North of 49 – CFMDC 50th Anniversary Screening


Founded in Canada’s centennial year, 1967, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) is the country’s first artist-run, not-for-profit film cooperative. Michael Snow, one of CFMDC’s founders, crafted in that same year his legendary 16mm film Wavelength. Showcasing seminal works alongside contemporary films from an emerging generation of artists, CFMDC marks its fiftieth anniversary this year with this program of shorts from north of the forty-ninth parallel. Wavelength makes a brief appearance as WVLNT, launching a diverse program of works which engage with questions of history, identity and technology. Who are we in 2017, and where are we headed?

CFMDC is Canada’s foremost non-commercial distributor of independent film and media art. Known for its strong collection of historical and contemporary avant-garde film, CFMDC is also actively working to create a more contemporary definition of distribution in the digital milieu. CFMDC’s catalogue includes narrative, documentary, animation, experimental and hybrids thereof, with a focus on representing marginalized and non-mainstream work. Now in its 50th year, with 3,700+ titles by over 1,000 members, CFMDC is one of the most enduring, respected, forward thinking, and engaged distribution centres in Canada.

Lauren Howes has been Executive Director of CFMDC since 2006 and was previously Distribution Manager of Video Out in Vancouver, BC. She is currently on the board of the Toronto Arts Council, the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) Through her work in distribution, Lauren promotes and presents Canadian media art at film festivals and markets worldwide, including: Dublin, Sao Paulo, Hamburg, Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Seoul, Bangalore and Buenos Aires. A graduate of Simon Fraser University where she studied Film Production, Lauren also tries to make films when possible.


WVLNT (Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Have the Time)
Michael Snow, Canada, 2003, 15 min. 16mm to digital, colour, sound
WAVELENGTH For Those Who Don’t Have the Time: Originally 45 minutes, now 15!
Michael Snow’s film Wavelength has been acclaimed as a classic of avant-garde filmmaking since its appearance in 1967. In February 2003, Snow created a new work consisting of simultaneities rather than the sequential progressions of the original work. WVLNT is composed of three unaltered superimpositions of sound and picture.

By The Time We Got To Expo
Eva Kolcze and Philip Hoffman, Canada, 2015, 9 min, 16mm to HD, colour, sound
A meditative journey through Expo 67, re-visiting a significant moment in Canadian history using manipulated imagery taken from educational and documentary films. Footage has been re-worked using tints, toners and photochemical techniques to create a vibrant collision of colours, textures and forms.

Timothy Barron Tracey, Canada, 2016, 5 min, HD, sound
DataMine is a stop-motion indictment of surveillance society, laboriously animated by hand with light painting to create surreal imagery without the use of computer generated images. Society embraces an ever-increasing connection to technology, creating digital communities that distract us from our real world existence. In the intricate world of DataMine, the oblivious masses are catalogued and scrutinized. The operation spirals out of control, until one of the Scrutinizers is forced to make a choice.

All Around Junior Male
Lindsay McIntyre, Canada, 2012, 7:26, 16mm to digital, b/w, sound
A single-subject portrait of a young Nunamiut athlete through the practice of his sport, which focuses on the materiality of film and its surface textures.

The Dancer and The Crow
Iris Moore, Canada, 2014, 4:27min, digital, colour, sound
Who we are on the outside does not always represent who we are on the inside. When one man takes a closer look at his inner self, he discovers the beauty he has been hiding from the world. He decides to stop hiding and embrace who he truly is.

Tracking Sasquatch (field report #4)
Christina Battle, Canada, 8:25min, digital, colour, sound
A search for the elusive Sasquatch, the fourth chapter in an on-going series. “The more a thing deviates from the known, the better the proof of its existence must be.” With text generated, sourced and scoured from various articles and essays found on the internet.

View of the Falls from the Canadian Side
John Price, Canada, 2006, 7 min, 35mm, colour and b/w, silent
In 1896, William Heise photographed the first 35mm motion picture images of Canada at Niagara Falls. The four-perforation camera system he used was designed and built by Thomas Edison and William K. Dickson, and the stock was manufactured by George Eastman to Edison’s specifications. This film was photographed using the same essential technology and is dedicated to the visionary ideas of those pioneers.

You rub me the wrong way
Scott Miller Berry, Canada, 2015, 3 min, Super 8 to digital, colour, sound
You rub me the wrong way was created as part of SOUND + VISION TORONTO. produced by Basement Arts. This project paired five local filmmakers with five local bands/musicians and one local neighborhood. I was asked to interpret and adapt a song by the potent forces behind post-punk band Pants & Tie in Toronto’s dynamic Kensington Market. (SMB)

Total run time: 59:30

This is going to be an incredible experience, so mark the date down on your calendar NOW!

Start Date:

August 25, 2017 9:00 pm

End Date:

August 25, 2017 10:30 pm


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