Early Monthly Segments

About EMS

Now in its eighth year, Early Monthly Segments is a monthly film series named after an early film by Robert Beavers, and is inspired by the immediacy, vibrancy and experimentation found in that film. Programmed by Scott Miller Berry, Chris Kennedy, and Kate MacKay this series features historical and contemporary avant-garde 16mm films in a salon-like setting at the Gladstone Art Bar in Toronto, Canada. In this relaxed context with refreshing beverages and food available, we hope to encourage a convivial atmosphere for engaged viewing and post-screening dialogue. We do not receive public funding for our programs. We pay artists from admissions.

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Jason Anderson teases out a bit more of our ethos in his eye weekly article here.
Thomas Barker reviews Allison Cameron’s live soundtrack to our presentation of Eisenstein’s Strike here.
Blake Williams recommends us here.
And there’s a bit of a history of us in INCITE issue #4 available over here.

A typical screening looks something like this (thanks to John Porter!).

The Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen St West. The Art Bar is the eastern-most door of the Hotel. If we’re not there, look for us in the Ballroom (we’re growing!).

Thanks to everyone at The Gladstone Hotel and the artists who make the work we show.

For more info, or to join our email list, email earlymonthlysegments (@) gmail.com.

#2 = 4/21/09 = Mary Ellen Bute + Hollis Frampton

Mary Ellen Bute

Mary Ellen Bute

The second installment of the Early Monthly Segments film series features the only live action feature film by the legendary pioneer of American abstract filmmaking, Mary Ellen Bute. In Passages from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, Bute transforms Joyce’s language into cinema in a truly oneiric film style. Surreal and dense with allusion the work echoes the novel’s nearly impenetrable vertically compressed structure, while remaining true to its wit and uncanny beauty. With Passages from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Bute was the first to adapt a work of James Joyce to film and was honored for this project at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965 as best debut. – Notes adapted from Greylodge.org

Passages from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake
16mm, 1965,92 mins, b&w
Directed by Mary Ellen Bute, Screenplay by Mary Manning
Cinematography by Ted Nemeth, Music by Elliot Kaplan
Print courtesy the archives of York University’s Sound and Moving Image Library

Screened with: Gloria!, Hollis Frampton, 16mm, 1979, 9 minutes

@ the Art Bar, Gladstone Hotel | 1214 Queen St West
Tuesday April 21, 2009 | 7:30pm screening



#1 = 3/24/09 = Kidlat Tahimik + Marie Menken

Kidlat Tahimik

Kidlat Tahimik

The first installment of the Early Monthly Segments film series debuts with Kidlat Tahimik’s Perfumed Nightmare. A sensation upon its debut at the Berlinale in 1977, the film has gone on to achieve legendary status. In this strikingly engaging hybrid, Tahimik himself stars as a Jeepney driver who sets out from the Philippines in search of rocket engineer Wernher von Braun. Instead of America, he finds himself in Munich, Paris and in a series of adventures he could never have imagined upon departure, observing the clash of cultures and the seductive dreams of technological modernization along the way. Werner Herzog once declared, “Kidlat, you are best in your detours,” and this film is full of them, as Tahimik’s wit and penchant for observable ironies makes this film an insightful adventure into the heart of cultural imperialism.

Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare)
A film by Kidlat Tahimik, Philippines, 16mm, 1977, 91 minutes
Thank you to the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

Screened with Arabesque for Kenneth Anger, Marie Menken, 16mm, 1961, 4 mins.

@ the Art Bar, Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Tuesday March 24, 2009
7:30pm screening