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Public Space Invaders III

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One night only! A collection of short films about Toronto’s public spaces.

We’ve been able to put together a really great lineup for next week’s Public Space Invaders at the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen St. West — view map) — but only because there are so many talented people around who like Toronto and make films and videos about it. This time, 98% of the films are Torontonian. We’ve got one short from Buffalo, which is almost the same thing, if you believe their PBS station (seems like a reasonable proposition).

Some of the films we’ll show include:

-Debut showing of the trailer for Infest Wisely, a lo-fi sci-fi film shot in and around Toronto’s public spaces

-TTC spec ads by Peter Rogers (the better way to make an ad)

Drum 13 by Tony Round — a banjo and a massive abandoned Cherry Beach oil drum really do belong together

-An except from Jump, a documentary by Peter Riddihough, where we’ll watch a fellow parachute from a half-finished condo tower

Small Cascade for a large city — a choreographed water dance in the Trinity-Bellwoods splash pond by Nick Tobier

Incidental Park Zones and You by John Marriott

Reve Infini, an operatic short shot in Toronto and along the Scarborough Bluffs by Nigel Hunt starring soprano Measha Brueggergosman

Urban River, a documentary about the Don River by Stephen Broomer

Public Transit 101 — TTC etiquette by Phillip Roh

Watch me Break it down by Julie Perini, hopping around Buffalo

Permutations/Combinations — interchangeable suburban housing by David Han

The Midway by Peggy Anne Berton, a short super-8 film about finding teenage kicks at the CNE

Ice Groove, by Lisa Logan, looking at the yearly ice-bike-race at Dufferine Grove and the characters who are involved

Love to all the rebels by Tino

-A series public space moments by Ryan Marr

    Plus more.

    Doors are at 7:30, films start at 8pm. $10 ($5 after films)
    If you can’t make it for the films, come by later as everybody is invited to stick around for the two bands with lovely pop sounds we have lined up. Love, Anna (on at 10:15ish) and Mariposa (11:30ish).

    Public Space Invaders is grateful for the support of Autoshare.


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    1. Just a side note for anyone interested in this kind of thing: the oil tank featured in Drum 13 is the same one where I took these two pictures last spring. The site was levelled shortly afterward and is now being developed into the transitional sports fields.