LIFT co-presents AD HOC #48’s “Josephine Massarella: Green Dreams”

LIFT co-presents “Josephine Massarella: Green Dreams”

as part of AD HOC #48

The films of Josephine Massarella cover a vast territory, from durational, performance-focused films that bridge everyday experiences with ritual and symbol, to aesthetic transformations of landscape and wilderness through the eye of the camera. This program focuses on her maturation as an artist concerned with figure and landscape, through to her triumphant return to filmmaking in the 2010s. Massarella’s ecstatic, poetic, ecofeminist cinema explores the relationship between figure and setting, between word and image, between material fact and evanescent experience.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue
Free admission

This event also marks the public launch of a new blu-ray collection, “Josephine Massarella: Green Dreams,” from home video publisher Black Zero, a showcase for Massarella’s complete works, including a selection of her early student films, all paired with new critical commentaries and other contextualizing features. AD HOC is proud to co-present this event with the Cinema Studies Institute at Innis College, Black Zero, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

“One Woman Waiting” (1984, 16mm, col., sd., 8 mins.)
“No. 5 Reversal” (1989, 16mm, b/w, sd., 10 mins.)
“Interference” (1991, 16mm, b/w, sd. 20 mins.)
“Green Dream” (1994, 16mm, col., sd., 23 mins.)
“Night Stream” (1996, 16mm, col., sd., 12 mins.)
“Light Study” (2013, 16mm, col./b/w, sd., 12 mins.)
“No End” (2015, digital, col., sd., 6 mins.)
“165708” (2017, 16mm, col., sd., 7 mins.)

TRT: 98 minutes

Josephine Massarella was an independent filmmaker based in Hamilton, Ontario, who worked primarily in 16mm film. Her films include “165708,” “No End,” “Light Study,” “Night Stream,” “Green Dream,” “Interference,” “No5 Reversal,” and “One Woman Waiting.” They have screened at festivals worldwide and won numerous awards, most notably Best Experimental at the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2018 for 165708. Josephine earned a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from Athabasca University, a graduate certificate in Advanced Film and Television from Sheridan College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film at the University of British Columbia. She also taught introductory filmmaking and cinema studies. Josephine passed away on June 22, 2018. To honour her spirit, and through the support of her family members, LIFT inaugurated the Josephine Massarella Artist Award in 2019.



Wednesday 22 November 2023, 19:00 to 21:00

Non-members: Free
Members: Free

Innis Town Hall 
2 Sussex Avenue 
Toronto Ontario