Conceived in 1994, Phil Hoffman's week-long Independent Imaging Retreat — known colloquially as the Film Farm due to its situating on Hoffman's property outside Mount Forest, Ontario — has been an important catalyst for a resurgence of artisanal filmmaking worldwide. Looking to circumvent the fading industry of photochemical labs, every year Hoffman and his volunteer team of fellow filmmakers guide the attending artists through the delicacies of hand-processing analogue film, conveying an appreciation for craft, method, and chance that, in some cases, has provided the impetus for a radical change in the artists' practice. Having now produced almost 300 "graduates" (of whom almost two-thirds are women) and over 100 completed works (with many more still "in development"), the Film Farm has helped sustain a spirit of discovery and risk in contemporary experimental filmmaking, particularly in Canada (which has furnished over two-thirds of the Farm's attendees).
This programme is accompanied by the exhibition Film Farm: 25 Years of the Independent Imaging Retreat, on view at the TIFF Film Reference Library June 25 – July 19.
Programme 1: We Are Going Home - July 10th, 15:00h
The films in the first programme of this two-night series tend to focus on aspects of personal revelation and the formation of the self, while those in the second programme move outwards to consider larger histories of imagery and form (archival films scavenged from the Farm's collection serve as source material for many of these works). Viewed together, these disparate works offer a strong representation of the rough-hewn personal poetics and adventures in process that continue to be nurtured and developed at the Film Farm.
- KISS (dir. Lyndsay Bloom \ USA 2012 \ 2 min. \ 16mm)
- Across (dir. Cara Morton \ Canada 1997 \ 3 min. \ 16mm)
- Dandelions (dir. Dawn Wilkinson \ Canada 1995 \ 6 min. \ 16mm)
- Swell (dir. Carolynne Hew \ Canada 1998 \ 5 min. \ 16mm)
- Scratch (dir. Deirdre Logue \ Canada 1998 \ 2 min. \ 16mm)
- Phil's Film Farm (dir. John Porter \ Canada 2002 \ 11 min. \ 16mm )
- Your New Pig is Down the Road (dir. Helen Hill \ Canada 1999 \ 5 min. \ 16mm)
- What Comes Between (dir. Cecilia Araneda \ Canada 2009 \ 6 min. \ 16mm)
- Traces (dir. Christina Zeidler \ Canada 2002 \ 12 min. \ 16mm)
- Captifs d'amour (dir. John Greyson \ Canada 2010 \ 5 min. \ Digital)
- I Regret (dir. Jonathan Culp \ Canada 2018 \ 8 min. \ 16mm)
- Goodbye (dir. Daniel McIntyre \ Canada 2010 \ 4 min. \ Digital)
- Kaleidoscope (dir. Jaene Castrillon \ Canada 2017 \ 4 min. \ Digital)
- We Are Going Home (dir. Jennifer Reeves \ USA 1998 \ 10 min. \ 16mm)
Programme 2: Crashing Skies - July 11th, 12:30h
- Minus (dir. Christopher Chong \ Canada 1999 \ 3 min. \ 16mm)
- Tell Me What You Saw (dir. Srinivas Krishna \ Canada 1994 \ 7 min. \ 16mm)
- The Shape of the Gaze (dir. Maia Carpenter \ USA 2000 \ 7 min. \ 16mm)
- Hardwood Process (dir. David Gatten \ USA 1996 \ 14 min. \ 16mm)
- Film-Landscape-People: an Exquisite Corpse (dirs. Marcia Connolly & Angela Joosse \ Canada 2008 \ 3 min. \ 16mm)
- About Flight: The Surly Bonds of Earth (dir. James Gillespie \ Canada 2003 \ 10 min. \ 16mm > Digital)
- Forsaken (dir. Heidi Phillips \ Canada 2012 \ 5 min. \ 16mm)
- I Came for the Wedding (dir. Pouyan Jafarizadeh Dezfoulian \ Canada 2009 \ 9 min. \ 16mm)
- Knowledge of Good and Evil (dir. Amanda Dawn Christie \ Canada 2005 \ 2 min. \ 16mm)
- Anamnesis (dir. Scott Miller Berry \ Canada 2009 \ 3 min. \ 16mm)
- Cicatrix (dir. Jeremy Moss \ USA 2014 \ 7 min. \ Digital)
- Manifest Destiny (dir. Sami van Ingen \ Finland 2016 \ 5 min. \ Digital)
- Crashing Skies (dir. Penny McCann \ Canada 2012 \ 6 min. \ Digital)
This screening will include an introduction by scholar Kim Knowles, and will be followed by a reception and book launch for Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age, co-edited by Scott MacKenzie and Janine Marchessault.