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The World Viewed: The Films of Chris Kennedy
Canada, 65 minutes

Cafe Ex
Club SAW, Thursday, February 4, 2010, 7:30 pm
Chris Kennedy is an independent filmmaker, programmer and writer currently living in Toronto. His materialist cinema, reminiscent of seminal figures Michael Snow and Hollis Frampton, explores the nature of the film medium: its frame, its constructions and deconstructions of space and time, and the relations of proximity and distance between the image and the world.  Often combining a careful concern with the apparatus and a high degree of formal rigour with thoughtful attention to social reality and history, Kennedy’s films examine the interpenetration of a kind of phenomenology – how the things of the world appear to consciousness – with the material possibilities of film (multiple exposures, hand processing, found footage, multi-frame presentations). 

Chris Kennedy programmed film, video and live performance for the Images Festival from 2003-06 and served on the screening collective for Pleasure Dome from 2000-06. His short experimental films have screened at over 75 film festivals worldwide and he has presented film programs in Egypt, Belgium, Germany, the US and Canada. He holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was co-founder and host of a weekly film salon. His work as an artist and programmer operates in dialogue with the history of film as art, exploring the medium's materiality in a contemporary context.

Chris Kennedy will be in attendance to introduce and discuss his work.