Logan and Dan Hill, with members of Mammalian’s youth collective asking them any ole question they like: Virginia Antonipillai, Sanjay Ratnan, Daniel Lastres Rodrigues, Kathy Vuu, and Wendell Williams.

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How to Be a Brown Teen, 2011
Conceived by The Torontonians and Darren O’Donnell
Directed by Darren O’Donnell
Produced by Darren O’Donnell
How to Be a Brown Teen is a short film starring Sanjay Ratnan, Nerupa Somasale, Ahash Jeeva, and Darren O’Donnell, who frankly discuss the good times of being a teenager in a ‘brown’ family.

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Show and Tell, 2008
Directed by Stephanie Comilang, Darren O’Donnell
Produced by Natalie De Vito
Show and Tell was written with and starring all 647 students of Parkdale Public School, featuring their favourite things; Transformers, basketballs, Tweety Bird, and erasers.

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Contact:
Screening/Distribution: Eva Verity (eva@mammalian.ca)
General inquiries: Darren O’Donnell (darren@mammalian.ca)