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8 Fest 2015 programmes
Friday January 30 – Sunday February 1
SPK Polish Combatants’ Hall
“a little festival for small films”
|Friday January 307 PM Tastes Sweet First, Seizure Second three Super 8 films by Japanese artist Stom Sogo (1975-2012),
9 PM Canadiana a survey of small-gauge films from “The North”, curated by Clayton Windatt (North Bay, Ontario)
11 PM Bagerooo, eight! Part One – a survey of recent films
|Sunday February 12PM Artist’s Talk with Clayton Windatt
7PM From the Birth of 8mm Clarksburg films 1932 to 1961 – a presentation by Home Movie History project
9PM Bagerooo, eight! Part Two – a survey of recent films.
|Saturday January 31
1-4 PM Introduction to Super 8 Camera Workshop
|Cyclotrope Circus Jacquelyn Hébert, Megan Turnbull & Nathalie Coulson 2013 zoetrope installation, on view all weekend|
Stom Sogo “Tastes Sweet First, Seizure Second”
“Sogo’s films are powerful and utterly unique works of sublime transportation and oblivion, not easily forgotten.” — Ed Halter
Moving-image artist Stom Sogo (1975 – 2012) was born in Osaka, Japan and moved to the United States in 1992. He was a devoted experimental filmmaker who constantly renewed and manipulated his work across many media. His innovative, abstract investigations were always deeply personal and amazingly energetic. His untimely death in 2012 has resonated throughout the world and on the occasion of the 8th edition of the 8 fest, we will celebrate his legacy with an intimate selection of some of his Super-8 films preserved by Anthology Film Archives.
“[A] movie’s reality should be as nasty and fucked up as possible, so we want to get the fuck out of the theatre and hope for something better in life…I try not to have a message or even word in my movie. But I usually have some sick stories behind each of the movies. Those are just mental eye candy that it tastes sweet first, seizure second.” -Stom Sogo
I Smell You, 2000, USA/Japan, 11 minutes, B&W, Super-8mm, silent
Slow Death, 2000, USA/Japan, 16 minutes, B&W, Super-8mm, sound on CD *
Carrie at Still, 1998, Japan/USA, 28 minutes, B&W/colour, Super-8mm, sound on CD
Canadiana a survey of small-gauge films from “The North”, curated by Clayton Windatt (North Bay, Ontario)
Searching across the landmass of Canada we find a variety personalities attached to regions that are all distinct and unique from the next. This mirrors the communities of filmmakers that dot the countryside in remote northern areas although their numbers are far fewer. Being a media artist or “filmmaker” in the north is uncommon but working with 8mm & 16mm film is very rare as the availability and accessibility of resources and technology are non-existent. Finding a common ground between these northern artists is to weave a story that unites them as each individual perspective and approach to filmmaking is different than the next. Though these artists have thousands of kilometers dividing them, they share similarities in ideological perspective through the concept of Canadian identity. Each piece in this program represents one of these perspectives and celebrates an identity that is very Canadiana.
EH TO ZED Dan Sokolowski Super 8 6.5 min. Dawson City, Yukon. **
Lost Lindsay Sarazin Super 8 1.5 min. North Bay, Ontario.
Beyond The Edge Alek Bélanger Super 8 0 min. New Liskeard, Ontario.
dog=god Karen Hines & Lulu Keating Super 8 4 min. **Manitoulin Island, Ontario & Dawson City, Yukon
Niso kakastesinowin Jules Koostachin Super 8 2 min. Sudbury, Ontario. *
the the Tanya Lukin Linklater 2013 Super 8 11 min. North Bay, Ontario.
The Trade Lindsay Sarazin 2014 Super 8 1 min. North Bay, Ontario.
Autumn Girl Eric Boissonneault 2014 Super 8 5 min. North Bay, Ontario.
Wedding on Mussel Island Lulu Keating 2014 Super 8 3.5 min. Dawson City, Yukon.
H20 – 60 Laurent Vaillancourt 2014 Super 8 5 min. Hearst, Ontario.
Moladit Christian Chapman 2014 Super 8 5 min. Fort William First Nation, Ontario & Marja Bal Nango, Norway.
Sponsored by FADO
Bagerooo, eight! Part One
Estera: Mat (Part 1) Alexandra Gelis 2014 Super 8 2 projector sound 3 min.
Fragments # 4 Pedro Ferreira 2014 Super 8 sound 10 min.
L’Inventaire Martine Syms 2014 Super 8 sound 2:34
tidal bored II Ilse Kramer 2014 Super 8 silent 3 min.
Jacumba Song Baba Hillman 2013 Super 8 on 16mm sound 2:46
Off-Sales Aaron Zeghers, Clint Enns & Leslie Supnet 2014 Super 8 sound 5 min.
Gathering Zoë Heyn-Jones 2014 Super 8 sound 3:23
Cecil Emmalyne Laurin 2013 Super 8 silent 2 min. *
Vision Quest Karl Reinsalu 2014 Super 8 sound 4 min.
Mountains and Dresses into Windows Stephanie Gray 2014 Super 8, b/w, live accompaniment by Jonathan Culp 6.5 min,
Marine Stadium Glimpses Lisa Danker 2014 Super 8 sound 2:45
Rands Lucas Martin 2013 Super 8 sound 3:45
Lament Nisha Platzer 2013 regular 8mm sound 4 min.
The Game Cynthia Naggar 2013 Super 8 sound 2:43
Listen, Try Not To Dwell on That Idea, Please Benjamin Ramirez Perez 2013 Super 8 sound 6 min.
Meditation on Peace Keith Lock 2014 Super 8 silent 3 min.
Jump Elwood Jimmy 2014 Super 8 3 min.
Sponsored by Canadian Filmmakers’ Distribution Centre
Introduction to Super 8 Camera Operating Workshop
Saturday January 31 1-4 PM
Introduction to Super 8 Camera Operating Workshop taught by John Porter
• Space is limited; please register in advance by email (pending availability, sign-up will also be offered during the festival on Jan.30).
• Please email us at [email protected] with your name and phone number and “WORKSHOP” in the subject line.
Please note that there is a $ 25.00 fee for participation
In this workshop, local Super 8 filmmaker John Porter will provide an introduction to Super 8 camera operation. You’ll get hands-on practice loading and operating the camera, such as setting exposure, focusing, animating and other special effects. Learn to shoot while standing, moving or remotely. Get information on where to buy and process film, and how to shop for equipment. John will project some of his many films as examples. Each participant will be able to shoot some film during the workshop, which will then be posted online. Beginners and experienced filmmakers will find this workshop informative and inspiring.
The Art of Simply Seeing: Spotlight on the Films of David Anderson
Curated by Milada Kovacova
Programming small-gauge film is like going on an archeological dig. Sometimes, movies are uncovered that fortunately haven’t been lost or dumped. David Anderson was active for two decades; starting off as a visual artist, he began making movies then ceased once he returned to painting and drawing. As David puts it, “Before beginning to record I had no idea of the succession of events or how the film would conclude, my only plan being to respond to what was happening around me.” His meditations on the everyday reflect back to the audience as fresh perspectives of the familiar. “There is an intent to record and reveal from this context of the everyday with the draughtsman’s eye for gesture, contrast and composition. Through a play with rhythm, repetition and highlighting, aspects of that reality are intensified.” Definitely, this is a must see as one of Toronto’s hidden treasures reflecting back on the city’s architecture, urban history and planning.
TEPERMAN 1974 8mm silent 7 min.
TERMINAL 1974 Super 8 silent 3 min.
MR. SIGNMAN, MAKE ME A SIGN 1977-78 Super 8 silent 22 min. *
BERLIN 1983 Super 8 silent 3 min
KINGSTON BY BUS 1975 8mm silent 7 min.
PARKDALE 1983 Super 8 silent 3 min.
LIBERTY STREET 1979-2014 Super 8 sound 20 min.
David Anderson is a visual artist living in Toronto who has worked in various media including painting, drawing, photocopy and film. He has produced one-of-a-kind books and in 1977 won a Juno Award for best album cover design. He was a member of the Funnel Film Collective and exhibited work with the ChromaZone Collective, and at YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Edward Day Gallery, among others. Currently, Dave plays shinny, paints houses and practices life drawing.
Sponsored by LIFT
Cut Paste Animate A co-presentation with Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS)
For our 2015 edition, the8fest decided to echo its 2012 programme Adventures in Animationland. Cut Paste Animate focuses on animation and collage ─ bringing life to still images, playing with what can only be represented by abstracting shapes and bodies or using hands and eyes to explore tensions between what is static and what must be kinetic. In addition to works received as submissions, the8fest has commissioned new animated works by visual artists already conversant with film and visual artists whose bodies of work have seriously implied sequences of moving pictures.
Laugh Anna Cassady 2013 Super 8 silent 2.5 min.*
Buddha’s Daydream Rich Fedorchak 2011 Super 8 sound 4:39
Hungry Bones Berny Hi & Chrystene Ells 2014 Super 8 sound 3:20
Spinning Light Kayako Oki 2014 Super 8 sound 3.5 min.
Interstices Kyle Whitehead & Linda Rae Dornan 2014 Super 8 Sound 3:51
Ghosts Mark Connery 2014 super 8 silent 3 min.
Townhomes Scare Me Benjamin Edelberg 2014 Super 8 silent 3 min.
What do you do? Amy Lockhart 2014 Super 8 3 min.
Blueprint Lisa Myers 2014 Super 8 sound 3 min.
Second Sun Leslie Supnet 2014 Super 8 sound 3 min.
Film on Film Madi Piller 2014 super 8 live sound 3 min.
New Place To Dwell a co-presentation with Wavelength Music Art Projects
Featuring: FRESH SNOW + MIMICO (separate + collaborative sets)
with films curated by: JONATHAN CULP
It has been suggested by many that all art forms (not only the cinema) aspire to music. But surely music aspires to other art forms as well. I think of visual arts painting and especially sculpture. Music and film have had such a symbiotic history since so much music suggests both lighting and narrative while the cinema is so about the rhythms of shooting tracking and (above) all editing.
The 8 fest has previously worked with live accompanists to specific films but has never hosted an entire programme with live musicians playing both on top of and around projected films. Well, it’s about time, then. Let us now enter into a fresh new place to dwell.
Wavelength Music is a curated concert series designed to champion creativity, co-operation and collaboration in the underground music scene. Established in 2000, we are a non-profit arts organization that puts artists and the community first. A cornerstone of the Toronto music scene, Wavelength has championed literally thousands of emerging artists during its decade-plus run. http://wavelengthtoronto.com
Artists’ Talk with Clayton Windatt
( curator of Canadiana programme )
From the Birth of 8mm Clarksburg films 1932 to 1961 – a presentation by Home Movie History project
The birth of small-gauge film happened in 1932 when the 8mm format was introduced. For the first time at the 8 fest we present films from the very beginning of the small-gauge era.
A large, prosperous Buffalo family began filming in 1932. Clarksburg is in the countryside south of Buffalo and the location of much of the early footage in the collection. Initially the films depict the seemingly carefree leisure of a family unaffected by the Depression — at their Clarksburg garden and farm cottage, or aboard one of the small cruise ships of the period. As the years pass, a more complex portrait of the family emerges — a less well-heeled younger generation who prefer casual house parties and backyard drinks, the family’s Catholic faith, seen through the pomp of pre-Vatican II rites and festivities, and a tantalizing glimpse of a family business which was not afraid to get its hands messy.
|Clarksburg — archery practice, smoking and good cheer, roadsters and sedans
Family Pictures 1932 8mm Kodak b&wSwimming at waterfall, lunch on the lawn — a girls’ day out
Lunch at Clarksburg 1933 8mm Kodak b&w
The smart-set aboard ship, Caribbean village school, Panama
West Indies Cruise 1933 8mm Kodak b&w
The clan at Clarksburg frolicking about in 30s fashions
Clarksburg Holiday 1935 8mm Kodak b&w
A baseball game in the country
Langford Church 1935 8mm Kodak b&w
Town fair, nuns, Knights of Columbus ceremony
Langford Church 1935 8mm Kodak b&w
Sheep herded through the streets
Langford Church & Reel II Gardens 1935 8mm Kodak b&w
Clarksburg as a working farm
Clarksburg Holiday & Reel II Gardens 1935 8mm Kodak b&wWomen’s college — dormitory life, graduation
Briarcliff 1936-37 8mm Kodachrome
|Idling on a summer day, countryside basked in sun-saturated colours
1938 8mm KodachromeWalking the streets of Buffalo, backyard party
Wedding 1942 8mm Kodak b&w, KodachromeDouble exposure — a kaleidoscope of kids, men in uniform, priests, 40s cars and hats
untitled 1944 8mm Kodak b&w
Petting — hamming it up for the camera
Parties 1944 8mm Kodak b&w
‘Socials’ for kids – sleigh ride, Halloween pageant, dress-up dinner
Crystal Beach as seen from Lake Erie — beach crowds, the Comet roller coaster
Ski slopes, strolling around lodges, outdoor coffee is served
Lines of boys and girls in white proceed down the street to first communion
Bagerooo, eight Part Two
Go Pop! (Geht Pop!) Eric Hill 2014 Super 8 sound 3:20 *
What I Want, What I Have E.Hearte 2013 Super 8 silent 2:25
Dramamine Alan Gerlach 2012 Super 8 silent 2:13
Will The Circle Be Unbroken Frank Biesendorfer 2014 regular 8 silent 4 min.
Invocations of Uzi Ross Mackfessel 2014 Super 8 sound 4.5 min.
Not Just Black and White Lisa G. 2013 Super 8 on 16mm sound 6:36
Grizzly Craig Orrett 2013 Super 8 sound 2 min.
Wives’Tale Amber Goodwyn 2013 Super 8 sound 3 min.
Summer Song Clint Enns 2014 Super 8 silent 5 min.
The Hunter Hunted Mike Rollo 2013 Super 8 silent 3:20
Waxing and Milking Alee Peoples 2014 Super 8 sound 9 min.
Sacred Bloom Guillaume Vallee & Andree Anne Roussel 2014 Super 8 silent 1:16
Mototanaka Dérive Michael Lyons 2014 Super 8 silent 3:20
Pulsars E Quasars Paul Clipson 2014 Super 8 sound 5 min.
Gone Fishing Lisa Neighbour 2014 Super 8 silent 3 min.
Basement Tapes Two Blaine Spiegel 2014 Super 8 silent 3 min.
Still Feeling Blue About Colour Separation Christine Lucy Latimer 2014 Super 8 — min.
Sponsored by Trinity Square Video
Thank you to the artists, partners, supporters, and volunteers who make the 8 fest happen!
the 8 fest is made possible through the generous support of:
The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council as well as our sponsors and community partners.