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A film by Karen Sztajnberg

Documentary short, 31 mins



Volunteer models pose nude on Toronto Island, displaying their bodies and their flaws in a way that seems unfathomable to this self-examining female crew.

This process film takes us from casting call to final outcome.


The Beholder of the Eye starts at an artistic residency in Toronto Island themed Luminous Bodies. The artist set out to shoot male nudes, in an attempt to foreground the relationship between the smaller presence of female artists, and the abundance of female nudes.


This multi-media project unveils the highly contrived process of image making from casting call to a pre-production meeting where the all female crew explores contingency scenarios, from unlikely interactions during the shoot to the critiques these women provide as they look at male bodies with strictly aesthetic preoccupations.

This process film lifts the curtain on the deliberations made as we set out to address gender bias, ageism, directorial power dynamics and inscribe them into striking images.

Directed by Karen Sztajnberg in collaboration with photographer Galit Rodan.

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