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This Week at EPFC North

EPFC | October 15th, 2019

Sorry friends, due to unforeseen circumstances, our upcoming October events–Home Movie Day, 16mm Special Effects, and Comfort Food + Poetry–are cancelled. We’ll revisit all of these in 2020!

Turtle Dreams

EPFC | October 15th, 2019

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Zachary Epcar

This week, continuing the theme of EXTRAVAGANT ACTS, we have 1983’s ‘Turtle Dreams’ by Meredith Monk & Ping Chong.

“‘Turtle Dreams’ was created in the period when I was thinking about the artist as an antenna of society. The pieces were more about stating the ‘problem’ as I saw it, even if it was presented in a very oblique manner – seeing the occurrence and reflecting those energies in the piece. In a sense, more an apocalyptic vision.” – Meredith Monk.

See the film here!

 

Process Cinema

EPFC | October 10th, 2019

Congrats to our friends Scott MacKenzie and Janine Marchessault, editors of the beautiful (and hefty) new book Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age. Pick up your copy today!

Exploring new and experimental practices with celluloid film in the digital age.


Handmade films stretch back to cinema’s beginnings, yet until now their rich history has been neglected. Process Cinema is the first book to trace the development of handmade and hand-processed film in its historical and contemporary contexts, and from a global perspective.

Mapping the genealogy of handmade film, and uncovering confluences, influences, and interstices between various international movements, sites, and practices, Process Cinema positions the resurgence of handmade and process cinema as a counter-practice to the rise of digital filmmaking. This volume brings together a range of renowned academics and artists to examine contemporary artisanal films, DIY labs, and filmmakers typically left out of the avant-garde canon, addressing the convergence between the analog and the digital in contemporary process cinema. Contributors investigate the history of process cinema – unscripted, improvisatory manipulation of the physicality of film – with chapters on pioneering filmmakers such as Len Lye and Marie Menken, while others discuss an international array of collectives devoted to processing films in artist-run labs from South Korea to Finland, Australia to Austria, and Greenland to Morocco, along with historical and contemporary practices in Canada and the United States.

Addressing the turn to a new, sustainable creative ecology that is central to handmade films in the twenty-first century, and that defines today’s reinvigorated film cultures, Process Cinema features some of the most beautiful handcrafted films and the most forward-thinking filmmakers within a global context.

This Week At EPFC North

EPFC | October 10th, 2019

It’s Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada and as a special treat we’ve got  Artist In Residence Beaux Geste Mingus from LA at EPFC North to present a free workshop and screening on Sunday, October 13! Bring the whole family! Pumpkin pie will be served.

Workshop: Shoebox Projectors
Sunday, October 13
2 pm – 5 pm
Learn how to make your very own portable projector! we’ll provide the shoeboxes and the lenses, BYO smartphone. Free event! Everyone welcome!

Screening: Vinegar Syndrome presents ON THE MOVE plus Films by Beaux Mingus
Sunday, October 13
5 pm – 7 pm
Vinegar Syndrome is our Gong Show­-style grab bag series of short educational and ephemeral films, plumbing the depths of EPFC’s impressive film library. For enthusiasts of found footage and collage films, it’s a great way to learn what kinds of films are available at the Film Center—the weird, the cool, the good, the bad, the ugly. All films are selected purely by title around a specific theme and we won’t be previewing anything, so we’ll be just as surprised as you guys! This show’s theme is ON THE MOVE–Films about traveling, moving forward, thumbing for a ride and flying high! As always, there will be lots of snacks and plenty of silly commentary from your host–visiting Artist In Residence Beaux Mingus–and our feisty audience. And speaking of Beaux Mingus, we’ll start the evening off with a few of Beaux’s best loved short films! Free event! Everyone welcome!

Marvelous Movie Mondays: Extravagant Acts

EPFC | October 10th, 2019

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Zachary Epcar

The theme of this month is EXTRAVAGANT ACTS: four moving image works full of excesses of all kinds; vivid visuals; heightened gestures; performances outrageous and unwieldy; the delirious, the deviant, the utterly irrepressible.

To begin, Valie Export’s 1986 piece ‘Ein perfektes Paar oder die Unzucht wechselt ihre Haut (The Perfect Pair, or Indecency Sheds Its Skin)’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk4UnawQxao

“Your eyes are the most beautiful blue ad space. Your cheek could promote Mercedes. Your neck could be a logo for styled technology. Your lips could be dollar bridges to dream islands.”