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aluCine’s Festival Off Screen Programming (Exhibitions and Live events)

aluCine’s Festival Off Screen Programming
(Exhibitions and Live events)

Thursday, April 2 2015
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Venue: Beaver Hall Gallery
Event Type: Contemporary Art Exhibition Opening
Exhibition Title: “Feelings”
Artist(s) Name: Sojin Chun, Nelly César Marín, Gabriela Goder, Christian Jankowski, Ximena Cuevas

Document: aluCine Festival Off Screen 2015

This exhibition proposes to examine the element of feeling and emotion in media art as a means to disrupt the homogenous and immersive space of the mediatic and virtual realms. The artists in the exhibition negotiate the dynamics between emotional affect, and its portrayal through the sterility and distance of media art.

Friday, April 3, 2015
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Venue: Beaver Hall Gallery
Event Type: Curators & Artists talk
Title: Curating and Creating in the Diaspora
Artists: Sojin Chun, Nelly César Marín, Gabriela Golder,
Curators: Maria Alejandrina Coates, Zaira Zara.

Description of Talk:
Diasporic audiovisual interventions in the post-2000 era are a central part of the remapping of cultural geographies of the post-national. The various dimensions of the experience of diaspora in its intersections with identity and multiple forms of contemporary mobility have affected global film and media productions. Translocality defines new constructions of social imaginaries and alters feelings of national belonging because the politics of place that the diaspora produces transform citizenship practices. While unsettling former notions of exile, artits in the diaspora who look not only at their roots but also at the numerous routes of their work’s circulation are proposing much more plural, contextual, and mobile senses of nationalism, patriotism, gendered spaces and subjectivities and forms of racialization.

Friday, April 3, 2015
11:00PM – 2:00AM
Venue: CineCycle
Event Type: Party
Name: Noche Macabra
Artists/ Musicians/ DJ

Saturday, April 4,2015
12:30pPM– 2:00PM
Venue: Beaver Hall Gallery
Event Type: Industry Panel
Name: Latin Canadian Film Co-Production
PWYC – includes brunch!

Description of Panel:

Canada is considered one of the most proficient co-production partners, holding co-production treaties with over 55 countries, 13 in Latin America. In the past edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival, Canada brought a delegation of 12 producers with the purpose of securing partnerships with Latin American directors, producers and production companies, demonstrating Canada’s ongoing goal of partnering with the fastest growing national cinemas globally.

As part of aluCine’s mandate, and in celebration of its 15th anniversary, we are hosting a co-production panel that will introduce local filmmakers to how co-production treaties work and how to better use their resources. With a selection of guests from all sectors of the industry we hope to give participants an overview of the requisites and steps to follow for a successful co-production endeavour. We will also explore the importance of co-production markets and how projects are sold in those instances.

Panelists’ bios:

Yanik Létourneau
CEO of Peripheria, a director driven film Production Company he cofounded with filmmaker Diego Briceno Orduz. Létourneau is the Canadian co-producer of the Colombian film La Playa D.C., directed by Juan Andres Arango. La Playa D.C. was Colombia’s entry to the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film; it premiered at Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, and was aluCine’s opening night film in 2013.

Lisa Valencia
Lisa Valencia-Svensson is an award-winning documentary film producer based in Toronto who has been involved in the industry for over a decade. Her first feature length documentary was Herman’s House, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/ Political Documentary. Herman’s House was broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV and on documentary channel in Canada. She associate produced several films, including

William Barron
William Barron is currently Telefilm’s Deputy Director, Business Affairs – English Market where he oversees a team that receives, analyzes and contracts feature film production and post-production projects, in addition to fielding marketing applications for both Canadian release and for international festivals.

Michelle van Beusekom
Michelle van Beusekom is the Interim Director General of English-language production at the National Film Board, Canada’s public producer and distributor. She oversees creative direction, operations and finances for seven production studios from coast to coast. The NFB’s English Program has about 100 projects in production at any given time and releases approximately 45 works annually in its core genres: documentary, animation and interactive projects for new platforms. Through innovative works like Stories We Tell, Subconscious Password or Circa 1948, the NFB’s focus is on exploring the creative intersection between story, form and technology, and tackling subjects with strong social relevance.

Saturday, April 4,2015
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Venue: Theatre Direct (Artscape Wychwood Barns)
Event Type: Children and families event
Name: Spanish storytelling

It’s important for children to develop reading and writing comprehension skills in their mother tongue throughout their academic careers, both in English and in Spanish. We need to encourage children and their parents to read in their mother tongue, especially stories that connect them to their cultural roots and heritage. In this workshop we will read several stories in spanish and interact with the children through songs, movements and other activities to aid their learning and establish a vocabulary in a fun setting.

Yecid Ortega is a specialist in language and literacy for OISE University of Toronto.

Sunday, April 5,2015
3:00PM – 4:30PM
Venue: Beaver Hall Gallery
Event Type: Industry Panel II
Name: Fifteen Years of “Latinidad” in Canadian Media Arts

Description of Panel:
As part of our 15th anniversary we will to reflect more deeply on the origins and impact not only of our own local media artists productions, but also of the entire Latin Canadian film production from the past 15 years.

The panel will cover topics that reflect on the last 15 years of independent media arts production by Latin Canadian artists, and will also consider the contexts for the future. In reflecting on this filmmaking/media arts history, the panel also aims to consider the framework evolution that will be needed to support Latin Canadian independent filmmaking into the future.

The question of the ongoing need for spaces for culturally specific media arts exhibition and their relevance to future generations of independent filmmakers is being questioned, and this question will serve as the starting point for the discussion on this panel.

Panelists’ bios:


Jorge Lozano
Jorge Lozano has been working as a film and video artist for the last 20 years and has achieved national and international recognition. His fiction films have been exhibited at the Toronto Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival amongst others. His experimental work has been exhibited at many international festivals and galleries. He has expanded his practice to the organization of many cultural and art events, the creation of aluCine, Toronto Latin Media Festival and facilitating self-representations video workshops for marginalized Latin and non- Latin youth in Canada since 199,1 Venezuela 2005 and Colombia 2005-2009.

Julieta Maria
Julieta Maria is a Toronto based new media artist with an MFA from York University.  She works with a variety of media, including video, interactive video installations and web. She has participated in several international screenings and exhibitions, including Scope Basel in Switzerland in 2010, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Colombia in 2009, and the Interactiva Biennale in Mexico 2009, among others.


During the past few years, Julieta has worked in the field of media arts as a facilitator, teaching workshops in video production, video editing, website development and digital story telling. She has also co-curated several Internet and media exhibitions. She is a co-founder of e-Fagia Visual and Media Art Organization in Toronto, where she is currently acting as the executive director.

Maria Coates
Maria Alejandrina Coates is a Uruguayan born, Toronto based curator and writer whose interests include art practices grounded in feminist, social, and decolonial frameworks. She is co-founder of SOS curatorial collective and Curator at e-fagia visual and media arts organization. Maria received a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University. She maintains an active research and curatorial practice and currently serves as a board member for Gendai Gallery in Toronto, ON.



Sunday, April 5, 2015
11:00 PM – 2:00AM
Venue: VALDEZ Restaurant
Name: Closing Party



Thursday April 16, 2015
Venue: Beaver Hall Gallery
Event Type: Performance by Gricel Severino “Venezuela en mis venas”/

“Through my veins multimedia performance”

February is usually the shortest month. This time, it chose to be the cruelest month of the calendar. An immigrant woman perceives chaos in her country through the social media network, and her body reacts to constant information, created by the many tags. Today I got up so tormented, as usual, trying to know who I am.




Saturday April 11, 2015
Venue: Beaver Gallery
Event Type: Special Presentation

Teresa Ascencao will present her work methodology and discuss aesthetic and concepts behind her work as well as the technical component of her pieces. The presentation intends to re-view the dialogue between artists and audience; it will give the audience, artists, and public their own moment on participation and creation.


This conversation offers an environment for debate allowing audiences’ access to an insider’s point of view. The intention is to offer a context where ideas, questions, and the creation process can be shared through participatory dialogues between artists, curators and the audience, offering their unique perspective on process, techniques and production.

Teresa Ascencao is a media artist based whose work deals with gender and sexuality constructs through unique cultural perspectives and technological approaches. Often using out-of-the-ordinary interactivity, her poetic and kitschy artworks invite audiences to rediscover gender and sexuality through peculiar folk and pop inspired artworks. Teresa Ascencao was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She holds a Graphic Design Diploma from Humber College and graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program. She recently graduated with an MFA from OCAD University, specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism. Ascencao’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at Ontario College of Art University. Actually, she was invited to facilitate a residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point at Toronto Central Island.



* in collaboration w Collective Toronto (Curators)

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