DIVERGENT DESIRES: THREE FILMS BY MARK PARISELLI
Thursday, November 8 8PM
With an alternative authorial voice, Mark Pariselli perceptively explores themes of sexual awakening, identity and acceptance in his short films After, Frozen Roads and Kiss. Suffused with visual storytelling and queer sensibility, Divergent Desires: The Short Films of Mark Pariselli showcases the writer/director's outsider perspective and sensitivity.
Post-screening discussion between Pariselli and Andrew Murphy, Director of Programming at Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
7 UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS BY JORDAN CANNING
Saturday, November 10 8PM
Canning's short films subtly subvert the everyday, confront awkward truths, and reveal the capacity in each of us to be redeemed. With flourishes of humour, magic realism, and pathos, this mini-retrospective reveals why she is leading the charge among an exciting cohort of young Newfoundland filmmakers.
Post-show discussion between Canning and filmmaker Stephen Dunn.
KIDS ON TV: HIDDEN HISTORIES & SPECTACULAR MISFITS
October 19 - November 11, 2012
Coinciding with the release of Kids On TV's latest album Pantheon, Kids on TV: Hidden Histories & Spectacular Misfits celebrates Toronto's electro-dance punks and their impact on music, art, and queer identity over the last ten years. This is the first major retrospective of the band's music videos, costumes, photographs, posters, and multiples.
OPENING RECEPTION AND VIDEOFAG LAUNCH PARTY
Friday October 19, 8PM
PANEL DISCUSSION & PANTHEON LISTENING PARTY
Sunday, November 4, 2PM
Keith Cole moderates a lively discussion between some of Kids on TV's closest collaborators over the past 10 years including Michael Comeau, Maggie MacDonald, Reg Vermure, and Michael Barry. Stay for drinks and a listening party of KOTV's new album Pantheon.
I'VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME
Curated by Marcin Wisniewski
John Greyson, Mike Hoolbloom, Phil Villeneuve, The Hidden Cameras, Keith Cole,
Judy Virago & Igby Lizard
I’ve Got the Music in Me is a screening exhibition devoted to music videos and performances created by queer visual artists. More than just mere illustrations or visual enhancements of popular songs, these videos are powerful explorations of the marriage between the image and popular music, our relationship to them and their libratory uses for the queer community. Drawing on popular songs or entirely original compositions, the works presented here are funny, touching, pedagogical, visually arresting and innovative proving that personal is political. Works by John Greyson, Mike Hoolboom, Phil Villeneuve, The Hidden Cameras, Judy Virago & Igby Lizard.
THROAT: A STAGE READING
November 15, 2012
Cara Ricketts, Jeff Lillico, Marc Senior, Judith Thompson, and Richard Zeppieri
A life-changing storm. A displaced community. Throat follows three friends who start a business cleaning up the government sanctioned trailer park they live in. Their goal: to raise money to buy back their old lives... or live a better one. Throat is a play about those who have been displaced and how they seek to again find a place for themselves within society. It is a play about hope, about longing to belong, about trying to hold on to a sense of community in the face of a terrifying time.
JEREMY BAILEy: THE FUTURE
November 17, 2012
With his signature deadpan, Bailey appropriates new media vocabularies to illuminate art world myopia, collective and personal anxieties towards technology, and the simultaneously limitless and astoundingly limited nature of human ingenuity. Bailey's performative, self-reflexive videos suggest the future is now and it is both beautiful and extraordinarily disappointing. Jeremy Bailey: The Future is the first mini-retrospective of Bailey's work, bringing together six of his videos in an augmented reality lecture format.
MATTHEW RANKIN: RECENT MISCHIEF
November 17, 2012
Matthew Rankin is keeping Winnipeg weird and wonderful. The heir-apparent of Guy Maddin's King of Quirk crown, Rankin's highly visual, provocative work is both irreverent and disarmingly political. This evening brings together recent highlights from his prolific output of short films.
A feature film by Albert Shin
November 19, 2012
Beautifully realized in the cold depths of the Ontario winter, POINT TRAVERSE paints a stark but meditative portrait of life on the edge. Two twenty-something friends from a small town go to different lengths to discover their true nature after witnessing a murder. A nuanced and evocative first feature from Toronto-based filmmaker Albert Shin.
Post screening discussion between Albert Shin and the cast, led by Genie nominated filmmaker/actor Ryan Ward.
CITIZEN KENNEY : A LOVE LETTER IN 3 PARTS
Shalrene Bamboat & Alexis Mitchell
November 23, 2012
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, puts forth policies to rescue the most 'vulnerable' in society: migrants, women, and LGBTQ peoples. Come join Bambitchell in a presentation of Citizen Kenney: A Love Letter in 3 Parts to 'honour' and 'reflect' on the Great Kenney's national policies.
Videofag presents a campy evening, screening Bambitchell's new work, Citizen Kenney, alongside tongue-in-cheek performances by Roy Mitchell, Casey Mecija, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Cressida Kocienski & others.
Curated by Sarah and Sylvana D'Angelo
November 29, 2012
Featuring work by Alicia Nauta, Felix Kalmenson, Cameron Lee, Zoe Solomon, Joele Walinga, Marisa Hoicka, Filip Anton, Henri Faberge, Jordan Tannahill & Nina Arsenault, Nitasha McKnight, Jonathan Mayhew, Reid Jenkins, David Graham, Basil Alzeri, Chris Boni, Paul K. Wadsworth, Natalie Logan.
MORTAL COILS is a one-night, video-based exhibition of eighteen Toronto artists exploring bodies and the contexts that surround them. These short videos are themselves, parts of a whole, a landscape at work, a living & breathing entity that is a body in its own right.
An ongoing monthly storytelling series
Curated by Mitchell Cushman and Katherine Cullen
The Spoke is a monthly storytelling series curated and hosted by Mitchell Cushman and Katherine Cullen. Stories range from the funny, the sad, and everything in between. Always true to life and told off-the-cuff, the stories are set to the theme of the night, which is ever changing.
BRITISH TEETH PRESENTS STYLE & FASHION
Featuring Templeton Philharmonic & Alan Kliffer
Hosted by Ben Miner
December 29, 2012
Talk-of-the-town sketch comedy duo British Teeth present their first ever Videofag show Style & Fashion. It has nothing and everything to do with style and fashion! The headliners will be joined by fellow sketch duo Templeton Philharmonic, and will also feature the character styling of Alan Kliffer. This evening of lurid comedy will be hosted by cheeky, who-knows-what-he’ll-say-next stand-up comedian Ben Miner. So throw on a bold print and some chunky jewelry and come see what this award-winning duo has up their velveteen sleeves as they tear up the linoleum floors of Videofag with this crazy show…British Teeth present: Style & Fashion. Be there!
THE SANTALAND DIARIES
By David Sedaris
Directed by Harveen Sandhu & Tayves Fiddes
Performed by Jesse Nerenberg
November 30 - December 4, 2012
In this adaptation by Tony Award winning actor/director Joe Mantello, acclaimed writer David Sedaris is at his best. The Santaland Diaries is the hilarious, scathing satire of Christmas that launched his career. The Santaland Diaries follows David (Jesse Nerenberg), a slightly cynical newcomer to New York who is forced to forgo his dream of writing soaps to work as one of Santa’s elves in Macy’s Herald Square, the largest store in the world.
AN ESPECIALLY MAUDE-LYNN CHRISTMAS: A RELUCTANT WASSAIL FOR YULETIDE MISFITS
Written by Morgan Norwich & Johnnie Walker
Directed by Johnnie Walker
Starring Morgan Norwich with Peter Cavell
December 20 - 22, 2012
“Morgan Norwich is impeccably droll as Maude-Lynne, enunciating her latest tweets with the clarity of a 19th-century governess.” NOW Magazine
“Morgan Norwich is both magnetic and gut-busting as Maude-Lynne, a reclusive retro-fetishist who sells bootleg movies & Victorian literature from her mom’s basement to make ends meet. ” Eye Weekly
Maude-Lynne is back! Exiled from her own family’s Christmas celebrations, everyone’s favourite expert on Victorian gothic literature and the Internet has organized her own Xmas spectacular, complete with carols, presents for the audience, and an interactive pantomime.
Created and performed by N.A.
Inspired and adapted from Heiner Muller's Hamlet/Machine
December 13 - 15
IN THE FEARFUL ARMOUR
THE EMPTY VESSEL
From Dec 13 to 15 N.A. will be exhibited in a 72 hour performance installation which echoes her involuntary 3 day incarceration in a mental institution in 2005. At 8pm each night N.A. will perform a workshop of her new performance piece OPHELIA/MACHINE.
SALO, OR 120 DAYS OF SODOM
PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
Sunday, December 9, 2012
One of the most controversial films of all time, SALO, OR 120 DAYS OF SODOM is Pier Paolo Pasolini's masterful re-situating of the Marquis de Sade's classic to the final days of Mussolini's Fascist Italy in 1944. Four corrupted fascist libertines kidnap eighteen teenage boys and girls and subject them to four months of extreme sadism and sexual torture. The film caused an uproar when it was released in 1975, and was Pasolini's last before his murder.
Join ADAM PAOLOZZA, SKY GILBERT, and JORDAN TANNAHILL for a pre-screening conversation about SALO, it's enduring legacy, and the controversy surrounding Pasolini's death.
TRUTH/DARE : A DRAMATIC READING WITH DANCE BREAKS
Salvatore Antonio, Adamo Ruggiero
December 6-8, 2012
In 1991, a documentary entitled Truth or Dare redefined the concert film. Following the iconic Madonna on her 1990 'Blond Ambition' concert tour, Truth or Dare offered us an intimate glimpse into the court of Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Backstage footage shot in pristine black and white, juxtaposed with glittering colour footage of her stage show reveal both the woman, the legend and the motley crew she keeps.
Governor-General nominated playwright, actor and director Salvatore Antonio, and Gemini-nominated host and actor Adamo Ruggiero have adapted the transcript of the documentary for an inspired stage reading, which will include audience dance-breaks to the songs where concert footage appeared. A cast of notable Queers will play the various roles with Antonio and Ruggiero sharing the role of the Material Girl, and a DJ will spin the hits from the tour.
Featuring: Salvatore Antonio, Adamo Ruggerio, Damien Atkins, Andrew Bathory, Keith Cole, Brendan Healy, Chris Jacot, Sholem Krishtalka, and DJ Konstantine
I DO WHAT I WANT
Vanessa Jane Kimmons
November 30 - December 2
performed by Emily Law
Ultimately interested in social responsibility, Kimmons' choreographic work aims to confront widely held opinions surrounding gender, sex, and sexual identity. Looking at the mystery that lies between the legs, this work attempts to demystify the (bleep), by exploring the intimate/conflicted connection to, and understanding of, our most prized possession... pussy.
SLIDE NIGHT: HOUSEWARMING
Monday October 23
Steven Beckly, Erin Brubacher, Samuel Choisy, Kiana Hayeri
On the occasion of Videofag's housewarming, four photographers craft an edit of images on the idea of arriving, setting up, and making a home. An evening of images and conversation.
ADAM GARNET JONES: NO SMALL THING
Saturday, November 3 8PM
The seven short films featured in Adam Garnet Jones: No Small Thing probe deeply into themes of contemporary Aboriginal identity, childhood trauma, and queer coming-of-age. This early-career survey, featuring work from 2005-present, serves to celebrate one of Canadian cinema's most vital and prodigious young voices.
Post-show discussion between Garnet Jones and filmmaker/actress MICHELLE LATIMER.