Art to view, people to free…

Thought I would take a moment and share some upcoming events that I’m excited about!

Still from TREES OF SYNTAX, LEAVES OF AXIS, by Daïchi Saïto

If you’re in Toronto this week, head down to Cinecycle this Friday to catch a show of new work by the Double Negative Collective, presented by the Loop Collective as part of their Lighthouse series. There will also be a live performance by Jerusalem In My Heart.

::: FILMS ::: OUVERTURE : FOCUS : BURST : PERCEPTUAL SUBJECTIVITY : BENEATH YOUR SKIN OF DEEP HOLLOW : MAMORI : TREES OF SYNTAX, LEAVES OF AXIS : TIME FOR AIRPORTS.

.:. filmmakers ::: Christopher Becks : Lindsay McIntyre : Lucia Fezzuoglio : Philippe Léonard : Malena Szlam : Karl Lemieux : Eduardo Menz & Daïchi Saïto. ::: with a live performance by JERUSALEM IN MY HEART.

Friday, June 3 · 9:00pm – 10:30pm / Cinecycle / 129 Spadina Ave. (down the lane) / Toronto, ON

Two Double Negative members, Malena Szlam and Daichi Saito, are also responsible for programing at the Segal Centre’s CinemaSpace and they have just put out a call for submissions, deadline is June 15th:

For the occasion of the 2011 State of the Arts symposium, organized by ELAN Quebec, CinemaSpace at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts invites submissions of short film and video work of less than 15 minutes made by Quebec-based and predominantly English-speaking artists.

CinemaSpace welcomes recently produced independent work from all genres: experimental, documentary, fiction and animation.

Two programs of short film and video work will be curated by Malena Szlam and Daïchi Saïto, Co-Directors of CinemaSpace. Selected work will screen in CinemaSpace on September 24 during the 2011 State of the Arts symposium. The screenings will be followed by Q&A discussion with artists present.

Pretty pumped for the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival this June! Lots of neat things to see and do. My fave part of this festival is their approach- it has what I think is an innate Montrealness what with the skill-share-y, art-focused, non-commercial aspect to their programming. Their collab’s with my former workplace Head & Hands and current volunteer location CKUT doesn’t hurt their chances with my MTL heart neither.

A few events I’m excited about: top of my list is the Parlovr + Mavo + Mozart’s Sister bill on June 16th. I love all three bands and am very excited to see our good buds (and one of Jeremy’s other bands) Parlovr play some of their new tunes. I think it’s also their first show in Montreal in a million years. I plan to go with Erin and get silly. The afore-mentioned Jerusalem in My Heart is playing the prior evening, June 15th, which I’d like to check out. The Suoni on Film portion of the festival will be screening two early documentaries by Brian De Palma (The Responsive Eye, etc) at Blue Sunshine on July 18th. Check out all of the music shows on the on-line calendar and wander around town for a festival guide for workshop and non-music related event info.

Finally, my good bud Sherwin is throwing two Slowdance Nights, one here in Montreal this Friday at Mainline theatre as part of the Montreal Fringe Festival and a Queer Slowdance in Toronto on June 17th in Toronto at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of Toronto Pride. Unite and dance slow!

AG

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SENSES AND SENSIBILITIES: CHICK STRAND Retrospective

 

Chick Strand

The Montreal-based Double Negative Collective is co-presenting the program SENSES AND SENSIBILITIES | CHICK STRAND RETROSPECTIVE, which will be part of this year’s Festival du nouveau cinema and will be presented by guest programmer Irina Leimbacher.

I’m a founding member of the DNC but I’ve recently taken a step back in order to focus on my music. One of the many reasons I’m proud to be a part of the collective is due to the unique and rare screenings that are organized, like this one on Chick Strand. The collective and its members have been embraced nationally and internationally and I truly hope that Montreal’s “independent” weeklies and local media start paying more attention to the collective’s activities (and other independent film happenings) rather than reviewing Hollywood industrial films and the occasional film festival. It’s not my style to complain so openly about this kind of thing, it’s just confounding to me that such a cool city continues to be so lame with regard to such exciting work. I understand the need to sell newspapers and don’t think that Hollywood film reviews should disappear  (I wouldn’t want them too- I love a good fiction film) but I don’t understand the complacency of journalists and/or editors who don’t support challenging new initiatives in their home town.

  • Double Negative Collective is a Montreal-based group of film, video and installation artists interested in creating, curating and disseminating experimental film. Founded in 2004, the collective seeks to locate cinema in human experience, in the eye, hand and heartbeat. Through experiments in form, voice and vision, they try to initiate a dialogue long-neglected in the independent artist-based filmmaking community; a benevolent conspiracy of ideas.”

Chick Strand, who died at age 77 in 2009, is one of the most important figures in U.S. experimental and poetic filmmaking.  Strand co-founded Canyon Cinema in northern California in the early 1960s, made almost twenty films, and nurtured a generation of experimental filmmakers with her teaching.  Her intimate, sensual camerawork and her profound exploration of women’s personal and domestic worlds, make her approach to poetic documentary absolutely unique.  Filmed in both the United States and Latin America, these works are provocative and lyrical explorations of what it means to be a woman, a worker, a wife, and most of all a human being.

Our first program includes the sensual shorts Waterfall (1967), Kristallnacht (1979), Fever Dream (1979), and the extraordinary, controversial Soft Fiction (1979) in which five women recount intense experiences of pleasure and/or pain from their pasts, ranging from sexual urges to incest and  heroin addiction. The second program includes Strand’s first released film, Angel Blue Sweet Wings (1966), as well as her first documentary Mosori Monika (1970), in which she examines the relationship between an indigenous woman and a “civilizing” nun in Venezuela, and several powerful films shot in Mexico (1967-1986) that explore creative and domestic lives, mainly of women.

– Irina Leimbacher, guest programmer

(Irina Leimbacher is a curator and film scholar of experimental and nonfiction film.  She teaches at Keene State College in New Hampshire, USA.)

  • Cinéma Parallèle
  • 3536, boul. St-Laurent
  • $10 / $8 (students 25- and seniors 65+)
  • Box Office : AGORA, 175, ave. du Président-Kennedy (corner of Jeanne-Mance) / EXCENTRIS, 3536, boul. St-Laurent
  • Info: 514 844 2172

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 – 9:00pm

PROGRAM 1 – 71 min.

  • Waterfall (16mm / colour / optical sound / 1967 / 3 min.) “A film poem . . . using visual relationships to invoke a feeling of flow and movement.” (Chick Strand)
  • Kristallnacht (16mm / black and white / optical sound / 1979 / 7 min.) “Dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank, and the tenacity of the human spirit.” (CS)
  • Fever Dream (16mm / black and white / optical sound / 1979 / 7 min.) “A wet hot dream about sensuality.” (CS)
  • Soft Fiction (16mm / black and white / optical sound / 1979 / 54 min.) “. . . a personal documentary that brilliantly portrays the survival power of female sensuality. (…) Strand focuses her camera on people talking about their own experience, capturing subtle nuances in facial expressions and gestures that are rarely seen in cinema.” (Marsha Kinder, Film Quarterly)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 – 7:15pm

PROGRAM 2 – 76 min.

  • Angel Blue Sweet Wings (16mm / colour / optical sound / 1966 / 3 min.) “An experimental film poem in celebration of life and visions.” (CS)
  • Anselmo (16mm / colour / optical sound / 1967 / 3 min.) “An experimental documentary in the sense that it is a symbolic reenactment of a real event. (…) The film is a poetic interpretation of this event in celebration of wishes and tubas.” (CS)
  • Mujer de Milfuegos (16mm / colour / optical sound / 1976 / 15 min.) “An expressionistic, surrealistic portrait of a Latin American woman. (…) MUJER DE MILFUEGOS depicts in poetic, almost abstract terms, their daily repetitive tasks as a form of obsessive ritual.” (CS)
  • Mosori Monika (16mm / colour / optical sound / 1970 / 20 min.) “ … an ethnographic film (…). The Spanish Franciscan Missionaries went to Venezuela in 1945 to ‘civilize’ the Warao Indians, who live in the swamps on the Orinoco River Delta.” (Canyon Cinema)
  • Anselmo and the Women (16mm / colour / optical sound / 1986 / 35 min.)  archival print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive “Continuing the life of Anselmo, a Mexican street musician, and his life-long struggle to make a good life for his children.  This film focuses on his relationship with his wife Adela and his mistress, Cruz, and theirs with him. (…) It explores the division between the real and ideal.” (Canyon Cinema)

FOSTERING THE LIGHT, MASTERING THE NIGHT

Poster by Mathieu Dubois

From the Double Negative Collective:

The Double Negative Collective presents a program showcasing their recent works as well as works by artists associated with Double Negative. Films and video by Christopher Becks, Lucia Fezzuoglio, Amber Goodwyn, Karl Lemieux, Lindsay McIntyre, Eduardo Menz, Mike Rollo, Daïchi Saïto, and Malena Szlam. Special guest: Sebastjan Henrickson of Niagara Custom Lab in Toronto, with his new 35mm film. Artists in attendance.

The Films of Robert Beavers


The Double Negative Collective is honored to present the films of Robert Beavers with a rare screening of his work.  The lifetime partner of fellow filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos, Beavers began making films in the 1960s and thus marked his place within the history of the American avant-garde. Senior curator Susan Oxtoby of the Pacific Film Archive has written: “The films of Robert Beavers are exceptional for their visual beauty, aural texture, and depth of emotional expression.”  Beavers’ film oeuvre, not widely shown, has seen a revival in recent years with retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and San Francisco Cinematheque. Feature analysis of his films and writings can be found in the Millennium Film Journal and Artforum.  We would like to thank the following people for their assistance with this screening:  the organizers of the “Early Monthly Segments” film screening series in Toronto (Kate MacKay, Scott Miller Berry, and Chris Kennedy) and Robert Beavers for allowing us to screen his 16mm prints.

The films featured in the program include:

  • Early Monthly Segments (1968-2002, 16mm, color, silent, 33min.)
  • The Painting (1972/1999, 16mm, color, sound, 13min.)
  • Pitcher of Colored Light (2007, 16mm, color, sound, 23min.)

The screening will take place on Sunday May 2nd, 2010 at da time machine located at 155 Van Horne (between Waverly and De l’Esplanade) at 9:00pm (Door opens at 8:30pm).  There is a suggested five dollar entrance fee.

Further reading of Robert Beavers’ work:

Also, material on Beavers may be found on the Temenos website:

ALCHEMICAL ILLUMINATION

Family photo animated in Paper Nautilus (2005)

Family photo animated in Paper Nautilus (2005)

Double Negative Collective will be screening recent work at Club Saw in Ottawa on November 5th, 2009 at 730pm.  The screening is presented by Cafe Ex and programmed by Scott Birdwise.

  • “Café Ex @ Club SAW is pleased to present a selection of films from Montreal-based filmmaking collective, Double Negative. In an age of big business financed, industry-based, capital-oriented film production, Double Negative Collective represents an innovative and much-needed alternative. Where the Industry model dominates discourse and puts a premium on instant recognition, the generation of capital, and the consolidation of power, the twelve filmmakers that comprise Double Negative participate in a democratic discussion on film/video form, aesthetics, and politics – in brief, the past, present, and (possible) future(s) of cinema. The fourteen works chosen for this exhibition represent the challenge posed by Double Negative to much of the current stagnation of film in the 21st Century. (Scott Birdwise, Programmer) “

PROGRAM:

ALL THAT RISES [16mm, 2007]
Daïchi Saïto

PARALLAX [16mm, 2007]
Christopher Becks

PAPER NAUTILUS [16mm, 2005]
Amber Goodwyn

FRACAS [Digital 8, 2007]
Eduardo Menz

UNTITLED [Super-8 to DV, 2007]
Lucia Fezzuoglio

THE NERVOUS LOOPS [DV, 2005]
Julien Idrac

ARTIFACTS [DV, 2008]
Steven Ladouceur

CRONOGRAMA DE UN TIEMPO INEXISTENTE / CHRONOGRAM OF INEXISTENT TIME (SINGLE-CHANNEL VERSION) [35mm to HD, 2008] Malena Szlam

WESTERN SUNBURN [16mm to DV, 2007]
Karl Lemieux

LOLA [16mm to DV, 2008]
Mike Rollo

THOUGH SHE NEVER SPOKE, THIS IS WHERE HER VOICE WOULD HAVE BEEN [16mm, 2008]
Lindsay McIntyre

PAN OF THE LANDSCAPE [16mm, 2005]
Christopher Becks

TREES OF SYNTAX, LEAVES OF AXIS [35mm, 2009]
Daïchi Saïto

GHOSTS AND GRAVEL ROADS [S16mm to HD, 2008]
Mike Rollo
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LINKS!

September and October 2008



MUSIC!

Nightwood goes on tour with Parlovr! Check out the dates on our MySpace page.
Nightwood will also be playing at L’Agitee festival in Quebec City with Herman Dune on October 4th.
We have a new video for the song THE BIKERIDERS!!! Check it out here! Page by *safesolvent, video by Mike Rollo.
CINEMA!
Double Negative Collective will be presenting a LOOP SHOW installation at CTRL LAB as part of Film Pop at Pop Montreal on October 3rd from 7-11pm. Members of our collective will have constructed 16mm and S8mm film loops to be installed in and around the gallery, mine will be about sea monsters and cryptozoological phenomenons.
It’s called:
IF IT IS SO
TO BE SO IN

GO IN TO IT

AS IT IS SO

IT IS IN US

IS IT AS IF

IT IS OF ME
…and the Facebook page is here!


ART!
I’m part of Pop MTL/PUCES POP’s “Show & Tell”
SHOW & TELL (made possible by CALQ) presented by Puces POP!

Where: Mile-End Cultural Center (5386 St. Laurent) and MORE

Featuring work by: Farha Dharshi, Shannon Gerard, Amber Goodwyn, Kandis Friesen, Logan MacDonald, Allison Moore, Brendan Reed, Marc Simard, and Vanessa Yanow.

The Vernissage is happening on October 1st, from 5 – 7 pm and features a video performance by Brendan Reed (6 pm) and an Artist Talk by Amber Goodwyn (6:30 pm) 5386 St. Laurent. Facebook event page here!

RADIO!
I’ve passed Audio Smut onto a dynamic group of ladiezzz so check out the newly re-formed collective’s next show Wednesday October 8th!!! 90.3 fm!! Montreal’s C-K-U-T!

…more soon: Slow dances, Lickety launches, etc….

Paper Nautilus at the WNDX Festival Oct. 4-07


RADIANCE: New Works from Canadian Collective Celluloid Practitioners
Saturday, October 4 at 7 PM | Cinematheque – Introduced by the Loop Collective’s Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

SPECIAL DOUBLE PROGAM with an intermission between 8:30 PM and 9 PM

ABOUT Paper Nautilus, Amber Goodwyn, 4.5 mins, 2005 (16 mm, silent):
I grew up in the Bahamas and have never returned. Mapping a place from memory, this film uses family photographs to illustrate the exchange of sand for snow.

Program Notes:
“As the impracticality of Celluloid as an instrument of image taking pushes it into the realm of craft, collectives of crafts people have sprung up, working in unison to create work etched in alchemy, and burnt with light. These collectives often work together as both practitioners of Celluloid arts, and exhibitors of work from across the globe to their communities. Two such collectives are creating work in Eastern Canada. They are the Double Negative Collective in Montreal, and the Loop Collective in Toronto. Dedicated to producing work that explores film as craft, these artists inspire each other to create films that develop regional characteristics. With this, experimental work gains a new sense of familiarity as it radiates the creative energies that emanate from collective inspiration.”

Sol Nagler

For more details and to view the film program please visit the program page on the WNDX website.