IMAGES FES­TI­VAL

TORONTO April 20 to 27

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Images di­rec­tor Amy Fung dis­cusses the fes­ti­val’s 30th-an­niver­sary theme and pro­gram­ming in light of con­ver­sa­tions about in­clu­siv­ity in Toronto.

AMY FUNG: Toronto prides it­self on its di­ver­sity, but struc­turally it’s still a very white city. In Images’s of­fice, none of us are from here, and most of our com­mu­ni­ties aren’t ei­ther. So with our un­of­fi­cial theme, “The Toronto we know,” we wanted to ex­am­ine where we are in the city’s land­scape.

Be­ing the 30th an­niver­sary, we’re ask­ing: who are our peers? Who are the peo­ple we com­mu­ni­cate with and want to com­mu­ni­cate with? With the fes­ti­val for­mat, we have the priv­i­lege and the re­spon­si­bil­ity to spotlight artists. This year, we chose Deirdre Logue, who’s more known as a cul­tural worker, an arts ad­min­is­tra­tor and a staunch ad­vo­cate for artist fees—but she’s been mak­ing work for more than 25 years. We need to sup­port the arts ad­min­is­tra­tors who are also artists, be­cause artist-run cul­ture is built on artists do­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion to help other artists.

Isaac Julien showed his ear­li­est work here 30 years ago, but for some rea­son, while he be­came in­ter­na­tion­ally re­spected, our di­a­logue about him here didn’t con­tinue. We’re show­ing his ear­li­est work: un­for­tu­nately still very rel­e­vant in terms of ad­dress­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity against black com­mu­ni­ties. He’s work­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of black­ness and queer­ness; usu­ally it’s just one or the other. Peo­ple have been talk­ing about this for decades, but no one’s paid at­ten­tion. It’s a question of who con­trols the me­dia. We are bring­ing this back into the con­ver­sa­tion, the things that have al­ways been there.

Archival im­age of the au­di­ence at a show­ing of Tony Con­rad’s The Flicker, at the Fourth New York Film Fes­ti­val, Lin­coln Cen­tre, 1966 PHOTO EL­LIOTT LANDY

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