Thursday, April 12, 2012

2012 Images Festival, April 12–22

25th Anniversary Images Festival. "Expanding cinema since 1988."
Opening weekend starting this Thursday (+ bonus screening on Wednesday!)

The 2012 Images Festival programming showcases vanguard contemporary media-based artworks. Located in 20+ venues across Toronto, the festival presents screenings, live performances, online projects, gallery exhibitions as well as artist talks, gallery tours and parties. The Images Festival crosses international boundaries again this year with 120+ works by artists from 26 countries, as well as local and national artists, students and accomplished artists. The Images Festival screens and exhibits a wide range of works from many disciplines – everything from formal materialist experiments to innovative documentaries, from film with live performance to works which address a range of issues from the political to the personal and everything in between!

PRE-FESTIVAL FREE BONUS SCREENING: Lewis Klahr's collage feature "The Pettifogger"
In association with The Free Screen series at TIFF Cinematheque, we are delighted to present this special free pre-festival bonus screening with American collage-artist Lewis Klahr's new feature The Pettifogger. Klahr has been making films for over 30 years, re-animating found objects into rich reveries of pop culture dream-narratives. His filmmaking is one of paper ephemera, comic-book cutouts and marked playing cards. The textures of his found material become even more alive with Klahr's recent turn towards 30 photography: the coloured half-tone dots of mid-century printing processes and the surface quality of aging paper become vividly foregrounded, a mixture of Lichtenstein and Frankenstein. Klahr's longest piece to date is an elliptical narrative of a year in the life of an American gambler and con man (the "petty fugger" of the title), circa 1963. A narcotic mixture of noir-driven intrigue and brooding, contemplative passages driven by strong mood music and found dialogue from radio potboilers, The Pettifogger is "an abstract crime film and, like many other crime films involving larceny, a sensorial exploration of the virulence of unfettered capitalism. An impressionistic collage film, culled from a wide variety of image and sound sources that fully exploits the hieroglyphic essence of cutouts to ponder what appropriation and stealing have in common." – Lewis Klahr
Wednesday April 11, 7 PM @ TIFF Cinematheque, 350 King Street West



OPENING NIGHT GALA: Renowned Ghanian/UK filmmaker John Akomfrah (in person!), co-founder of London's seminal Black Audio Film Collective presents his latest feature The Nine Muses, a documentary meditation on migration and landscape. With stunning shots of Alaskan shores and audio filled with moving readings, from Homer to Dante to T.S. Eliot; and the music of Arvo Pärt and India's Gundecha Brothers, Akomfrah has created a haunting journey through myth and landscape, a self-described "Proustian attempt" to suggest the idea of migration.The Nine Muses (*still above) opens the 25th festival with its Canadian premiere (Thursday April 12, 6:45 PM @ The Royal);

ON SCREEN: Ten nights including over one hundred films + videos! This is the longest-running part of the Images Festival, featuring 17 screenings of films from 20+ countries around the globe. For the second year in a row, our main screening venue is Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Right Ascension features works by ten Toronto artists, while UK filmmaker Ben Rivers returns to the festival with his stunning new 35mm cinemascope feature Two Years at Sea, a cinematic portrait of man set adrift in a post-apocalyptic future, a radical past, or an alternative present. A Place in the World, is a program of four films that reflect on distinct structures and environments: from a methadone clinic in Vancouver¹s Downtown East Side to a live-in care facility in the English countryside for adults with learning disabilities. Includes films by Robert Beavers, James Benning, Antoine Bourges, Simone Rapisarda Casanova, Lav Diaz, Jacqueline Goss, Alexandre Larose, Elke Marhofer, Monique Moumblow, Lucy Parker, Chu-Li Shewring + Adam Gutch and Rizki Resa Utama -- these films and many more will be presented at our main venue Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

CANADIAN ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Takes a new turn this year with a focus on our founding year, 1988! We've invited instigators of the Images Festival to select their most memorable film or video, 7 of which will be presented over 2 programs and alongside a new commissioned essay by Toronto's venerable Andrew James Paterson commemorating our silver anniversary. Images '88 program one screens Friday April 13, 8 PM, Jackman Hall with guests Cameron Bailey, Annette Mangaard and Ross Turnbull presenting works by Richard Kerr, Jan Peacock and Frances Leeming. Images '88 program two screens Thursday April 19, 7 PM, Images at 204 Spadina with guests Richard Fung, Marc Glassman, Janine Marchessault and Kim Tomczak presenting works by Fumiko Kiyooka + Scott Haynes, Vera Frenkel, Marc Paradis and Wendy Geller.

SPOTLIGHT TO THE iFpod: We're also showcasing MOST of the films + videos presented in 1988 in our online video player, the iFpod for streaming starting April 12. For one month you can take a history lesson watching works by Canadian artists including Michael Snow, Diane Poitras, Laura Sky, Ann Marie Fleming, Colin Brunton, Paul Wong, Phil Hoffman and R. Bruce Elder and dozens of others!

OFF SCREEN: The fastest growing section of the Festival and for good reason! 26 Installations by Canadian and international artists are presented at 16 local galleries, artist-run centres and public locations, engaging many sites throughout the GTA, Off Screen stretches from Bloor and Lansdowne to Harbourfront Centre to Oakville to Chinatown including our NEW "POP-UP" GALLERY at 204 Spadina hosting 3 installations and our nightly post-screening lounge. Opening receptions, free bus + walking tours and artist talks are scheduled throughout the festival. Artists participating in exhibitions running throughout April include: Joshua Bonnetta, Deanna Bowen, Marc Boulos, Duncan Campbell, Keren Cytter, Oliver Husain, Abishek Hazra, Gary Kibbins, Silvia Kolbowski, Annie MacDonell, Julieta María, Naeem Mohaiemen, Antoni Muntadas, Alexandra Navratil, Tristan Perich, Sara Rara, Yashas Shetty, Deborah Stratman, Angélica Teuta, Kerry Tribe and others!

LIVE IMAGES: One of the most popular series at the festival, featuring film, video and audio artists, musicians and other performers live and in person with spectacular media-based performances. Highlights include: Closing Gala Yo La Tengo with archival films by Jean Painlevé, the performance piece I Eat Pickles at Your Funeral by Keren Cytter, Sound Objects show with music + video + circuit bending from Abstract Random, Lucky Dragons and Tristan Perich, Critical Mass by Kerry Tribe, a triple-play event featuring performances from Erik Bünger, Steve Kado and Jodie Mack and more!

FREE Off Screen Guided Gallery Tours
401 Richmond Street West + 204 Spadina Avenue
Saturday, April 14, 1 PM and 3 PM
Join cheyanne turions and Leila Timmins for a guided walk through of the exhibitions in the 401 building and at Images "pop-up" gallery at 204 Spadina.
Meet at 204 Spadina Avenue (at Sullivan)

FREE BUS TOUR TO Keren Cytter opening at Oakville Galleries!
Sunday April 15, 1:30 PM
1:30 PM : FREE bus departs Images from 204 Spadina, returns 5 PM to Jackman Hall (Art Gallery of Ontario)

OPENING SCHEDULE at Oakville Galleries
2:30 – 3:30 PM at Oakville Galleries in Centennial Square
3:30 PM – 5 PM in Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

NEW IN 2012! HALF PRICE TICKETS with a $25 membership!

Become a member of The Images Festival and get access to all of the programming listed above and more!!

For more information on our Membership Program and to purchase online:

Save money and support Toronto's longest-running alternative film festival. Images turns 25 in 2012 and we couldn't have made it to the quarter century club without the support of dedicated festivalgoers just like you.

New for 2012: Images is offering HALF-PRICE MEMBER TICKETS! $5 screenings for all On Screen presentations!

Super 8 Membership – $25
• Half-price tickets to ALL festival presentations (50% off full regular door price) Preferred box office privileges (seats reserved for members until 15 minutes before curtain), Festival catalogue in the mail

16mm Membership – $75
• All-Access Festival Pass – see everything at the fest! Preferred box office privileges (seats reserved for members until 15 minutes before curtain) Festival catalogue in the mail

35mm Membership – $250
Ideal for members who want to share the festival with a friend
• DOUBLE All-Access Festival Pass! Two limited edition Images Festival bags, Preferred box office privileges, Festival catalogue in the mail, A charitable donation tax receipt for $100

You can also order your membership over the phone (416 971 8405), in person at the Advance Box Office during the festival, or via email:

Advance tickets are now available through our online store for all ticketed events!
To purchase advance tickets online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express PayPal account -- no service charges!) please visit:

Tickets for our Opening & Closing Night Galas and Live Images presentations are available at Soundscapes (572 College Street) and Queen Video (412 Queen Street West) and Rotate This (601 Queen Street West)

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