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the 12th Edition of the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival is coming!

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the8fest poster by Sab Meynert

Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Beverley Halls SPK

A little festival for small films!

the8fest returns for its 12th year with 3 nights of performances, screenings, installations, a workshop and an Artist Talk! the8fest is North America’s longest running festival devoted to all forms of small-gauge film screened only on celluloid. Take a peek at what’s in store for this year!


FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

7:00 PM - BAGEROO TWELVE! VOLUME 1

Screening work from near and far, BAGEROO TWELVE! is curated from our open call for submissions featuring works by Claudio Sodi Zapata, Kyle Whitehead, Calla Durose Moya, Aaron Zeghers, Erin Obodiac, Lisa G, Klaus Schreier, Josh Weissbach, Brian Wilson, Nisha Platzer and Dan Browne!
Plus, our extra special commission this year features new work by GB Jones!
Supported by Pleasure Dome


9:00 PM - SHE WHO HOLDS THE CAMERA IS AT THE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE – SPOTLIGHT ON THE FILMS OF DIANNE OUELLETTE
Curated by Milada Kovacova

Come join us for a screening of Super 8 gems from Métis filmmaker, Dianne Ouellette. Hailing from the Prairies, Dianne’s spotlight will take you on a walking tour of the Prairies documenting moments lived for over 2 decades. Winning Kodak’s Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge marking their 50th anniversary of this analogue technology with her film Red is Dead, Dianne pays tribute to her mother’s battle with cancer.
You are also invited to attend an Artist Talk with Dianne Ouellette visiting from Saskatchewan on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1PM. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Light refreshments will be served.
Supported by CFMDC


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Dianne Ouellette - Bootalicious

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019

7:00 PM - SEARCH ME EDRA THOMPSON
Curated by Jonathan Culp

Vineland, Ontario's Edra Thompson (1926-2017) was a social worker, principal, tutor and author, with a radically individual-based philosophy of education. Between 1976 and 1984, Thompson produced seven inventive Super 8 shorts - with reel-to-reel sound - portraying her work and life. Culp manipulates the original reels, seen and heard here for the first time in over 30 years, into a fluid feature-length overview.


9:00 PM - OFF COURSE: BEGINNINGS, B-ROLLS AND HALF-BAKED IDEAS
Curated by Aimée Mitchell, with live musical accompaniment by Scott Hardware

The works in this program venture off route into queer/feminist/subversive cinematic worlds not found on most major maps. Welcome to a queer off-road adventure.
Sue Johnson has been creating art and performing work for over fifteen years. As an emerging artist, Johnson immersed herself in Atlantic Canadian artist-run centre culture and the world of artist-driven independent film and video - an aesthetic and methodology that still informs much of her practice. Playful meets political in the ways that Johnson’s work engages with feminist and queer subject matter, particularly in the way she leans hard into examining gender identity, expectations, and performance. She experiments in a wide-range of traditional modes of address, but whatever the form, what unfolds in front of her camera is a queer vernacular of the reality (and fantasies) around her.


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Sue Johnson - Rat Rod Reversed

10:30 PM - MYTH OF A SUPERHERO
Curated by Milada Kovacova

Catch the wave through the lens of small-gauge filmmakers into the world of recreational sports and then some. Myth of a Superhero focuses on films dealing with movement in time and space be they skateboarders, wrestlers, bikers, bad-ass chicks, farm animals and a horror movie for good measure. Not to be missed featuring Sergej Vutuc in person, Louise Liliefeldt, Stacey Case, Danny Plotnick and so many more fabulous filmmakers. Myth of a Superhero has delved into the vaults to bring you the Trilogy of the Parkdale Wrestler and Skate Witches. Myth of a Superhero is DIY at its best!
Sponsored by TSV


SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - INTRODUCTION TO CUT, COLLAGE AND ANIMATE WORKSHOP WITH RICH FEDORCHAK

Visiting animator Rich Fedorchak will provide an introduction to collage animation in Super 8 filmmaking! You’ll get hands-on experience learning the steps to pre-production and shooting animation. Rich will bring collage materials, but participants should bring ideas and some materials to begin animating. Each participant will be able to shoot some film during the workshop. Beginners and experienced filmmakers will find this workshop informative and inspiring!
SPACE IS LIMITED - EMAIL NOW!
Supported by TAIS


7:00 PM - HOME MOVIE HISTORY PROJECT: HURRICANE HAZEL, OTHER LOCAL CALAMITIES AND THE DRAMA OF DAILY LIFE

The Home Movie History Project has always been a favourite, and this year is no different. On the night of Oct 15th, 1954 flooding along the Humber River swept away houses built on the valley bottom at Raymore Drive killing 35 people. It was the deadliest effect of Hurricane Hazel when it reached inland all the way from the Atlantic to Toronto. This event has marked the neighbourhoods surrounding the Humber ever since. Dramatic footage shot on the morning of Oct 16th, showing the damage and river still in high flood, is the starting point for our tour through these neighbourhoods as captured in residents’ home movies.
Presented by the Home Movie History Project, with Heritage York and the Weston Historical Society


8:30 PM - BAGEROO TWELVE! VOLUME 2

Gems by Jeffrey Langille, Blaine Speigel, Ilse Kramer, Matthieu Hallé, Daniel Hackborn, Holly Chang, Mitchell Oliver, Stefanie Weberhofer, Kris Wismer, Sandy McLennan and Alan Gerlach grace the closing programme of our 12th Edition! This programme is augmented by a screening of the works that resulted from the animation workshop hosted by Rich Fedorchak at last year’s festival.
Supported by LIFT


+++ INSTALLATIONS ALL WEEKEND LONG

CINE VINYL RECORD-JECTOR by SALLY WALKER HUDECKI & WAVES by DUNCAN A.C. STEWART

This year, the8fest is excited to present two installations by locally-based artists. The artists’ explorations of sound and image present new experimental ways to engage with small-gauge film. Their works will be up throughout the festival weekend.
Supported by the Images Festival


The 12th edition of the8fest runs Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Beverley Halls SPK (Polish Combatants’ Hall), 206 Beverley St. (south of College, at Cecil Street).

This venue is accessible, and the8fest will have a care attendant available. If you have any accessibility concerns, please reach out to us by email at the8fest@gmail.com

Tickets: PWYC
Suggested: $8 per screening // $40 festival passes // $40 workshop fee

For more information including interview opportunities, press stills and preview links of selected films, please contact Barbora Racevičiūtė at the8fest@gmail.com

the8fest is made possible through the generous support of: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council as well as our sponsors and community partners: Home Movie History Project, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), Prefix ICA, Pleasure Dome, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Hex Editions, the Images Festival, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS), Trinity Square Video (TSV), our audience members and the talented filmmakers.

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