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- 100 PORTRAIT PHOTO CAPTIONS -

from John’s 1,000 Photos of “Alternative Film Activity” since 1978
Black & white, 8"x10", unmounted, unframed prints, $100 each.

100 Exhibited at the 20th Images Festival
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, April 7-27, 2007

CineCycle - Images Festival - Helen Hill - Gwendolyn - OFAVAS
Innis Film Society - Art Gallery of Ontario & Cinematheque Ontario
The Funnel Experimental Film Theatre - Toronto 1980s, '90s, '00s
Vancouver - Ottawa & London, Ontario - Quebec & NB - USA

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CineCycle

Martin Heath in his projection booth before the front wall was raised,
at CineCycle, 317 Spadina Ave, Toronto - June 7, 1991.

Pleasure Dome presents Jurgen Reble from Germany, with his super 8 film performance at CineCycle, 317 Spadina Ave., Toronto - October 16, 1991.

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) monthly members screening at CineCycle, 317 Spadina Ave., Toronto - March 30, 1992. L-R: Susan Norget (curator), Kika Thorne, Edie Steiner, Annette Mangaard with son Carson, Clare Hodge.

Petra Chevrier with her unique creation - an 8mm film projector customized with a
Xenon-lamp and 2,000 ft. reels, at CineCycle, 317 Spadina Ave., Toronto - July 4, 1993.

Pleasure Dome presents the Opium Den film collective from New York City
at CineCycle, 317 Spadiana Ave., Toronto - November 19, 1993.
L-R: Peggy Ahwesh, Jennifer Montgomery, Eve Heller.

Pleasure Dome’s annual Outdoor Open Screening in the parking lot behind CineCycle, 401 Richmond St. W., Toronto - July 21, 1995.

Pleasure Dome presents Jennifer Reeves from San Diego, at CineCycle, 401 Richmond St. W., Toronto - July 24, 1998.
L-R: Deirdre Logue, Sarah Lightbody, Veronica DiSanto, Carolynne Hew (above), Jennifer, Phil Hoffman, Sarah Abbott.

Images Festival

Images Festival Programming Panel with Images Festival curators at the Euclid Theatre, 394 Euclid Ave, Toronto - May 7, 1989. L-R: Ihor Holubizky, Tom Waugh, Cameron Bailey (moderator), Frances Leeming, Sara Diamond, Peggy Gale. photo

Images Festival staff in their office at suite 448, 401 Richmond St. W., Toronto
- October 3, 2000. L-R: Larissa Fan, Chris Gehman, Karyn Sandlos, Kelly Langgard.

Richard Kerr, Lorne Marin and Phil Hoffman at the Images Festival,
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto - April 14, 2001.

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Helen Hill

“The Halifax Ladies Film Bee” screening with Marcia Connolly, Helen Hill (Host) and Becka Barker at the 3rd annual Splice This! Super 8 Festival,
Barcode, 549 College St., Toronto - June 23, 2000. photo

Helen Hill at her frequent workplace - the animation room, Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op, CBC Radio Building, 5600 Sackville St., Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 14, 2000. photo

 

Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn editing her film at Chris Burchell’s house, 97 Walnut St., Toronto
- June 21, 1986.

Holly, Gwendolyn, Morgana and Annie, the “Pleasure Artists”,
at the screening co-ordinated by Gwendolyn of their super 8 film “Out of the Blue”
at Artefect, 660 Queen St. W., Toronto - February 28, 1988.

Pleasure Dome presents Annie Sprinkle at A Space, Toronto - February 19, 1992.
Posing here with Toronto artists, L-R: Rhonda Goldman, Petra Chevrier, Marnie Parrell, Annie, Kika Thorne, Stasie Friedrich, Gwendolyn, Shannon Bell, Nadia Sistonen.

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OFAVAS

The Ontario Film and Video Appreciation Society (OFAVAS) press conference at Trinity Square Video, 176 John St., Toronto, April 19, 1982, announcing its formation and its application to the Ontario Censor Board to publicly screen four films previously banned. L-R: Anna Gronau (The Funnel); Cyndra MacDowell (CARO); Charles Campbell and Lynn King (lawyers); David Poole (CFMDC).

The Ontario Film and Video Appreciation Society (OFAVAS) press conference at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto, April 29, 1982, announcing its court case against the Ontario Censor Board.
L-R: Bruce Elder and Michael Snow (filmmakers); Cyndra MacDowell (CARO); Anna Gronau (The Funnel); David Poole (CFMDC); Ross McLaren (The Funnel).

Celebrating The Ontario Film and Video Appreciation Society’s (OFAVAS) semi-victory in its court case against the Ontario Censor Board, at The Funnel, March 25, 1983. L-R: Edie Steiner, David Bennell, Carolyne Wushke, Ross McLaren, Michaelle McLean, Martha Davis, David Poole, Mikki Fontana, Jim Anderson.

The Ontario Film and Video Appreciation Society (OFAVAS)
presenting its brief at public hearings into a new Ontario film classification law,
at Queen’s Park Legislative Building, Toronto - December 5-7, 1984. photo
L-R: David Poole (CFMDC), Anna Gronau (The Funnel), Cyndra MacDowell (CARO).

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Innis Film Society

The Innis Film Society presents Corrine and Arthur Cantrill from Australia
at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto - January 23, 1988.

German filmmakers protesting at the International Experimental Film Congress, the Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W., Toronto - June 1, 1989.
L-R: Jurgen Bruning, Penelope Buitenhuis, Michael Brynntrup, Michael Krause.

The Innis Film Society presents Paul Sharits from USA, at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto - February 8, 1991. L-R: Kathy Elder, Jim Shedden, Bruce Elder, Michael Snow, Roger Bourdeau, Paul Sharits, Bart Testa.

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Art Gallery of Ontario & Cinematheque Ontario

Films by Barbara Sternberg, Cindy Gawel, Joyce Wieland, Annette Mangaard,
Sandra Meigs
at Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto
- May 14, 1986.

Toronto film programmers meeting at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto - November 17, 1986. L-R, Standing: Gerald Pratley (Ontario Film Theatre), Cathy Jonasson (Art Gallery of Ontario), James Quandt (Harbourfront Studio Theatre), Brian Hogarth (Royal Ontario Museum). L-R, Sitting: Gerry Flahive (National Film Board), Melinda Rooke (The Funnel, Administrator).

Paul Winkler from Australia with his moving mattes from his in-camera
Matte Box Image Shifter, at Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario,
317 Dundas St. W., Toronto - May 19, 1988.

Flo and Ken Jacobs from USA with Ken’s “Nervous System” apparatus,
at Cinematheque Ontario, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario,
317 Dundas St. W., Toronto - May 17, 1992.

First 8mm films (by Stan Brakhage) ever at Cinematheque Ontario, Kinnear Education Theatre, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto - February 12, 1997.
L-R: Martin Heath (with CineCycle’s custom, Xenon-lamp 8mm projector), Susan Oxtoby, Bruce Elder (who gave an introduction) and Jim Shedden.

Robert Kennedy at his first solo screening, Cinematheque Ontario, Kinnear Education Theatre, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto - March 12, 1997.

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The Funnel Film Experimental Film Theatre

The 1st Annual General Meeting at The Funnel’s new space,
507 King Street E., Toronto - November, 1978.

The Funnel members in their new theatre at 507 King Street E., Toronto - January, 1979.
L-R: Michaelle McLean, David Anderson, Paul McGowan, Anna Gronau, Ross McLaren, David Bennell, Stephen Niblock, Frieder Hochheim, Tom Urquhart, Jim Anderson, Jim Murphy, Suzanne Naughton, Villem Teder, Bruce Elder, Adam Swica, Peter Chapman, John Porter, Patrick Jenkins.

The Funnel members in their new gallery at 507 King Street E., Toronto - January, 1979. L-R, Standing: Patrick Jenkins, Stephen Niblock John Porter, Bruce Elder, Suzanne Naughton, Villem Teder, Adam Swica, Michaelle McLean, Frieder Hochheim, David Anderson, Peter Chapman, Anna Gronau, Tom Urquhart, Ross McLaren. L-R, Seated: Paul McGowan, Jim Murphy, David Bennell, Jim Anderson.

Carolee Schneemann from USA at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto
- November 15, 1979.

James Benning from USA at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto
- November 16, 1979.

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Andy Warhol Superstar Ondine (standing far right) presents “Chelsea Girls”
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - February 16, 1980. photo

Andy Warhol’s two-projector “Chelsea Girls” starring Ondine (left image)
and Nico (right image), at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - February 16, 1980.

Villem Teder in the booth at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - May 9, 1980.

After Ric Greenwald’s Funnel screening, at The Funnel’s “local”,
The Dominion Tavern, 500 Queen St. E., Toronto - February 6, 1981.

Stuart Pound from London, England at The Funnel, 507 King St. E. - April 22, 1981.

Mark Soosaar from Estonia, at The Funnel, 507 King St. E. - November 20, 1981.

Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi from Italy with their Scented Films
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - December 4, 1981.

Blaine Allen with films from Kingston, Ontario
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - December 11, 1981.

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Pittsburgh filmmakers Bruce Posner, Rick Pieto and Mary Abbott
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - January 8, 1982.

Joyce Wieland at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - February 5, 1982.

Stephen Niblock’s film performance “The Magician Sees”, with a spinning circular screen, at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - March 12, 1982.

Barbara Hammer from USA in The Funnel library, 507 King St. E., Toronto - May 2, 1982.

Midi Onodera labelling Funnel envelopes while optical printing at The Funnel,
507 King St. E., Toronto - December 21, 1983.

Anna’s New Year’s Eve Painting Party at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto
- December 31, 1983. L-R: Michaelle McLean, Dave Anderson behind Martha Davis,
Midi Onodera, Karen Lee, Anna Gronau, John Porter.

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Jackie Burroughs, John Frizzell and Andy Warhol Superstar Ondine, hosts of The Funnel benefit screening of “Edie” at the Danforth Music Hall, Toronto - August 23, 1984.

After Mike Kuchar’s Funnel screening, at Ross McLaren’s nearby apartment,
#1, 314 Queen St. E. - October 10, 1984.
L-R, rear: Dot Tuer, Ross McLaren, David McIntosh, Jim Anderson. Front: Mike Kuchar.

Jack Smith from New York City performing the week leading up to Halloween,
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - October 27-31, 1984.

tENTATIVELY A cONVENIENCE from USA performing at The Funnel,
507 King St. E., Toronto - April 24, 1986.

Jules Engel with experimental animation from CAL Arts, California, presented by the Toronto Animation Society at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - May 16, 1986.
L-R: Jules Engel, Ellen Besen, Arnie Lipsey, Jonathan Amitay.

Katerina Thomadaki’s “Film Portraits of Women by Women” super 8 workshop
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - May 9, 1986. L-R: Margot Bethel, Cyndra MacDowall, Dot Tuer, Katrina, Laurie Humphries, Jacquie Rabazo.

Lysanne Thibideau and Penelope Buitenhuis, Canadian filmmakers living in Berlin,
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - September 6, 1986.

Sharon Cook and Michael Brynntrup from Germany with his “Jesus” super 8 film
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - May 6, 1987.

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Vancouver

Western Front co-founder Eric Metcalfe in his office/apartment at Western Front, Vancouver - June 11, 1986.

Meg Thornton, long-serving Director of Cineworks film co-op, Pacific Cine Centre, Vancouver - June 11, 1986.

Pete Lipskis at home in Vancouver - June 11, 1986.

Cari Green, Co-ordinator of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West, and
Maria Ensell of Cineworks Co-op, outside Isadora’s Restaurant,
Granville Island, Vancouver - June 13, 1986.

Ingrid the projectionist in the booth at the Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver
- October 23, 1986.

Al Razutis, Paul Wong and Patricia Gruben in Vancouver - October 24, 1986.

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Ottawa & London, Ontario

The third (and last) annual Ottawa Super 8 Film Festival at Gallery 101, 319 Lisgar St., July 19, 1996. L-R: Ernie Gibbs, Tim Dallett, Alyosha Derry, Carl Stewart, Maria Y. Shin, Iva Olah, Kinga Araya.

David Poole in his office as Head of the Media Arts Section of the
Canada Council for the Arts 1999-2007, 350 Albert St., Ottawa - May 11, 2001.

The Available Light Collective at one of their screenings at Club SAW,
Arts Court, 67 Nicholas St., Ottawa - May 12, 2001. L-R, Rear: Jason St-Laurent, Phil Rose, James Missen, Dan Gainsford. L-R, Front: Carol Breton, Penny McCann.

The London Filmmakers Co-op’s first screening of their own films,
at Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario - March 22, 1985.
L-R: Peter Rist, Kathy Stuart, Sandra Green, Paul Barrett, Kathryn Baldock, Will Evanson, Lee Cassar, Jan MacDonald, Moira Holmes, Ed Matthews, Terri Dans, Sam Zero, Ford Evans, Chris Gehman.

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Quebec & New Brunswick

Café Méliès and Le Cinéma Parallèle, 3682 boul. St-Laurant, Montreal - February, 1979.

Dave Anderson at Le Cinema Parallele, 3682 boul. St-Laurant, Montreal
for a screening of Funnel films - February, 1979.

The Independent Film and Video Alliance’s annual conference,
Quebec City - May 21, 1986.

Carrick Saunders at his Optimage Film Lab in his house, Roxboro, Quebec
- November 26, 1986.

Stefan St-Laurent introducing the filmmakers in the 4th “Acadie Underground” super 8 screening at Aberdeen Cultural Centre, Moncton, New Brunswick - September 18, 2000. Part of the 14th “Festival international du cinema francophone en Acadie”.

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USA

“Token and Taboo” Toronto super 8 filmmakers at Hall Walls, 700 Main St., Buffalo
- November 30, 1991.
L-R: Nadia Sistonen, Meg Edwards, Rene Broussard (Hall Walls Curator), Svetlana Lilova, Mike Hasik, Wendy Hammacott, Marnie Parrell, Liz Czach, Kika Thorne, John McCullough.

Greta Snider and Craig Baldwin at her tour-launch screening at Craig’s Other Cinema (Artists’ Television Access), 992 Valencia St., San Francisco - October 16, 1993.

Orgone Cinema Collective, Pittsburgh - October 30, 1994.
Michael Johnsen (middle), Alisa and Greg Pierce.

Squeaky Wheel Film & Video Co-op, Buffalo - July 12, 2000.
L-R: Ghennifer Dennis, Amy Lee, Tammy Wetzel (of dog Rupert), and Kelly Spivey.

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Different Toronto Locations - 1980s

Yann Beauvais from France, after his screening at The Funnel, November 25, 1983,
in the nearby studio shared by Dot Tuer, Jim Anderson (who’s paintings are on view) and John Porter, 561 Adelaide St. E., Toronto.
L-R: Dot Tuer, Daniel Steiner, Yann Beauvais, Jim Anderson, Renate Steiner.

Sharon Cook with her film gear at home, 695 Adelaide St. W., Toronto
- August 29, 1984.

Joe Tabah in his film and painting studio, #508, 192 Spadina Ave., Toronto
- September 4, 1984.

Denise Cooper with her new Beaulieu super 8 camera - September 5, 1984.

Varda Burstyn addressing an Artists Union anti-censorship rally
at Queen’s Park Legislative Building, Toronto - September 17, 1984.

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Danceworks presents film performances at the Ice House
(later to become the Power Plant), Harbourfront, Toronto - June 27, 1986.
L-R: John McKinnon, Sharon Cook, Paulette Phillips, Caroline Azar, Christian Morrison.

Marc Glassman and Martin Heath celebrating at “The GAP”
(Grange Arts & Performance), 11 Grange Ave., Toronto, after the last screening of the five-year, Macadamian Film Society weekly series at the Rivoli.
L-R: Susan McKie, Nick Shefter, Marc, Martin and Ted Myerscough - March 15, 1987.

On location shooting “Close Your Eyes and Think of England”,
Queen Street West and Soho St., Toronto - May 9, 1987.

Ron Giii and Roy Pelletier at Letters Bookstore, 452 Queen St. W., Toronto, for the premiere of Ron’s super 8 film “Taste” (shot by John Porter) - November 27, 1987.

Richard Kern, Chris Towmey and John Dubiol at Richard’s screening
at The Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W., Toronto - April 2, 1988.

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Different Toronto Locations - 1990s

Marnie Parrell and Linda Feesey sharing their recent 8mm films
at the Sigmund Samuel Audio-Visual Library, University of Toronto - February 3, 1990.

The Tesla Effect Collective presents “Picking Cherries” screening
at 42 Gladstone Ave. (previously location of the Purple Institution) - July 31, 1991.
L-R: C. John Palmer, Herwig Gayer, Milada Kovacova, Robert Lee.

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)’s
annual office film loops installation, 345 Adelaide St. W., Toronto,
during Artscape's 5th annual "Queen Street West Art Crawl" - January 17, 1992.
L-R, standing: Herwig Gayer, Irene Turjanski, Laura and Marty McGough.
L-R, seated: Robin Eecloo, Greg Woodbury.

“This Woman is Not a Car” Festival, “Work in Process” screening
at the NFB Spotton Cinema, 150 John St., Toronto - March 28, 1992.
L-R, Rear: Marian McMahon (programmer/moderator), Gita Saxena, Susan Lord (programmer), Janine Marchessault (moderator), Louise Lebeau, Marjorie Beaucage (moderator). L-R, Front: Monica Bider, Lillian Valverde, Maria Teresa Larrain.

Pleasure Dome presents Sharon Cook, with her film performance “Manganese”,
at the Red Head Gallery, Toronto - April 15, 1992.

Pleasure Dome presents the premiere of G.B. Jones’ “Cinema 2000”,
at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexandra St., Toronto - May 2, 1992.
L-R: Ottilie Mason, Friday Myers, Anita Smith, Caroline Azar, Suzy Richter, Beverly Breckenridge, Jena Von Brucker and G.B. Jones.

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George Kuchar from San Francisco visiting his old filmmaking partner Robert Cowan and Sparkles in Robert’s Toronto home. George’s screening presented by Pleasure Dome and YYZ at CineCycle, June 28 & 29, 1996.

Laura Cowell and Kelly O’Brien at their first annual “Splice This!” Super 8 Film Festival
at Ted’s Wrecking Yard, 549 College St., Toronto - June 19-21, 1998.

Launch of Toronto filmzine “Moving Picture Views” #4
at Rancho Relaxo (upstairs), 300 College St., Toronto, with a multi-projector
(super 8 & 16mm) film & music performance by film jammers “245” - May 30, 1999.
L-R: Peaches, Kara Blake, Stacey DeWolfe, Malcolm Fraser, Christian Moreton.

First annual Parkdale Rehab Film Festival at Gallery 1313,
1313 Queen St. W., Toronto - June 24, 1999.
L-R: Standing: Roberto Ariganello, Christina Zeidler, Janine Fung, Freddy Nyiti, Michelle Mohabeer, Hussain Amarshi. L-R, Crouching: Alexi Manis, Roxanne Chee.

Stacey Case’s “Short Film Freak Out”
at the Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W, Toronto - November 24, 1999.

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Different Toronto Locations - 2000s

Peggy Anne Berton’s “Beat Super 8 Soliloquies” at the Cameron House,
408 Queen St. W, Toronto, with DJ Richard Vermeulen - January 25, 2000.

Sebastjan Henrickson at his Niagara Custom Film Lab, 254 Niagara St., Toronto, during Carl Brown’s processing workshop presented by Pleasure Dome - March 25, 2000.

Second annual Parkdale Rehab Film Festival at the Gladstone Hotel,
1214 Queen St. W., Toronto - June 28, 2000.
L-R: projectionist Alexi Manis and programmers Carolynne Hew and Chris Romeike.

Rob Cruickshank and George Van Bussell showing films at their “Movie Nite”
in the Stardust Lounge, Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto - February 22, 2001.

“Short Experimental Films Completed at Niagara Custom Lab” screening,
the first at Niagara Custom Lab, 254 Niagara St., Toronto - December 7, 2002.
L-R, Sitting: Sebastjan Henrickson, Julie Saragosa, Nathan Moles, Christina Battle, Christina Zeidler, Elmer Birkbeck, Alexi Manis, Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof.
L-R, Standing: Riccardo Iacono, John Price, Michele Stanley.

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some of the 900 photos not exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel in April 2007

Bob Parent and Howard Guttenplan from Millenium Film Workshop, New York City,
at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto - April 8, 1979.

Videotaping Toronto filmmakers for “The Fronteir” at WNED-TV, Buffalo
- September 9, 1981. L-R: Lynn Corcoran (Producer), Michaelle McLean, Jim Anderson, Patrick Jenkins, John Porter.

Artcite gallery, Windsor, Ontario, May 19 - 1983.

Out front of Pittsburgh Filmmakers with John Seymour, Bill Boichel (Director), J.T. Vale.

The Funnel benefit screening of "Edie", Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., Toronto - August 23, 1984.

Maggie Warwick from London, at The Funnel, 507 King St. E., Toronto
- October 11, 1986.

CineCycle panorama, 317 Spadina Ave., Toronto - December 5, 1993.

Jai Sarin and Isabella Pruska of the Experimental Film Group, Ryerson P.I.,
at their programme “Recent Canadian Student Filmwork”, the 10th Images Festival, Factory Theatre Lab, 125 Bathurst St., Toronto - April 14, 1997.

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John's Upcoming Shows - Recent Shows - 300 Films - Biography - Photos - Frame Blow-ups