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A Collaboration between the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and Queer Media Database bring you rarely seen 16mm gems!

This program approaches the historical role of Queer cultural production in the formation of our senses of self. In a time when feelings are facts and there is a broader questioning of the primacy of First-Person Narrative Truth, we take this opportunity for a post-Pride breather to make meaning of our queer realities. This program is made up of a selection of 16mm film from the CFMDC collection that speak not only to the times in which they were produced but also to the complex political landscape we find ourselves in now.

Programme:
Curated by Mikiki

  • Two-Doh by Michelle Mohabeer (Canada / 5:00 / 1996)
  • Sappho by Barbara Hammer (U.S.A. / 7:00 / 1979)
  • Parade by Juli Saragosa (Canada / 6:30 / 2001)
  • Music Might Have Deceived Us by Chris Chong Chan Fui (Canada / 6:00 / 2000)
  • Human On My Faithless Arm by Valerie Tereszko (Canada / 20:00 / 1987)
  • Exposure by Michelle Mohabeer (Canada / 8:00 / 1990)
  • Minumum Charge No Cover by Janis Cole & Holly Dale (Canada / 11:00 / 1976)
  • Oblivion by Tom Chomont (U.S.A. / 6:00 / 1969 / silent)
  • The Place Between Our Bodies by Michael Wallin (U.S.A. / 33:00 / 1975)
  • Thick Lips Thin Lips by Paul Lee (Canada / 5:20 / 1994)
  • Quiver by Scott Beveridge (Canada / 5:00 / 1999)
  • Minus by Chris Chong Chan Fui (Canada / 3:00 / 1999)

There will be a short break after "Oblivion." All works screened on 16mm film.

This event is FREE!

Doors open at 6:30pm, screening starts at 7pm.
After the screening we welcome you to grab a drink and mingle.

About the curator:
Mikiki is a performance and video artist and queer community health activist of Acadian/Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Newfoundland, Canada. They attended NSCAD and Concordia before returning to St. John's to work as Programming Coordinator at Eastern Edge Gallery. They later moved to Calgary to work as the Director of TRUCK Gallery. Their work has been presented throughout Canada and internationally in self-produced interventions, artist-run centres and public galleries.

Their identity as an artist is informed and intrinsically linked to their history of work as a sexual health educator and harm reduction worker. Mikiki’s creative themes often address safe­r sex negotiations, identity construction, attitudes about drug use, disclosure of sexual identity and health status, community building through skills sharing, testimonial and story­telling.. Mikiki has worked as a Sexuality Educator in Calgary's public schools, a Bathhouse Attendant in Saskatoon, Drag Queen Karaoke Hostess in St. John's. Mikiki has worked in various capacities in the Gay Men's Health and HIV response in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, recently focusing on Harm Reduction Outreach and HIV testing.

CFMDC:
Established in 1967, CFMDC is a not-for-profit, artist-run centre that has since grown and evolved into a world-renowned distributor of independent media art. We honour our collective history of avant-garde art film, while playing a key-role in determining a more contemporary definition of distribution in the digital milieu. Now in our 51st year, with 4500+ films in our catalogue by over 1000 members, CFMDC is one of the most enduring, respected, forward thinking, and engaged, distribution centres in Canada. CFMDC also holds the largest collection of queer media and video art in Canada.

Queer Media Database:
The goal of the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project is to maintain a dynamic and interactive online catalogue of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) Canadian film, video and digital works, their makers, and related institutions.
MEDIAQUEER.CA is a bilingual online research and curatorial tool that provides free access to researchers, students, artists, academics, curators, cinephiles, critics, and community members to a rich array of art historical and biographical information about queer moving image works from the 1930s to today looking to program, enjoy, and explore hundreds of works from this diverse encyclopedia

Our host the Toronto Media Arts Centre:
TMAC grew out of grassroots community support and in response to a need for an accessible and affordable centre dedicated to media art and technology. With year-round arts and cultural programming, open lab studios, equipment libraries, coworking and social areas, we provide the tools, space and freedom to play with art, media and new technologies–including film, videogames, audio, video, robotics, electronics and more. Members of TMAC are the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Dames Making Games, Gamma Space and Charles Street Video.

TMAC is an accessible (barrier-free) space with elevators to the second floor. Washrooms are gender neutral and we have two accessible washrooms, one at the main entrance and one on the second floor. If you have any questions about accessibility please contact us.

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