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3part Harmony screens in Toronto

  • Gladstone Hotel Ballroom 1214 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario Canada (map)

Early Monthly Segments #85
Corinne + Arthur Cantrill and Amanda Dawn Christie
Tuesday 28 June 2016, 8 PM

Tonight we offer a rare screening of imported prints of two 16mm films from the prolific Australian duo Arthur and Corinne Cantrill. For over 50 years, the couple have contributed to a local and national Australian experimental film scene by making films, organizing events and publishing the long-running Cantrills Filmnotes (1971-2000), which connected their local and regional activities to global experimental film culture.

One of the re-occurring tropes of the more than one hundred films by the Cantrills is colour separation, using a three-pass process of shooting black and white film through red, green and blue filters to make a final colour print, that shows both the colour process and allows the movement of colour in and out of alignment to speak to the passing of time. Experiments in Three-Colour Separation is one such film, made in 1980.

Corinne Cantrill’s film At Eltham from 1974 explores her fascination with Australian landscapes and introduces her interest in playing the 16mm camera functions as a musical instrument. In an essay, Corinne notes she subtitled the film ‘A Metaphor on Death’ referring to their despair, at the time, about their future as filmmakers in Australia and their decision to leave the country temporarily.

We open with Moncton’s Amanda Dawn Christie with her 2006 experimental dance film Three Part Harmony: Composition in RGB #1 whose images were recombined into full colour through optical printing one frame at a time. The gestures in this dance work explore the psychological fracturing and reunification in representations of the female body.

Experiments in Three-Colour Separation, Arthur + Corinne Cantrill, Australia, 1980, 16mm, 20 minutes

At Eltham – A Metaphor on Death, Corinne Cantrill, Australia, 1974, 16mm, 24 minutes

Three Part Harmony: Composition in RGB #1, Amanda Christie, Canada, 2006, 16mm, 6 minutes

@ Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom
1214 Queen Street West
Tuesday June 28, 2016
8:00 PM screening
$5-10 suggested donation

Early Monthly Segments is a monthly film series named after an early film by Robert Beavers, and is inspired by the immediacy, vibrancy and experimentation found in that film. Founded by Scott Miller Berry, Chris Kennedy, and Kate MacKay this series features historical and contemporary avant-garde films in a salon-like setting at the Gladstone. Special thanks to Lauren Howes, the CFMDC, Arsenal Filminstitut in Berlin and @gladstone hotel.
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EMS #86 = July 2016 TBA