2011 Program

U of T Film Festival 2011 Program

March 23, 2011 – Hart House Music Room

(Note: running order subject to change)

7:00 pm – reception, food, cash bar

(featuring installation art by Christine Sherry and Blake Williams)

8:00 pm – Screening

Life is a Symphony (2011) by Rudy Silva Mera (University of Toronto, Hart House Film Board) – 4:40

A young street-musician in Mexico City dreams of becoming a successful pianist in the U.S. but faces
the sociopolitical challenges of being talented yet no means to immigrate legally.

WINNER, Film Board Prize, Artistic Achievement – Montage ($100)


Shutting Up (2011) by Benjamin Turnbull (Queen’s University) – 8:30

Comic-documentary where Ben, a talkative university student, decides to take a week-long vow of silence.

 

Speechless (2011) by Tanya Hoshi (University of Toronto, Hart House Film Board, Cinema Studies) – 4:58

One girl’s experience with coming into disability and a Deaf identity raising questions of
medical intervention. Disability is never one way or another. (Made in 74 hours for the Hart House Film Challenge)

WINNER, Film Board Prize, Artistic Achievement ($100)

WINNER, Hart House Film Challenge, Best to Date (Pass for 2 to Bloor Cinema and dinner for two, Chippy’s Fish and Chips)


9/11 in the Academic Community (Projected 2012) by Adnan Zuberi (University of Toronto, Hart House Film Board) – 10:04

Preview of a documentary in works examining the nature and the dimensions of the taboo of critically examining the events of 9/11 within academia. Students, professors and university presidents are now coming forward to discuss their experiences with the subject.

WINNER, Film Board Prize, Documentary Achievement ($100)


Handmade (2010) by Inna Corcetti Klos (Etobicoke School of the Arts) – 1:00

Thirty distinct pairs of hands, starting from the oldest to the youngest, do something different, from opening a bottle of
pills to handling a large piece of tuna. Those hands are working, and communicating a fresh story.

 

Seeds in the Wind (2010) by Wendekar, produced by Frances Garrett (University of Toronto faculty) – 30:00

Beautiful portrait of life in a Tibetan village, especially local food production, special days like Tibetan Losar (New Years), Weddings, and the worship of their mountain Gods.

Night Moves (2010) by Peter Genoway (Hart House Film Board) – 9:00

Night Moves (2010) by Peter Genoway (Hart House Film Board) – 9:00

A mysterious sound instigates a strange series of events.
WINNER, Film Board Prize, Artistic Achievement – Art Direction and Cinematography ($100)

 INTERMISSION

 

 Writer’s Block (2011) by Lexsi Reinhart and Rade Jenkins (OCAD) – 2:21

A young man on acid realizes that all matter is just energy condensed into a slow vibration. (Made in 74 hours for the Hart House Film Challenge)

 

Diversions (2010) by Ammar Keshodia and Gulzab Nawaz (University of Toronto) – 5:00

About a girl who’s racing to meet a deadline, but along the way she encounters distractions aplenty… (Made in 74 hours for the Hart House Film Challenge)


Once Upon a Day (2011) by Daniel Kaell (University of Toronto, Hart House Film Board, Cinema Studies) – 3:30

The story of May, A young scholar, But you might call her, Quite older quite rearranged, Because
much has changed.

 

Out on the Street (2010) by Amy Siegal and Alex Abramovich (University of Toronto, Hart House Film Board) – 10:53

This short explores LGBTQ youth homelessness in Toronto and the lack of support available. Several people’s lived experiences are shared.

WINNER, Film Board Prize, Documentary Achievement ($100)

 

Istanbul 29th by Pouya Alagheband (University of Toronto) – 7:20

After the 2009 Iranian elections and the unrest following that I traveled to Turkey to make a documentary about Iranian
refugees (in progress). This experimental video shows a day of my life in Istanbul during that research trip.

 

The Survivor (2011) by Rondel Babooram (University of Toronto) – 1:44

The survivor of a great infection tries to find his way to safety. Taking refuge in any building he can find, he
tries to answer the question. Is he the only survivor? (Made in 74 hours for the Hart House Film Challenge)

 

Memory in IV Acts (2010) by Arbnore Lumi (York University) – 6:44

A child’s longing for her mother is elegantly portrayed through poetically evocative images of the sublime and loving
memories of a time and a world lost to her forever.

 

Tinder (2010) by Bryan Kowalsky (University of Toronto, Hart House Film Board, Cinema Studies) - 18:49

A struggling farm family deals with the aftermath of a drought.

WINNER, Film Board Prize, Artistic Achievement – Cinematography and Light ($100)

WINNER, CINSSU Prize (Pass for 2 to Cineplex Odeon)

 

10:25pm – Awards and Post-screening reception


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