Friday, March 30, 2012

John Greyson: Impatient, Mar 30 – Apr 5

Tonight, a multi-venue retrospective of iconoclastic New Queer Cinema filmmaker John Greyson entitled John Greyson: Impatient kicks off at TIFF Bell Lightbox with a screening of Zero Patience. The 1993 AIDS musical will be preceded by his short pieces ADS Epidemic and Roy & Silo's Starter Home.

Other works presented as part of John Greyson: Impatient include Carte Blanche: Edward II, White Money, Fig Trees, The Sixth Room, Motet for Amplified Voices and Lilies.

The retrospective is being held in conjunction with the release of a DVD box set and a new monograph honouring his work. The launch event takes place before the screening and is free to Zero Patience ticket holders.

The launch and retrospective series is jointly presented by TIFF, Vtape, the Art Gallery of Ontario, This Is Not a Reading Series, and Arsenal Pulp Press. It is interesting and pleasing to see that it appears TIFF and Greyson and put the controversy of 2009 behind them, when Greyson withdrew his documentary short film Covered and joined a protest against the festival.

The series continues until April 5.


John Greyson: Impatient

Friday March 30 07:00 PM
Zero Patience preceded by ADS Epidemic / Roy & Silo's Starter Home
John Greyson's AIDS musical is a wickedly funny postmodern pastiche that combines activist zeal with aesthetic playfulness.

Sunday April 1 04:00 PM
Carte Blanche: Edward II preceded by White Money
Tilda Swinton stars in Derek Jarman's surreal, Queer Nation-reimagining of Christopher Marlowe's ode to doomed homo love.

Monday April 2 06:30 PM
Fig Trees preceded by The Sixth Room / Motet for Amplified Voices
The lives of two AIDS activists are interwoven with a radical stage performance in John Greyson's operatic docudrama.

Thursday April 5 06:30 PM
Lilies preceded by Herr / Packin'
John Greyson's passionate, luminescent tale of love and betrayal from the celebrated play by Marcel Marc-Bouchard won the Genie for Best Picture.

Launched to international recognition in 1993 with his provocative AIDS musical Zero Patience, Toronto filmmaker John Greyson established himself as a leading figure in the loosely defined New Queer Cinema movement of the early 1990s. In an extensive body of work that ranges from documentary and historical fiction to filmed operas and experimental video art, Greyson employs Brechtian methods to refashion well-worn cinematic tropes as instruments of social and political activism, engaging the audience critically while never forgetting the power of pathos, humour and sensuality in telling his stories of forbidden love and struggles for recognition and liberation.

Join us to celebrate the release of John Greyson's DVD box set and a new book about his classic feature examining the truth about the origin of AIDS, Zero Patience. Noah Cowan, Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, moderates a discussion about the film with filmmaker John Greyson, Zero Patience book authors Wendy Gay Pearson and Susan Knabe, and Vtape's Wanda Vanderstoop. Featuring an introduction by TINARS' Artistic Director Marc Glassman, the launch event is followed by a screening of the film Zero Patience. Presented by This Is Not a Reading Series, TIFF, Arsenal Pulp Press, and Vtape.

Friday, March 30, 2012 2nd floor lounge, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Reitman Square, 350 King St. West, Toronto Event begins at 6:00 pm: Screening of film Zero Patience follows at 7:00 pm Launch event admission is FREE with purchase of ticket for the screening of Zero Patience.

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