Metro Cinema Presents… Close-Up – Episode 4 – April 2019

A monthly roundup of films and events coming soon to the historic Metro Cinema in Edmonton, Alberta.

As well as an overall look at the Metro calendar for April, this episode also features interviews with some of our guest curators as we discuss their respective seasons – both new and ongoing – including Maggie Hardy’s Silent Sundays, Dave Clarke’s Banned In Alberta, Hitomi Suzuta’s Any Excuse For Food, and Scott McArthur’s Direct Play.

This episode also features music from local artists Mark Templeton, Pigeon Breeders, Westfalia, and Maggie Hardy, as well as excerpts from Leonard J. Paul’s excellent procedural film score to Beep – A Documentary History Of Game Sound. Follow the links below to hear more, and enjoy!

Of Paramount Importance

Created by Dylan Rhys Howard for Metro Cinema.
Special Thanks to Shirley Lowe.

This is part of a series of mini-documentaries about the history of the media arts in Edmonton, made possible with the generous support of the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton.

Eva Colmers

Created by Dylan Rhys Howard for Metro Cinema.
Special Thanks to Eva Colmers.

This is part of a series of mini-documentaries about the history of the media arts in Edmonton, made possible with the generous support of the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton.

Indie Spotlight: Joel Potrykus

Lindsey Campbell is a film scholar and cinephile with a passion for independent film. Last year, she was pleased to present a Kitchen Sink Realism retrospective at Metro Cinema. This year, she is excited to introduce Edmonton and Metro Cinema to the films of Indie director Joel Potrykus.

Potrykus, a true master of the micro-budget, all with a delightfully analog 90’s slacker throwback vibe, has been called “The New King of Underground Cinema” credited with inventing a new genre “metal slacker.” His animal trilogy–Coyote (2010), Ape (2012), Buzzard (2014)–and The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) are positively fresh and new, weird, visceral, and anarchic. A modern interpretation of Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel, Potrykus’s newest effort Relaxer (2018) premiered earlier this year at SXSW and for which Potrykus regular, Joshua Burge, won Best Actor at Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal for his role.

Screening: March 26 at 7:00 pm

 

Screenings: March 30 at 7:00 pm & April 3 at 9:30 pm

If you’re bored with all the same ol’ same ol’ come check out something completely weird, new, and different!

By Lindsey Campbell

Metro Cinema Presents… Close-Up – Episode 3 – March 2019

A monthly roundup of films and events coming soon to the historic Metro Cinema in Edmonton, Alberta.

As well as an overall look at the Metro calendar for March, this episode also features interviews with some of our guest curators as we discuss their respective seasons – both new and ongoing – including Michael Janz’s Reel Revolution, Allan Mulholland’s Night Gallery, Liz Hay’s Kink On Screen, Geraldine Carr’s The Female Gaze, and Lacey Paige’s DEDfemme.

This episode also features music from local artists Mark Templeton, Pigeon Breeders, and Westfalia. Enjoy!

A Life of Constant Adventure

Created by Dylan Rhys Howard for Metro Cinema.
Special Thanks to Dylan Reade.

This is part of a series of mini-documentaries about the history of the media arts in Edmonton, made possible with the generous support of the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton.

Metro Cinema is Hiring Summer Students!

Metro is seeking engaged and passionate students to spend the summer helping to shape the future of Metro.

Cover letters and resumes may be sent in confidence to director@metrocinema.orgThe deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.

Metro Cinema Society

Metro Cinema is Edmonton’s community movie house, dedicated to the presentation of film and video in many forms. We program and host a thousand events each year at the historic Garneau Theatre.

 

Job Posting – Outreach Coordinator

Metro is seeking an engaged and passionate student to spend a summer helping to shape the future of Metro.  The Outreach Coordinator will be coordinating Metro’s volunteer activities, both with film screenings at the Garneau Theatre and with live remote events.  They will also work directly and through online research to build connections with community groups and schools, and will prepare for a ramp-up of fundraising activities in the season ahead. Exact duties will be tailored, as much as possible, to the successful applicants’ specific skills and interests.  This position will run approximately 16 weeks, starting on or about April 29th.

The successful applicant will be comfortable with both self-directed and team-based work environments, have experience with event management and possess strong oral and written communications skills. A familiarity with the film industry, marketing and communications systems, and volunteer management are all assets but not required.

This position may be funded in part through the Canada Summer Jobs Program or the Student Temporary Employment Program. Special consideration may be given to applicants between the ages of 15 and 30, and to full time students returning to studies in the fall.

 

Job Posting – Facility Assistant

Metro is seeking an engaged and passionate student to spend a summer helping to shape the future of Metro, and our home, the Garneau Theatre.  The Facility Assistant will assist with renovations to the lobby, auditorium and backstage areas of the Garneau Theatre, and with a series of construction and organizational projects throughout the summer.  Exact duties will be tailored, as much as possible, to the successful applicants’ specific skills and interests.  This position will run approximately 16 weeks, starting on or about April 29th.

The successful applicant will have experience with hands-on work, and have the ability to work both independently and with supervision. Construction or trades experience and a driver’s license are significant assets.

This position may be funded in part through the Canada Summer Jobs Program or the Student Temporary Employment Program. Special consideration may be given to applicants between the ages of 15 and 30, and to full time students returning to studies in the fall.

 

Job Posting – Communications Assistant

Metro is seeking an engaged and passionate student to spend a summer helping to shape the future of Metro.  The Communications Assistant will be involved both hands-on in assisting with film screenings and live events, and with a variety of administrative support tasks.  Duties will focus on Metro Cinema’s online presence, and on providing persuasive and clear information about our films and events on our web site, in printed materials, through social media and through public releases. Exact duties will be tailored, as much as possible, to the successful applicants’ specific skills and interests.  This position will run approximately 16 weeks, starting on or about April 29th.

The successful applicant will be comfortable with both self-directed and team-based work environments, have experience with social media marketing and possess strong writing skills. A familiarity with the film industry, broader marketing and communications systems, and volunteer management are all assets but not required.

This position may be funded in part through the Canada Summer Jobs Program or the Student Temporary Employment Program. Special consideration may be given to applicants between the ages of 15 and 30, and to full time students returning to studies in the fall.

Metro Cinema Presents… Close-Up – Episode 2 – February 2019

A monthly roundup of films and events coming soon to the historic Metro Cinema in Edmonton, Alberta. As well as an overall look at the Metro calendar for February.

This episode features interviews with some of our guest curators as we discuss their respective seasons – both new and ongoing – including Michael Janz’s Reel Revolution, Allan Mulholland’s Night Gallery, Tim Rechner’s Music Docs, Ramneek Tung’s Boom Bap Cinema, and Jonathan Busch of HOMO-CIDAL.

Meet the Curator! Maggie Hardy presents: Silent Sundays

Howdy, I’m Maggie Hardy and this season at the Metro Cinema I’m proud to present and guest program the new Silent Sundays mini-series. My name might be familiar as I’ve been involved with the Metro for many years now, serving in a variety of positions from volunteer to projectionist to member of the Programming Committee (which full disclosure I was sitting on when I submitted the Silent Sundays series, though I took no part in voting for it). As a guest programmer I’ve done a number of series from Metro Bizarro to Beach Party! to Strange Canada and the yearly Halloween Metro Mash, amongst others. Silent Sundays is primarily meant to be an educational film series focusing on the pioneers of cinema as we know it today. I feel that a basic understanding of early film is essential for a full understanding of modern cinematic technique; sadly so many films from the first 40 years of cinema are gone, with almost 75% of the world’s silent films lost forever. The space for silent film screenings is also shrinking: in Edmonton alone, with the loss of the Edmonton Film Society we lost a valuable resource. The blending of arthouse and mainstream theatres, due in part to relatively recent demands of streaming and changes in the film releasing structure, have also left silent films in the cold.

Last year I was diagnosed with congenital high frequency hearing loss and tinnitus which made me think a lot about the act of hearing. Sometimes I find films with poor sound incredibly frustrating, especially when I’m unable to make out what’s being said. Silents don’t have that issue. Intertitles depend upon literacy alone to be understood and they can be wonderful pieces of design which add to the film’s aesthetic, almost like text in a comic book. Intertitles are an interesting lost art of their own; a young Alfred Hitchcock got his start in the movies by designing intertitles, however most of those films have been lost to time. As I spent more time considering sound I began to look at silent films from a point of accessibility.

I hope that everyone will give Silent Sundays a chance, whether from a place of nostalgia or of discovering something new, I’m excited to undertake this journey through time and cinema.