Super 8 Filmmaker John Porter, Toronto, Canada
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Filmmakers from The Funnel Experimental Film Theatre, Toronto
David was born in Toronto in 1948. He studied for three years at the State Academy of Fine Art in Amsterdam, Holland and for one year at The Ontario College of Art. He started making films in 1972 but also has been active in painting, Xerography, and organizing major series of independent films. Since 1976 he has had 15 exhibits or screenings, received three grants from The Ontario Arts Council and won a national award for Best Phonograph Cover Design.
3 Poems (1972, 16mm, silent, 10 minutes)
Jim was born in Campbellford, Ontario in 1950. He studied fine art and film at York University, Toronto. He also studied film, drawing, etching, art appreciation, print-making and wood-carving at The Three Schools of Art and Sir George Brown College, both in Toronto. He has given numerous film workshops at The Toronto Filmmakers' Co-op and various schools and Universities. He has worked several times as a cameraman for Michael Snow and other filmmakers both experimental and commercial.
His own films have won the following awards: Grand Prize and Best Super-8 (10th Muse International Student Film Festival, Amsterdam 1969); Best Animation (First Canadian Student Film Festival, Toronto 1969); Bronze Medal (5th International Film Festival, La Louviere, Belgium 1969); Best Animation (Canadian International Amateur Film Festival, Toronto 1970); Best Documentary (Sir George Williams University Film Festival, Montreal 1970); Ann Arbor Avant Garde Film Festival, 1978.
He was an original member of the Funnel, has had two one-man exhibits in the Funnel Gallery and is currently the Funnel Gallery Co-ordinator.
Scream of a Butterfly (1969, 16mm, silent,
David was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1950, moving to Canada in 1967. His life-long interest has been cameras and their workings, and he studied physics for two years at the University of Toronto. He recently received a grant from The Ontario Arts Council to experiment with various methods of dye-toning black and white film - methods which haven't been used since the 1930's. He earns his living as a freelance carpenter and was foreman for the building of The Funnel Theatre.
One Night in the Tunnel (1977, 16mm, sound, 18
Peter was born in Toronto in 1954. He studied at the University of Toronto and The Ontario College of Art. He has worked at the , The Toronto Filmmakers' Co-op, on various feature films and in film laboratories. He was an original member of The Funnel and has shown his films in many cities in the United States and Canada, but has recently taken all of his films out of circulation and plans to start again with new films.
Deborah was born in 1957 and studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1979 to 1981. her films were included in group shows at the Funnel and The Art Gallery of Ontario. She currently lives in New York City.
A Severed Head (1980, super 8, 10 minutes, sound)
Ian was born in Almonte, Ontario in 1958. While a teenager he and some friends, including Funnel member Christian Morrison, ran their own art gallery. He studied at the University of Toronto and is currently in his 4th year of Experimental Arts at The Ontario College of Art. He has had several exhibitions of performance, video and film in Toronto and is also writing poetry, criticisms and essays, and researching musical recording and performing.
I Go to Alpha (1980, super 8, b&w/colour, silent,
Martha was born in London, Ontario in 1959. Since 1977 she has produced thirteen films on super 8, completed a four year General Arts course at The University of Toronto, and had four one-woman exhibitions of different work. In 1981 she received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to produce her first feature-length film, on super 8.
Oranges (1977, super 8, silent, 6 minutes)
Judith was born in Toronto in 1957. At the age of 11 she made her first film and began supplementing her normal elementary and secondary school education with independent studies in filmmaking, printmaking, drawing, archaeology, theatre and computer-programming. In 1974 she won a scholarship to York University where she studied visual arts and creative writing, graduating in 1978.
From 1977 to 1980 she and a friend ran Test Patterns, a multi-media performance group, as well as Rumour Publications which published over 70 titles by artists and sponsored various events. Since 1980 she has co-edited Impulse art and culture magazine, and in 1982 she co-ordinated the Canadian section of Film and Video - Women Authors an international exhibition in Rome, Italy. Her own completed works include performance and critical writing.
Transcript (1981, video, colour, 26 minutes)
Bruce was born in Hawkesbury, Ontario in 1947. Since 1966 he has studied at several universities, in such subjects as Film Production and Theory, Scriptwriting, Video, Optical Printing, Modern Dance, and Basic Chinese. He holds an M.A. in philosophy (1969) and a B.A.A. in Media Studies (1976).
On the subject of film, he has published several articles, delivered lectures and radio interviews, and served on panels and juries. He won the Canadian Film Award for Best Experimental Film of 1976, and since 1978 has received several grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council.
He was a founding member of the Film Studies Association of Canada, a member of the Toronto Filmmakers' Co-op, and is currently on the boards at the Funnel and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. His films have been screened in many cities around the world.
Breath/Light/Birth (1975, 16mm, sound, 6 minutes)
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Universal Color Systems (1980, super 8, stereo
sound, 19 minutes)
Mikki was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania in 1946. In 1968 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology at The Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. For the last ten years she has been employed as a librarian while drawing, painting and print-making on her own. More recently she has concentrated on photography, joined The Funnel in 1980, and made her first film in 1981.
Godzilla vs. the CN Tower (1981, super 8, sound, 10 minutes)
Anna was born in Montreal in 1951. She studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1969 to 1973. Since 1978 she has served on the board of the Toronto Filmmakers Co-op, curated film exhibitions at The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Canadian Images Festival, published articles on the Canadian film scene, and worked as Office Manager at The Funnel 1979-1980. She is currently entering her second year as Director/Programmer at The Funnel, and her third year as editor and chief writer of The Funnel Newsletter.
Maple Leaf Understory (1978, 16mm, silent, 10
Robert was born in Point Edward, Ontario in 1939. He has been a painter and print-maker since he was sixteen, and an elementary school teacher since 1960. In 1964 he started making travel films and later started writing on film and making educational films. In 1977 he started making experimental films and graduated in Visual Art and Film at the University of Western Ontario. He studied experimental film for a year at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario.
His films were shown at the Oberhausen Film Festival (1981), The Funnel (1980), and won second and third prizes at the 1979 Canadian International Amateur Film Festival. He recently joined the Funnel and has quit teaching.
Presto (1978, 16mm, sound, 22 minutes)
Tony was born in Toronto in 1951. His life-long work has been in Canadian history and is currently working on his Phd. He has been a professional actor since 1965 and in 1971 he started working on photography and film, studying film at York University in Toronto. He has written articles on film for Cinema Canada magazine.
Flight Plan (1971, 16mm, sound, 7 minutes)
Frieder was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1953. He studied film production at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto from 1973 to 1977 and was an original member of the Funnel. He is presently self-employed doing lighting for feature films and is completing his new, one hour film. His films have been screened in Chicago, Paris, Edinburgh, Montreal and Ann Arbor.
Hercmmaajk (1976, 16mm, sound, 3 minutes)
Clarissa was born in Hungary in 1936. At the age of six she started playing music and at the age of twenty-one earned a business degree and started painting. She continued to study music and painting while - working and raising her two children. In 1964 she moved to Canada and in 1976 she returned to school, graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 1979. In the last two years, as a sculptor, she has received scholarships and grants, and had exhibitions in New York, Paris and numerous Canadian cities. In 1981 she made her first film and started taking Women's Studies at university.
Self Portrait (1981, super 8, silent, 21 minutes)
Patrick Jenkins was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in 1955. He was trained as a sculptor and mixed media artist at the Banff School of Fine Arts and York University, Toronto.
In 1976 Jenkins extended his interests to include film production. His first film, Wedding Before Me used footage of his parents' wedding as its basic subject matter. Since that time Jenkins has made eight films including the controversial Fluster (1978) which won top prize in the experimental category of the 1979 Toronto Super-8 Film Festival.
Jenkins' work has been seen in numerous solo and group shows in Canada, U.S.A., South America and England including Media Study, Buffalo; S.W.A.M.P., Houston, Texas; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Reviews of his films and visual art activities have appeared in Vanguard Magazine, Cinema Canada, ArtMagazine and the Globe and Mail newspaper. Recently Mr. Jenkins was awarded an Ontario Arts Council Film Grant to continue his explorations of the film medium.
Wedding Before Me (1976, super 8, sound, 7 minutes)
Robin was born in Galt, Ontario in 1956. He started making films, on Regular 8, with a friend, when they were eleven years old. By the age of sixteen they were making 16mm films which won awards at The Chicago International Film Festival, The Public Broadcasting System in New York, and the Canadian Student Film Festival in Montreal. He studied film for four years at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and now works occasionally as an editor in the commercial film industry.
Pardon Me (1972, 16mm, 8 minutes)
Paul was born in Oakville, Ontario in 1953. As a youth he was a poet and a painter as well as an accomplished athlete. He made his first film on Regular 8 when he was sixteen. He studied physical education for one year at McMaster University, and Media Arts for three years at Sheridan College, then worked for two years in the commercial film industry before quitting it altogether in favour of independent work.
Farmskipome (1975, super 8, silent, 7 minutes)
Ross was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1953. Since 1974 he has received three art scholarships plus grants from The Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council, and had over 60 screenings of his films internationally. In 1976 he completed, with honours, a four year Experimental Arts course at The Ontario College of Art, then did a year of post graduate work.
Also in 1976, he co-founded and directed the first Toronto Super-8 Film Festival, and in 1977 he co-founded and directed The Funnel Experimental Film Theatre. Since then he has taught film and video at Toronto's York University, The Ontario College of Art, and The Funnel.
Baby Green (1974, super 8, sound, 9 minutes)
Michaelle was born in Toronto in 1953. From 1972 to 1976 she studied at The Ontario College of Art, The New School of Art, and the Banff Centre of Fine Art where she received a scholarship.
Since 1977 her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Banff (all in Alberta) and Vernon, British Columbia. Since 1979 her films have been screened in galleries, theatres and festivals in Detroit, Buffalo, Chicago, Kingston, Montreal, and Toronto. She received Ontario Arts Council grants in 1980 and 1981, and a Canada Council grant in 1981.
She is currently Treasurer and Office Manager at the Funnel.
Morning Bed-X (1979, super 8, silent, 3 minutes)
Christian was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1958. He started making films, on Regular 8, when he was seven years old, and also has experimented in narrative writing. While a teenager, he and some friends, including Funnel member Ian Cochrane, ran their own art gallery in Almonte, Ontario. He is currently in his fourth year of Film Studies at The Ontario College of Art. He has had several exhibitions of performance and video in Toronto.
Dot Screen (1980, 16mm, 10 minutes)
Stephen was born in Toronto in 1955. Since 1974 he has studied, exhibited and lectured Experimental Art at The Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1981. His works in sculpture, stage sets, photography, video, film and performance have been exhibited in many Toronto galleries. His films have been shown in various cities in the United States and Canada. He is currently Gallery Co-ordinator at the Funnel and co-director of a new art gallery in Toronto.
Danforth Extension (1971, 8mm, silent, 3 minutes)
John was born in Toronto in 1948. Since 1960 he has studied
and worked independently in acting, still photography, journalism and
history. He made his first film in 1968 and studied film production
at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute from 1969 to 1974. Since 1973 he
has organized film series' and festivals, studied cartooning and ballet,
and worked for five years as a mailman. In 1978 he joined The Funnel,
becoming vice-president in 1980, and since then he has catalogued The
Funnel's films and its history and has organized two European tours
of Funnel films. He has spoken to college film classes and has received
awards from The Ontario Arts Council and The Art Gallery of Ontario.
His films have been shown internationally and have won prizes at festivals
in Toronto and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Albatross (1970, 16mm, sound, 3 minutes)
Fashion Show 1 (1978, super 8, silent, 5 1/2 minutes)
Michael was born in Toronto in 1929. He was painting,
He was head of animation at Graphic Films in Toronto and married co-worker Joyce Wieland. In 1959 he was working as a professional musician and started doing sculpture. In 1963 he and Joyce moved to New York City. At this point his filmmaking was mainly a vehicle for his far-reaching sculpture series Walking Woman (1961- 67) but Wavelength won the Grand Prize at the '67-'68 Knokke-le-Zoute Film Festival in Belgium and ever since, Michael has established himself as Canada's most internationally-recognised experimental filmmaker.
A – Z (1956, 16mm, silent, 7 minutes)
Edie was born in West Germany and later, in 1952, moved to Canada. Her earliest work was drawing, playing music, and writing songs. She studied photography at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, graduating in 1972, and has received four grants for photography from The Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council. She has worked regularly as a freelance photographer and has recently increased her work in composing, playing music, and making films, joining The Funnel in 1981.
Fake Milk Commercial (1976, super 8, sound, 22
Adam was born in Nottingham, England in 1953. He studied Experimental Art at The Ontario College of Art from 1972 to 1976 and then worked as a photographer for a year at the Centre for Experimental Arts and Communication.
He was a founding member of The Funnel and has had a solo exhibition of photography in the Funnel Gallery. He is currently self-employed doing lighting for feature films. His own films have been shown in many cities in the United States, Europe and Canada.
Montana Shuffle (1976, super 8, silent, 10 minutes)
Villem was born in Toronto in 1955. He completed four years of study at The Ontario College of Art in 1979 and has since worked full time as a sound technician at The Canadian National Exhibition.
He was a founding member of The Funnel and has shown his films in such cities as Houston, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal and Ann Arbor. His most recent film won an award for experimental film at the 1981 Toronto International Super-8 Film Festival.
Villem experiments with the projection of film and rarely distributes his films unaccompanied.
Bikenlite (1976, super 8)
Man Ray Series #1 (1978, 8mm)
Joyce was born in Toronto in 1931. As a child she was always drawing, especially clothes. She graduated from Central Technical School in Toronto where she studied dress design and sewing.
In the mid-50's she worked at Graphic Films in Toronto, marrying co-worker Michael Snow, and made her own films on Regular 8mm. In 1963 she and Michael moved to New York City. She has been one of Canada's major painters since 1961 and started making films on 16mm in 1967. In 1974 she made her first 35mm, feature-length commercial film.
Patriotism 1 (1964, 4 minutes)