A maestro of startling documentary reinvention, Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela, part-time community saviour and veteran of internationalist fringe movie showcases, returns to Toronto to present three of her most prescient encounters. At each turn she finds a way to shine a light onto forgotten faces, the lives of trans women, and the indomitable Marquise of Santos, a larger-than-life figure who courted controversy and royal privilege.
The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to present Seeing Double: Films by Antonia Kuo and Lily Jue Sheng Kuo and Sheng in attendance
Antonia Kuo and Lily Jue Sheng are visiting artists from Brooklyn collaborating at LIFT from July 4 to August 17. This screening will present a number of their single and dual channel 16mm films—including Chromoflux, Seeing Double and Point, Line, Plane—as well as showcasing the work that they've done while in residency at LIFT. Their films explore the fleeting temporality of an immersive optical experience, emphasizing oscillating, flickering compositions that exploit the frame-by-frame structure of 16mm film through in-camera and stop-motion collage animation and mirror the visual world of their parallel practices in print-making and photography. The frenetic pace of shifting abstractions create visual unrest, mirroring the unstable flux inherent in natural systems, spanning all scales of matter.
Mary Stark and David Chatton Barker, artists based in Manchester, UK, are visiting Toronto. Please join us for a night of film performance and sonic spells at the one and only CineCycle, the especially specially fantastic cinema venue in Toronto. We'll show individual and collaborative films and performance works made over the last two years, as well as fresh from the processing buckets of this year’s Independent Imaging Retreat, otherwise known as Phil Hoffman’s Film Farm.
Founded in 2008 by filmmakers with a love for celluloid - the filmkoop wien is the only artist-run film lab in Austria. The collective's mission is to support film arts and offer the space for cinematic experiments. Invited by Canadian filmmaker Madi Piller the filmkoop wien is very happy to present - for the first time in Toronto - a full program of films produced in this lab, created by the hands of its members. The program shows films in Super8, 16mm and 35mm format and aims to present a glimpse of recent Austrian Avant-Garde films created by the young generation.
Stefanie Weberhofer will be there for a Q&A afterwards. Friendly supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Ottawa.
the8fest small-gauge film festival proudly presents the launch of: John Porter’s CineScenes: Documentary Portraits of Alternative Film Scenes Toronto and Beyond, 1978-2015
About the book: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.
Inspired by a new video from visually impaired artist Lorne Marin (his first moving-image work in over 30 years), this program envisions the act of film/video-making as an attempt to trace that which can no longer be seen. These artists explore the image’s transformation as it passes from the immediacy of seeing to the cages of memory, manipulating materials in ways that directly or indirectly evoke an array of perceptual aberrations. From common chemical reactions to encroaching blindness, these interferences remind us of the lamentable fragility of our sight. But they also reinforce the mind’s ability to capture fleeting visions that, though long lost, may never be forgotten.
Radiant Bodies is a collection of moving image works that explores the intersections between the human body and the radiant properties of cinema. Through hand-made techniques that focus on the materiality of moving images, each of these works underscore the invisible ways in which the world imprints upon human, and other, bodies. Photographic images are dependent on light, and could not exist without the ability to receive and transmit energy that then forms realistic images. However, radiant energy can be simultaneously damaging. Unprotected negatives and photo-paper become blackened and useless, magnetic waves warp video images, and incorrect exposure in camera similarly destroys photographic information in film, analogue or digital formats.
Featuring works by: Emily Pelstring, Gariné Torossian, Daniel McIntyre, Louise Borque and Kyle Armstrong. Curated by Melanie Wilmink
The phrase "the Mechanical Paradise", coined by Robert Hughes in his book The Shock of the New, reflected new visions in painting and sculpture in the age of machines, Kino Pravda (cinema) being among the chosen mediums of this post-WWI movement.
LIFT is pleased to welcome Steven Woloshen to Toronto to present a screening of his lush and energetic hand-made films. Woloshen presents sixteen short, animated and experimental films, highlighting the mechanics and the art of the perforated film strip: cinema's direct assembly line. This 16mm/35mm film screening will cover 30 years of his unique abstract film strategies, which are scraped, glued, painted and burnt onto the surface of the film. The results dance along to their propulsive jazz soundtracks, creating a rhythmic beauty as tiny frame-by-frame gestures are writ large on the cinema screen.