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Watching the Detectives

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Watching the Detectives by Chris Kennedy
Monday, April 16, 7:00PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

Co-presented in partnership with Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) and OCAD University

Photographs taken at the scene of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing serve as a screen onto which the prejudices of anonymous internet commentators are projected. Kennedy’s Watching the Detectives confronts the reverse side of the democratization entailed by the mass availability and instantaneous transmission of visual material. The result is a compelling metaphor for contemporary political subjecthood—in a time when experts are mistrusted and “truth” is increasingly thrown into question, one is ultimately forced to take up the role of amateur detective.

Preceded by:

Perfect Film
Ken Jacobs
USA, 1986, 16MM, 22 MIN
A readymade film concerning the assassination of Malcolm X, Perfect Film is in equal parts a crucial document and a radical gesture. By refraining from altering his source material (a set of interview reels used for a TV news broadcast, found “maybe in a Canal St. bin, I forget“), Jacobs makes a powerful case in favour of the primacy of the document and against the rhetoric of the documentarist—the filmmaker not as artist but as disseminator of images; the perfect film as non-film.

$12 general admission
$6 students, seniors, underemployed

Chris Kennedy will be in attendance.



Chris Kennedy (b. 1977 Easton, Maryland) is an independent
filmmaker, film programmer, and writer based in Toronto. He is the executive director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. His short experimental films have screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide. He holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

One of the founders of the American avant-garde cinema, Ken Jacobs has been working ceaselessly and boundlessly in film, video, and moving image performance for over 50 years.



Established in 1987, the Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent film, video and other time-based media. Images Festival is excited to announce its 31st edition, taking place from April 12 - 20, 2018 across Toronto. Focusing on local, national, and international contemporary moving image culture, Images Festival continues to present vanguard projects across cinematic, exhibition, and live platforms.

Images Festival acknowledges the generous support from our public funders. The Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, Toronto Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and TD Bank.