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Ad Hoc — Lodestar: Phil Solomon, In Memoriam

October 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


ad hoc #20
Lodestar: Phil Solomon, in Memoriam

Programmed and presented by Melinda Barlow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Cinema Studies
And Moving Image Arts
University of Colorado

This program is co-presented with the Ryerson Image Centre.

Special thanks to Innis College and the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Institute for their support.

An elegy and celebration of th e life and work of extraordinary experimental filmmaker and masterful optical printer Philip Stewart Solomon (1954-2019), this program brings together films that were made as gifts by and for Solomon over the last twenty years, and films that he especially treasured. Featuring a rare screening of the exquisite Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes (1999), a film Solomon made for his wife on the occasion of their marriage, the evening also includes films by Solomon’s friend and colleague David Gatten, former student Joshua Minor, and mentor and collaborator Stan Brakhage. A twilight psalm for the man whose films so elegantly expressed that what’s out tonight is lost.

Narrow Rivers, Open Seas, & Seventeen Sunsets (Silences for a Merchant Mariner) (David Gatten, 2016, 8 minutes, color, silent)

Film for Invisible Ink, Case No. 142: Abbreviation for Dead Winter [Diminished by 1,794] (David Gatten, 2008, 13 minutes, black & white, A
Once in a Lullaby (Joshua Minor, 2008, 5 minutes, color, sound)

Yes I Said Yes I will Yes (Phil Solomon, 1999, 3 minutes, color, sound)

Stellar (Stan Brakhage, 1993, 2.5 minutes, color, silent)


Melinda Barlow, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts at the University of Colorado, wherAe she has received four teaching awards: The Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award, the Gold Best Should Teach Award, the Dean’s Senior Honors Teaching Fellowship and the Marinus G. Smith Award. A film historian and programmer, she curated “Primal Seen: Selections from the CU Art Museum’s Collection of Photography from the 19th Century to the Present” and “1959: A Golden Year on the Silver Screen,” in Denver.

She has programmed and lectured for the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, the Female Eye Film Festival, the Athena Film Festival, BendFilm and IndieMemphis. She received The Dorothy Martin Woman Faculty Member Award for her research on women artists, the Women Who Make a Difference Award from her students at CU, and the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Award in Video Criticism from the Video Data Bank in Chicago.

Ad Hoc is a screening collective with no fixed address. This is a mobile screening series, which aims to rethink what an experience of cinema can be, including the spaces in which it can be exhibited. We seek to reposition historical landmarks and buried treasures within the on-going tradition of experimental and other non-commercial modes of filmmaking, drawing on work from Toronto, throughout Canada, and internationally. Within these parameters, we aspire to diversity in programming, as well as to multimedia and interdisciplinary screening events that bring together varied communities.

Ad Hoc = Stephen Broomer, Katia Houde, Daniel McIntyre, Cameron Moneo, Madi Piller, Jim Shedden, Tess Takahashi, Bart Testa.

Free admission.


October 6, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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