Thursday December 12, 7pm-9pm
Join us for an evening of films profiling small press publishers & sellers of 20th century avant garde literature & poetry hosted by us and the FRAMES Film Series.
Presented on 16mm film
$5 admission (no one turned away)
Paul Caulfield | Canada | 1973 | b&w | 14 minutes
The art of fine printing and the involvement of the writer in the production of his own work are examined in this profile of a small Canadian publishing house. Founded in May, 1971 by writer-publisher, Dave Godfrey, Press Porcepic, now known as 'The Porcupine's Quill', is located in the basement of a century-old farmhouse in Erin, Ontario.
Echoes Without Saying
Ron Mann | Canada | 1983 | colour | 28 minutes
ECHOES WITHOUT SAYING is a half-hour documentary on the Coach House Press, an innovative Toronto-based publishing and printing house that since 1965 has produced distinctive and experimental books of poetry, fiction and visual art.
featuring: Michael Ondaatje, Christopher Dewdney, bp Nichol
Frances Steloff: Memoirs of a Bookseller
Deborah Dickson | USA | 1987 | colour | 28 minutes
FRANCES STELOFF: MEMOIRS OF A BOOKSELLER is a wonderfully dynamic portrait of an American cultural heroine. Steloff was the founder and force behind the renowned Gotham Book Mart of New York City, a center for avant-garde literature and literati since 1920. Beginning with only $100 and thirty books and she modestly recalls her role in the bookstore's past: "When I started the store in 1920, Gertrude Stein, e.e. cummings, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and all these others had just come along with a new way of expressing themselves... I was a catalyst, creating a climate for others to meet."
total duration: 70 minutes