Where Do We Go From Here? 15 Years of CFMDC and LIFT at the8fest
Curated by Jesse Brossoit at CFMDC and Cayley James at LIFT
CFMDC and LIFT occupy opposite ends of the filmmaking spectrum - distribution and creation - and small gauge filmmaking has been an essential format for our respective organizations since their founding in 1967 and 1981. Over the past five decades our memberships have often overlapped and our goal with this retrospective was to provide a glimpse into that rich creative history we have shared.
While sifting through the past editions of the 8fest we were drawn to the joyfulness and possibility of the medium and although the films vary in style and approach they are connected by an indelible sense of place. Specifically the urban landscape.
From abstract meditations on process, to diary and portrait films, and allusions to the travelogue, the city proves to be both familiar and frightening. It can be a lens through which to view the program, both as a literal and conceptual space. A place where we find community and can simultaneously decay our sense of self. But there are works that stretch those same themes into unexpected spaces: into the privacy of a bedroom, onto a familiar path through the woods, or long abandoned ruins. It is an intentionally eclectic lineup that exemplifies not only the past and present but future of small-gauge filmmaking in Canada.
5:15 / Canada / 2009 / Super 8 to 35mm to HD / Sound
Thirty-two passages from a small path in the woods towards the edge of a lake are layered onto one another.
July’s Wet Dreams
3:34 / Canada / 2003 / Super 8 / Sound
Comprised of one continuous slow-motion shot, July’s Wet Dreams reveals several silhouetted figures amidst a fountain’s watery spray.
Facing the Waves
4:30 / Canada / 2016 / Super 8 to 2k / Sound
A study of light and shadows on a late summer afternoon.
86 SE Marine
3:55 / Canada / 2016 / Super 8 / Sound
A chunk of Vancouver Real Estate as it sits, stuck in the no-zone.
Making a Scene
3:55 / Canada / 1984 / Super 8 / Sound
Offers passersby the opportunity to don a mask and become either an elephant or a mosquito. A look at people's inhibitions.
Scott Miller Berry
5:25 / Canada / 2002 / Super 8 / Sound
fagtactics is an homage to Barbara Hammer's splendid and sexy Dyketactics and begs the question: so what ARE those faggots doing on the train tracks?
October 25 + 26th, 1996
8:23 / Canada / 1996 / Super 8 / Sound
During the Metro Days of Action, a 150’ long building was inflated using the air vents in front of Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square, to protest the erosion of our city.
The Day I Stopped Caring
3:21 / Canada / 2001 / Super 8 / Sound
A short comedy about depression with a melodramatic, Portuguese-guitar soundtrack.
What I Want / What I Have
2:26 / Canada / 2013 / Super 8
Incongruities between body and gender become an obstacle for lovers as they navigate the painfully awkward rift between dysphoria and desire.
Mino-bimaadiziwin (The Good Life)
5:16 / Canada / 2016 / Super 8
Reconciling myself as a mixed-race indigenous Colombian settler “walking the red road" while being a person who lives with physical disabilities. Learning to live mino-bimaadiziwin as a settler to Turtle Island and Tkaronto.
Jatun Llaxta, Noh Kaah
8:00 / 2020 / Super 8 / Sound
A short experimental film that explores ancient native cities in America.
2:00 / Canada / 2011 / Super 8
Shot in single frames from the top of a double-decker bus on Super-8, TOR-MTL-TOR is an exercise in frantic contemplation, peaceful chaos, serene velocity.
2:50 / Canada / 2015 / Super 8 (Dual Screen)
Aturquesada is a performance-based project playing with the colour tealquoise, a word coined by the artist to describe a greenish colour that exists in between turquoise and teal.
3:18 / Canada / 2013 / Super 8 / Digital transfer / Sound
Elliot canes his way slowly into the frame in his blue bathrobe, singing “Oh, what a beautiful morning” on the soundtrack’s voice-over.
Meditation on Peace
4:23 / Canada / 2014 / Super 8 / Sound
Meditation on Peace is a pixilation film in which a figure (filmmaker Keith Lock) practices Chen Taiji while events in the world around him move much faster than usual.