Mobile Frames: International Filmmakers in Residence launches 2014 schedule with Daïchi Saïto

Media City Film Festival in partnership with Broken City LabCommon Ground Gallery and Momentum Film & Video Collective are delighted to introduce the new Mobile Frames: Filmmaker in Residence program to the Windsor / Detroit region.

Beginning this month, Mobile Frames invites emerging and established artists from around the world to create new films in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. The visiting filmmakers will also lead free public film workshops and participate in lectures, screenings, exhibitions and other programs on both sides of the border. The program is supported by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and is scheduled to run through the summer of 2015.

The first Mobile Frames resident, Montréal’s Daïchi Saïto, will arrive in Windsor January 13 and will remain until the end of February. Originally from Japan, Daïchi Saïto is a co-founder of Double Negative, an artist’s collective in Montréal dedicated to the exhibition and production of experimental cinema. Saïto’s films have screened at festivals and cinematheques worldwide and are collected and distributed by numerous prominent institutions for artist’s film in Europe and Canada. Saïto has taught cinema at NSCAD University in Halifax, Concordia University in Montréal and he Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV in Cuba.

During his residency, Saïto will lead a free public workshop in the fundamentals of do-it-yourself 16mm filmmaking. Presented at Civic Space (411 Pelissier, Windsor), participants will learn the basics of 16mm cinematography and camera operation and how to develop their own films using processing chemicals. All materials are supplied and no previous experience is required.

Mobile Frames is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Media City also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information contact:

Andrea Slavik, Mobile Frames Project Coordinator:

Oona Mosna, Media City Program Director:

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Filmmakers from South America were the big winners when the awards were announced at the closing party for the 19th Media City Film Festival at Phog Lounge. Pablo Mazzolo of Argentina was awarded the Jury Grand Prize for his Super 8mm film CONJECTURES and Ecuador’s Alexandra Cuesta took Second Prize for her film DESPEDIDA (FAREWELL). Third Prize was won by John Price of Canada for SEA SERIES 9, 11, 12, 13.

Mazzolo, Cuesta and Price were in attendance to accept their laurels. “Springtime has happened in the Media City galaxy”, rhapsodized Mazzolo upon receiving his award. The Argentine filmmaker remains in Windsor, Detroit and Pelee Island for another week, shooting footage for a future film.

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Honourable Mentions were won by Mary Helena Clark (USA) for THE PLANT, by Karimah Ashadu (Nigeria/England) for LAGOS ISLAND, by Basma Alsharif (Palestine/France) for HOME MOVIES GAZA and by Windsor’s own Alana Bartol for FORMS OF AWARENESS: GHILLIE SUIT.

Nicole MacDonald of Detroit won the award for Best Regional Work for CITY WITHOUT A PAST.

The International Competition Jury at the 19th Media City was Christy LeMaster, film critic and Director of The Nightingale microcinema in Chicago, Saul Levine, filmmaker and programmer of the MassArt Film Society in Boston, and Marcos Ortega, film critic and editor of the website Experimental Cinema from Madrid, Spain.

For more information, please contact: Oona Mosna or Jeremy Rigsby

+ 1 (519) 973-9368


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Media City’s International Competition Jury announced the award-winning films from the 18th edition at the festival’s closing party on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Congratulations to the winners!

The winners are:


River Rites by Ben Russell (USA, video, 11.5 min, 2011)


This Harmonic Condenser Enginium by Bruce McClure (USA, 2 x 16mm, 18 min, 2012)


differently, Molussia by Nicolas Rey (France, 16mm, 81 min, 2012)


The Corridor by Sarah Vanagt (Belgium, video, 4 min, 2011)


Contact by Gerald McKay (Pinckney, video, 4 min, 2011)


It’s a Fine Day by Iain Maitland (Detroit, video, 3 min, 2012)

Vanishing Acts by Scott Northrup (Detroit, video, 6.5 min, 2012)

The Jury:

Maria Palacios Cruz (Spain / London, UK)

Norbert Pfaffenbichler (Vienna, Austria)

Jonathan Walley (Ohio, USA)


Congratulations to Karl Jirgens and Nathalie Roy, winners of the festival’s 2012 membership draw!

Congratulation Karl Jirgens, you’ve won a Caesars Windsor Getaway Package:

• Overnight stay at Caesars Windsor’s four-diamond hotel
• $100 Restaurant Certificate
• Two tickets to a concert of your choice in the Colosseum


Congratulations Nathalie Roy, you’ve won the VIA Rail Corridor Prize:

• Includes two round-trip VIA Rail tickets to Toronto

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Photo credit: Joséphine Michel

Filmmaker in Residence: Nicky Hamlyn (UK)

April 23–May 16, 2012

In celebration of the 18th edition of the festival (May 22-26, 2012), Media City will partner with the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto to host a three-week artist residency with renowned English filmmaker Nicky Hamlyn.

As part of this special engagement, Hamlyn will create site-specific films in Windsor and Detroit, intended for both cinema and gallery, culminating in their presentation during festival week. A complement to the “Correspondences” exhibition at the AGW – featuring works by Hamlyn and other British artists – this new residency program is intended to be the first in a series engaging contemporary film and video makers in productions, workshops and online publications.

Frame composite: Correspondences, Nicky Hamlyn, UK, 16mm, 15 min, 2011

Nicky Hamlyn studied Fine Art at the University of Reading. From 1979-1981 he was workshop organizer at the London Filmmaker’s Cooperative, where he co-founded the magazine “Undercut”. He is currently professor of Experimental Film at the University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, Kent and visiting lecturer to the Royal College of Art, London, UK. His work has been exhibited at venues and festivals worldwide, including at six previous editions of Media City and in recent solo screenings at the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), Double Negative (Montréal) and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. His book “Film Art Phenomena” was published by the British Film Institute (2003).

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FREE 16mm Film Workshops with Nicky Hamlyn

Art Gallery of Windsor: 401 Riverside Dr. West, Windsor, Ontario

Saturday, April 28 • Saturday, May 5 • Saturday, May 12 • 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

In partnership with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Windsor, Media City is thrilled to offer FREE 16mm film workshops led by acclaimed English filmmaker Nicky Hamlyn.

During these one-day intensive workshops, participants will be introduced to basic 16mm film production. The workshops will begin with a technical introduction to the Bolex spring-wound camera, light meter and lights. After this, participants will jointly shoot a roll of black and white film which will then be hand-processed in a developing tank. When the film is dry, the work will be projected and a rough digital transfer will be made. Each participant will leave with a digital copy of the film to take away for editing. Although the workshop does not cover editing, there will be an introduction to the various ways in which film can be taken forward into post-production.

Registration for the workshops is now full. If you would like us to put your name on the cancellation list, please email Media City directly:

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THIS IS THEN NOW AND HERE: Canadian films from CFMDC (1967–1979)

Curated by Oona Mosna and Jeremy Rigsby, Courtisane Festival (Ghent, Belgium):  March 21–25, 2012

Standard Time (Michael Snow, 16mm, 8.5 min, 1967)

Standard Time was the second work to begin to explore the vocabulary of camera movement. It uses horizontal and vertical pans from a tripod. The soundtrack came from using the radio as a musical instrument. I “played” it using the station dial, the volume dial, and the bass and treble. The sound imitates, in a sense, the visual movements in the film. – Michael Snow

Canadian Pacific (David Rimmer, 16mm, 9 min, 1974)

Vancouver harbour, with its rail yards, mountains and passing ships, is a vista in fluid transformation as three winter months are reviewed in ten minutes. What interested me about the shot were the horizontals: train tracks, the water, the mountains, the sky. In the way those four elements would change. – David Rimmer

Opus 40 (Barbara Sternberg, 16mm, 14 min, 1979)

Opus 40 is about repetition: repetition in working and living, repetition through multiplicity and series, repetition to form pattern and rhythm, repetition in order and in revealing. It was filmed in the Enterprise Foundry, Sackville, New Brunswick. Excerpts from Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans can be heard throughout.


Interieur Interiors (To A.K.) (Vincent Grenier, 16mm, 15 min, 1978)

Interieur Interiors (To A.K.) creates a cinematic space that remains separate from representation, severed from the profilmic but nevertheless presenting an illusion of space. It is a film that hovers between conceiving the interrupted projection beam as an image… and conceiving it as a non-image, a mere illumination of the surface on which it falls. The gap between these extremes is posed by Grenier’s film as the raw data of cinema, the interval in which structural aspects of the medium’s depiction of space are revealed. – Grahame Weinbren and Christine Noll Brinkmann


Trapline (Ellie Epp, 16mm, 18 min, 1976)

Several filmmakers continue to explore space and landscape on film. [...] Ellie Epp’s Trapline is the most cooly beautiful of all: filmed in the Silchester Road Public Baths, London, it sets a sequence of geometrically organized shots, outwardly but gently alive with light changes, ripples and reflections, within the continuous, distantly reverberant sound space of the entire building. – Tony Reif


Time’s Wake (Once Removed) (Vincent Grenier, 16mm, 14 min, 1978)

Described as “a collection of ‘windows’ on a personal past” Time’s Wake (Once Removed) incorporates material from an earlier version. On the earlier version:made from material I collected through the years when I went back to visit my parents at L’Ile d’Orleans, Quebec. It includes both home movie and other types of footage. In this film, the camera “I,” in extension with home movie reality, is a living participating entity. The film represents an endearing but removed artifact, a strange contradiction between liveliness and frozenness. –Vincent Grenier


Curated by Oona Mosna and Jeremy Rigsby, University of Western Ontario: February 16, 2012

Forms Are Not Self-Subsistent Substances (Samantha Rebello, UK, 16mm, 23 min, 2010)

Flesh, milk and meat are the subjects of an attempt to understand “substance” with medieval imagery. Bestiary illuminations, Romanesque carvings, medieval bells and living things reveal the strangeness and violence of being. – Samantha Rebello

Orchard (Julie Murray, US, 16mm, 8 min, 2004)

Much of the footage in Orchard is comprised of a 19th century ruin in an area known as Rostellen in southwest Ireland. The ruins are set deep in the woods, where the crumbling brick and mortar of the broken walls have become the anchor for the roots of slender trees–trees so uninhibited that they reach twenty feet in height and have thick roots that follow like slow lazy trickles of water, and in other places branch and wind over the brickwork in an arterial arrangement reminiscent of the human body. – Julie Murray

Rhinoceroses (Karl Kels, DE, 16mm, 9 min, 1987)

Rhinoceroses is organized in sequences with accelerated activity unnatural for its subject, but coherent within the process of cinematographic creation. By the end of the film the archaic beasts slowly and imperturbably cross the threshold of their cage. At that moment, with the camera recording what takes place in real time, the animal’s gestures regain an intrinsic timelessness, finding, in our company, the sort of peacefulness they need to exit the stage.

Pistrino (Nicky Hamlyn, UK, 16mm, 9 min, 2003)

A work in progress, assembled from time-lapse footage shot in Italy over a three-year period. I am interested in how the relative values of light and shade are transformed in certain images of natural objects and related phenomena so that, for example, a shadow becomes at least as strong as the object which casts it. This has the effect of complicating a reading of a given image from interactions between objects and the shadows they cast. In some of the shots I am also interested in how the perceptibility of the grain is affected by light and focus levels. – Nicky Hamlyn

Messages (Guy Sherwin, UK, 16mm, 35 min, 1984)

Messages was made over a 3-year period, when my daughter Maya was first learning to talk and write. It was my first film that involved gathering material around a central theme. That theme was not constant, but shifted its ground between ideas to do with childhood, with language, or with visual perception. A major source of inspiration for the film was Maya’s questions about the world, starting with questions to do with her perceptions of the physical world, and as she got older, questions more to do with social behaviour. These “innocent” questions (apart from being almost impossible to answer) seemed to me to be of a philosophical order that challenged long-established ‘truths’ about the world. They made it clear to me that “knowledge” which is hidden and acquired, supplants raw perception in many areas of our understanding. – Guy Sherwin

Fragrant Portals, Bright Particulars at the Edge of Space (David Gatten, US, 16mm, 12 min, 2003)

Early and late Wallace Stevens poems translated into Ogham, the 5th century “tree alphabet” derived from a notational system used by shepherds to record notes on their wooden staffs, and carved a letter at a time into a piece of semi–transparent flexible wood (black leader). “I think Stevens often found his mind on the trees–and his words in them”– David Gatten


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Media City 17 Award-Winning Films

Detail: Shibuya – Tokyo, Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 16mm, 10 min, 2010


Media City’s International Competition Jury announced the award-winning films from the 17th edition at the festival’s closing party on Saturday, May 28, 2011. Congratulations to the winners!

The winners are:


Forms Are Not Self-Subsistent Substances by Samantha Rebello (UK, 16mm, 23min, 2010)


Bouquets 11-20 by Rose Lowder (France, 16mm, 11 min, 2005-2009)


Shibuya – Tokyo by Tomonari Nishikawa (Japan, 16mm, 10 min, 2010)


Cinematographie by Philipp Fleischmann (Austria, 16mm, 6 min, 2009)

The Matter Propounded, of Its Possibility or Impossibility, Treated in Four Parts by David Gatten (USA, 16mm, 13 min, 2011)

The Jury:

Thomas Beard (New York) is founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn. He has organized screenings and exhibitions for Art in General, Artists Space, PERFORMA, the Museum of Modern Art New York and Tate Modern. He is currently at work on the film program for the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

William Raban (London UK) has been making films since 1970. Included among the many international presentations of his films are retrospective screenings at the Museum for Modern Art New York, the IFF Rotterdam and the 17th edition of Media City. Raban was the manager of the London Filmmakers Co-op workshop from 1972-1976 and is currently reader in Film at University of the Arts, London.

Daichi Saito (Montreal, CAN) studied literature and philosophy in the USA and Hindi and Sanskrit in India before turning to film. He is co-founder of Double Negative, a Montréal based film collective dedicated to experimental filmmaking. His films have screened at prominent festivals around the world and his most recent project won the Grand Prize at Media city in 2010.

Additionally we are pleased to announce the winner of the Media City 17 Membership Draw!

Congratulations to Myrna J Rugg of Ann Arbor, MI who has won a pair of round trip tickets between any two points served by VIA Rail between Windsor and Quebec City.



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Eye of Amsterdam: S8mm Films by Jaap Pieters

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Get on the FREE Media City shuttle!

The Media City Shuttle is the festival’s FREE transportation service. The shuttle departs daily from designated stops in Ann Arbor and Detroit and returns from Windsor each night of the festival (May 24-28, 2011). Book your seats in advance, you can register by completing the form below.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

depart from Ann Arbor (327 Braun Court) 6:30pm
return from Detroit (Detroit Film Theatre) 12:00am Wednesday

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

depart from Ann Arbor (327 Braun Court) 5:30pm
depart from Detroit (College for Creative Studies – Ford Campus) 6:30pm
return from Windsor (Capitol Theatre) 12:00am

Thursday, May 26, 2011

depart from Ann Arbor (327 Braun Court) 4:00pm
depart from Detroit (College for Creative Studies – Ford Campus) 5:00pm
return from Windsor (Capitol Theatre) 12:00am

Friday, May 27, 2011

depart from Ann Arbor (327 Braun Court) 5:30pm
depart from Detroit (College for Creative Studies – Ford Campus) 6:30pm
return from Windsor (Capitol Theatre) 1:00am

Saturday, May 28, 2011

depart from Ann Arbor (327 Braun Court) 5:30pm
depart from Detroit (College for Creative Studies – Ford Campus) 6:30pm
return from Windsor (Capitol Theatre) 1:00am

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Volunteering is a great way to meet people from your community and around the world, immerse yourself in contemporary film and video art and have a great time. All Media City volunteers receive full access festival passes.

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call for entries closed

The call for entries for the 17th edition of Media City Film Festival is now closed. Programming staff are presently reviewing submissions. Thank you to all who have submitted their work.  Notification will be made on or before April 15, 2011.

The full festival catalogue and program will be available online and in print in early May. If you would like to receive a copy mailed directly to your address consider becoming a member. More info click here.

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