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Two From Toronto


June 16 (Wednesday) 8 pm

An Evening with Su Rynard

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.

Signals

Canada 1993, 3 min.

Eight Men Called Eugene

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 field’s quiet origins to its explosive implications in our technological era.

Strands

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. Helen’s horror.

Tickets are $8 for this HFA special screening. Su Rynard will arrive from Toronto to speak with her films.

A Star is Born

Canada 1999

Some rushes from Rynard’s 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.

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