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Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + EMILIA-AMALIA

Involution

2019-10-30T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-10-30T21:00:00.000-04:00 EMILIA-AMALIA continues HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM—a year-long collaboration with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC)—with a collectively curated film screening by Claire Greenshaw, Annie MacDonell, Gabrielle Moser and Erica Stocking. Inviting artists and curators to respond to E-A's programming, and to the CFMDC film collection, these ongoing curated screenings activate holes, gaps and omissions as strategies for intergenerational knowledge transmission, political resistance and feminist praxis. _Involution_ 1. The uterus shrinking or returning to normal size after birth. 2. A function, transformation, or operator that is equal to its inverse, i.e. which gives the identity when applied to itself. At the time of year when the veil between the living and dead is the thinnest, this program presents an experience of motherhood as a shifting of boundaries between the Self and an Other. Time and space fracture and become contaminated. Bodies multiply and decay, mothers are remembered; they are squeezed and rung out. Worlds are destroyed and remade for speculative future inhabitants, whether zombies, queens, vampires, monsters or babies. Featuring works by Helen Benigson, Hanna Black, Leigh Bowery, Thirza Cuthand, Catherine Elwes, Edward Owens, Corin Sworn, and Leslie Thornton. Run time: 64 minutes EMILIA-AMALIA is a feminist working group based in Toronto. Initiated in 2016, E-A activates modes of informal knowledge sharing and experimental writing to explore relationships of mentorship, collaboration and indebtedness between generations of feminist artists, writers, and curators. HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM takes up E-A’s ongoing interest in practices of failure, refusal, withdrawal, deliberate omission, and generative stoppages as sites for feminist organizing and conduits for lost intergenerational knowledge. The hole is the gap left in feminist histories. It is the void left by withdrawn or failed or abandoned projects. he hole is the grave and the womb. It is the blindness of the unseeing eye, and mouth open wide to take it all in. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1561400976-6478878620744372260193421490547522240774144n.jpg CONFIRMED
October 30, 7:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Dames Making Games

Writing Text-Based Horror Games

2019-10-24T18:30:00.000-04:00 2019-10-24T21:30:00.000-04:00 Horror games are capable of delivering heart-pounding and adrenaline-dumping immersive experiences. Many games have an arsenal of tools to help them achieve these ends, from gory particle effects and hair-raising sound design, to terrifying imagery and jump-scares. But what about games that have none of these elements at their disposal? Despite the lack of an eerie score of lovingly rendered digital viscera, text-based horror games are capable of delivering incredibly intense, disturbing and distressing experiences for the player. Just in time for spooky season, Kaitlin Tremblay and Natalie Zina Walschots will take workshop participants through the riches of text-based horror and the genre's great potential to scare the crap out of players. Participants will learn from some of the best examples of the genre, and will be introduced to the structure of text-based horror and led through the process of creating text-based horror games. ### Who this workshop is for * aspiring games writers * writers interested in the horror genre * writers looking to learn more about a new genre * game makers seeking new skills * anyone who is interested! Image: From _Lights Out, Please_ The one about the carnival, told by Kitty Horrorshow. [Get the game here](https://kait_zilla.itch.io/lights-out-please) https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1570559823-screenshot2019-10-08-untitled-story.png CONFIRMED
October 24, 6:30 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Paprika Festival & Workman Arts

Bringing Your Authentic Self to Your Writing

2019-10-19T13:00:00.000-04:00 2019-10-19T16:00:00.000-04:00 Bilal Baig guides participants through activities to inspire writing and creation from a personal lens. Bilal focuses on creating new text that is based in authentic and honest experience. Participants will work through activities to generate new text. ### What to Bring Bring a writing device. Pen and paper will be available. ### About This workshop is free and is offered by Paprika Festival and Workman Arts. Participants are invited to If You Ask Me, a screening series of short film featured within Rendezvous With Madness. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can at the door, or available for advance online purchase here. ### About Paprika Festival Paprika Festival is a theatre company that offers year-round mentorship and training for new and emerging artists, showcasing their work in a week-long festival each May. We tailor our programs to meet the individual needs of artists and build their capacity and skill-sets as artists and arts workers. ### About Workman Arts Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. We support artists with lived experience through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1540408014-prism.png CONFIRMED
October 19, 1:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Dames Making Games

November Speaker Social

2019-11-09T17:00:00.000-05:00 2019-11-09T19:00:00.000-05:00 ## Speaker social season is upon us! On the 2nd Saturday of the month, folks working in games, on game-related projects, or in interactive arts give a brief presentation on their work. Expect fascinating insights into a broad range of disciplines, introductions to rad projects and tools, interesting creators and new friends! After the talks, we chat, mingle, and share some snacks. All are welcome, and it’s always cost- and alcohol-free. Transit fare is available. Winter season speakers TBA! Would you like to give a talk? → [Learn more](https://manual.dmg.to/manual/how-to-present-at-a-social/) → [Submit a proposal](https://dmg.to/applications/speaker-social) ### Schedule 5:00 Doors open 5:20 Announcements 5:30 Talks start 6:30 Snack & chat social hour! ### About DMG's Speaker Socials Our monthly member meeting and social—open to everyone—aims to showcase the work of queer and gender-marginalized folks involved with games in a wide variety of roles. Designers, developers, artists, critics, fans, writers, people new to games and seasoned pros are all welcome and have shared the mic at DMG. It's also a platform for participants to find encouragement, resources and a venue for speaking about their work in a supportive and productive environment. Always alcohol-free. Light refreshments are provided. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1569794986-7137276026552598178658616463273731430023168o.jpg CONFIRMED
November 9, 5:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Dames Making Games

GMing Club 04: Dungeon World

2019-10-15T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-10-15T22:00:00.000-04:00 For folks who have always wanted to run a tabletop RPG but needed a great group, a safe space, an easy way to learn the game, or just a little encouragement, Shel Kahn is running the GMing Club, a program to help folks who want to try being a Game Master to learn a new game. Play one session of a tabletop RPG with Shel, asking questions, learning the system and getting a feel for the game; then go home with a book and a PDF of the game rules and prep your own one shot, (with Shel and prior GMs only a click away via Slack,) which you’ll run at a follow up session with members of the community on hand to play your game, and Shel on hand for any questions. This session, we’ll be learning and running Dungeon World, a fast-paced and flexible fantasy adventure game with modular, creative-commons rules that we can learn, hack, adjust and iterate on freely. [Learn more about Dungeon World here](https://dungeon-world.com) Our first session has limited slots, and we would ask that folks signing up to learn Dungeon World can also commit to running a one-shot game for the DMG community in the follow-up session on October 15. Please check the dates to make sure you’re available for the full time allotted for each event! https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1568918795-vscocamshare-ig.jpg CONFIRMED
October 15, 6:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON

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