Image still, The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk , Celeste Koon, 2012
Screening Under The Stars
August 15 @ 9:00 PM
Dunn Avenue Parkette (South of Queen St. W. on the east side of Dunn Ave.)
An eclectic, family-friendly outdoor showcase of short films and videos by Parkdale community members. While these works are unique in form and genre, this program examines how community, cultural, familial and collaborative bonds can help to create joy, heal trauma and understand the world we live in. In addition to the titles listed below, this screening will include video and animation work created through our free youth workshop program.
The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk
Canada, video, 14:00, 2012
A children’s film that combines live action and stop motion animation to tell the magical story of nine year old Cleo, an eccentric self proclaimed space adventurer, who takes it upon herself to outdo modern medicine after an accident lands her best friend Anouk in hospital, broken and shocked. The world can be a tough place, and sometimes you need to escape it entirely.
Morning in Parkdale
PARC Members and Making Room Community Arts
Canada, video, 8:12, 2015
A video rendering of a projection/ performance that was created for the One Small Gesture Celebration in December 2014. The work explores the eclectic neighbourhood of Parkdale and the tremendous impact Parkdale Arts and Recreation Centre (PARC) has had on its residents. The unique soundscape was created by a local choir and lends visceral sense of a community united through collaborative arts.
To Live in the Age of Melting: Northwest Passage
evalyn parry and Elysha Poirier
Canada, video, 22:19, 2014
Traversing the territory between theatrical performance and film, this collaboration between theatre artist/musician evalyn parry and visual/projections artist Elysha Poirier considers what happens when the Canadian North begins to melt and the artist becomes the explorer. Deconstructing the iconic Canadian folk song Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers, a live musical and visual performance, set inside a liminal, arctic-inspired space constructed out of white paper, gives way to hand drawn and collaged animations. This piece takes the viewer deep into a sonic and visual meditation on the Franklin Expedition, climate change, as well as colonial and cultural legacy.
Canada, Bolex UltraPan8, 11:30, 2015
First he walked, then ran and finally put on his skates to chase cyclists on ice with his camera. The Ice Bike or Icycle winter races have been a treasured February staple in the Toronto cycling community for over 14 years. Kovats has captured the excitement in this lively and beautifully crafted small gage film project that was five years in the making.
Holy Mother My Mother
Canada, video, 7:15, 2014
An intimate portrait of motherhood filmed during the Navratri celebrations (The Goddess Festival) in India. Vivid colours, beautiful compositions and delicate handheld camera work are accompanied by a rich soundtrack that truly captures this impressive event. Through an interview with Shraya’s mother, the audience is invited to ruminate on this deeply female role and how it is celebrated within Hindu culture.
Outside the Ring
Joanne Green & Steve Lindsay
Canada, video, 28:00, 2014
Through the lens of a unique violence recovery program in Toronto, this documentary provides a glimpse into the lives of women and transgendered survivors of violence and the impact boxing has had in their healing. The Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club is the first allwomen’s boxing club in North America.The film follows the ways in which participants challenge social constructs that dictate that women must not experience their own feelings of aggression.