Outdoor Screening Series

A film is being projected on a screen in the Inc.’s courtyard. The audience is seated in several rows of fold-out chairs; a program is slipped in the side of each unoccupied chair. In the background, a red brick building called the Notre Dame House stands against a dark, overcast sky.

Outdoor Screening Series

Each year the Hamilton Artists Inc. partners with neighbouring media arts organizations, independent filmmakers, and cultural institutions to present outdoor film screenings in its ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. Since the series began the Inc. has partnered with organizations and filmmakers such as imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, and The South Asian Visual Arts Centre as a way of expanding viewer’s ideas of culture, identity, and the environment.  All screenings are free and open to the public and begin after dark. Keep up to date through our newsletters and subscribe to our social media as we continue to add more to the series. All of our past screenings and programs can be found below.

2020 Partners:

June 27, 6:00 pm – June 30, 6:00 pm
imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival
THE FUTURE Program

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, The Future in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. The Future features short-format experimental films by Daniel Fortin, Trevor Gould, Taran Kootenhayoo, Chris Grant, Bretten Hannam, Rebecca Thomassie and Conor McNally. imagineNATIVE’s Festival, Tour, and year-round initiatives showcase, promote, and celebrate Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and create a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.

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September 23, 7:00 pm-September 26, 7:00 pm
SACHA
Imagining BIPOC Futurisms

Imagining BIPOC Futurisms features short-format experimental films by Thirza Cuthand, Rah, Danielle Peers and Alice Sheppard. All three films will be available for flexible online viewing for 72 hours, starting at 7:00 pm on  September 23 until 7:00 pm on September 26. The link to watch the films will be released at the start of the event. Watch the films in your own time. In partnership with SACHA, Imagining BIPOC Futurisms shorts program is hosted as part of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s ongoing Screening Series, presented every summer between June and September.

SACHA is a fem­i­nist, non-prof­it, com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides sup­ports to peo­ple who have expe­ri­enced sex­u­al­ized vio­lence at any point in their lives. They work to end vio­lence and oppres­sion through edu­ca­tion, advo­ca­cy, out­reach, coali­tion build­ing, com­mu­ni­ty part­ner­ships, and activism.

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2019 Partners:

June 8, 9:00 pm
imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival
NEW WAVES Program

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, New Waves in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. Bodies, New Waves features short-format experimental films by Ken Are Bongo, Richard Curtis, Nick Dangeli, Allan Hopkins, Brett Hannam, Kawenna’here Devery Jacobs, Devonia Laliberte, Jacqueline Michel, Pasha Partridge, Kanatahawi Schuyler, Trevor Solway and Amanda Strong. imagineNATIVE’s Festival, Tour, and year-round initiatives showcase, promote, and celebrate Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and create a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.

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July 24, 9:00 pm
South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC)
Monitor 13: Dance on my head and scratch my heartProgram
Curated by Sharlene Bamboat and Priya Sen

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, Monitor 13: Dance on my head and scratch my heart in partnership with SAVAC. Monitor 13: Dance on my head and scratch my heart invites the viewer to consider the indecipherable traces and charges of the past. It is an invitation to dance to the meditative, moving images in the program. Through letters, biographies, surfaces, sounds and architectures, the curators have assembled the films to gesture not only towards things lost and hidden along the way, but their connections to living and renewal.

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September 27, 7:00 pm
Cinema Politica
Documentary Futurism – The Next 150  Program

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, Documentary Futurism – The Next 150 in partnership with Cinema Politica. This project seeks to usher in a new kind of filmmaking that brings actuality into conversation with speculation, realism with fantasy. Taking inspiration from Afro-futurism, Indigenous futurism, speculative fiction and non-fiction, Cinema Politica commissioned short films to inaugurate this new genre. Works created under the rubric of documentary futurism deploy filmmaking approaches and contexts associated with documentary in order to imagine, speculate and represent a “Canada” of the future.

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2018 Partners:

June 16, 9:30 pm
imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival
Bodies, Memories + Times Program

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, Bodies, Memories + Times in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. Bodies, Memories + Times features short-format experimental films by Beric Manywounds, Thirza Jean Cuthand, Jade Baxter, Conor McNally, Caroline Monnet, and Asinnajaq.

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July 26th, 9:00 pm
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Wexford Plaza

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present Wexford Plaza in partnership with Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Wexford Plaza is an awkwardly humorous film about a lonely female security guard working at a deteriorating strip mall. Isolated and friendless, a glimmer of hope appears when a make-up salesman shows her kindness, leading to an unexpected sexual encounter. Although our protagonist and her paramour are well meaning in their intentions, their behavior ends up causing both of their lives to unravel.

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2017 Partners:

June 17, 9:30 pm
imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival
Femme Totale Program

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, Femme Totale in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. The female voice and perspective in Indigenous cinema remains a strong, vital, and influential force. From both sides of the Medicine Line – the Canadian-American border – outstanding new talents explore an array of topics that plunge into the core of humanity, addressing an expansive discourse around issues from resurgence, deep cultural ties and traditions, to sisterhood and loss.

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July 20, 9:00 pm
South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC)
Monitor 12: Figures Pointing Outside the Frame Program
Curated by Oliver Husain, Otty Widasari, Yuki Aditya

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, MONITOR 12: Figures Pointing Outside the Frame in partnership with SAVAC. The works that make up the Figures Pointing Outside the Frame consider the peripheries of the image as significant as the content within. Whether film, video, or a still image, the technology dictates the parameters of the frame. Decisions an image-maker makes regarding the composition, duration, performance, and location further contribute to a viewer’s experience. Collaboration is formed between the technology, image maker, and subjects- though this collaboration is often expanded with elements, situations, and conditions beyond that which is scripted. In this way, the program advocates for the viewer to consider the environmental, labour, historical, economical, gendered, and social conditions that influence the constructed experience.

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2016 Partners:

September 30, 9:00 pm
imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival
Canadian Indigenous Shorts Program

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, Canadian Indigenous Shorts in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. Canadian Indigenous Shorts feature the work of  Alethea Arnaquq-BarilLisa Jackson, Danis Goulet, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Alejandro Valbuena, Kate Kroll, Lisa Jackson,  and Jeff Barnaby.  The shorts program highlights Indigenous filmmakers and media artists helping to create a broader understanding of Indigenous people,and cultures through film.

July 19, 9:00 pm
Life of a Craphead: Bugs
Zak Tatham: Doorcuts

Hamilton Artists Inc. is please to present Life of a Craphead’s Bugs; and Zak Tatham’s Doorcuts in part of their summer Outdoor Screening Series. Bugs, written and directed by Life of a Craphead (Amy Lam & Jon Mccurley), is a satire about a bug society and its most powerful family. Bugs presents the absurdity of life within a patriarchal society obsessed with success. The DIY film sets the Bug universe right in the middle of the real world, creating multiple layers of reality that interact with each other. Zak Tatham’s Doorcuts follows a traveler as she leaves her home though a door, she enters a door which enters a door, taking as many Doorcuts as possible. It may be transparent to access doors that fold space, linking alternate universes, but as the short-cuts are exploited hospitality closes an octo-edge door.


The Inc.’s Outdoor Screening Series is made possible through funding support from the Incite Foundation for the Arts, Hamilton Community Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Mohawk College

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