Closing Gala: Hidden Presences Awards Ceremony Closing Party

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aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival says
From his home in El Paso, Willie Varela has been making personal, experimental moving image work since 1971. The films and videos collected in this program are a sampling of Varela’s massive body of work, and include environmental portraits, experiments with abstract light forms. His work is informed by a disparate range of influences — including Chicano culture, Catholic iconography and ritual, and mass media. Varela’s work is thus a nexus of regional identity, faith, and technological experience. By this, Varela’s films transcend distinctions of formal and social investigation. His early super 8 films emphasized perception and gestural abstraction. Varela has described them as being “domestic in nature … concerned with the rhythm and the dailyness manifests, like in the films of his friend Stan Brakhage, as a record of a life of passionate visual exploration. In his early abstract films, such as Becky’s Eye, transforming coloured light suggests, at times, a gradient iris, or an inflamed sclera, and even when these rhythms are slowed, the film remains ambiguous in its content.

Programmer: Stephen Broomer
Co-presented by The 8 Fest Small-Gauge Film Festival, Pleasure Dome, Liason of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)


After an amazing week of incredible films, eye-opening documentaries, encompassing animations and lively artist talks, what better way to finish our festival than with a Closing Party. Come join us at CineCycle for a night of fun, dance, food and party Featuring DJ Joshua Perry “Classic Roots” who will be bringing his unique brand of Electronica and pow wow techno.
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By: aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival