January 29th, 2010
Rustbelt Books (202 Allen Street)
Join us for an evening of back to back Canadian delights!
We will be welcoming Prof. Michael Zryd and filmmaker Phillip Hoffman for a cinematic extravaganza at Buffalo’s love-home Rustbelt Books. Prof. Zryd has curated a special program just for Rustbelt’s cozy little space, and Phillip Hoffman will be showing his latest work, All Fall Down. This will be two screenings in one evening, and Prof. Zryd will be leading a discussion with Hoffman after the films. The line-up for the evening is as follows:
Primiti Too Taa by Ed Akerman and Colin Morton
Rat Life and Diet in North America by Joyce Wieland
Maltese Cross Movement by Keewatin Dewdney
So Is This by Michael Snow
All Fall Down by Phillip Hoffman
and more to be announced!
A filmmaker of memory and association, Professor Hoffman creates “personal” yet highly universal works which weave and question fact and fiction in an experimental “diarist” cinema. A filmmaker with an extensive list of productions, his short films have won many awards, including three in 2002, A Golden Gate Award, New Visions, from the San Francisco International Film Festival, as well as the Gus Van Sant Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, both for What these ashes wanted (2001). Professor Hoffman has given seminars and production workshops continuously and presented screenings of his films on five continents, including retrospectives at international festivals in India, Holland and Australia, at Cinematheque Canada in Ottawa, and at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 2001, Hoffman’s films were featured at the Images Festival for Independent Film and Video in Toronto, where a new book about his films was launched: Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman contains over 25 essays/writings by academics and artists. See www.philiphoffman.ca for more!
Professor Zryd is an Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies. He researches experimental and documentary film and other forms of alternative media in North America. His major research projects include a conceptual reconstruction of Hollis Frampton’s never-completed Magellan project (1972-1980); an institutional study of the relationship between experimental film and the academy in Canada and the United States (1960s-present); and a critical examination of irony in documentary and experimental film He has curated or co-curated Hollis Frampton Magellan retrospectives in Toronto, New York, Karlsruhe, and London. He was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Images Festival in 2004-05, and President of the Film Studies Association of Canada in 2005-06. He is currently Archivist of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SMCS) and a member of the SCMS Board of Directors. He is the current co-chair of the Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group of SCMS and was co-founder of the Toronto Film Seminar. Zryd teaches courses on experimental film and media, documentary film, American cinema, film analysis and history, methodology, and film theory and aesthetics. He has previously taught at the University of Western Ontario, and as a visiting instructor at Oberlin College, Bard College, SUNY Binghamton, CUNY Brooklyn College, New York University, and the University of Toronto.
Canadian Curiosities is being sponsored by the Canadian-American Studies Committee Programming Grant and the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo.
Any inquiries can be sent to Ekrem Serdar at gmail dot com.