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Launch of UNDERGROUND, a publication by the Canadian Film Institute

The Canadian Film Institute is inviting the public to the launch of UNDERGROUND: The Untold Story of the Funnel Film Collective. This event will take place on Wednesday, May 31st from 5.30pm to 8pm at the Independent Filmmaker’s Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave, Suite 140.

UNDERGROUND is a history of The Funnel, a Toronto-based underground film collective active in the 70s and 80s, told through a collection of oral histories from the people who were part of the scene. This publication goes through the collective’s triumphs from building theatres to becoming the hub of experimental Canadian cinema, to the collective’s various transitions and challenges, to its eventual end at close of the 80s.

"The work of The Funnel Collective is essential to the evolution of independent filmmaking in Canada in the critical decades of the 1970s and 1980s. Its support for daring, artist-driven filmmaking helped to nurture future generations of Canadian moving-image makers. This book is a valuable contribution to Canadian film scholarship, as well as an entertaining and eminently readable celebration of the magic hothouse that was The Funnel," says CFI Executive Director, Tom McSorley.

The launch of this book published by the Canadian Film Institute will feature a screening of selected films produced by Funnel members, as well as a video message from the book's author and editor, renowned experimental filmmaker, Mike Hoolboom. Food and drinks will be available during the event.

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world.

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If you would like more information about this event, please contact Tom McSorley at the Canadian Film Institute by email or by phone 613 232-6727.


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