Derek Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hamilton, ON. His practice is handmade, personal, and documentary, with an interest in labour and the domestic. In his current exhibition the E6 Process, he showcases the invisible labour beneath moving images. It is a work about work: the unseen beneath the seen, the heard beneath the unheard. It is subterranean. Continue reading “Derek Jenkins: E6 Process”
“There are so many issues with the plot”, a friend says to me after she watches Shape of Water. I don’t have the same reaction. And after it winning Best Picture, Direction and Production Design, she may have to reconsider her comment. I really liked the dark-comedy/thriller/fantasy aspect of the movie. What I didn’t know when I watched the movie several weeks ago was that it was shot in Toronto and Hamilton. It was while I was watching it that I had to take a second look and realize that City Hall, Dofasco and the Skyway bridge, very key landmarks to the Hamilton vernacular were captured in the film. Continue reading “Made in Canada – Shape of Water”
A fish dying in the arms of a man is what first strikes us upon entering Jonathas de Andrade’s exhibition. The film O peixe (The Fish) depicts in ten vignettes fishermen cradling their catch, the two species merged in a morbid embrace of sinew and scale. The scenes in the film, simultaneously brutal and tender, confront the viewer with the tension and pathos of the dying process, up until the fish takes its last breath. At that exact moment, the scene moves on to the next couple – man and fish – and the tension begins again, transforming the single action, through endless repetition, into a ritual. The predator, the human, is stronger than its prey, the animal. He dominates it, yet he devotes himself to the fish throughout the process of its passing.
Wunderkind U is gathering for individuals in the advertising realm to connect in a salon type environment. This week, the topic of “Motion Picture & Advertising” came under the microscope. The main presenter Chilion Benedict, Strategist of Penguin Perspective took the stage to present his perspective of the current state of the industry and how important telling a story is in the communication of a brand campaign. Continue reading “Wunderkind U: Motion Picture & Advertisng”
Synopsis: Attempting to move past a family tragedy the summer previous, 17-year-old Gillian takes a job as a counselor at a remote summer camp. As part of her initiation, she must spend two nights by herself on the camp’s island, an intimidating collision of rock and wilderness carved out of the lake, supposedly haunted by … Continue reading Solo by Isaac Cravit
For 10 days in September, Toronto becomes ‘Hollywood North’. Celebrities flock to the city premiering their latest films in hopes of creating some Oscar buzz. For a veteran of the scene, the Toronto International Film Festival is more like a marathon of screenings and epic long lines. With over 40 celebrities in attendance, star gazing … Continue reading TIFFing in Toronto