Winter 2011 Workshop Screening





LIFT presents new films and works-in-progress by participants of LIFT’s Winter Super 8mm and 16mm Filmmaking Intensives. Members, non-members, friends and family all welcome to attend.
The Emmet Ray

924 College Street

(just east of Dovercourt Road)



Untitled by Zoë Heyn-Jones

Approx. 4 min, 16mm, silent

This work-in-progress
engages with the shared history and supernatural linkage of the cinema and the
train. Lynne Kirby states, “As a machine of vision and an instrument for
conquering space and time, the train is a mechanical double for the cinema.”
Inspired by this notion, this experimental work engages with movement and
stillness through structural form, and privileges the fragmentation and
distanciation of the quotidian through superimposition and montage. The myth of
cinema’s birth and the inherent questions of perceptual veracity are tied to
the railway tracks, and this work acknowledges that tradition.

Zoë Heyn-Jones is a
researcher and writer whose work has appeared in Offscreen, Synoptique, and
Camera Stylo. Zoë studied cinema and anthropology at the University of Toronto,
where she spent her time hiding in projection booths and libraries, and she
holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University. Zoë is currently
experimenting with collage animation and hand-processing small gauge film, and
working on an installation that combines ideas of ethnographic shock,
documentary image ethics, and precinematic optical technologies.



A Stroll Thru The ‘Hood by Bill Samuel

3 min, Super 8mm, Black and White

More aptly named “A jog thru
the hood”, this film experiments with single framing on a super 8 camera.
I took a walk from my home in the St. Clair/Dufferin neighbourhood of Toronto
and brought a super 8 camera with me. Every 5 steps (seconds) I would shoot a
single frame so the effect is to resemble a very lively fast motion trip
through side streets and across major roads. At intersections with stoplights
I would run the camera at 18 fps so that time seems to slow down, as it always
does, when waiting for the lights to turn green. The overall effect is
interesting and a good exploration into the nature of a film camera.

Bill Samuel is new to Super 8 although has experimented with 16mm in the past. He works
as a computer technician and enjoys “fixing and tinkering” with machines.



Sunday Supper by Natasha McKenna

2 min, Super 8mm, silent

Peppy and Salty dream of
having their very own cooking show. They meet on Sundays to make supper
together, talk politics and dance. Soup’s on! 


Natasha McKenna is worried that her office job is killing her creative side. This short
may prove that the situation is worse than she thought but she remains hopeful
that a continued prescription of Super 8 experimentation, writing, reading and
exposure to life outside her cube will turn things around.



anita in the morning by Catherine Polcz
3.5 mins, Super 8mm, silent

A film about divided events
and early morning grooming.


Catherine Polcz is a
biologist very interested in analog film and photography.



Battle of The Sword by Garret Henry
2 mins, Super 8, silent

In a far away land, an evil
man with a powerful sword challenges a soldier to a duel, where the only
survivor is the victor.


Garret Henry is an up and coming
filmmaker from the Durham area. Raised using digital camera, he is beginning to
incorporate film as a medium of choice in his projects. A fan of the horror
genre, Garret has made almost a dozen horror shorts to date. A recent project
was accepted to Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Garret
currently is producing and directing his first feature film in 2011, entitled
Blood Mist
, a demonic zombie apocalypse.

Bug by Twitchy Tantrum
2 min, Super 8mm

Experimenting with super 8
camera skills learned in John Porter’s Super 8 intensive workshop at LIFT and
editing footage in Final Cut Pro. This is my first official



Easter by Zoë Heyn-Jones

2.5 mins, Super 8 (silent)

This hand-processed Super 8
film was shot at my parents’ house in Grey County over the Easter weekend. The
goal was to document – in an experimental fashion – the home in which I grew
up. The weekend marked the last time my family would be together for at least a
year, and, in a fit of nostalgia, I tried to capture an overall sense of my
family home before my parents left it in the hands of tenants while they set
off on their travels.


(See Bio above)



Smokey Tarrot by Mark Rendall

0 mins, Super 8mm, live music

In a dark room, a mystic
reads your cards. The future has no face. Red lights and burnt prophecies fill
your head like smoke in a jar. Can ya dig?

For many years Mark Rendall
of this film has been extremely weary of the digital trend in our society.
Computer screens give him migraines and induce long bouts of
insomnia. Digital photographs seem like cheap parlor tricks. He has
always wanted to make his own films the old fashioned way, and recently, has
had the pleasure of using the super-8 medium with the help of John Porter and LIFT. He is not looking back. His past is irrelevant. Film is
the way of the future.


Tuesday 10 May 2011 –

Non-members: Free
Members: Free

Emmet Ray Bar 
924 College Street 
Toronto ON Canada