ReelAbilities Film Festival screenings at OCAD University

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 11:00pm

Tues. May 17, 7 p.m.:

The Rainbow Kid by Kire Paputts is a gritty coming of age story set in rural Ontario that follows Eugene, a teenager with Down syndrome, on the journey of his life. Followed by a panel discussion with actors and filmmakers.

​Runtime: 93 min.

Co-presenters: Down Syndrome Association of Toronto, OCAD University
 

Wed. May 18, 7 p.m.: 

Gabriel by Lou Howe. Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused teenager longing for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with mental health and recovery.

Runtime: 87 min.

Co-presenters: Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, OCAD University

Ticket price: $12. To ensure the festival is financially accessible, community tickets for students, seniors and those on fixed incomes are $8. Tickets can be purchased in person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King. St. W), over the phone at 416-599-8433 and online.

The auditorium is wheelchair accessible, any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will receive a free ticket for his or her support person. Service animals are welcome. All films have open captioning, panel will have ASL interpretation.

For additional information about accessibility please contact customerrelations@tiff.net

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
http://toronto.reelabilities.org/

Insignificant Surfaces: a screening of videos by Colin Clark

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 12:00am to 3:00am

The Loop Collective and Arraymusic co-present an informal screening of recent digital videos by Colin Clark. These durational videos quietly sound the cinematic technicity of the sea, trees, plants, animals, and people.

This event continues our series of screenings in 2016 celebrating the Loop Collective's 20th anniversary.

Colin Clark is a video artist, composer, IAMD MFA candidate, and design researcher at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre. Since 2011, he has produced a growing body of digital videos that explore the relationships between technology, nature, and time, often incorporating custom-made image and sound processing techniques. His music has been performed by Arraymusic, the neither/nor collective, the Draperies, and his own ensembles, Lions and Fleischmop. Colin's soundtracks for experimental films by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof and R. Bruce Elder have been shown at film festivals internationally. He has curated exhibitions with the Loop Collective featuring the work of Chris Welsby, Michael Snow, John Cage, and others. Colin also develops Flocking and Aconite, web-based creative software tools for sound synthesis and video processing used by artists and musicians around the world.
 

Venue & Address: 
Arraymusic Studio 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto
Email: 
cclark@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000
Cost: 
Free
Insignificant Surfaces poster with event info and film still

Movies for Mental Health

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 10:00pm to Friday, January 22, 2016 - 12:00am

Please join Art with Impact and OCAD U for dinner, short film, & discussion.

5:00-7:00 Movies for Mental Health
Location: Great Hall
Pizza (vegan & gluten free options), Cupcakes, Ice Tea

For accessibility-related accommodations please contact ocadu.artwithimpact@gmail.com

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University The Great Hall, 100 McCaul St.
Cost: 
Free
Movies for mental health banner with event info and illustrations of a face and film camera

Filipino American & Filipino Canadian - A Conversation with Dr. Yen Le Espiritu

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 11:30pm to Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 1:00am

Please join us as we learn more about the differences and similarities between Filipinos in Canada and Filipinos in the United States. Conely de Leon (PhD student at York University) and Jennilee Austria (youth settlement worker and writer) will interview Dr. Yen Le Espiritu, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Espiritu has been at the forefront of research on Filipino-American and Pan-Asian experiences for more than two decades. Her writings on Filipinos/as in San Diego, in particular, have provided a vivid portrait of how youth, gender, class and race affect the lived realities of these communities. This event is free and open to everyone. Come with your questions, so that we may have fruitful conversation and debate.

There will be screening Casey Mecija’s wonderful short documentary, My Father, Francis before the interview.

My Father, Francis — which won the Women in Film and Television Award at the 2013 Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival—provides a moving portrait of the relationship between a second generation queer Filipina and her father, Francis. By focusing on an art exhibit that she and her father collaborate on, Mecija conveys the complex bonds, both familial and diasporic, that often exist between generations of post-colonial subjects. As a tribute to her father’s creativity, Mecija’s work is full of generosity, humility, and care.

This event is co-sponsored by OCAD University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences &York University’s Centre for Asian Research (YCAR)

Venue & Address: 
Room 230, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/441618539374702/
Cost: 
Free

IDRC director featured in film at London Fashion Week

Photo of Jutta Treviranus, Director IDRC
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 5:00pm

Jutta Treviranus, director of OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre is prominently featured in a new film produced by Microsoft Design. The 20-minute short is entitled Inclusive.

“Can design be both universal and personal? Inclusive is a short film that explores this question with some of the industry's foremost thought leaders. When interactions with technology are pervasive, designers face new challenges and opportunities in addressing the true breadth of human diversity.”

View the film online.

 

Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries

Image of butterflies
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 10:00pm

Art Exhibit: Visualizing the Intimate

This groundbreaking series of events brings together academics, artists, activists, and community members as they discuss the contributions of queer Filipinos/as to Canadian culture and society.

EVENTS CONFERENCE & RECEPTION
January 23, 2015. 9 am – 7 pm
100 McCaul Street, Room 190

FILM SCREENING
January 24, 2015. 6 pm to 9 pm
The 519 Church St Community Ctr.

ART EXHIBIT:
VISUALIZING THE INTIMATE
January 23 – February 15, 2015.
Hours, 9am - 5pm
Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St.

Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery, 49 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://www.queerfilipinosincanada.ca/

Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries

Image of butterflies
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 11:00pm to Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 2:00am

This groundbreaking series of events brings together academics, artists, activists, and community members as they discuss the contributions of queer Filipinos/as to Canadian culture and society.

EVENTS CONFERENCE & RECEPTION
January 23, 2015. 9 am – 7 pm
100 McCaul Street, Room 190

FILM SCREENING
January 24, 2015. 6 pm to 9 pm
The 519 Church St Community Ctr.

ART EXHIBIT:
VISUALIZING THE INTIMATE
January 23 – February 15, 2015.
Hours, 9am - 5pm
Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St.

Venue & Address: 
The 519 Church St Community Center
Website: 
http://www.queerfilipinosincanada.ca/

Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries

Image of butterflies
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 12:00am

This groundbreaking series of events brings together academics, artists, activists, and community members as they discuss the contributions of queer Filipinos/as to Canadian culture and society.

EVENTS CONFERENCE & RECEPTION
January 23, 2015. 9 am – 7 pm
100 McCaul Street, Room 190

FILM SCREENING
January 24, 2015. 6 pm to 9 pm
The 519 Church St Community Ctr.

ART EXHIBIT:
VISUALIZING THE INTIMATE
January 23 – February 15, 2015.
Hours, 9am - 5pm
Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190
Website: 
http://www.queerfilipinosincanada.ca www.facebook.com/events/1390559501235262/

Higher Learning

Higher learning poster
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Presented by the Toronto International Film Festival with OCAD University and Sheridan College

Douglas Wilson on Us and the Game Industry

Post-secondary students and faculty are invited to join game developer Douglas Wilson for a screening of Us and the Game Industry, a feature documentary from director Stephanie Beth investigating design principles with contemporary computer game developers. Those profiled in the film include: Douglas Wilson of Die Gute Fabrik (Johann Sebastian Joust, Mutazione); Jenova Chen, John Edwards and Robin Hunicke of thatgamecompany (Journey); Jason Rohrer (The Castle Doctrine); Alexander Bruce (Antichamber); and Zach Gage (SpellTower).

Douglas Wilson is co-owner of Die Gute Fabrik, a small game studio based in Copenhagen and New York City. Doug has developed a number of physical and installation games including Johann Sebastian Joust, which received the Innovation Award at the 2012 Game Developers Choice Awards. He is currently producing two commercial games projects, Sportsfriends and Mutazione.

Stephanie Beth is an independent documentary producer and director for Common Dreams Ltd. With decades of involvement with documentary production and teaching with and about media, she has sustained an ethnographic interest in the human condition in the modern and then contemporary world. Her films include Us and the Game Industry (2013), In Joy (1980), and I Want to be Joan (1977).

HOW TO OBTAIN TICKETS TO THE GUEST SPEAKER EVENTS:

University and college students
Same day ticket availability: Tickets for each event will be made available on a first-come, first- served, basis. Tickets are limited to one per person and are available one hour before the event's start time at the Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office on the first floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at 350 King Street West. Students must show valid college or university cards for admittance.

Faculty members and administrators
Advance bookings: Faculty members and administrators can reserve blocks of tickets for their classes, 30 tickets per professor. Please send your request to hlf@tiff.net, putting the name of the specific event in the subject heading.

Same day ticket availability: The remaining tickets for each event will be made available on a first-come, first- served basis. Tickets are limited to one per person and are available one hour before the event's start time at the Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office on the first floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at 350 King Street West. Faculty and administrators must show college or university faculty/staff cards for admittance.

Members of the game development community who would like to attend, but are not a faculty member or student, are encouraged to email hlf@tiff.net to inquire about booking a ticket.

Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub
The Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub complements our live events by providing satellite educational programming to academic communities and to the public at large, extending the Higher Learning experience beyond the walls of TIFF Bell Lightbox. These materials include filmographies and bibliographies generated from the resources of the TIFF Film Reference Library, as well as video footage of some of our past Higher Learning events. To learn more and access all Higher Learning resources, please visit tiff.net/higherlearning

Venue & Address: 
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://tiff.net/higherlearning
Email: 
hlf@tiff.net
Cost: 
Free

Plastic Houses

 Image: Still from Plastic Houses - Geoffrey Shea, 2012
Monday, August 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

Film by Geoffrey Shea as part of the Fabulours Festival of Fringe Film

This 30-minute meditative film is a reflection on consciousness and community: the things that bind us to others and keep us apart. It was shot in Jungle Village, a training facility maintained by the New Tribes Mission for preparing missionaries for overseas work. The two characters, while clearly in some kind of relationship, exist as kinds of figments in each other’s imaginations.

The Jesuit missionaries in my own family struck me as exceedingly kind and conscientiousness individuals and it is very hard for me to reconcile that image with the culturally destructive role that missionaries have played in indigenous societies throughout the world. The chasm that separates religious and intellectual proponents at both ends of the spectrum in North America is one instance of the mystery surrounding the difference that our tenuous understanding of consciousness and community generates.

The film was shot over about a week with no budget and I am very grateful to Michael Tweed (camera) and Sonja Posod (my co-performer) for their commitment, trust and interpretive talents. PJ Dean-Thornton sang the song that I wrote and Tony Massett contributed his improvisations on the sax to the original music.

Image: Still from Plastic Houses - Geoffrey Shea, 2012

 

226-432-2179

 

www.fabfilmfest.ca/film2013/plastichouses.html

 

$5

Venue & Address: 
Durham Town Hall 131 Garafraxa Street South Durham, Ontario

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