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Hidden Presences: Films by Willie Varela Retrospective (in person)

Sunday June 11, 8pm $15
@ CineCycle, 129 Spadina Avenue
Co-presentation with aluCine; Latin Film + Media Arts Festival
Note: PD Members discount & Pleasure Passes are not valid for this event.

Part of Summer 2017

From his home in El Paso, Willie Varela has been making personal, experimental moving image work since 1971. The
films and videos collected in this program are a sampling of Varela’s massive body of work, and include environmental
portraits, experiments with abstract light forms. His work is informed by a disparate range of influences — including
Chicano culture, Catholic iconography and ritual, and mass media. Varela’s work is thus a nexus of regional identity,
faith, and technological experience. By this, Varela’s films transcend distinctions of formal and social investigation. His
early super 8 films emphasized perception and gestural abstraction. Varela has described them as being “domestic in
nature … concerned with the rhythm and the dailyness manifests, like in the films of his friend Stan Brakhage, as a
record of a life of passionate visual exploration. In his early abstract films, such as Becky’s Eye, transforming coloured
light suggests, at times, a gradient iris, or an inflamed sclera, and even when these rhythms are slowed, the film
remains ambiguous in its content.

Willie Varela - Ghost Town

Willie Varela - Ghost Town

Willie Varela - Ghost Town

Willie Varela - Ghost Town

Willie Varela - His Hidden Presence

Willie Varela - His Hidden Presence

Willie Varela - His Hidden Presence

Willie Varela - His Hidden Presence

Willie Varela - In Progress

Willie Varela - In Progress

WillieWillie Varela - In Progress

Willie Varela - In Progress

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