Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker, interdisciplinary theorist, and Assistant Professor based at the Department of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia. Her most recent feature documentary, Jeppe on a Friday (2013), screened at the 56th Venice Biennale, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and film festivals around the world. Her award-winning first feature documentary, H2Oil, was recognized as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009. She followed with St-Henri, the 26th of August (2011) co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Her films have played in over 50 film festivals and museums, on television and in cinemas, and have been supported by Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), Canada Council for the Arts, among others.
Walsh received a PhD in anthropology and education from McGill University in 2010, and completed a post-doc in the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg in 2013. From 2013-2016 she was Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.
The Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, a book co-edited with Jon Soske, will be released in 2016.
Walsh is working on two new documentaries and a fiction feature.