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Jewison’s Legacy

Director's gift supports cinema studies students

A gift established almost two decades ago by one of Canada’s best-known movie directors has supported more than 20 graduates of cinema studies in their work as researchers, teachers and filmmakers.

The Norman Jewison Fellowship in Film Studies has awarded a total of more than $100,000 to U of T students since Jewison – chair of the Annual Fund and chancellor of Victoria University – created it in 1985.

“Film has become the literature of this generation,” says Jewison (BA 1949 VIC, LLD 1985, DLitt Sac. Hon. 2001). “They can often reveal the very soul of a people. Like books, paintings and music, films are forever.”

The 2004 recipients of the Jewison fellowship are Christine Evans (BA 2004 TRIN), now pursuing graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, and Erika Balsom (BA 2004 VIC), now at the University of London. Both say having Norman Jewison’s name attached to an award gives the Innis College program prestige.

“The fellowship brings important recognition to cinema studies at U of T,” says Balsom.

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