Despite a reduction in programming, the 17th annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase still offers the community the chance to view films by people who live or work in Parkdale, or whose work touches on issues important to the west end.
The showcase will play 12 shorts under the theme “Close to Home”. Topics of affordable housing, food security, community culture, health and wealth, gentrification are all in the showcase.
Rachelle Walker, the organization’s outreach worker, said it’s getting harder and harder to include local artists due to gentrification.
“Parkdale was highly concentrated (with artists) when the festival first began and over the years, especially in the past three years, the programmers did have a difficult times getting submissions by having it open to only people living in the area because artists were no longer able to live in the area,” Walker said.
After the screening, which runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept 16 at Gallery 1313, which donated the space to the collective, artists Colin Gillespie and Damien Liebiedzinski will perform.
The Parkdale Film + Video Showcase presents and celebrates the work of artists in Parkdale through creative programming including film and video screenings, critical discussions, installations and performances. But this year, the showcase didn’t receive funding, therefore programming had to be reduced to a single showcase night in one location; in previous years, the showcase had its programming sprinkled all over the neighbourhood.
However, the money the organization received through fundraising was just enough to pay the filmmakers.
Walker said she was adamant about not having a hiatus year and simply reached out to the community who lent their support through sponsorships.
“The consistency of it felt important to us because it’s almost 20 years of this festival running mostly by volunteers and community investment,” Walker told The Villager.
“It would have been a shame not to have this opportunity for people, especially since such interesting things are happening in Parkdale right now.”
For more information, visit http://parkdaleshowcase.ca