Our walk upon this earth is in essence a creative path. There is nothing uncreative about you.
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Regional Support Network presents: Unscene: film and video from Saskatchewan. Saturday June 28th screening 8pmVideofag (187 Augusta Avenue)(co-sponsored by Videofag, Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative and PAVED Arts.)Curated by Amber ChristensenA pleasantly amorphous screening of work from the real centre of Canada (if you don’t include the Maritimes)
PROGRAM:The Tooth Maker - Amalie AtkinsThe Floating World - Ian Campbell.You are a Lesbian Vampire - Thirza Jean Cuthand Local Girls - Callen DiedrichsTales from the Deep - Clark FergusonWives Tale - Amber Goodwyn The Generosity of Mechanics - Troy Gronsdahl TBA - Jaye Kovach. School of Athens - Allysha Larsen.Space Princess and the Amethyst Portal - Colby RichardsonSpitly: A Boy And His Puppet - Video Club


Regional Support Network presents:
Unscene: film and video from Saskatchewan.
Saturday June 28th screening 8pm
Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue)
co-sponsored by Videofag, Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative and PAVED Arts.)

Curated by Amber Christensen

A pleasantly amorphous screening of work from the real centre of Canada (if you don’t include the Maritimes)

The Tooth Maker - Amalie Atkins
The Floating World - Ian Campbell.
You are a Lesbian Vampire - Thirza Jean Cuthand
Local Girls - Callen Diedrichs
Tales from the Deep - Clark Ferguson
Wives Tale - Amber Goodwyn
The Generosity of Mechanics - Troy Gronsdahl
TBA - Jaye Kovach.
School of Athens - Allysha Larsen.
Space Princess and the Amethyst Portal - Colby Richardson
Spitly: A Boy And His Puppet - Video Club

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Mutants are not prepared. Mutants are people who did not BELIEVE that this would happen. Mutants are either milksop whiners, miiilskop whiiiners, how I hate milksop whiners! They’re all those people in the pre-Cataclysmic world, they whine, and they cry, they whine and they cry, ‘…OOHAHOOOH there’s Cataclysm and the bomb drops, I don’t want to surviiiiiive!’ But when the bomb drops, they’re the first ones to come knocking at your fallout shelter DOOR.  

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Inner Visions/Outer Worlds:
The Films of Clint Enns and Leslie Supnet
dir. Clint Enns, Leslie Supnet
Canada, 120 minutes
Café Ex

Club SAW, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
Inaugurated in 1998, the sixteenth season of this ongoing visiting artist series presents artist-curated evenings of independent experimental film and video in the intimate atmosphere of Club SAW. Once again, the series features Canadian experimental cinema, with guest filmmakers presenting their work and engaging in extensive discussions with audience members for a “pay-what-you-can” admission.

The Canadian Film Institute is pleased to welcome to Café Ex moving image artists Clint Enns and Leslie Supnet.

An art-making duo, Enns and Supnet work both independently and together, sharing duties, skills, and visions to assemble some of the most inventive and charming recent experimental film and video in Canada. Both artists bring a strong DIY practice and aesthetic to their films and videos. Often reworking established aesthetic and technical objects and forms — canonical experimental films, television commercials, pop ephemera — Enns brings together an ironical, satirical edge with an underlying sincerity to create a space for new visions and energies to emerge. Glitch, circuit-bending, and/or appropriation is often the name of the game in Enns’s lovingly combative relationship with the canons of consensus. Supnet’s whimsical, and sometimes surreal, animations and short films draw from her everyday experiences, looking inward to communicate intimate observations and subtly moving thoughts and feelings through the image. In her carefully crafted hand-made puppetry, for instance, Supnet tackles issues at once idiosyncratically personal and resonantly political. Taken together, their work coalesces and counterpoints to construct a delicate, searching, and always intriguing engagement with the contemporary world.
This special Café Ex presentation will screen selections of films and videos from both Clint Enns and Leslie Supnet as selected by curator Scott Birdwise in consultation with the artists. Clint Enns and Leslie Supnet will be in attendance to introduce and discuss their work.
Clint Enns is a video artist and filmmaker living in Toronto, Ontario, His work primarily deals with moving images created with broken and/or outdated technologies. His work has shown both nationally and internationally at festivals, alternative spaces and mircocinemas. He has a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Manitoba, and has recently received a Master’s degree in cinema and media from York University. His writings and interviews have appeared in Millennium Film Journal, Incite! Journal of Experimental Media and Spectacular Optical.
Leslie Supnet is a Toronto based artist, originally from Winnipeg MB. Her moving image and drawing work is informed by lived experience - foregrounding the every day and its’ dark undercurrents with sincerity and humour. Her works have screened at various festivals and cinemas such as Short Cuts Canada - Toronto International Film Festival, Oberhausen, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Image Forum Festival, Images, Center for Asian American Media Festival and Antimatter. She is currently in the MFA Film Production program at York University.


The Death of Natural Language
The Death of Natural Language (2007, Ascii Animation, 2:54)
An ASCII animation of a plane crashing. The abstracted image mediated by ascii text parallels modern human communication; visual literacy replaces written literacy. The music is miko by the beans.
Prepare to Qualify
Prepare to Qualify (2008, Circuit Bent Atari, 3:08)
A circuit bent Atari struggles to qualify as “good” or “valid” art.
Back + Forth (2009, Super 8, 3:20)
Shot entirely in one take. This film documents the happenings on one of the strangest streets in Winnipeg.
Self Improvement (2010, Found Footage/After Effects, 2:54)
A self help video that rests somewhere between the realms of code hacking, archaic design and spiritual awakening.
Spider-Man Vs Macrovision 
Spider-Man Vs Macrovision
(2010, Found Footage/Macrovision’s Ripguard, 2:49)
A video examining digital copy protection. Macrovision’s Ripguard is a technology designed to prevent or reduce digital DVD copying. By ignoring it, and copyright infringement in general, the artist is able to produce new and innovative work. “Digital disintegration and corrupted systems recombine into a strange new beauty." - Toby Tatum
Connecting With Nature
(2011, Found Footage/After Effects, 1:28)
An infomercial and an audio guide to spiritual enlightenment spawn an instructional video epitomizing New Age commodification.
Ten Skies (2012, Found Footage/After Effects, 2:36)
A condensed version of James Benning’s Ten Skies (2006) with the skies removed. Nothing but the clouds remain. “Ten Skies is an achievement of a different order, destined for eternal, well-deserved obscurity!" - Michael Sicinski, Cinemascope
Splice Lines (2012 Found Footage, 0:47)
Splices from Kurt Kren’s 6-64 Mama und Papa.
The Everden (2013, pxl 2000, 16:33)
Conflicted emotions about the city. Fears and anxieties surrounding movement and travel. Fragile dreams become nightmarish realities.


The Animated Heavy Metal Parking Lot
The Animated Heavy Metal Parking Lot 
(2008, Digital video, 01:40, Colour, Stereo)
A stop-motion animated tribute to Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s 1986 video documentary classic, Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Remaining faithful to no-budget film making, Supnet reconstructs her favourite scenes using cut-out characters made out of aged paper, glue and ink.
Fair Trade (2009, Digital video, 04:30, Colour, Stereo)
A young woman experiences heavy nostalgic trauma, as she purges herself from the materiality of her past. A story of one woman’s quest for a psychedelic transformation.
sun moon stars rain
sun moon stars rain (2009, Super 8, 03:20, Colour, Stereo)
sun moon stars rain is a psychedelic visual elegy, lamenting the death of Mother Nature’s children.
How to Care for Introverts
(2010, Digital video, 01:47, Colour, Stereo)
An instructional video on how to respectfully deal with introverts and their sometimes difficult character traits.
Weekend (2010, Super 8, 03:20, Colour, Stereo)
A condensed weekend shot in New York, a travelogue shot for WNDX’s 5th annual One Take Super 8 event.
gains + losses (2011, HD, 03:26, colour, stereo)
Through situational vignettes, gains + losses illustrates the filmmaker’s thoughts on death and other personal, day-to-day anxieties. The work touches on internal grief, tempered with a playful sense of humour and lo-fidelity charm.
Allan Gardens
Allan Gardens (2014, Digital Video, 05:55, Colour, Stereo)
In-camera edit of a sleepy afternoon visit to the conservatory of one of Toronto’s oldest parks.
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June 16th, 2014
@ MASS Gallery (map)
$5 – $10 Sliding Scale / ERC Pass / Free for NMASS pass holders!

Experimental Response Cinema, in collaboration with MASS Gallery and the Church of the Friendly Ghost, present an evening of moving images from Toronto, with curator Clint Enns in person!

“The experimental films and videos in this program offer a small glimpse into Toronto Underground Film Scene. The works in this program are personal visions that provide a space for remembrance, self-reflection and spiritual transformation. The ways in which these moving images are produced and the subject matters explored in these works are as diverse as the city itself. The works selected are an attempt to demonstrate some of the techniques, styles and themes that are being explored by moving image artists in Toronto at this time.” – Clint Enns

MASS logoMASS fosters exploratory modes of creation by encouraging artists to broaden the scope of their practice, while providing a friendly conversation space for the community to engage with contemporary art.

event-poster-2294687Church of the Friendly Ghost is a 100% volunteer-run arts organization supporting creative expression and counter-culture community. Established in the fall of 2003, we have presented approximately one thousand events to date including concerts, art exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and other adventurous cultural activities.


Chroma Crypt by Peter Rahul & Philippe Blanchard
5 min / digital / sound / 2014
Developed with a particular interest in bridging old and new moving image technologies (analog video mixers and 3D video games), Chroma Crypt is an experiment in animation as a live and performative art form. Feedback is a vital formal element of the piece: it is generated and manipulated in real-time through 80s analog video mixers, and incorporated via live keying and mixing. The video game—a psychedelic cave-like environment designed collaboratively by Rahul and Blanchard in Unity—adds another performative layer to the piece, allowing the viewer to navigate the environment from a first-person perspective.
Music by Charanjit Singh

Mosaic by Christine Lucy Latimer
3 min / 16mm / silent / 2003
This film uses footage of a digitally scrambled cable TV kickboxing fight transferred to 16mm B & W film negative and printed by hand. Digital interference foregrounds the representational action, creating a rhythmic, abstract tonal landscape.

Quilt by Amy Lockhart
2 min / digital / sound / 2013
Images and sound created in Amiga dpaint. 2013

Simultaneous Contrast by Chris Kennedy
6 min / 16mm / silent / 2008
The striped pattern of the municipal bus shelters in San Francisco becomes a fixed foreground behind which the city passes. Spatial oscillations provide a constantly permutating play of figure, ground and space, imaging the possibility of being two places at once.

ars memorativa by Scott Miller Berry
20 min / digital / sound / 2013
ars memorativa is an experimental documentary in four chapters that examines what is left behind when someone passes away and how memory traces emerge from the remaining artifacts and memories. the four people intersected with the directors life in a variety of ways and their stories are shared in a mix of forms: hand processed celluloid, digital animation, audio interview and home movies.

Baby Blue by Blake Williams
10 min / digital (3-D anaglyph) / sound / 2013
An anaglyph 3D found-footage film. None of the source material was shot stereoscopically; rather, the 3D effects are reliant on the phenomenon of motion parallax. Via its time delay strategy, visual depth illusions manifest themselves (or not, in some cases) through horizontal motions in the camera and/or its subjects. Clips of trains, space shuttles, beaches, and cyclopes butt against one another to present an ambivalent impression of mutated technologies, systems, gestures, and organisms.

Allan Gardens by Leslie Supnet
6 min / digital / sound / 2014
Edit in camera of Allan Gardens indoor botanical garden.

cirCling by John Creson & Adam Rosen
4 min / digital / sound / 2012
From the distance, light gleams across the water and dances to the hum of cicadas.

Colour Theory by Barbara Sternberg
6 min / 16mm / silent/ 2014
Goethe’s colour theory dealt with the optics of colour relations; Rudolf Steiner’s and Kandinsky’s theories attribute emotional, musical, and spiritual affects to colour; North American Natives see personality traits and states of mind, seasons, races, and the four directions in the four colours: red, yellow, white, black. What’s in a name, what’s in a word? A world of colour.

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John Porter’s T-Shirt Collection (2014)


John Porter’s T-Shirt Collection (2014)

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