Graduate Students behind “John Porter’s CineScenes”

December 17, 2015

Graduate Students behind “John Porter’s CineScenes”

Cinema and Media Studies doctoral candidate Clint Enns (editor) and Film MFA candidate Leslie Supnet (designer) launched John Porter’s CineScenes: Documentary Portraits of Alternative Film Scenes, Toronto and Beyond, 1978-2015 at Toronto’s underground cinema and event venue CineCycle on December 9.

The book is the first volume to spotlight Toronto native John Porter’s legendary photographs of alternative film culture – its “celebrities,” places and rituals – taken across a span of nearly 40 years. Published by the8fest. the 144-page book features over 200 beautifully reproduced b&w and colour photos by Porter, and essays by Scott MacDonald, Nicole Gingras, Dot Tuer and Tess Takahashi.

 

Prepping for the launch event, editor Clint Enns unpacked the boxes of books and copy editor Cameron Moneo brought out the silver pens for John to sign books with. Photo John Porter.

Prepping for the launch event, editor Clint Enns (right) unpacks the boxes of books and copy editor Cameron Moneo brings out the silver pens for Porter to use in signing the books. Photo by John Porter.

 

Exhibit of framed photos from the book with the8fest board members Tanya Read and Cameron Moneo. Photo by John Porter.

Exhibit of framed photos from the book with the8fest board members Tanya Read and Cameron Moneo (centre). Photo by John Porter.

 

Cinematographer Marco Libretti documenting John Porter discussing his incredible archive of historical photographs of the Toronto independent experimental film scene. Photo by Nick Kovats. Onscreen John Porter photo: Helen Hill and Becka Barker with sign painted by Helen Bredin for their outdoor super 8 screening held September 1, 2000 on Halifax Commons – September 17, 2000.

Cinematographer Marco Libretti documenting John Porter discussing his archive of historical photographs of the Toronto independent experimental film scene. Onscreen John Porter photo: Helen Hill and Becka Barker with sign painted by Helen Bredin for their outdoor Super 8 screening held September 1, 2000 on Halifax Commons. Photo by Nick Kovats.

 

Clint Enns' introduction to the evening's program. Photo by John Porter.

Clint Enns’ introduction to the evening’s program. Photo by John Porter.

The screening included original Super 8 films by John Porter:
John’s T-Shirts (2014, 2 minutes, silent)
Firefly (1980, 3.5 minutes, silent)
Amusement Park (1978/79, 6 minutes, silent)
Funnel Benefit (1982, 5 minutes, sound)
Urban Underground (1985, 10 minutes, sound)
and the world premiere of a 35mm film, shot entirely on a still camera, by CineCycle proprietor Martin Heath.

John Porter’s CineScenes retails for $35 CAD plus shipping (Canada – $12 CAD, USA – $20 CAD, overseas – $40 CAD). Pay via PayPal to the e-mail address below, or via cheque mailed to:
the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival
#7, 408 Queen St. West
Toronto ON Canada M5V 2A7

Send all other mail-order inquiries to: porter.cinescenes@gmail.com