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.
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.
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