John Porter's CineScenes: Documentary Portraits of Alternative Film Scenes, Toronto and Beyond, 1978-2015


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John Porter’s CineScenes is the first volume to spotlight Toronto native John Porter’s legendary photographs of alternative film culture – its “celebrities,” places, and rituals – taken across a span of nearly 40 years. This soft-cover, 144-page book features over 200 beautifully reproduced b&w and colour photos by Porter, and includes essays by Scott MacDonald, Nicole Gingras, Dot Tuer, and Tess Takahashi.

Edited by Clint Enns, designed by Leslie Supnet, and published by the8fest.
Soft cover, 144 pages, 9"x11.75", in an edition of 500.
200 b&w and colour photos!
450 named film people!

The book includes 4 essays:

  • Documenting Devotion: A Brief History of North American CineScenes by Scott MacDonald
  • Portraits of a Homespun Cinema: John Porter's Archival Record of Toronto's Experimental Film Community by Dot Tuer
  • L'homme de lumière / Man of Light by Nicole Gingras (in French, with an English translation)
  • These Events Happened Here Once: An Interview with John Porter by Tess Takahashi

Listed retail price $35 CAD plus shipping (Canada - $12 CAD, USA - $20 CAD, Overseas - $40 CAD). Pay via PayPal to the e-mail address below, or by a cheque mailed to:
the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival,
#7, 408 Queen Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 2A7

Send all other mail-order inquiries to: porter.cinescenes@gmail@com

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John Porter, Scott MacDonald, Nicole Gingras, Dot Tuer, Tess Takahashi, Clint Enns (ed.)


35 CAD




Publishing date: 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015