Part of Winter 2001
Artists’ Talk and Screening: Monday, February 19, 7pm @ OCAD, 100 McCaul St., Room 126 Free!
A co-presentation with the Media City Festival, Windsor (February 14 – 17 www.netcore.ca/~hot/) with the support of the Consult GÃ©nÃ©ral of France
Pleasure Dome is proud to present in co-operation with the Media City Festival, a screening and artists talk showcasing some of the best experimental films to come out of France. Come meet the filmmakers as they discuss the emergence of independent production venues or ‘microlabs’ that are bringing forth some of the most refreshing work produced in the last decade. Nicolas Rey, the founding member of l’Abominable, one of the most active experimental cinema labs, will present his new Opera Mundi, a 60 minute, three-screen live projection film. This is followed by a programme of short super 8 and 16mm films from Paris and Grenoble.
“Experimental films [in France] are often produced under extreme conditions, with no financing, no budget and in a state of urgency: for artists’ films, an existential urgency, for politically committed films, a social urgency, or “external need” of immediate intervention. The filmmakers do not burden themselves with any institutional or commercial guarantees and they sweep away all traces of conventional filmmaking &lrquo;” screenplay, actors, etc. They discard preconceived models, they invent their own rules and provide each other with completely independent means of producing and showing their films. They set up their own artisanal laboratories, production and distribution cooperatives and projection spaces; they write texts and publish reviews. Experimental films owe their sole existence to the perseverance and obstinacy of the filmmakers.” (Christian Lebrat, Cinematheque Francaise)