This rarely-seen documentary on Michael Snow was made by Jim Shedden and Alexa-Frances Shaw in 1994. Originally intended to document the Michael Snow Project, a celebration of Snow's work in all media spearheaded by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the documentary serves as an introduction to Snow's career. Features excerpts from Snow's films, recreations of performance art, concert footage, extensive interviews with Snow, and interviews with artists, curators and writers, including Jonas Mekas, Christopher Dewdney, Pierre Theberge, Robert Fulford, Eb Zeidler, and many others.
Michael Snow Up Close (Alexa-Frances Shaw and Jim Shedden, 1994, 45 minutes, digital)
AD HOC aims to rethink what an experience of cinema can be. We seek to reposition historical landmarks and buried treasures within the on-going tradition of experimental and other non- commercial modes of filmmaking, drawing on work from Toronto, throughout Canada, and internationally. Within these parameters, we aspire to diversity in programming, as well as to multimedia and interdisciplinary screening events that bring together varied communities.
AD HOC = Stephen Broomer, Madi Piller, Jim Shedden, Tess Takahashi, Bart Testa.
AD HOC is made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. AD HOC would like to thank James Cahill, Denise Ing, Charlie Keil, and the staff of Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute.