Midi Onodera’s project EXC-19 is a collaborative video project based on the Surrealist drawing game “The Exquisite Corpse.” Each video began with a written piece of 19 words which other artists then responded to with visuals and sound. Participating artists include Scott Miller Berry, soJin Chun, Martha Davis, Francisca Duran, Chris Gehman, Lauren Howes, Taravat Khalili, Keith Lock, Paulette Phillips, Edie Steiner, and Barbara Sternberg.
September (all month):
Labocine September Issue: Are You Listening?: "Are You Listening" explores the importance of communication through sound. Featuring 50 short films including these CFMDC titles: Commute by Vincent Grenier, Farewell Transmission by Michael Rollo, Man Goes to Park by Geronimo Inutiq, Night Visions by Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, Terroir by Shannon Harris, and Watch Tower by Charlie Egleston. Labocine is a subscription streaming service. Free 30-day trial available, $3/month thereafter.
TSA September Playlist: A monthly curated list of free online films touching upon issues of architecture, the built environment, and design. The September Playlist includes It Matters What by Francisca Duran and Views From Home: Facing North by Edie Steiner. Available through the Toronto Society of Architects website.
Cinémathèque québécoise, “Questions of Genres”: This program showcases four recent Canadian works which celebrate difference. A rush of images and points of view that are as explosive as they are inspired. With: 3 Siblings by Sheena Rossiter, Battle Cry by Kyle Reaume, Badassery by Sarafina McIntosh, Demi Valentine, & Sunita Miya-Muganza, and Button OUT! by Kathleen Mullen. In person, Sept. 4, 8pm ET.
Cinémathèque québécoise, God Straightens Legs (2018) by Joële Walinga. Filmmaker Joële Walinga documents a moment of faith and waiting in the life of her Christian mother, a French-Canadian living in the Bible Belt who has opted to forgo cancer treatment. In person, Sept. 5, 8pm ET.
Sisterhood Media TV’s Movie Night livestreams Badassery followed by an interview with directors Sarafina McIntosh & Sunita Miya-Muganza. This 22-minute documentary is centred around three female DJs who are unapologetically disrupting Toronto’s hip hop scene. Online Sept. 5, 6pm ET. https://www.sisterhoodmedia.tv
Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival celebrates Indigenous arts in cyberspace. This year’s festival includes CFMDC shorts Quimsacocha by Émilie Martel (in the Land Back program Sept. 19) and: Spirit Glitch by Mary Galloway; GIK:SKWOD: How I lost My Indian Name by Terry Jones; & Take by Victoria Hunt & Margot Nash (all in the Spirit Glitch program Sept. 18).
September 17 - October 22:
IMAA Digital Shift Virtual National Media Arts Gathering: Digital Shift will feature virtual round-table discussions and break-out sessions focused on Indigenous digital sovereignty; racial justice and inclusivity; access and inclusion; artists’ digital rights; art, privacy and surveillance; and AI, biotechnology and the Semantic web. It will also showcase the work of artists from the Pacific Region through film screenings, online artists’ works, and virtual artist walks.
Cinémathèque québécoise, “New Films, New Filmmakers”: This program highlights recent experimental work. Featuring CFMDC films: Hear Me by Clair Mooney, It Matters What by Francisca Duran, May 35 by Tina Takemoto, On the Line by Tina Takemoto, Phenomena by Penny McCann, Sira by Rolla Tahir, The Island by Alexandra Gelis, & The Shifting Sands by Madi Piller. In person Sept. 22, 8pm ET.
Pleasure Dome, Essential Work: The months since the pandemic began have been a time of massive change. As a culture, we’re reassessing the types of ‘work’ that hold the fabric of society together, and how they are (or are not) valued. The films in this program explore isolation, music, temporary and precarious work, justices won, and the many still to fight for. Co-presented by CFMDC and sponsored by Workers United. PWYC Rental at pdome.org from Sept. 23 to Sept. 30. Closing Q&A Wed. Sept. 30 at 7:30 pm ET.
ONGOING SCREENINGS & VOD:
A number of cinematheques and microcinemas have moved online, and of course there are video-on-demand sites which have always been online. These are just a few:
AGH Film Series: www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/programs/ilovefilmseries/
Anthology Film Archives (New York): http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/
Arsenal 3 (Berlin, Germany): www.arsenal-berlin.de/en/join/arsenal-3/login.html
Labocine: Online selection of science-related films in a range of genres including documentary, experimental, and fiction. Each month they post a new selection of films in their curated monthly Issue. 30-day free trial, $3 monthly after. www.labocine.com
TIFF Stay-at-Home Cinema: www.tiff.net
VUCAVU: On-demand streaming of Canadian media art from eight distributors including CFMDC. https://vucavu.com/en/home
Winnipeg Cinematheque: www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/cinematheque/now-playing/