Events

Oct
8
Tue
Future Cinemas with Caitlin Fisher and Taien Ng-Chan
Oct 8 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

 Future Cinemas with Caitlin Fisher and Taien Ng-Chan

Please join us for a free lunchtime screening and discussion of Future Cinemas with Cinema and Media Studies faculty Caitlin Fisher and Taien Ng-Chan. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

Oct
22
Tue
The 5th Region
Oct 22 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

The 5th Region

Please join us for a free lunchtime screening and post screening discussion of Northern/Inuit Arts research project,  The 5th Region, with Professor Anna Hudson,  Filmmaker Aeyliya Husain and Inuit educator Joshua Stribbell. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

The 5th Region
Oct 22 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

The 5th Region

Please join us for a free lunchtime screening and post screening discussion of Northern/Inuit Arts research project,  The 5th Region, with Professor Anna Hudson,  Filmmaker Aeyliya Husain and Inuit educator Joshua Stribbell. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
4
Mon
CineSiege 2019: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Catch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 17th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of Canadian film and media culture.

The films selected for CineSiege 2019 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.

The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Maya Bankovici, Franci Duran, Stuart Hands, Adina Pintilie and Ravi Srinivasan.

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of

Cinespace Toronto   Paradise Theatre


After Party

Immediately following screening (approx. 10:30pm)
The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N8

Nov
5
Tue
Best of Cinesiege 2019
Nov 5 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

York Cinema & Media Arts and Nat Taylor Tuesdays present Best of Cinesiege 2019

For those who will miss out on Cinesiege 2019 this Monday, November 4th downtown, here’s your second chance to watch celebrated works by York University undergraduate students, with filmmakers in attendance.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
12
Tue
AIDS Activist Cinema & The Queer Canadian Underground with Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh
Nov 12 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

AIDS Activist Cinema & The Queer Canadian Underground with Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh

York Cinema & Media Arts, Nat Taylor Tuesdays, and Archive/Counter-Archive are delighted to welcome scholars Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh to present their research on AIDS Activist Cinema and Underground Canadian Queer Cinema! Tuesday, November 12 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
16
Sat
AMPD at York U Fall Campus Day
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Are you thinking about pursuing post-secondary studies in the visual, performing, digital or media arts?

Join us at Fall Campus Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to find out about our programs and what makes York University a great place to study Cinema & Media Arts, Computational Arts – Digital Media, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre and Visual Art & Art History.

Professors, staff and some of the outstanding students currently in our programs will be on hand to share information and answer your questions. You’ll come away feeling knowledgeable, welcomed and more confident about choosing your educational path.

[caption id="attachment_101903" align="alignnone" width="642"]Six student ambassadors pose around a table labeled "school of the arts, media, performance & design" Come see us on Fall Campus Day![/caption]

Information sessions for the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design will be held in the Accolade West Building at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Tours of our studios, labs, performance and exhibition facilities are offered at 11:30 am and 2 pm.

Our Visual Art and Design programs are also offering portfolio reviews on a drop-in basis from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. Bring a portfolio of your best work for a friendly, no-strings-attached, one-on-one consultation with one of our visual art or design professors.

General campus tours and info sessions about York’s student services, admissions, financial support, residence and campus life will also be available.

For more information, maps and directions, and the full agenda for the day, visit futurestudents.yorku.ca/fallcampusday.

Admission is free, and family and friends are welcome.

While registration is not required, it is an option. Registering gives you the chance to create a customized schedule for yourself for the day, combining activities in AMPD with York-wide info sessions and tours. Look for the Register  Now box on York’s Fall Campus Day website.

We look forward to meeting you!

Nov
26
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays and Cinema Politica Present: La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016)
Nov 26 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016)

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and Cinema Politica Present:La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016). Please join us for a free screening and question and answer period with Rodrigo Michelangeli (co-writer & cinematographer)

Tuesday, November 26 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
27
Wed
Quantopia: The Evolution of the Internet with Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky and Kiera Boult
Nov 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Quantopia: The Evolution of the Internet with Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky and Kiera Boult

The Department of Cinema and Media Arts (CMA) is proud to present Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky and Kiera Boult in conversation on Quantopia: The Evolution of the Internet

Date: November 27th, 3-5pm
Place: 206 (ACW) Accolade West Building
Reception: 024 (CFA) Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, following the event

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky will be speaking about Quantopia: The Evolution of the Internet, his musical investigation of the Internet, from its birth as ARPANET in 1969 (the same year as CMA), to its impact on our society over the last 50 years, particularly in terms of connectivity, quantification, and human rights. Miller is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. He has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His books include the award-winning Rhythm Science, published by MIT Press in 2004; Sound Unbound, an anthology about digital music and media; The Book of Ice, a visual and acoustic portrait of the Antarctic, and; The Imaginary App, on how apps changed the world.

Kiera Boult is an interdisciplinary artist and performer from Hamilton, based in Toronto. Boult’s practice utilizes camp and comedy to skeptically address issues that surround the role and/or identity of the artist and the institution. In 2019, Boult was the recipient of the Hamilton
Emerging Visual Artist Award. Her work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and Trinity Square Video. She has participated in the Art Gallery of York University’s final Performance Bus, 7a*11D’s 7a*md8 – ON LINE  and Life of a Crap Head’s Doored. She holds a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University and is currently Vtape’s Submissions, Collections & Outreach Coordinator.

This event is part of CMA’s 50th year anniversary celebrations, as well as the occasion of the launching of BetaSpace (the new Media Arts Co-Working Space, named after industry parlance for a project that is in the final stages of development and ready for testing). CMA’s first graduating cohort of Media Arts BFA students will also be exhibiting their end of term work in augmented reality, app development, video documentary and fiction, and more!

Dec
1
Sun
Still Beginning: New Short Films about HIV/AIDS
Dec 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

AIDS Action Now!, Vtape, Archive/Counter Archive and Visual AIDS present
STILL BEGINNING

A program of passionate and poetic new short films about HIV/AIDS by Alison Duke, Phillip Pike, Andrew Zealley, Shanti Avirgan, Carl George, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor FM Torres, Derrick Woods-Morrow. Please join us for this powerful presentation in film followed by a discussion.

Date|Time: Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 3:00-5:00 PM
Place: Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space, 401 Richmond St. W (at Spadina), 4th floor
Cost: Free

Canadian and American film/video artists explore HIV and AIDS today, across generations of activism and expression. Featuring….

Promise Me, Alison Duke
Black HIV+ mother and daughter battle (Work-in-Progress Excerpt)

 

 

 

 

 

Beat Goes On, Shanti Avirgan
Portrait of Keith Cylar, the sassy New York-based ACT UP/harm-reduction activist and co-founder of Housing Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lie, Carl George
“Ruminations on ruined nations,” exposing links between war, poverty, AIDS & capitalism.

 

 

 

 

I Remember Dancing, Nguyen Tan Hoang
An intergen dialogue between trans/queer Asians about about AIDS, activism, love and (un)safe sex.

 

 

 

 

My Overlookedness, Andrew Zealley
The virus speaks… about lures, points of disclosure, and life overlooked.

 

 

 

 

Chloe Dzubilo: There is a Transolution, Viva Ruiz
Vivacious declarations by the incandescent trans/AIDS activist and artist Chloe Dzubilo (1960-2011).

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Still Me, Iman Shervington
Sian, an HIV+ Black woman, speaks eloquently about living with AIDS in Louisiana.

 

 

 

 

eye/virus, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres
This experimental collage weaves together experiences of disclosure and stigma across generations.

 

 

 

 

 

Much Handled Things Are Always Soft, Derrick Woods-Morrow
History of public sex in Black Chicago, as told by HIV+ photographer Patric McCoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Dance of Revolution, Phillip Pike (excerpt)
Four decades of passionate activism in Toronto’s Black queer communities

 

Dec
3
Tue
AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Sofia Bohdanowicz & Lesley Chan in conversation with Brenda Longfellow
Dec 3 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

YORK U DEPARTMENT OF CINEMA AND MEDIA ARTS PRESENTS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Please join us for a screening and discussion with two MFA alumni, Sofia Bohdanowicz & Lesley Chan, discussing the role of auto-bio in their shorts and features, which often collage together ‘homemade’ methods. Followed by a conversation with CMA faculty member Professor Brenda Longfellow.

Date|Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 12:45 PM
Place: Nat Taylor Cinema | N102 Ross, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON
Cost: Free

Tondal’s Vision with Stephen Broomer
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

YORK U DEPARTMENT OF CINEMA AND MEDIA ARTS PRESENTS TONDAL’S VISION
with Stephen Broomer in Person

“A film that bombards the senses with color and light … you can do a lot with it, and it will
certainly do a lot with you.” – Michael Sicinski

“A fable and immram, sifted from the cloak and rubble of the Comedy, a vision before Dante. The soul of the knight Tondal, stricken by the excesses of his flesh, quits his body to tour the next world. He is guided by an angel through heaven, hell and limbo. What lessons await him here? To every pleasure there is a cost, for poetry is a kind of poison, and even your angels will get you lost. Angel, tell me, for how long was I dead? Be it true or be it false, it is as the copy was.”

Date|Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 3:00-5:00 PM
Place: Nat Taylor Cinema | N102 Ross, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON
Cost: Free

Depth of Field: Excerpts from Recent York MFA Thesis Films
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

DEPTH OF FIELD
Excerpts from recent York MFA Thesis Films

Red Bicyle (Fiction)
Fazila Amiri
Mahal, a young Afghan woman is arrested on the charge of a “moral crime”, losing her virginity before marriage. After she finds a red bicycle, she plots out a daring escape from women’s prison.

 

 

 

El Mundo o Nada (Documentary)
Ingrid Veninger
A portrait of 29-year-old Cuban twin brothers, Rubert and Rubildo, after their recent migration to Barcelona; this documentary explores the emotional cost of big ambitions, the intimate bonds of sibling love, and the challenges of building a new life.

 

 

 

Our House (Fiction)
Susan Bayani
A socio-political drama about Anahita, an Iranian refugee in Toronto, who runs into the man who brutally murdered her parents in Tehran years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Revolution Moosehide (Documentary)
Lesley Johnson
In Dene culture, the newly created earth was made beautiful by a moosehide. Revolution Moosehide follows Melaw Nakehk’o’s journey of cultural resurgence by learning the practice of moosehide tanning, inspiring a revitalization movement across Denendeh and beyond.

 

 

 

 

End of the Rope (Fiction)
Sibel Guvenic
After being crippled by a car accident, a former dancer enters a power struggle with an exploitative scientist who promises her creative freedom in an altered reality with his invention.

 

 

Aqui y Alla (Documentary)
Lina Rodriguez
A poetic reflection on family as an emotional system that operates across generations, Aquí y allá juxtaposes colour 16mm, B&W mini-DV footage, and photos from my family’s archive to meditate on the passing of time, the possibilities of remembering, and the construction of space as an ongoing historical and subjective process.

 

 

 

Of Sand and Gold (Documentary)
Raghed Charabaty
A mother and her children live in a small house in Mount Lebanon. One day, a terrifying sandstorm called the Khamseen arrives and destroys the house and all of its inhabitants, children and visitors alike. ‘Of Sand & Gold‘ weaves together a timeless myth in parallel with real interviews with Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon today, alongside displaced Lebanese families.

 

 

Birthday (Fiction)
Atefeh Khademolreza
‘Birthday’ concerns three new immigrants to Toronto (a Serbian divorcee, a Syrian boy, and an Afghani dishwasher), connected only through a series of soft-wipe split-screens. At first, they appear to form a single family as they prepare for a birthday celebration. As the story unfolds, we realize that the only thing connecting them together is the thread of loneliness.

 

 

December 3, 2019
7.30PM (doors open 7.00PM)
Art Gallery of Ontario: Jackman Hall
317 Dundas Street. Entrance at McCaul Street.
Free admission

Dec
6
Fri
Lost and Found in Late Capitalism
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism

Sponsored co-presentation with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi, Co-Chair, Pleasure Dome.

Date|Time: Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30-10:00 PM
Place: Small World Music Centre | 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $10 General Admission | $5 Member Rate or PWYC

In recent years, with the election of right-wing and fascist politicians around the world, the link between fascism and capitalism has become impossible to ignore. Existing somewhere between apocalypse and parody, the age of late capitalism has brought about dystopian ideals presented to its subjects as standard societal practices. Pleasure Dome’s Lost and Found in Late Capitalism will attempt to speak truth to power by speaking power’s language while capitalism continues to destroy our environment, wage wars on our people, and destroy our social fabric. This program consists of a series of short videos constructed from found footage, coming from a variety of formats, sources, and levels of legality. These videos use footage from Hollywood films, business promotional videos, public domain artefacts and military footage to tell stories of life under the thumb of capitalism. It is through this re-appropriation of the products of capitalism that today’s artists can attempt to come to terms with the struggle of living under an unquestionable dictatorial system.

Follow Pleasure Dome 
Instagram and twitter: @ PleasureDomeTO
Facebook: @ PDomeTO
website: www.pdome.org

 

Image Credit: Beyond Human, Pete Burkeet (Ohio, USA), 2018.

 

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism

Sponsored co-presentation with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi, Co-Chair, Pleasure Dome.

Date|Time: Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30-10:00 PM
Place: Small World Music Centre | 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $10 General Admission | $5 Member Rate or PWYC

In recent years, with the election of right-wing and fascist politicians around the world, the link between fascism and capitalism has become impossible to ignore. Existing somewhere between apocalypse and parody, the age of late capitalism has brought about dystopian ideals presented to its subjects as standard societal practices. Pleasure Dome’s Lost and Found in Late Capitalism will attempt to speak truth to power by speaking power’s language while capitalism continues to destroy our environment, wage wars on our people, and destroy our social fabric. This program consists of a series of short videos constructed from found footage, coming from a variety of formats, sources, and levels of legality. These videos use footage from Hollywood films, business promotional videos, public domain artefacts and military footage to tell stories of life under the thumb of capitalism. It is through this re-appropriation of the products of capitalism that today’s artists can attempt to come to terms with the struggle of living under an unquestionable dictatorial system.

Follow Pleasure Dome 
Instagram and twitter: @ PleasureDomeTO
Facebook: @ PDomeTO
website: www.pdome.org

 

Image Credit: Beyond Human, Pete Burkeet (Ohio, USA), 2018.