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Filmmaker, writer and video artist, Lester Alfonso is best known for his films TRYING TO BE SOME KIND OF HERO, his award-winning documentary tracing the footsteps of his missing grandfather, and TWELVE, the National Film Board of Canada’s Reel Diversity winner about twelve Canadians who give advice to their twelve-year-old selves.

He is currently working on a new documentary called BIRTHMARK while continuing his exploration of integrated live video design with performance and large-scale architectural video-mapping projects.

He is also producer and host of UKE BOX, the all-ukulele radio show and the creative non-fiction podcast called SOUND PROOF.

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LESTER ALFONSO is a filmmaker.

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selected filmography
2017 – BIRTHMARK (coming soon)
2016 – ART IS CONSTRUCTING A SYMBOLOGY.*
2015 – LOST AND FOUND IN JACKSON CREEK
2014 – WHAT IS ART?
2011 – SYMPATHY FOR THE REBEL
2010 – KANEHSATAKE
2008 – TWELVE*
2007 – THIS CITY HAS WINGS*
2006 – RIGOLETTO…IN BLUEGRASS (editor)*
2002 – THE MIXTAPE CHRONICLES
2004 – THE MOST TALENTED TOWN IN ONTARIO*
2001 – TRYING TO BE SOME KIND OF HERO*
1992 – THE BEST WAITRESS IN THE WORLD

*awards
2016 – BEST COMMUNITY-BASED PRODUCTION, Snowdance Film Festival
2008 – REEL DIVERSITY COMPETITION, NFB / CBC Newsworld
2007 – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, Millbrook Int’l 3min. Film Festival
2006 – BEST ORIGINALITY, Bluegrass Independent Film Festival
2004 – FIRST PRIZE – TVOntario
2001 – BEST NEW MOVIEMAKER, Optic-Nerve Film Festival

LESTER ALFONSO is a creative for hire.

selected projects / clients
2015 – B!KE
2014 – BROWN GIRL IN THE RING feature film teaser
2012 – WILD THING Trent University Lipdub
2011 – TRENT UNIVERSITY web videos
2008 – ReFRAME Film Festival opener
2006 – FLEMING COLLEGE theatrical / TV spots
2001 – NICKELODEON Malaysia TV spots

LESTER ALFONSO is a video artist.

video jockey (VJ)
2016 – SOLSTICE FESTIVAL, Ontario
2015 – OPEN MIND FESTIVAL, Québec
2010 – ECLIPSE FESTIVAL, Québec
2010 – ELECTRIC ECLECTIC FESTIVAL, Ontario
2009 – HARVEST FESTIVAL, Ontario

live theatrical video design
2016 – CIRCUS STELLAR, Market Hall, Peterborough
2014 – CIRCUS DREAMLAND, Market Hall, Peterborough
2013 – WISAKEDJAK, theatrical tour
2013 – ATOMIC LOLLIPOP, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto
2007 – STATIC DEEPTI GUPTA, Market Hall, Peterborough
2003 – RUBIES DEEPTI GUPTA, Harbourfront Theatre, Toronto

video installation art
2014 – ERRING ON THE MOUNT festival, Peterborough
2006 – ARCHITECTURE BECOMES CANVAS, Artsweek Peterborough
2006 – FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS, Art Gallery of Peterborough
2005 – WILD REEDS / RED TREES, Peterborough City Hall, Artsweek

original live-cinema performances
2013 – DO YOU HEAR WHAT I SEE? Artsweek, Peterborough
2013 – EIGHT DAYS LOST, Artspace, Peterborough
2013 – CHRYSALIS, Market Hall, Peterborough
2012 – REVOLUTIONS, Market Hall, Peterborough
2011 – CHAPTER NOWHERE “Emergency #18” Market Hall, Peterborough
2010 – CHAPTER NOWHERE “Radiant Nights” Artspace, Peterborough
2009 – THIRTY-FIVE YEARS, Artspace, Peterborough
2007 – 3C84, Art Gallery of Peterborough
2006 – ELSEWHERE – PETER METTLER, Toronto International Film Festival
2001 – CHANNEL ZERO, Trent University, Peterborough

large-scale architectural video-mapping
2012 – GROTESQUERIE, Blue Tomato Art Gallery, Peterborough
2011 – ELECTRIC CITY LIGHTS, Gallery in the House, Peterborough
2011 – PUBLIC ENERGY LAUNCH, Market Hall, Peterborough

LESTER ALFONSO is a teacher.

2017 – CREATIVE NONFICTION FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS
2015 – VJ SCHOOL, Media Arts Peterborough
2014 – MARCH BREAK FILM CAMP, ReFrame
2013 – OPEN STUDIO, Media Arts Peterborough
2011 – ARTS IN ACTION, Prince of Wales Public School

LESTER ALFONSO is a photographer.