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True Confessions

Friday March 18, 2016
7pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Members $10 | Public $12 | Students $8

With an introduction by Outsiders co-curator Jim Shedden.

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Weather Diary 3
Directed by George Kuchar.
Shot in 8mm video and edited entirely in the camera, this picture deals with meteorological and sexual desire on the Plains. It's the only movie in the series where I interact with storm chasers. I'm a storm squatter as I never learned how to drive a car. The young meteorology student who pays me a visit was someone I met in Wisconsin at a screening of my films/videos a few years before. This was his first visit to Oklahoma to chase tornadoes, but the storm season proved to be a dry one. – George Kuchar
1988, 25min.

The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd (excerpt) 
Directed by Arthur Ginsberg
From 1970 to 1972, Arthur Ginsberg and Video Free America recorded the private life of a not-so-average American couple-Carel Rowe and Ferd Eggan. She is a porn actress and filmmaker; he is a bisexual junkie. The video verite camera captures the desires and frustrations of their evolving relationship and their responses to the ongoing videotaping exercise. A fascinating social document of the west coast counterculture, The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd was originally shown as a 3-channel video installation on 8 monitors, with a live camera feed of the audience, and often with Carel and Ferd present. This excerpt from the one-hour tape that was broadcast on WNET's series Video and Television Review in 1975 features an interview with Carel, Ferd, and Ginsberg five years later. –Video Data Bank
1972, 60min.  


Jim Shedden is the co-curator of Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s, and, since 2010, the AGO’s Manager of Publishing, producing dozens of catalogues and other art books. In the 1990s, Shedden worked at the AGO as a film curator and performing arts programmer, before leaving for a 12 year stint at Bruce Mau Design. He coordinated the International Experimental Film Congress in 1989 and co-programmed the Innis Film Society from 1985 to 1994. Shedden has directed films on Michael Snow and Stan Brakhage, hosted a television show on independent film, and recently completed a feature documentary, I Drink. Shedden has written numerous essays and articles on film, music, books, design, and culture.


The provocative and influential films and videos in this series feature intimate and transgressive portraits of subjects who, in wildly diverse ways, challenge systems of authority and normative notions of cultural and personal identity. This seven-part screening series is an extension of the exhibition Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s.

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