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Hand-made Muskoka Films
By Sandy McLennan
November 14, 2020, 7:00 pm
Online Location issued after Advance Registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee $10
Port Sydney filmmaker Sandy McLennan presents an online screening of his unique hand-made 8mm and 16mm films that portray life in the Muskoka region. He will be on hand to introduce the films and discuss the processes he used to make them. Featured are his films Line in the Sand, Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage, The Last Skate and Moving, part one and two.

I. Line in the Sand (2017, 4:50, Double 8mm hand-processed black & white, digital sound) by Sandy McLennan
Double 8mm film, with its unique line down the middle, is used to reflect on divisions in thought, purpose, practice; in the world. Shot with lenses and a pinhole while visiting nearby lake access points, multi-exposed/edited in-camera and variously hand-processed including a wash in the ice and sand of the spring-melt lake. Sound is synthesized from pictures of a depth map of the lake and of the processed film itself (the mid line like a vinyl record groove) and mixed with location recordings. There is both a private and a public experience here. Dividing lines appear and wash away, and persist.
II. Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage (2016, 3:20, super 8 hand-processed colour, silent) by Sandy McLennan
Cottagers dedicate hours of their experience to traffic, dashing out from the city and back again, especially on Thanksgiving weekend. Shot during such a Friday night escape and holiday-Monday-night yield, the super 8 is in-camera edited and hand-processed.
III. The Last Skate (2018, 4:50, 8mm, stereo) by Sandy McLennan
The end of a decades-rare season for skating the entirety of smoothly-frozen lakes near home: Regular 8mm Bolex cameras double-exposing, sometimes a pinhole for a lens, hand-processed with various recipes and physicalities. The cameras failed miserably/wonderfully in the cold. Sound is not looped; you could skate forever. The living lake rumbles just under foot, solid and liquid. A naturally scary and oh so temporary place on earth. Spring begins to birth itself from the deep; winter had its turn.
IV. Moving, part one (2019, 3:37, Double 8mm hand-processed black & white/colour, English) by Sandy McLennan
Same shot of my house, Double 8mm film variously hand-processed over time of thinking about moving. Sound on a cassette plucked from a box to be purged - thoughts overdubbed on an Ideas radio program from the time I moved here in the first place, about the power of women.
V. Moving, part two (Ownerous) (2020, Regular/Double 8mm, black & white/colour, English) by Sandy McLennan
Continuing to move out/move in, emptying one box at a time
Sandy McLennan is a multidisciplinary artist thriving on reinvention. A Sheridan College Media Arts graduate (1981), he worked as Audio-Visual/Computer Technician in schools until 2014, residing near Huntsville, Ontario since 1986. Making movies on celluloid film or digital video, he is compelled to reproduce docu-drama evidence of the world around him. After decades away he is back in his home darkroom, hand-processing motion picture film. He employs both a portable darkroom and portable cinema to take film outside. Sandy has received grants from the Ontario Arts council to teach pinhole photography and has led workshops at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. McLennan's experience includes performing with the Canadian Opera Company at age 7, shooting slides in Hong Kong in 1972, tape recording R.Murray Schafer’s lake opera in 1981, documenting a canoe trip on 16mm film, mounting solo and group exhibitions of photography, installation, audio and motion pictures and installation/performance collaborations with Beverley Hawksley for Nuit Blanche North.

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