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September 14 - October 12, 2021
The Film Farm and CFMDC present Everything I touch I change by Odeimin Runners Club.
Everything I touch I change features three films by artist collective The Odeimin Runners Club (Adrian Kahgee, Rebeka Tabobonung, and Debbie Ebanks Schlums). Inspired by conversations surrounding Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower science fiction series, the films explore some of the urgent political and environmental instabilities facing the artists' communities.
Through the use of phytograms and hand-processing, the artists incorporate plants and other organic materials into their work as a way to embed its connection to the land, the body, and knowledge sharing. These handmade film techniques were learned through a workshop with Philip Hoffman of the Independent Imaging Retreat aka "The Film Farm."
"Everything I touch I change situates our stories onto a metaphorical map that shifts between the odeimin or heartberry (strawberry), indicating the teachings that guide the collective and our work around the phytograms, as well as a cartographic representation of the territories we are from." - Odeimin Runners Club
September 14 - October 12 online at https://www.cfmdc.tv/!
The Traveller by Debbie Ebanks Schlums (6:27 / 2021)
Everything Is Right Here by Adrian Kahgee (5:47 / 2021)
Mammoth Bone by Rebeka Tabobondung (5:08 / 2021)
The Odeimin Runners Club:
The Odeimin Runners Club is a collective of Ogimaakwe – women warriors, Indigenous and Caribbean – whose artistic, curatorial and research practices are inspired by the traditional teachings of the strawberry or heart berry. Adrian Kahgee (Saugeen First Nation), founding member of Odeimin Runners Club, is an artist and Community Arts Educator. Rebeka Tabobondung is a filmmaker, writer, poet, and Indigenous knowledge researcher and founder and Editor-in-Chief of MUSKRATMagazine.com. Debbie Ebanks Schlums is a PhD student and Vanier Scholar in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. Her research explores Caribbean diasporic archiving in the Jamaican Diaspora through storytelling and media installation.
The Film Farm:
The Independent Imaging Retreat or “Film Farm” is artist-driven and focuses on the development of individual artists and the production of experimental 16mm film works. For more than 25 years the Film Farm has initiated and enhanced the work of local, national and international filmmakers and has expanded the traditions of artisanal experimental filmmaking in Canada. https://philiphoffman.ca/film-farm/
The Film Farm is supported by the Ontario Arts Council. CFMDC is supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.