June 16 (Wednesday) 8 pm
That Toronto is a center of innovative filmmaking activity is demonstrated again, and vividly, in the "weird science" shorts of Su Rynard, playful narratives, part experimental, part Twilight Zone/Alfred Hitchcock Presents, part Borgesian in their piling on of academic-sounding phantasmic knowledge, and totally feminist in their choice of protagonists and subversive points-of-view.
Canada 1993, 3 min.
Directed by Su Rynard With Hadley Obodiac
Canada 1996, color, 16mm, 12 min.
A witty faux documentary that unravels the work of eight (male) genetics scientists. A woman scientist takes the viewer on a rapid journey from the fields quiet origins to its explosive implications in our technological era.
Directed by Su Rynard
Canada 1997, color, 16mm, 23 min.
with Stephanie Morgenstern, Lisa Ryder
A dark drama about friendship, jealousy, and possession. Misanthropist genetic scientist Helen Crittock takes a strand of her hair and secretly creates a stunning new friend and alter ego, Dr. Halley Hesperus. The new creation proves sociable and outgoing, to Dr. Helens horror.
Tickets are $8 for this HFA special screening. Su Rynard will arrive from Toronto to speak with her films.
Some rushes from Rynards current film-in-the-making following a torch-singing young woman from the Toronto burbs who wants to be the next Celine Dion/ Mariah Carey.