The Free Screen is TIFF’s popular showcase of experimental film and video art, and they have three events happening this summer – on June 20, July 18, and August 15. Programmer and filmmaker Chris Kennedy has chosen works that push the boundaries and ask, “What is Cinema?” Contemporary works are shown alongside historical ones, and international works alongside local, in order to fully explore the possibilities of the medium.
The Free Screen – Summer 2012 is divided into three distinct programmes:
On Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm, it’s Liquid Metal, a programme of shorts inspired by the digital technology shape-shifting villain T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and featuring a live performance of Tasman Richardson’s new piece, Firing Squad which edits the fading lights of analogue TV sets into rapid fire images and sounds. Richardson will be in attendance.
On Wednesday, July 18 at 7:00 pm, Fractured Movement/Constituent Parts explores cinema’s ability to distort time and space with recently restored prints of 1970s artist Gary Beydler’s experimental films. In Pasadena Freeway Stills, Beydler uses successive photographs to animate a drive through the Figueroa tunnels outside of Pasadena. In Venice Pier, Beydler strings together shots taken throughout the year so that a walk down the pier shows rapid changes in time and season.
And on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 pm, TIFF presents Jonathan Schwartz: The Skies Can’t Keep Their Secrets. Capturing fragments of light, colour and gesture, Schwartz then adds recordings that he has collected in the field. Schwartz will be present for the screenings, and the programme will conclude with the Canadian premiere of his new film, If the War Continues, inspired by a story by Herman Hesse.
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