Deep Lez Film Craft: The Stuffed and Sticky Films of Freeshow Seymour
Programmed by Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk
Thursday November 13 | 7pm | GIV 4001 rue Berri #105
Co-presented by GIV and La Centrale
* Dialogue between Programmer Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk and Filmmakers Christina Zeidler and Allyson Mitchell to follow
Freeshow Seymour is the tag-team alias for the collaborative works of Toronto filmmakers Christina Zeidler and Allyson Mitchell, who have been sharing their love for film craft, thrift shopping, and maximalist approach to art making since 1994. Their collaboration is grounded in "Deep Lez", a posi-core practice of reclaiming diss'ed and discarded feminist root values in performance, writing, organizing, teaching, music, film, sculpture, and installation. Their politics are expressed through the reclamation of equally abandoned materials such as hard candy, plastic animal figurines, fun fur, cross stitching, macrame, and stuffed animals. This retrospective resembles your childhood dress-up box and teenage hope chest. Childhood trauma, puberty, fatphobia, queer fantasies, feminist epiphanies, breakups and breakdowns, are the tattered rags that Freeshow Seymour lovingly transform into dazzling celluloid quilts. Wrap yourself in the Deep Lez Love.
Lazer Vag Magic Performance Art Party
Thursday November 13 | Doors 9:30pm, Performances 10pm Sharp | $5 | 31 St.Viateur East (Diagonal to Cagibi)
Performances curated by Coral Short
Performances by: Freeshow Seymour, Coral Short, Lamathilde, The Inappropriate Hymns & Hers, Kate L, Photos: JJ Levine and Mariev Robitaille. Musique: DJ ZaZa Top and DJ V12
La Centrale | November 14- December 14 | Vernissage Friday November 14 7pm
Made with Deep Love: Artist Brunch and Craft Show and Tell
Sunday November 16 | 11-2pm
Cagibi | 5490 St. Laurent | www.lecagibi.ca
Made with Deep Love is an opportunity for artists, community activists, academics, and event organizers to connect with Freeshow Seymour, discuss the films of Deep Lez Film Craft, and share their own artwork, theoretical frameworks, and technical practices. Please bring a sample of your own art work for sharing. A Laptop for playing DVD's or music will be available.
Allyson mitchell is a maximalist artist working predominantly in sculpture, installation and film. Since 1997, Mitchell has been melding feminism and pop culture to play with contemporary ideas about sexuality, autobiography, and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft. www.allysonmitchell.com
Christina Zeidler is a film and video artist with over twenty titles in distribution that have shown internationally at festivals and on television. Zeidler's curatorial work includes: Come Up To My Room, the Gladstone Hotel's Alternative Design Event with Pamila Matharu from 2003-2007. Christina has been the Developer and President of The Gladstone Hotel since 2003, and focused on renovating and revitalizing the building through a community based approach. www.
Amy lynn Kazymerchyk is a filmmaker and independent curator. She is interested in the physical, tactile and collaborative aspects of experimental filmmaking; and loves film culture, throwing parties, and building community around art.