Atom Egoyan Speaks Out Against the BC Arts Cuts

Victoria-raised filmmaker Atom Egoyan issued a statement today condemning the BC Liberals’ cuts to arts funding. Egoyan joins a list of prominent British Columbians and Canadians that includes William Gibson, Douglas Coupland and Margaret Atwood. In his statement he said:

“I owe so much to the development of my early career to support I received from the BC Cultural Fund, which provided me with a much needed scholarship. It is truly devastating to think that a new generation of BC artists can’t rely on their provincial government for this crucial encouragement and vision.”

Egoyan grew up in Victoria, BC, and now lives and works in Toronto. He is the director of many feature films including The Sweet Hereafter and Ararat. He is also an artist and a trained musician, and has often worked in an interdisciplinary way, collaborating with musicians and composers and producing art installations for the MoMA in New York, Artangel in London and the Venice Biennale. He wrote the 1998 opera Elsewhereless and directed the Canadian Opera Company’s Salome in 1997 in Vancouver.

Egoyan’s statement, along with those of many other prominent British Columbians, was first published here.

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2 responses to “Atom Egoyan Speaks Out Against the BC Arts Cuts

  1. Atom, I remember well the Pacific Cinémathèque days, and your dedication to Independent Film. Thank you for your words and for speaking out.

    Cutting funding to the Arts in BC is as devastating as cutting BC Ferry Workers’ wages. Artists do not have the luxury of “going on strike and just going on with whatever it is they do,” (statement from the Minister of Tourism and Culture in the Georgia Straight). Artists will lose their livelihood, permanently, as a result of the cuts. And, the economic fallout will have a huge impact on all British Columbians, starting with the politicians.

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