LONG WINTER BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA TAKEOVER
October 11, 2014
7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - 506 Bloor St. W.
On October 11 LONG WINTER takes over the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema presenting independent film, music, art, performance and everything else you've come to expect from the new best thing about winter in Toronto.
WHAT YOU MAY SEE:
Midnight screening of OUR HOBBY IS DEPECHE MODE / THE POSTERS CAME FROM THE WALLS, a look at the obsessive nature of Depeche Mode fandom in the Soviet Union and other countries where Western music was unavailable in the 1980's. (D: Jeremy Deller, Nicholas Abraham; 2008)
Toronto premiere of Marie Losiér's (The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye) intimate portrait of Suicide frontman, and electronic music pioneer Alan Vega, and his family JUST A MILLION DREAMS (D: Marie Losiér, 2013).
The Toronto premiere of Parisian photographer Frédéric Nauczyciel's THE FIRE FLIES, FRANCESCA, BALTIMORE, a documentary that catches the beauty and struggles of the vogeuing communities in the ghettos of Baltimore and Paris in their element. (D: Frederic Nauczyciel)
A live sound installation by DOOMSQUAD hidden somewhere in the cinema, in collaboration with Montreal sound artist M B BAKER
Live soundtrack by Not the Wind, Not the Flag
LONG NIGHT with VISH KHANNA kicking off the second season of his live talk show
Sweet treats by Holy Moly Donuts
and more details as they roll in....
OUR HOBBY IS DEPECHE MODE / THE POSTERS CAME FROM THE WALLS
(D: Jeremy Deller, Nicholas Abraham; 2008)
In Russia, May 9 is Victory Day, a national holiday. It’s also the birthday of Dave Gahan, lead singer with Depeche Mode, and a group of Muscovite fans have declared it Dave Day, gathering together to celebrate the group with homemade banners, mass sing-alongs and club nights. In Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union, the band’s music has been treasured since it was only available on illegal bootlegged cassettes in the 1980s, and it formed the soundtrack of the march toward freedom those countries embarked upon following the fall of the Berlin Wall. This situation is mirrored in Tehran, where fans take huge risks in listening to their music in a country that has banned all Western music since the Islamic Revolution. In the UK, the church of St Edward King and Martyr in Cambridge holds services for goths where they play Depeche Mode records. Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and filmmaker Nicholas Abrahams tell these and other stories of faith and devotion from around the world in this fascinating and inspired documentary about fandom, which is at turns bizarre, funny, sad and often touching.
ALAN VEGA, JUST A MILLION DREAMS
(D: Marie Losiér)
This intimate portrait will reveal uncommon stories of groundbreaking visual artist and pioneer of minimalist electronic rock, Alan Vega, vocalist and composer for 1970s and 80s punk/post punk duo Suicide. Alan plays with the camera and enjoys the friendship of filmmaker Losier, while also loving, fighting and living with his family (Liz Lamere, his wife and collaborator, and their son Dante, young replica of Alan). Traces of joy, eccentricity, illumination but also deep fatigue and slow Suicide. The rock-n-roll Alan is still very alive, funny and rebellious.
THE FIRE FLIES, FRANCESCA, BALTIMORE
(D: Frederic Nauczyciel)
The Fire Flies explores the underground black culture of voguing in the ghettos of Baltimore and Paris. Frederic Nauczyciel was moved by the poetics of survival that he encountered—Black American and French homosexuals and transsexuals who invent themselves through performance. In voguing competitions, high importance is given to realness, the ability to embody wildly different personas, a practice which often continues into performers’ daily lives. Nauczyciel emphasizes this expanded meaning of performance with his images vivantes, asserting that the very ability to project yourself into the world is what makes you real.