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2010 Images Festival: Official Lineup

Images Festival

The latest edition of Toronto’s mighty Images Festival will unspool on April 1-10. The full lineup of films screening at this event is listed below and, even though that looks quite extensive as it is, it’s only a small portion of everything that’s going on during the entire event.

In addition to film screenings, Images has partnered with 15 galleries and museums across the greater Toronto area to display 32 media art installations by both Canadian and international artists. Plus, there will be eight live performances that blur the edges of cinema, sound, music and installations. And, on top of all that, there will be several panel discussions with artists and other media folk, parties, award ceremonies, tours and more. This is more art and film than should be allowed in any one city, yet Images manages to squeeze it all in into just 10 days somehow.

The film lineup below is filled with an eclectic mix of avant-garde and experimental cinema. Also, most screenings begin with a unique “Performance Trailer” create by a different artist. Now, if I may, I’d like to recommend two films out of the whole lot — just because they’re the only ones I’ve seen. Well, also because I liked ’em.

First is Zachary Epcar‘s ode to the joylessness of cubicle life, The Salariat in Parts; and second is Laida Lertxundi‘s My Tears Are Dry, a musing on love unconnected. It’s two different meditations on different types of sadness and both very well done.

What also looks interesting in the lineup is Erie by Kevin Jerome Everson, which is the fourth feature film in his prolific filmography. Erie consists entirely of a string of single one-take shots that documents the filmmaker’s continuing fascination with the status and struggles of the African-American working class in America.

And one last shout-out goes to a collection of experimental film and video out of Mexico curated by Jesse Lerner called “Cine Povera” that includes a short film by Underground Film Journal favorite Naomi Uman, Hand Eye Coordination.

As I said above, there’s so much going on in Toronto during this event that you really need to go to the Images Festival’s official website to soak it all in. But, for a taste, here’s the lineup of films:

April 1

7:00 p.m.:
Port of Memory, dir. Kamal Aljafari
Covered, dir. John Greyson

April 2

7:00 p.m.: I Went to the Zoo the Other Day, dir. Luo Li

9:00 p.m.: “Canadian Artist Spotlight: Ross McLaren”
Weather Building
Summer Camp
Wednesday, January 17, 1979
9 x 12
Sex Without Glasses
Dance of the Sacred Foundation Application

April 4

1:30 p.m.: “Eliminate or Minimize. Substitute.”
Performance Trailer, dir. Shannon Cochrane
The Source Is Thirsty to Taste Itself, dir. Elaine Despins
diver geyser, dir. Nicole Shimonek
First Words, dir. Kaitlin Till-Landry
Dissonant, dir. Manon de Boer
I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm, dir. Johanna Billing
1st Movement, dir. Hayley Silverman
Story of History, dir. Emily Roysdon

4:00 p.m.: “Disembodied Bodies pts. I and II”
Performance Trailer, dir. Mary Messhausen
Wick, dir. Jon Sasaki
Sound Over Water, dir. Mary Helena Clark
Whose Toes, dir. Barry Doupe
Four Seasons, dir. Keren Cytter
My Tears Are Dry, dir. Laida Lertxundi (Read the underground movie review)
Lightbulbs, dir. Jon Sasaki
Game Keepers Without Game, dir. Emily Wardill

8:00 p.m.: “Included in the Present Classification”
Performance Trailer, dir. Johanna Householder
A Fraction of a Second Earlier, dir. Alexandra Navratil
Genuine Fake, dir. Benjamin Tong
Disruptions, dir. Juan Ortiz-Apuy
Flares for the Melodic Forest, dir. John Forget
Leads, dir. Jenny Perlin
non-Aryan, dir. Abraham Ravett
Madness in Four Actions, dir. Thirza Jean Cuthand
Portrait, dir. Peter Miller

April 5

7:00 p.m.: “Located on the Strategy Map”
Performance Trailer, dir. Gale Allen
TANKLOVE, dir. Köken Ergun
Still Raining, Still Dreaming, dir. Phil Solomon
Marching On, dir. Ichiro Sueoka
Spiritual Intervention, dir. Pierre-Luc Lapointe
What Comes Between, dir. Cecilia Araneda
Long Shadows, dir. Josh Bonnetta
Shooting Locations, dir. Thomas Kutschker

9:00 p.m.: “S Is for Student: Your Own Worst Anomie”
Performance Trailer, dir. Keith Cole
Head, dir. Martin Jehle
175, dir. David Gutierrez Camps
Shoreline, dir. Omer Gal
Csavargó (Tramp), dir. Linda Dombrovszky
The Salariat in Parts, dir. Zachary Epcar (Read the underground movie review)
Moonwalk, dir. Martin Kohout
(cupping), dir. Brad Tinmouth
Autocasting, dir. Jose Luis Soto Ruvalcaba
Sahara Mosaic, dir. Fern Silva

April 6

9:00 p.m.: Todo, en fin, el silencio lo ocupaba (All things were now overtaken by silence), dir. Nicolas Pereda
Screening with:
Performance Trailer, dir. Heather Keung

April 7

11:00 p.m.: “One Take Super 8”
Artists include: Jennifer Chan, Rob Cruickshank, Jonathan Culp, Franci Duran, Edward Fawcett Sharpe, Tanja Grinberg, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Maria Kubysh, Christine Lucy Latimer, Ross McLaren, Kate MacKay, Gary MacLeod, Lucas Martin, Joanne McConnell, Jamie McMillan, Renata Mohamed, Andrew J. Paterson, John Porter, Francis Pratt, Karl Reinsalu, Jesse Shamata, John Sweetman, Brad Tinmouth, Wade Vroom, Jason Wasiak, Alan Webb, Lulu Wei, Andrea-Jo Wilson

April 8

7:00 p.m.: “Chamber of Public Secrets”

9:00 p.m.: Erie, dir. Kevin Jerome Everson
Screening with:
Performance Trailer, dir. Alison S.M. Kobayashi

April 9

5:00 p.m.: “Workers Entering the Factory”
Performance Trailer, dir. Jeremy Bailey
Workers Entering the Factory, dir. Pooja Madhavan
Lungful Lustre, dir. Becky Ip
Strike Anywhere, dir. Jennifer Hayashida & Benj Gerdes
Home, dir. Gianfranco Foschino
Loutron (Bath), dir. Barbara Meter

7:00 p.m.: “Of Heaven and Earth: The Films of Tom Chomont”
Ophelia/The Cat Lady
Love Objects
The Mirror Garden
Epilog/Siam
Jabbok
Phases of the Moon: The Parapsychology of Everyday Life
Oblivion

9:00 p.m.: “Cine Povera: Curated by Jesse Lerner”
Performance Trailer, dir. Tanya Mars
Desclowntrolados, dir. Rocio Aranda de la Figuera & Uriel Lopez España
Sexabrate, dir. Txema Novelo
Como prepararse para el matrimonio, dir. Hanne Jiménez
Recámera, dir. Rosario Sotelo
Mi barrio, dir. Elena Pardo
Cines abandonados, dir. Andrés García Franco
Hand Eye Coordination, dir. Naomi Uman
Mariposas en el estómago, dir. Mayra Isabel Cespedes Vaca
Paricutín, dir. Erika Loic
Meditations on Revolution, Part III, Soledad, dir. Robert Fenz
Raspas, dir. Bruno Varela
Viva Videoman!, dir. Fernando Llanos
Blue-Up, dir. Jorge Lorenzo Flores Garza