Geneviève Appleton

Contract Faculty

Cinema and Media Studies

Geneviève Appleton started her career in the 1980s as an actor in such films and television programs as “Kids of Degrassi” and “Anne of Green Gables”, The Sequel. After receiving her B.A.A. in Film Production with Honours from Ryerson University (Toronto) in 1994, she started working behind the camera on the award-winning CBC mini-series THE ARROW and feature films Such a Long Journey directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and Whole New Thing directed by Amnon Buchbinder, among others. She associate produced Wilby Wonderful by writer-director Daniel MacIvor, which screened at festivals around the world and is distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media and in the US by Film Movement.

Since receiving her MFA in Screenwriting from York University in 2003, she wrote narration for the travel series “GAP: Great Adventure People” (broadcast on National Geographic among other channels), as well as two feature film documentaries, In the Land of the Moose directed by Harold Arsenault and Partly Private directed by Danae Elon, which won the best New York Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival.

For her company, White Wave Productions (est. 1992), Geneviève has written, produced, directed and edited several films. Her documentary A Garden’s Family aired on Vision TV. Actor’s Transformation, about the work of extraordinary acting teacher Deena Levy and her students, premiered at the Female Eye Film Festival and aired on Bravo! Canada. Her short dance film Calling the Minstrel screened at the 2010 Olympics’ Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition, the Atlanta Film Festival, and the Izmir International Short Film Festival. She recently produced Seth Feldman’s documentary The Dachau Line which was screened at several conferences including Visible Evidence at New York University, and is currently producing his next documentary. She also has several projects in development.

As Visiting Assistant Professor from 2005-2011, Geneviève taught Screenwriting and Media Production at the Department of Communication and Design of Bilkent University, Turkey. In addition to teaching “FILM 1900: Anatomy of the Feature Film” at York, she also teaches several Screenwriting courses at University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education, and for their online program offered in conjunction with the New York Times and the Knowledge Network.