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Pleasure Dome’s 14th annual New Toronto Works Show, curated by Rachel McRae, David Frankovich and Jamie Phelan is a diverse and engaging selection of recent experimental film and video by both established and emerging Toronto artists. Don’t miss this celebration of cutting-edge works from the Toronto underground. Programme: Pre-screening: iSwallow, David McCallum (performance) Screening Part […]
World Premiere from the Governor General Award-Winning Artist Istvan Kantor Monty Cantsin? Amen! (In Person) Saturday, June 12, 9 pm @ MOCCA’s New Location!, 952 Queen St. West A co-presentation with Charles Street Video, InterAccess, Vtape, Trinity Square Video, FADO, 7a*11d and MOCCA Toronto’s media and performing arts community is celebrating the official sanction of […]
A co-presentation with 7a*11d Pleasure Dome and 7a*11d are thrilled to present a performance by the legendary Downtown artist Andrew James Paterson. Comprising film, video, and live monologues, Mono Logical consists of clips from Paterson’s narrative and performance-based video works from the early 80s up until the early 90s, in tandem with his new shorter […]
A co-presentation with CFMDC and Vtape Hilarity, Titillation, Stimulation, Bleeding, Spitting, Sex, Static, Sleazy, Cheesy, Creepy, Shocking, Wondrous, Colours, Scratches, Matches, Sweat, Cum, Compression, Interface, Discharge, Lingerie, Boys, Girls, Sprockets, Technology, Movement, Vision, Pleasure, Riding, Anxiety, Silence, Meditations, Perceptions, Lucidity, Loss, Denial, Precious, Pixilated, Grainy, Seductive, Disturbing, Banal, Sublime, Bodies, Desire, Beasts, Beauties, Tits, Ass, […]
Film and video ranging from the documentary to the personal to the abstract and experimental. Some confrontational ethics and knee-slapping humour, a joust with the body politic and a mind feast for the conceptual. All these themes and more will be addressed in this year’s ninth annual New Toronto Works Show. Co-curated by Pleasure Dome […]
Since the mid-90s Roy Mitchell has been furtively examining his own wash ‘n’ wear existential crisis: What does it mean to be a single, working-class, 40ish queer who lives to dance? Roy is an artist with a mission, and in I Know a Place (1998), the quest begins at a basement party in his hometown […]
Pleasure Dome invites all film & videomakers, members and our audience to the annual Open Screening Under the Stars held in the courtyard behind Cinecycle. Open to anyone with a shred of celloid or tape kicking around this is your chance to put it up on the screening (for a maximum of 10 min.). Bring […]
The annual New Toronto Works Show presents Toronto’s newest innovative, experimental and risk-taking film and video. Curated by Pleasure Dome members Jan Bird, Libby Hauge and Jason St. Laurent, this year’s program promises to reveal the hidden and unveil the cutting edge in Toronto’s avant-garde.
An evening dedicated to the lowly home movie. Often dismissed as monotonous or naive, home movies are the contrary. They are a mesmerizing map of the pyscho terrain of the family and a detailed catalogue of the endless styles and objects that make up 20th century culture. 7 pm The Catherine Films This screening presents […]
Pleasure Dome is honoured to present two events by Toronto filmmaker John Porter. Undoubtably the Don Corleone of Super 8, Porter is well-known to independent film fans throughout North America for his unrelenting celebration of Super 8 and low-tech art. By making evocative, ingenious and mesmerizing films, Porter has followed through on Baudelaire’s intrigue with […]
Arriving in Toronto for its sole Canadian stop of a North American tour, this San-Diego-based Super 8 festival brings us the best in small-gauge artists’ films from around the globe, proving once again that Super 8 is not only alive and kicking but also continues to be the choice for hip political suave underground filmmakers. […]
This program highlights local proflic artist, writer, film and videomaker Kika Thorne. ‘Come into my life: these films are my relationships – lover, sister, daddy, friend. Each intimacy reduced to a fiction of power.’ This evenings repertoire includes the super 8 films School, a bad movie about a bad schoolgirl, ‘the kind of spanking fetish […]
Pleasure Dome and Cinematheque Ontario are pleased to present an evening with American filmmaker James Benning. Leave it to a former math teacher to show us (again) how cinematography, landscape and human history are comprehensible as integrated fields of meaning. In Deseret (1995, 80 min., Toronto premiere) subjects as diverse as polygamy; land speed records; […]
The annual New Toronto Works Show presents Toronto’s newest innovative, experimental and risk-taking film and video. Curated by Pleasure Dome members Larrisa Fan and Hamansu Desai, this year’s program promises to reveal the hidden and unveil the cutting edge in Toronto’s avant-garde — guaranteed to lift your winter blues. Notes: New Toronto Works Show Curated […]
The New Toronto Works Show hits the nail on the head of Toronto’s newest innovative, experimental and risk-taking film and video. The volunteer committee, culled from Pleasure Dome’s constituency and consisting of Tracy German, Barbara Goslawski and Death Waits, will deftly curate this challenging evening of the works that make Toronto happen.
This summer Pleasure Dome will be hosting our 3rd annual Open Screening under the stars at Cinecycle’s new location at 129 Spadina Ave. Rear. In the parking lot adjacent to the Coachouse we will be screening all works on a first come, first shown basis (we may have to limit the length of works). Bring […]
A special co-presentation with the Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival. Pleasure Dome is pleased to present a special late-night screening of gender bending film and video by lesbian and gay producers. Bearded ladies, chicks with dicks and stiletto queens, are among the queer sightings in Gender Bender. Throwing open the question of […]
See No Evil is a view of exactly what censorship means in Toronto today. It includes a broad mix of work, from documentary and underground film to music video and sex movies, that has been censored for many reasons. Among the utterances escaping the censors’ lips regarding these films and videos: “depicts unsettling subjects”; “offends […]
One year after the inauguration of George Bush’s New World Order with the January 16th invasion of Iraq, Pleasure Dome presents a program examining the use of cinema and television during wartime. The latest wrinkle in a history of audio-visual propaganda that stretches back to World War I, the Gulf conflict was truly a ‘media […]
In response to Pleasure Dome’s open call for submissions last season, an independent curatorial film project was initiated by The Splinter, a loose and lively Toronto-based architectural (maga)zine. In keeping with the playful, multidisciplinary spirit of their engagement with architectural issues, the group decided to approach film programming from more than one angle. The first […]
The work of local filmmakers Marnie Parrell and John Kneller is part of the trend by many younger filmmakers towards working in smaller formats to escape the high film production costs. Unlike work done in a ‘rough and ready’ style that attempts to undermine traditional avant-garde aesthetics, the films of Parrell and Kneller take a […]
“J.D.s is a zine for hardcore kids dedicated to the the explosive inside world of gay punks who get their kicks from putting the gay back in ‘punk’ and the punk back in ‘gay’.” The infamous Toronto fan publication presents an evening of no-budget films that rework dyke, fag and punk-isms in streetwise operas of […]