Sunday, April 1, 2012
One of the short films being played is a work that I co-directed with Katarina Soukup called Notes from the Kuerti Keyboard. It features the renowned musician Anton Kuerti performing the very playful second movement scherzo (Italian, meaning "joke") from Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 18. He performs the piece on an antique Underwood Model 1 typewriter made in the 1890s, courtesy of The Martin Howard Collection of Antique Typewriters. The film is a visual pun on the words "notes", Kuerti/Qwerty and "keyboard."
The U of T Film Festival is free and open to all to attend. It begins with a reception at 7pm. The screenings begin at 8pm.
The U of T Film Festival takes place in the Music Room of Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, just to the east of the clock tower to the west of Queen's Park Circle.
U of T Film Festival 2012
April 2, 2012
Hart House Music Room
This program is still subject to last minute changes and this is not necessarily the final running order.
7:00pm Reception ~ 8:00 Screening
PART 1: 57:00
*The Fourth Wall (2:26)
The world isn’t as it seems when a young student realizes his life has an audience.
Blind Luck (1:30)
A seeing eye dog must choose between his owner and his favourite toy.
*Charlie the Bear (3:00)
A kitschy teddy bear experiences adoration, competition, abandonment, and redemption while serving as a fly-on-the-wall for a relationship that begins and ends.
Scott Yamamura and Scott Cavalheiro
An aging ballet dancer finds his inner strength to carry forward, to push on through his pain, driven by his own inner music.
*Coming Soon! (4:14)
A horrifying tale of greed, sex and power.
Notes from the Kuerti Keyboard (5:30)
David Eng and Katarina Soukup
Legendary Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti ‘performs’ Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major on an antique Underwood.
Bale is a prisoner of war who is haunted by the memory of his deceased friend.
The Music Box (1:58)
A young girl’s imagination takes flight when dance is inspired by a beautiful music box.
Dolime Dilemma: Water Proof? (12:14)
Bringing the global concern for our water supply closer to home; to Guelph, Ontario. Is there adequate security for Guelph’s groundwater supply? Are our fundamental resources really being protected in Ontario?
*Broken Bricks “Pop Song” (2:50)
Local rockers Broken Bricks representing the neoplastic music movement. Shot on Super 8 film.
Dry stone wallers descended upon Hart House Farm for a weekend walling festival. Magic ensued.
– INTERMISSION –
PART 2: 55:00
*Run 2 U (3:40)
Music video used as audition for CBC’s Cover Me Canada. The video got me an interview on CBC Radio One in January 2012.
*Student Wars (2:30)
Star wars light sabre battle
*Down by Riverside “Where did the money go?” (5:00)
Down by Riverside play their song “Where did the money go?” for the Occupy Toronto movement.
*The Wall of Time (9:30)
My interpretation of Horace’s motto: “Live a day”. Time may be your best ally or your worst enemy. This depends on you. If you do not understand it, only time can help you to figure it out.
Chuck the space explorer has landed on an alien planet. While gathering specimens, he encounters a monstrous mechanical beast that threatens to cut his adventures short.
A distraught and delusional man attempts to see the young daughter he barely remembers.
*Jack Backhand in “The Big Slap” (18:05)
A 1939 studio block buster production goes awry and is abandoned to the scrap heap. Until now.
*For Eyes (5:07)
A subjective experience in love, looking, and the line between admiration and invasion in a world of visual technology.
Only titles marked * are eligible for Hart House Film Board prizes.