Dr. Darrell Varga has a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University (Toronto) and is Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies at NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) in Halifax. He is the author of Shooting From the East: Filmmaking on the Canadian Atlantic (McGill-Queen's University Press), a critical history of filmmaking in Atlantic Canada from the early days of art cinema to the contemporary media industry; and John Walker's Passage (University of Toronto Press), an analysis of John Walker's masterwork.
He is the co-editor of Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and editor of Rain/Drizzle/Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2008). Current research is on concepts of region in Canadian cinema and in the context of globalization. He has published widely on Canadian, American, and International cinema, documentary and experimental practices. Varga has a background in filmmaking and currently teaches courses in film history, documentary film, and Canadian cinema.
Fire, Ice and Sky, is a documentary film about time and memory, space and place, art and science, belief and being. Made on the road at melting icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland, Carhenge in Nebraska, the Up-Helly-a Fire Festival in Shetlands, an abandoned amusement park in Berlin, the ruins of communism in Budapest and with many other places and stories along the way.