Toronto-based experimental filmmaker Stephen Broomer is one of contemporary Canadian cinema's most poetic voices. His layered, densely textured celluloid tone poems (sounding echoes of David Rimmer and Philip Hoffman) probe relationships between landscape and desire, architecture and nature, physicality and spirituality, while also exploring the tangible yet ghostly experience of memory. A filmmaker and film preservationist (often working in 8mm and 16mm formats), Broomer has a BFA in Film and Video Production, an MA in Film Studies, and is presently completing his doctoral dissertation on the origins of the Canadian avant-garde film.
Broomer will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his work. The evening will also feature the official launch of a new Canadian Film Institute publication on Broomer’s work, The Transformable Moment: The Films of Stephen Broomer (edited by Scott Birdwise and Tom McSorley). Guest curator and film scholar Scott Birdwise will also attend.
An art-making duo, Clint Enns and Leslie Supnet work both independently and together, sharing duties, skills, and visions to assemble some of the most inventive and charming recent experimental film and video in Canada. Both artists bring a strong DIY practice and aesthetic to their films and videos. Often reworking established aesthetic and technical objects and forms — canonical experimental films, television commercials, pop ephemera — Enns brings together an ironical, satirical edge with an underlying sincerity to create a space for new visions and energies to emerge. Glitch, circuit-bending, and/or appropriation is often the name of the game in Enns’s lovingly combative relationship with the canons of consensus. Supnet’s whimsical, and sometimes surreal, animations and short films draw from her everyday experiences, looking inward to communicate intimate observations and subtly moving thoughts and feelings through the image. In her carefully crafted hand-made puppetry, for instance, Supnet tackles issues at once idiosyncratically personal and resonantly political. Taken together, their work coalesces and counterpoints to construct a delicate, searching, and always intriguing engagement with the contemporary world.