Silver Wave Film Festival: Generations

Posted on October 22, 2011 by

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“Generations” will be shown at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, NB.

Back in December 2010, founding member of the Queer Theory Collective, Shaun Bartone, contacted Gina Carducci about showing the film “Generations.” Produced by Barbara Hammer and Gina Carducci, the film is the result of a collaboration between the two lesbian filmmakers. Barbara Hammer is a 70-year old avant garde filmmaker who has made over 80 films in the last 40 years. Gina Carducci is a young filmmaker, who for several years hadn’t had the resources to make a film, and welcomed the opportunity to work with the experienced filmmaker.

I first discovered “Generations” on the blog True Queer Love by Sloan Lesbowitz. Sloan’s percipient description of the intergenerational mentoring and collaboration between the two filmmakers piqued my interest. Queer Theory Collective was just getting off the ground and one of our first projects was providing advice and technical assistance to a queer youth book project by then high-school student Chantal Brynne Plourde. I proposed the idea of showing the film as a QTC project to Gina Carducci. Gina responded that because QTC demonstrated a commitment to intergenerational work with queer youth and elders, Gina and Barbara would give us permission to show the film.

The artists’ statement of the film reflects their commitment to queer intergenerational work:   “In the spirit of mentoring and passing on the tradition of personal experimental filmmaking, Barbara Hammer, 70 years old, hands the camera to Gina Carducci, a young queer filmmaker. Shooting during the last days of Astroland at Coney Island, New York, the filmmakers find that the inevitable fact of aging echoes in the architecture of the amusement park and in the emulsion of the film medium itself. Inspired by Shirley Clarke’s Bridges Go Round, both filmmakers edited picture and sound separately, joining their films in the middle when they finished making a true generational and experimental experiment.”

So QTC had permission to show the film, but not the funding or the venue. In April 2011, I attended the Arts Forum for the 2011 federal election, to speak on behalf of queer arts and culture in Fredericton. After the forum, I was approached by Cat LeBlanc, in charge of Membership Services at the New Brunswick Film Coop. She invited QTC to head up the queer film section in the Silver Wave Film Festival. Silver Wave allowed us a 90-minute period to show the film of our choice. Excitedly, I told her about “Generations”, that QTC had secured permission to show the film and that it was a rare opportunity to screen this film in Fredericton. The NB Film Coop enthusiastically supported showing “Generations” at the Silver Wave Film Festival in November, and in October, generously paid the $150 fee.

“Generations” will be shown on Saturday, 5 November at 2 PM at Gallery Connexion, 440 York Street, Fredericton. For more information, contact Shaun Bartone at queertheorycollective@gmail.com, or call the Gallery Connexion at 506-454-1433.

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Hi Shaun,

I spoke with Barbara and we are both thrilled that you contacted us and that you want to support intergenerational work! We spoke to a few people and got the ok regarding premiere status so we’re good to go! Fees are $150 for rental, plus shipping both ways through Fed Ex or DHL. We’d love for you to send publicity back when you return the exhibition copy. Barbara assumed you’d prefer DigiBeta or DVD, so let me know.

Thanks again for all the enthusiasm. We’re so glad the QTC exists!

Happy New Year–
Gina

On Dec 12, 2010, at 7:53 PM, Queer Theory Collective Collective wrote:

Gina:

We are the Queer Theory Collective based in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada. We are a collective that presents queer arts and culture in our city, and supports queer culture here.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=140746649304581

Our current project is the Qulture Club, which is held every Tuesday at the Gallery Connexion, a community arts centre, in Fredericton. We are showing queer films every second Tuesday. We are also planning to have a queer film festival in Fredericton later in 2011.

We would like to know if we could show your film either by itself on Film night, or in a film festival. We would like to know what your requirements are for showing the film: authorization, fees, publicity, etc.

We are really excited about your film and the possibility of bringing together generations of queers in this city.

thank you,

Shaun Bartone
co-founder, QTC
Fredericton NB

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