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  • 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. The 54th AAFF will take place March 15–20, 2016 at The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI.

    The 54th AAFF will provide at least $21,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, August 1, 2015 (All day)
    Friday, September 18, 2015 (All day)
    Saturday, October 10, 2015 (All day)
  • Invocations of the Luminiferous Æther: Expanded cinema - Paul Clipson + Brendan Murray & Magical Approach

    Balagan is pleased to present – along with Ricardo De Lima and the ICA, Boston – a program of two expanded cinema performances that challenge the perception of film as a static and unchanging medium or mere document of past artistic efforts. By introducing chance elements, both in the filming and the exhibition (which pairs live improvised sound to multi-layered 16mm projections), the performers draft the audience into the role of active participants; Unexpected mental connections are drawn between the disparate elements, mined from the depths of our collective unconscious and manifested as veritable waking dreams.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 12:00

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  • 8X8: Barbara Sternberg

    8X8 is a new initiative from The 8 Fest, Toronto’s small-gauge film festival, to do year-round programming in support of our annual festival. 8 films for $8!

    In the films of Barbara Sternberg, the artist’s material inquiries manifest alongside social concerns around perception and reality. The figure, the landscape, and the memorial inscription are made archetypal and mythic. Since the mid-1970s, Sternberg has worked across media in her studies of these themes, often in super 8 and 16mm film as well as video, and her 2011 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts is only one of many achievements for her artistic work, alongside which her work as a teacher and curator had a significant impact on the Toronto film and media arts community for the past three decades. The 8 fest is proud to present this rare opportunity to see Barbara Sternberg’s early works, including several not in distribution, alongside a number of her more recent films, all in the context of small gauge film, a material that she has used in exhibition and in her process since her earliest films.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 19:00

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  • Ute Aurand: Eye Movement Stillness

    Ute Aurand’s diary films, film portraits, and travelogues belong to the lineage of Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken and Margaret Tait. A key figure in Berlin’s film scene since the 1980s, Aurand records life’s small, ephemeral details on a handheld Bolex camera, later reworking them in a style that is at once energetic, rhythmic, playful and — unusually for experimental cinema — tender. She has described her approach as “a brief touch” — “like a swing, to go away and come back and go away and come back again.” Her films explore the lives of friends and strangers, the atmosphere of local and foreign places, and “the absolutely singular, exquisite textures of daily life around her” (Michael Sicinski).

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 19:30

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  • 1st edition - Ibrida pluri* festival

    Presented by groop*index collective, this 1st edition of this hybrid and multidisciplinary festival will be happening during 2 days

    Our mandate is to gather structures and collectives under the same event to create new encounters and collaborations.

    Projections, audiovisual performances, multimedia installations, artist talks and an art fair.

    Dates: 

    Friday, July 17, 2015 - 19:30
    Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 19:30

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  • A Mirror Avant-Garde: Non-Canonical Canonicals By Women Filmmakers

    "If you’ve seen more than three of the films in this program, I’d be surprised. Yet every single one of these films by women filmmakers, chosen from the collection of the Filmmaker’s Co-op, deserves to be written about, taught in classes, and be part of the canon of avant-garde film. In a program of striking artistic voices from filmmakers with large bodies of work, you’ll see resonances with the films of Jack Smith, Carolee Schneeman, Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, Owen Land, Hollis Frampton, Barbara Rubin, Malcolm LeGrice, and many others."

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 19:00

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  • Collapsible Landscapes: The Work of Sabrina Ratté and Le Révélateur

    Pleasure Dome and The Drake Hotel are pleased to present a curated selection of Sabrina Ratté’s video works followed by a live performance by Le Révélateur, making their Toronto debut. Since 2009, Montréal artist Sabrina Ratté has been meticulously crafting and dismantling entire worlds. Wedding the boundary-pushing exploration of early computer art with the boundlessness of natural vistas, Ratté’s work approaches the digital sublime through the lens of media archaeology, building and blurring landscapes with the grace of a neon Turner or Friedrich.

    Dates: 

    Monday, July 6, 2015 - 19:30

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