Chris Kennedy (Canada) is an independent filmmaker, film programmer, and writer based in Toronto. He received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and is currently Executive Director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. He programmed for the Images Festival (2003-06), Pleasure Dome (2000-06), and TIFF Cinematheque’s The Free Screen/Wavelengths (2012-2019). He co-founded and co-programmed Early Monthly Segments (2009 to 2018). His films have screened at 100+ film festivals worldwide and have been featured in solo shows at the Canadian Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Forum, Nam June Paik Art Center, La Plata Semana del Film Experimental, and the Pacific Film Archive. He has also written extensively about film and music, including features on Akio Suzuki, Olivia Block, Metamkine, Ute Aurand, John Smith, and others. His film Watching the Detectives won the Ken Burns Award for the Best of the Festival at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2018). His work as an artist and programmer operates in dialogue with the history of film as art, exploring the medium’s materiality in a contemporary context.
THE MEASURED END: SELECTED FILMS OF CHRIS KENNEDY
SCREENING DATES: December 2 – December 23, 2020
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: The Initiation Well, 3.5 min, 2020; the acrobat, 6 min, 2007; lay claim to an island, 13 min, 2009; 349 (for Sol LeWitt), 1 min, 2011; Towards a Vanishing Point, 8 min, 2012; Memo to Pic Desk, 6.5 min, 2006; Watching the Detectives, 36 min, 2018