Press Release: 30 x 30 - 30th Anniversary Commissioned Films




Toronto, December 27, 2011—In celebration of three decades of filmmaking the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) has commissioned 30 Toronto film veterans and emerging voices to make new works originating on or in the spirit of Super 8mm film. Some of the invited artists include Bruce Elder, a leading figure of the Canadian avant-garde; Nobu Adilman, accomplished actor, musician, TV host and producer; Mike Hoolboom, renowned avant-garde filmmaker; Midi Onodera, award-winner Japanese-Canadian filmmaker; and Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator at the Pacific Film Archive. The completed films, videos and digital works will be presented over three nights in January at Jackman Hall.


“Over the last 30 years LIFT has grown from a small collective to one of the foremost centres for independent moving image education and production in the world” said Ben Donoghue, Executive Director, LIFT. “The range and richness of the works we have commissioned capture what LIFT has stood for over the past three decades: a fierce support to independent practices for both aspiring filmmakers and established artists, and an equally passionate commitment to provide affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment.”


30 x 30 – Three Nights of Films for 30 Years of Filmmaking
8:00pm Thursday, January 19, 2012
8:00pm Friday, January 20, 2012
8:00pm Saturday, January 21, 2012
AGO Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas Street West (McCaul Street entrance)
Admission $8.00


LIFT’s 30 x 30 commissioning project has been supported by the Initiatives Program of the Canada Council for the Arts (Media Arts Section).


The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is Canada’s foremost artist-run production and education organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. LIFT exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers and artists through affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment; professional and creative development; workshops and courses; commissioning and exhibitions; artist-residencies; and a variety of other services. LIFT is supported by its membership, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Foundation, the Government of Ontario and the Toronto Arts Council.




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