ON (experimental) FILM
CONGRATULATIONS to Brenda Longfellow whose film OUR MARILYN (colour sound 16mm 24minutes) shared top prize at this year's prestigious Oberhausen Short Film Festival. She shares the International Jury Award with a Soviet film. OUR MARILYN was pre-selected for submission to the festival by the Goethe Institute's Doina Popescu and once there was selected for competition , as was Gary Popovich's film IMMORAL MEMORIES. Brenda was at the festival, (although she had left before the awards were announced! ) and noted that this year a large section of the program was from Eastern European countries; that films tended to have a strong political slant, reflecting, perhaps, the involvement in the festival of the trade unions and, in general, that Oberhausen is a huge festival with marathon screenings covering a broad spectrum of films.
MARILYN refers to Canadian Marilyn Bell and the film contrasts her public
persona with that of the American Marilyn—
Hoffman was invited for the second year in a row to the Salso
I think we have a 'school' in film happening right here- the "escarpment
group" as they're being called - Rick Hancox,
Richard Kerr, and now Phil Hoffman all teachers at
An update on the state of experimental film (and film in general) at the major public galleries: Meetings of the film committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario continue with the result, thus far, of the creation of a FILM DEPARTMENT headed and staffed by Cathy Jonasson and Norma. Policy and funding for this department are still in the talking stage.
The National Gallery of Canada opens its new building with a gala event which includes screenings of recently acquired videotapes—five regional programs (39 videos) which will be screened daily in the gallery throughout May and June. Films, on the other hand, rented for one screening each, will be shown Sunday and Monday evenings in a programme of new works by independent Canadian filmmakers, EMERGING IMAGES. And this after filmmakers such as Michael Snow, David Rimmer, Joyce Wieland, Blaine Allen, Lorne Marin, Peter Dudar, Peter Lipskis, Mike Hoolboom, Chris Gallagher, Annette Mangaard, Gary Popovich, Steve Sanguadolce, myself and groups such as the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Atlantic Filmmakers Coop, and the Film and Video Alliance ALL WROTE letters protesting the inexplicable exclusion of film acquisitions from the mandate of the FILM and video officer. What now?!
said that summer is down time for experimental screens? This
May/June/July/August sees the light flickering at the National Gallery(see above), at Pitt International Gallery in
The SUMMER SCREEN series at Pitt International, Sunday evenings, June through August,is being organized, gratis, by Peter Lipskis and he hopes that the gate will cover the rentals/artist fees. The programme will include films by Larry Kardish, James Benning, Carl Brown, Betty Ferguson and Ed Emshwiller.
VISIONS plans on becoming an annual festival of Canadian independent "films
with integrity". The Board of NORTHERN VISIONS, Kim Tomczak,
Paulette Phillips, Ross Turnbull, Marc Glassman, Annette Mangaard,
Richard Fung, and Jeanine Marchessault,
have decided to screen film and video (front screen) together in the same programmes - that is, considering time-based media as a
whole of which film and video are two formats—programs which will be organized
thematically, two per night during the last week in June. They are using
Factory Theatre Lab as the venue in an effort to expand the number and type of
venue available to film and capitalize on the common ground (and audience)
between film and theatre. They plan to show mainly current work, but will also
show work that, though older, is interesting and has not been screened a lot. They
will try for a strong representation from
The Art Gallery of Ontario and Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre are presenting a series of four three dollar Thursdays in May: James Benning's AMERICAN DREAMS and LANDSCAPE SUICIDE; an evening of Pete Rose's short films; New works presented in person by Australian filmmaker Paul Winkler; and Yvonne Rainer's JOURNEYS FROM BERLIN and LIVES OF PERFORMERS.
in May are two events of interest to students of film (in the broadest sense of
the term) : the Canadian Film Studies Association
holds its annual meeting in
So, all in all good and busy; busy and good!
article was originally published in Cinema