Thursday April 6, 2023
This screening session features 5 films. All films are in English OR have English subtitles.
2236 Queen St E,
Toronto, ON M4E 1G2
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the cinema starting 30 minutes before each screening. If you are certain you'll be there, you can also book your tickets in advance here.
XEON (Canada) by Riley Kojima
Synopsis: XEON is a 3D animated film. The central insert that inspired the film came from an article about the late musician SOPHIE: Gender as a material form is a dead concept; it’s defined by your mind rather than any biological construct. We are entirely our mold to design. Understandably, one sculpts and molds 3D objects, but Kojima visually wanted to show the molding of gender. Therefore, each render was split into three parts, showing three stages. It is almost like different stages in the three trimesters: embryo, fetus, and birth. Running time: 00:01:19.
RIP 9-5 (USA) by Ben Alderman
Synopsis: A Y2K apocalypse takes place inside of computers as a result of binary code and monopoly capitalism. Running time: 00:02:12.
Mappatura. AKA: the city as a musealized taxonomy of human dissapointments (Italy) by Niccolò Buttigliero Jr
Synopsis: A night of painful solitude, discovering the true nature of a city. Running time: 00:03:00.
Saline (Canada) by Anne-Marie Bouchard
Synopsis: “Formed by visual and sound loops, this work explores organic textures related to images shot in Gaspésie in 1966. My grandfather's nervous camera, combined with his fascination for certain innocuous movements, resonates with my artistic practice. An organic algae-based film creation workshop gave me the pretext to play with these images, allowing me to work with the film in an organic and ecological way, but also playful. The workshop offered by TAIS - Toronto Animated Image Society gave me the excuse and the impetus to create this short experiment. Vladimir Konic imagined during a period of confinement, a method to create and digitize a film made from algae. The textures and colors created with these organic inks and films grabbed me. Their combination with recently digitized family archive images came about naturally. What could be more natural than combining images of Gaspésie with textures of algae? The process combines analog and digital technologies, 8mm film and organic film. The soundtrack comes from unused scraps from other projects.” Running time: 00:02:56.
Silent Beauty (USA) by Jasmin Mara López
Synopsis: “Silent Beauty” is a personal documentary that follows Director Jasmin López as she works to heal from child sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her grandfather, Gilberto, almost thirty years ago. In the process of sharing her own trauma with her large family, Jasmin learns that generations of children in her family were victims of the same abuse. Told from the director’s perspective, “Silent Beauty” is a film about confronting and accepting difficult truths while finding beauty in the process. Running time: 01:28:08.