On Thursday, June 7th, SAW Video presents JumpStart 2012, our annual programme of new short works by local emerging video artists, this year featuring Corinne Baumgarten, Ranajit Sinha, Dina Salha, Imara Ajani Rolston, and Imara Ajani Rolston.
JumpStart : SAW Video Mentorship Program Emerging Artist Screening
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Doors: 7pm / Screening: 7:30pm
67 Nicholas Street
Corinne Baumgarten’s project, I’ll Take Four Menus Please, is conceived as a cinema verité-style documentary that focuses on her stand-up comedian and playwright friend Alan Shain, afflicted with cerebral palsy. Third Space, by Ranajit Sinha, features his habitual hybrid treatment of material via a combination of photography, digital manipulation and animation in order to visually evoke the emotional experiences of new immigrants. Dina Salha’s film, Seeking Wadad R, is structured around Wadad Rawdah El Balah, a reclusive Lebanese painter who, aside from her significance in the personal life of the director, stands as an example for questioning the situation of the artist in the face of forces that demand her silence. For Imara Ajani Rolston’s film An/Other Antilles, he employs the documentary format to look back into a specific historical incident at Sir George Williams University in 1969, where a peaceful act of protest by black students resulted in the intervention of the police and ended with several arrests. Adam Meisner’s video Our Wedding tries to bring into the spotlight the way young gay people perceive the social achievements of the generation that preceded them.
First established in the 1980s, the JumpstART mentorship program is SAW Video’s longest standing grant program. It was expanded in 2009 into a revamped mentorship program aimed at connecting artists new to video with SAW Video’s community of independent video makers.