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THE 21ST ANNUAL IMAGES FESTIVAL Toronto`s 2nd Oldest Film
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THE 21ST ANNUAL IMAGES FESTIVAL
Toronto’s 2nd Oldest Film Festival
HIGHLIGHTS
ON SCREEN · OFF SCREEN · LIVE IMAGES
April 3 – 13, 2008
www.imagesfestival.com
The Images Festival is a multifaceted media arts festival showcasing
artworks in film, video, gallery installation, live performance and new
addition to artist talks, parties and walking tours. These components make
Screen, Off Screen and Live images programming of the 10 day festival.
include:
over 130
media in
up the On
Highlights
ON SCREEN
LOCATION: Joseph Workman Theatre
1001 Queen Street West, at Ossington
**Except Super 8 screening on April 11
THURSDAY, APRIL 3
9:00 p.m. OPENING NIGHT GALA: The Lollipop Generation – by G.B. Jones
Tickets: $15 general/$12 students/seniors, members
Toronto filmmaker G.B. Jones’ fifteen-plus-years in the making Super 8
feature film about the queer underground! Features appearances by
Toronto’s Joel Gibb (the Hidden Cameras), Vaginal Crème Davis, Jena von
Brucker, Mark Ewert and featuring music by the Hidden Cameras.
FRIDAY, APRIL 4
7:00 p.m. Canadian Artist Spotlight - on Nelson Henricks
Tickets: $10 general/$8 students/seniors, members
Montréal-based video artist Nelson Henricks’ prolific body of work,
spanning from the 1980’s to present carefully explores the poetics of
words, visuals and sound.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 5
9:00 p.m. International Short II: Ruptures Restructured
Short films by Toronto artists Barbara Sternberg, John Price and Phil
Hoffman along with Montréal-based Karl Lemieux and Jennifer Reeves and
Ben Russell (both USA) use the surface of celluloid to juxtapose found
footage, home movies and abstraction in a film on film-lovers delight!
PWYC
SUNDAY, APRIL 6
5:00 p.m. International Short III: Fragments in Fragments
Includes two projects: Dana Claxton (Vancouver-based of Hunkpapa
Lakota Sioux ancestry) presents the video “Hope” a reconstruction of
broken pottery which reflects on the difficulties of reconciliation across
cultures. Also features a 60+ minute 16mm film/multi-channel sound
installation by Redmond Entwistle (USA) entitled “Paterson-Lodz” which
investigates place, culture and labour politics in early 20th century histories
of Paterson, New Jersey and Lodz, Poland. PWYC
MONDAY, APRIL 7
7:00 p.m. Screening: International Shorts V
Just before the road ends, there’ll be another road – features shorts
by Canadians Kevin Lee Burton and Ruben Guzman (Canada/Argentina)
along with Inger Lise Hansen (Norway), Pieter Geenen (Belgium) and
Köken Ergun (Turkey) with a program addressing landscape, language,
uranium mining in Canada and Turkey’s “Children’s Day.” PWYC
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9
7:00 p.m. Hail the New Puritan – by Charles Atlas
Tickets: $10 general/$8 students/seniors/members
Curated by Ben Portis and Kathleen Smith
Exhuberant and witty, Hail the New Puritan is a simulated day-in-the-life
"docufantasy" starring the British dance celebrity Michael Clark. Atlas'
fictive portrait of the charismatic choreographer serves as a vivid
invocation of the studied decadence of the 1980s post-punk London
subculture. Following the screening, Toronto artist and filmmaker John
Greyson will join Charles Atlas on-stage for a free-ranging discussion of
media and performance.
FRIDAY, APRIL 11
11:00 p.m. No Cuts. No Splices: Selections from the One Take Super 8
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West
The original One Take Super 8 Event took place in Regina, Saskatchewan
in 2000 with 20 filmmakers each making a film. Using only a single
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cartridge of super 8, each film was shot, processed, and projects unaltered
with the filmmaker never getting a chance to see their work until the
premiere. This program features a broad selection of work produced for
these events over the past seven years. Not focused on a single theme or
objective, they are great examples of in-camera editing, and creative
experimentation using only a super 8 camera and 50 feet of film. PWYC
SUNDAY, APRIL 13
8:00 p.m. CLOSING NIGHT GALA! Trading The Future – by b.h. Yael
Tickets: $15 general/$12 students/seniors, members
Trading the Future is a video essay that questions the inevitability of
apocalypse and its repercussions on environmental urgencies. Starting
with a personal memory, the fear of the rapture, the video addresses the
Christian narrative for the end of times, and draws connections to secular
apocalypticism and our eager acceptance of a cataclysmic end. Trading the
Future challenges the philosophical and practical foundations of death, the
growth of the market place and the politics of apocalypse.
OFF SCREEN
CLOSING APRIL 19, Women’s Art Resource Centre (WARC)
Translations/Traduções – curated by Emilie Chhangur and Daniela Castro
Off Screen Reception: April 5 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Translations/Traduções features a selection of video and new media work
by Brazilian artists Giselle Beiguelman and Vera Bighetti, Raquel Garbelotti
and Alice Micelli they will be present at the exhibition and present an
artist talk and workshop coinciding with the gallery show.
CLOSING MAY 11, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Play Pause – Sadie Benning
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 12: 00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Open Holiday Mondays: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This two-screen projected video installation, created in collaboration with
Solveig Nelson, comprises hundreds of drawings that weave in and out of
public and private urban spaces. Set in a post 9/11 world, wars rage in the
headlines.
CLOSING APRIL 20, Harbourfront Centre
Ceremonial Actions – curated by Images Festival
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Opening Reception: March 7, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Off Screen Reception: April 12, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This international, all-women’s show looks at the ideas surrounding rituals
and performance specific to ceremony and action with Deirdre Logue,
Brenda Goldstein and Alissa Firth-Eagland, Louise Liliefeldt, Nezaket Ekici
and Shana Moulton.
SATURDAY, APRIL 5, Images Office (401 Richmond)
12: 30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. Off Screen Guided Tour
Join tour guides Carol-Ann Ryan and Terence Dick for a guided walking
tour of the Off Screen gallery installations in the eight galleries of 401
Richmond Street West. Tours will leave from Suite 448 in the Images
Office. FREE.
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, Gladstone Hotel
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Off Screen Bus Tour: Blackwood and AGYU
This free bus tour will visit both the Blackwood Gallery at University of
Toronto Mississauga and the Art Gallery of York University. Free videos will
be presented to tour participants on the bus. FREE.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, Gladstone Hotel
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Off Screen Bus Tour: Queen West and Harbourfront
The bus tour will leave the Gladstone Hotel and commence at Harbourfront
Centre for the Sadie Benning talk, artist reception and performance at
York Quay Galleries. FREE.
LIVE IMAGES
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, The Music Gallery
9:30 p.m. Live Images I: Light Trap – Greg Pope with Knurl (a.k.a Alan Bloor)
Tickets: $15 general/$12 students/seniors/members
This is a performance using four prepared 16mm projectors and a sound
artist. The imagery in Light Trap begins with loops of completely black
film, a dark room filled with haze and only the hum of the projectors’
motors. Slowly, the emulsion is whittled away on each loop with
sandpaper and an array of hand tools, allowing bursts and streams of light
to pierce through the darkness.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, Workman Theatre
9:30 p.m. Live Images II: The Conversation, a.k.a. Everything is Everything
Tickets: $10 general/$8 students/seniors/members
As the speed of information grows, culture viruses expand and coalesce.
The global homogenization of symbols, meanings and voices seems
inevitable. Two artists, their common first language is video. Through
sound and vision, Kentaro Taki and Tasman Richardson will attempt to
harmonize, synchronize, and improvise a culture clash of stolen air
transmissions from their native broadcast geographies. What differences if
any are left in our spectacular conversations of post-everything telepresence?
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, The Royal
10:00 p.m. Live Images III: The Valerie Project – Jaromil Jire
Tickets: $15 general/$12 students/seniors/members
Philadelphia musicians bring new life to a forgotten classic of the Czech
New Wave: Jaromil Jire’ Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970). The
sound goes off and the amps get cranked as a collective of Philadelphia's
finest underground musicians pay tribute to this seminal film of the new
folk movement.
APRIL 10 – 12, Harbourfront Centre *WORLD PREMIERE
Live Images IV: Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry – Daniel Barrow
Tickets: $15 general/$12 students/seniors/members
Daniel Barrow's newest "manual animation" combines overhead
projection, with video, music, and live narration to tell the story of a
garbage man with a vision to create an independent phone book
chronicling the lives of each person in his city.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, Harbourfront Centre
7:30 p.m. Live Images VI: Theda – Georgina Starr; live accompaniment by CCMC
Tickets: $15 general/$12 students/seniors/members
Once the biggest silent movie star in the world, Theda Bara appeared in
over forty films, of which only two still exist today. Through extensive
research into the art of Bara and other neglected silent stars, Georgina
Starr has reconstructed key scenes from the lost films, with both herself
and the film fan taking on the role of Theda. She also looks to the lost or
neglected talent of other actresses such as Alla Nazimova, Barbara La
Marr, Marguerite Clark, Musidora, Maud Allen and many more.
For a full schedule please go to www.imagesfestival.com
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PWYC (Pay What You Can) pricing structure will be in effect for the International Short
Programs. PWYC works on a first come first served basis so be sure to arrive as early
as you can. For more information, ticket pricing and on-line purchase please visit
www.imagesfestival.com.
Please add this information to your listings. Images are available upon request We are
presently confirming interviews
The Images Festival is Toronto’s 2nd oldest film festival and Canada's largest annual
event devoted exclusively to independent and experimental film, video, installation,
live performance and new media. The 21st edition of the festival runs April 3rd – 13th,
in Toronto, Canada.
The Images Festival is made possible thanks to generous operating support from
the following public funders: The Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of
Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto
through the Toronto Arts Council.
For the Info Line: 416.345.8181
For media queries, visuals, and interviews, please contact:
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