The First Annual Danforth Independent Photo and Film Festival begins tomorrow, September 6, 2013 and will continue for the month of September at Artisans at Work, 2071 Danforth Avenue. The opening coincides with Artisans’ usual “First Friday” event, which is always a fun-filled event that falls on the first Friday of every month. Come and check it out! For more information about the film and photography festival and First Fridays, please visit http://www.artisans-at-work.com/
We hear that tomorrow’s First Friday will include live music from The Sidewalkers from 7:00 p.m., along with a licensed bar & food by TKO’s Sports Pub. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the fun will go until 10:00 p.m. – all are welcome!
As part of the festival, on September 19 this wonderful screening + wine & cheese will be taking place – mark your calendars!
The focus of James Buffin’s work as a documentary filmmaker is disaster/recovery, both personal and natural. Celebrating 25 years as a working professional, Buffin will be sharing and discussing these selected works and works in progress, filmed in North America, South America, Polynesia and Asia:
Jingle Dress: about witnessing Jules Koostachin’s five-year healing journey to dance at a pow wow for the first time, in honour of healing from her mother’s Residential School traumas.
Chasing With Heart: how the world of Eddy Weiss, dark horse Nebraska storm chaser, gets turned inside out after the national weather service denies the existence of a tornado that nearly takes his own home and family.
Paradise Tsunami: documenting the resilience of the people of Samoa following the devastating 2009 tsunami that erased an entire region and hobbled the economic engine of this tiny South Pacific nation.
Dead End: Alive!: a personal story about how, 35 years after experiencing childhood sexual abuse, one man brings all his talents to bear in transforming and recovering from a previously invisible trauma.
Two bodies of Buffin’s photographic work will also be on display and open for discussion: Mashrimani, taken during a Guyanese festival celebrating the end of a cycle of accomplishment and Flowers, an exploration of beauty.
James Buffin is an East York filmmaker, photojournalist and social activist. In addition to having his work screened on CBC and published in POV Magazine and The Globe and Mail online, Buffin speaks publicly at events and conferences such as a recent Federal Justice Round Table on Crime, a Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime Conference and The Gatehouse Conference.