If you’re into bad classroom reels, found footage, grainy home movies, and low- to no-budget outsider flicks, then it might suit you to head over to Stacey Case’s Trash Palace this weekend for the 8 fest. This small-format film festival is new to Toronto and will exclusively feature films shot on Super 8, 8mm and 9.5mm, as well as loops and zoetropes. Zoetropes! Please let there actually be zoetropes.
The programming begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. with films by experimental cinema guru Saul Levine, once called “the foremost dissenting filmmaker in America” by critic and avante-garde film historian P. Adams Sitney. Another program sees silent vintage classroom loops like Desert Tortoise Courtship Ritual narrated by Toronto artists. Local collectors Grant Heaps and Ian Phillips present the celluloid fruits of their years of dumpster-diving with their found film program Orphan Films. And a Home Movie Repair Clinic will hopefully live up to its title. Check out the full schedule on the 8 fest’s facebook group.
Hopefully this event will fill the void for those still mourning the loss of Splice This!. So quit being such digital fancypantses and go. Suggested donation of $5 per screening. BYOHM (Bring Your Own Home Movie) is in effect since the event is sponsored by the Home Movie History Project. And BYOB since it’s Trash Palace. Zoetropes!
Photo by peterchen.