Saturday April 14 (Day Five)

12:00PM | SCREENING: Recent Works from the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS)

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street

$5 Students & Seniors/$7 General

Formed in 1984, The Toronto Animated Image Society is a not-for-profit, artist-run organization. Over the past 25 years, TAIS has encouraged the exchange of information, facilities, ideas and aesthetics within Toronto’s animation community through events, screenings, workshops, and art exhibitions. The TAIS membership is made up of independent and professional animators, educators, enthusiasts and artists.

How To Get The Girl (dir. Ashlyn Anstee, 2011, Canada, 2:53 min.)

Ooh La La, 2011 (dir. Sharon Kate, 2011, Canada, 1 min.)

Wolves (dir. Rafael Sommerhalder, 2011, Switzerland, 3:59 min.) 

The Manifesto Edition (dir. Rune & Erik Eriksson, 2010, Norway, 10 min.)

Sorry Film Not Ready (dir. Janet Perlman, 2010, Canada, 1 min.)

Fitting In | (dir. Taylor Annistte, 2011, Canada, 2:34 min.)

Spirit of the Bluebird (dir. Xstine Cook & Jesse Gouchey, 2011, Canada, 5:45 min.)

Counting Sheep (dir. Neely Goniodsky, 2010, Canada, 5:30 min.)

Paso Doble (dir. Jamie Metzger, 2011, Canada, 4:49 min.)

Fester Goes Fishing (dir. Aaron Long, 2011, Canada, 6:41 min.)

The Socking Truth (dir. Liza Leung, 2011, Canada, 1:59 min.)

URS (dir. Moritz Mayerhofer, 2010, Germany, 10 min.)

Something Left, Something Taken (dir.  Max Prter & Ru Kuwahata, 2011, USA, 10:13 min.)

Tara’s Dream (dir. Patrick Jenkins, 2011, Canada, 1 min.)

Presented by AFCOOP and TAIS

2:00PM | SCREENING: ” The Artist and The Process ” – Robert Flaherty Film Seminar

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street

$5 Students & Seniors/$8 General

The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is the longest continuously running film event in North America. Named after Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North, Man of Aran, Louisiana Story) who is considered by many to be the father of documentary film, the seminar began in 1955 when Flaherty’s widow convened a group of filmmakers, critics, curators, musicians, and other film enthusiasts at the Flaherty farm in Vermont. The four films featured are selections from the seminar series over the years.

The Artist and the Computer, Lillian F. Schwartz (USA, 1980, 11 min)

Pixillations, Lillian F. Schwartz  (USA, 1970, 4 min)

U.F.O.s, Lillian F. Schwartz  (USA, 1971, 3 min)

From Zero, Frank Scheffer (Netherlands, 2011, 60 min)


Lillian F. Schwartz is best known for her pioneering work in the use of computers for what has since become known as computer-generated art and computer-aided art analysis, including graphics, film, video, animation, special effects, Virtual Reality and Multimedia. Her work was recognized for its aesthetic success and was the first in this medium to be acquired by The Museum of Modern Art. Her contributions in starting a new field of endeavor in the arts, art analysis and the field of virtual reality have been recently awarded Computer-World Smithsonian Awards.

Frank Scheffer, born in The Netherlands in 1956, is internationally recognized as a master of sound and image. Scheffer’s early films include Zoetrope People (1982), about Francis Ford Coppola, as well as documentaries on the Dalai Lama and other cultural subjects. Wagner’s Ring (1987) marks the beginning of his work with John Cage. Collaborations with Cage continued with the conceptual Chessfilmnoise (1988), Time Is Music (1988) and From Zero (1995). His sprawling In the Ocean (2001) features Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Elliott Carter, John Cage and Brian Eno. In addition to numerous critical and festival awards, Scheffer was honored with a complete retrospective of his films at the 2001 Holland Festival and the 2007 festival Wien Modern in Vienna.

Presented by Centre for Art Tapes and AFCOOP

4:00PM | SCREENING: Where Love Is… Recent Experimental Works from Atlantic Canada

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street

$5 Students & Seniors/$7 General

From the transgressive to the sentimental, this program presents a diverse collection of innovative experimental work made by artists living in the Maritimes. Found footage is folded, layered and thrown into the wind in Jenna Marks’ Love, Nature and Collage, while Jeremy MacDonald maps out an apocalyptic archive from discarded VHS tapes in Living Artifacts. Slick digital technologies are used in David Clark and Nick Rudnicki’s kinetic dance splash-fest Bodies of Water and Lukas Hug’s animation Where is the Love . These films are followed by fragile 16mm hand-processed landscape films by Phil Wolfe (Excited States) and Herb Theriault (Earthbound). Courtney Kelsey and Zach Barkhouse’s West of Neverfail is a graceful observational portrait of tugboat operators in the Port of Halifax. Greg Jackson continues this exploration of space and place with a fusion of new and old technologies in Halloween 1977. The Program concludes with the jarring, low-fi tour de force Buggery by Winston De Giobbi, a shocking, innovative trash film from an exciting new voice from Nova Scotia’s underground film scene.

Love, Nature and Collage (dir: Jenna Marks, Nova Scotia, 2011, 2:40 min.)

Where is the Love? (dir: Lucas Hug, Nova Scotia, 1:45 min.)

Bodies of Water (dir. David Clark & Nick Rudnicki, 2012, Nova Scotia, 3:30 min.)

Living Artifacts (dir: Jeremy MacDonald, Nova Scotia, 7:50 min.)

Excited States (dir: Phil Wolfe, Nova Scotia, 5:00 min.)

Palimpsest (dir. Danny Boos, Nova Scotia, 5:00 min.)

Earthbound (dir: Herb Theriault, 2012, 2:30 min.)                                                    

West of Neverfail (Dir: Courtney Kelsey & Zach Barkhouse, Nova Scotia, 13:47 min.)

Halloween 1977 (dir: Greg Jackson, Nova Scotia, 2:00 min.)

Buggery (dir. Winston DeGiobbi, Nova Scotia, 2011, 27:21 min.)

Presented by AFCOOP

7:00PM | SCREENING: Tom Sherman – Positioning Art in the Culture of Messaging

Q&A with the artist will follow this screening 

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street

$5 Students & Seniors/$8 General

Tom Sherman is a naturalist of media environments. His current research examines the erosion of the vitality of art in cultures dominated by messaging (texting, voice messaging, instant messaging, e-mail and social-networking). How does one go about making messages that stick—that have residual effects–in an era of message abundance and disposability? If it is true that the future is all around us in the present moment, then part of the answer is determined through a speculation on the economies of attention, experience and existence.

Half/Lives (2001, 8 min.)

Talking to Nature (2002, 3 min.)

World of Strangers (2006, 3 min.)

Michael Swim’s Catch (2011, 10 min.)

Wrestling with language (2010, 2 min.)

Hyperventilation 2011 (2011, 9 min.)

Tom Sherman is an artist and writer. He works in video, radio and live performance, and writes all manner of texts. He represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1980. He founded the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council in 1983. His interdisciplinary work has been exhibited and screened internationally, including shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and the Musee d’art contemporain (Montreal). He performs and records with Bernhard Loibner (Vienna) in a duo called Nerve Theory. His most recent book is Before and After the I-Bomb: An Artist in the Information Environment, The Banff Centre Press, 2002. In 2003 he was awarded the Bell Canada Award for excellence in video art. He received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Art in 2010. Sherman is a professor in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University in central New York, but considers the South Shore of Nova Scotia his home.

Presented by Centre for Art Tapes and AFCOOP


Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street

$5 Suggested Donation

At the end of it all, we will party! Come join us for even more nibblies and drinks to celebrate the conclusion of another amazing, engaging, and spirited HIFF!

Windom Earle is a collective of friends and musicians who play a mixture of instrumental new wave synth pop and indie rock.

Currently based out of the North End in Halifax, Windom Earle is comprised of Stephan MacLeod (guitar), Brad MacDougal (drums), Matt Pollard (bass), Nathan Pilon (sax), James O’Toole (guitar), and Jen Clarke (synth).

Presented by AFCOOP

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