2018 Visiting Artist

John Porter

A filmmaker, performer, photographer and writer since 1968, Toronto’s John Porter is one of the most important figures and strongest advocates of Canada’s small-gauge film community. He has made over 300 films, mostly super 8, and has performed over 100 solo shows internationally. Energetic and humorous, Porter’s films are usually silent, made in series, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. And, interestingly enough, he only ever screens his originals.  

Along with filmmaking, John has conducted many filmmaking-related workshops and has been actively involved with several artist-run centres in Toronto such as Funnel and Pleasure Dome.  

Artist Talk:

A History of Radical Super 8 Film Art in Canada

Friday March 9, 2:30PM | University of Calgary (2500 University Drive NW) SS 203 | FREE

Visiting Artist John Porter will trace a personal history of super 8 and 8mm production, distribution, and exhibition in Canada, beginning in Toronto in the 1960s with artists like Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland. For twenty years now, Canada has led the world with annual screenings of new super 8 films in many cities. Porter will discuss the radical politics and philosophy of super 8 projections and distribution, while speculating on the future of super 8 technology and the current rise of analog and DIY youth culture.


Drop-In, Small-Format Equipment Clinic

Saturday March 10, 12PM - 4PM | CSIF (#100 1725 - 10 Avenue SW) | $20


Visiting Artist John Porter will assess, demonstrate and train with any super 8 and 8mm equipment brought by workshop participants and CSIF. Cameras, projectors, viewers, splicers, screens, reels, films, accessories, tools. Participants may be limited to one piece each, but anyone may attend, and come and go throughout the 4 hours. Sit, stand or walk around the large table in the middle of the room and see everything.

Inspired by the first-ever public "Film Projector Restoration Day" organized by Pleasure Dome and LIFT in Toronto last year, and by the annual International Home Movie Day clinics that John works on in Toronto.