For the month of February, FAG is joining forces with the Art Gallery of York University and the Power Plant to present: Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive.

Cinenova is a London-based, volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution of films and videos made by women. Cinenova is a cultural community and network for feminist film and video practice, but beyond that, it is an activist platform for making these practices known and publically accessible.

All Hands on the Archive develops a dialogue between the work in the Cinenova collection and Toronto’s long-rooted feminist and queer histories as a means to access, activate, and animate both.

The month-long engagement with Cinenova begins on February 3 at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West at 7 PM with a screening curated by Cinenova Working Group member Emma Hedditch. The evening program serves as an introduction to the scope of this international and intergenerational collection.

From there, the program relocates to FAG, 25 Seaforth Avenue, side gate, on Saturday, February 4, 11, 18, and 25An Audience of Enablers Cannot Fail takes place from 1 to 5 PM, and each day brings together local artists, activists, or educators who have been specifically chosen to animate the Cinenova collection from their particular point of view, selecting work for collective viewing and group discussion.

This is our awesome schedule of enablers working with the collection:

February 4:  Midi Onodera and  Lisa Steele

February 11: Natalie Kouri-Towe and Logan MacDonald & Hazel Meyer

February 18: Syrus Marcus Ware and Chase Joynt

February 25: Michèle Pearson Clarke and Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed

All Hands on the Archive concludes on March 4 in the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) at 8 PM with a closing party that features a commissioned performance by local artist Sharlene Bamboat. Bamboat’s performance responds to Cinenova’s work and working methodologies, locating them within the conditions and contexts of Toronto. The performance is followed by Rebels Rule a screening curated by Toronto’s G.B. Jones, Alex McClelland, Leila Pourtavaf, and Lex Vaughn featuring Will Munro’s films and his appearances in films.

Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive is an initiative of the AGYU, FAG, the Feminist Art Gallery, and The Power Plant and celebrates the affinities of our collective winter programming that includes The Power Plant’s exhibition Coming After (10 December, 2011 – 4 March, 2012) and the Art Gallery of York University exhibition Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic (11 January-11 March, 2012).

Free admission to all events!

This is a tall order but we invite you to put this in your social calendar and smoke it!

Can’t wait to see you all as we gather around the flames of feminist film and video work to aid us through the rotten month of February together and not alone.

Love you forever,


Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council Arts Investment Fund.

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