Thursday, January 13, 2011

Director's talk by Guy Maddin at the Toronto School of Art, January 19

The Toronto School of Art is welcoming famed Canadian director Guy Maddin for an artist's talk on January 19, 2011. It is a pay-what-you-can event and a cash bar will be provided. I've heard him speak before and he's a smart, witty and lively raconteur who is sure to be very engaging to hear in person.

He's well-known for a unique style that pays homage to silent films and home movies. If you are not familiar with his work, I suggest you check out Tales from the Gimli Hospital, Brand Upon the Brain!, The Saddest Music in the World, or My Winnipeg and then go hear him speak. Roger Ebert named My Winnipeg one of the top ten films of the decade (2000-2009).

You can also view some of his short films online at the Bravo!FACT website, where he has several shorts that accompanied The Saddest Music in the World which together were called The Saddest Shorts: Sissy Boy Slap Party, Sombra Dolorosa and A Trip to the Orphanage.

The event starts at 6:30pm at 410 Adelaide St. West, 3rd Floor.

Come to the Toronto School of Art
for a director's talk by
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 19th
at the TSA, 410 Adelaide St. West, 3rd Floor
pay what you can + cash bar

The Toronto School of Art (TSA) is pleased to welcome Guy Maddin to our studios on Wednesday, January 19th, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his work.

Guy Maddin, the world's foremost cineaste planant, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba: the coldest and most central city in North America. His filmic output to date – nine feature-length projects and innumerable shorts – is a remarkable canon of fantasia. Viewing a Maddin movie, short- or long-form, it's hard not to conclude that there must have been some strange alchemy on the set – the pictures seem woven and filigreed rather than simply, bluntly "shot" as other movies are; and furthermore must have been magicked together by a team of pillow-sleeved artistes with a rouged, beret-clad Maddin shrieking directions in falsetto from a golden velvet throne floating atop a dais of honeyed mist.

However, he is, in person and on set, quite a normal man. His first feature, Tales from the Gimli Hospital, appeared in 1988, and became a midnight-movie classic. His second, Archangel, won the U.S. National Film Critics Award for best experimental film. Since then he has won many other awards – including the Telluride Silver Medal for life achievement in 1995, the San Francisco International Film Festival's prestigious Persistance of Vision award in 2006, and others – and created dozens of beguiling films in his unique personal style. These include such celebrated feature works as The Saddest Music in the World (2003); Brand upon the Brain! (2006); and My Winnipeg (2007).

Maddin is also a writer and teacher, and occupies the position of Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence at the University of Manitoba.

Paul Butler 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Margaux Williamson  6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Organized by Camilla Singh for the Toronto School of Art.
TORONTO SCHOOL OF ART 410 Adelaide Street West, 3rd Floor
(416) 504-7910 |

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