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Teen Larp Night: The Slumber Party

Do you know or are you a teen interested in live-action roleplay? Does learning more about playing and making games that are about real-life situations and problems interest you? Want to play a game about teens with teens? The Slumber Party is for you! Among young girls, there is one ritual that has been sacred forever: The Slumber Party. A place of growth, secrets, friendship, independence, and exploration, the slumber party is often a place where girls learn about themselves and others. Set in 1997, this is a larp about a group of friends from an American city that is heavily diverse. Growing up there means you often have friends who deal with multiple marginalized identities. Marginalized identities are social identities that are put at the fringe of a society. For example, it is hard to be a first-generation immigrant, but the oppression begins to stack up when you are first generation, impoverished and a woman. Each player plays a girl (of any experience) who deals with multiple marginalized identities, and navigates them every day. At 12 they are the “losers,” however their lack of popularity is not important to them as they have forged a strong solidarity with each other despite their various identities and differences. They’ve come together for their friend’s 13th birthday, celebrated with the girls’ first slumber party. All the characters will reveal secrets, deepen their friendships, and share in the magic of growing up. Facilitator: Nicole Winchester will facilitate this game by American designer Jonaya Kemper from #Feminism 2nd Printing. It deals with: coming of age, intersectional feminism, multiple marginalized identities, sexuality, dancing, intergroup dynamics, racism, immigration, sexism, friendship, and LGBTQI themes. www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1542162268-slumber-party.png

Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Carolyn Wu

Queer + Trans BIPOC Shorts Night - Round 3

Celebrate local queer & trans Black / Indigenous / people of colour filmmakers by catching some free short films! All films feature queer and trans BIPOC in major roles in front of or behind the camera. Free admission, but donations are happily accepted FEATURING FILMS BY: * ADALYN DÍAZ * AJ * ASHLEY CARANTO MORFORD * AYO TSALITHABA * ENNA * EVELYN PAKINEWATIK * JL WHITECROW * JUSTIN * LU ASFAHA * MARVELLOUS GROUNDS & MINSOOK LEE * RHONDA LUCY * SAMAY ARCENTALES CAJAS * TAMAI KOBAYASHI * THOKO MASIKINI * XICA DADIVA PLUS, support local artists: * ANGELO LUU * [CASSIE “POETIC” TRUTH](https://www.instagram.com/the_poetictruth/) * [COMPRAAR](https://www.instagram.com/compraar/) * [GRRRL SPELLS](http://www.instagram.com/grrrlspells) * [MELANCHOLY QUEERS CLUB](https://www.instagram.com/melancholyqueersclub/) * SAMAY * [SOMETHING NICE SUPPLY](https://www.instagram.com/somethingnicesupply/) * [TONI MARLOW CLOTHING](https://www.instagram.com/toni_marlow_co/) * [WY JOUNG KOU](https://www.instagram.com/okkouu) * ZAHRA BAKHSH ### About the organizer [Carolyn Wu](http://www.carolyn-wu.com) is a cis queer Chinese filmmaker and community organizer. When she’s not writing, directing, or drinking bubble tea, she seeks new ways to champion both her community and the work of other queer and trans BIPOC creators. www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1541019010-qtbipoc-shorts-night-round-3cover-photo.jpg

Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Charles Street Video + Siggraph

VR/360 Weekend Workout!

TONE UP YOUR VR/36O MUSCLES at our VR/360 weekend workout! Over the course of this weekend workout workshop, you will get hands-on training of both camera gear and production software, allowing you to level up your media skills, or dive into it for the first time. We will feature industry speakers discussing new approaches to creative and production processes, and there will be training on camera gear and editing/compositing software. Through each stage of instruction there will be hands-on experimenting, with an end product that is shot and edited on site. Whether you are just getting started, or are looking for tips and tricks to help you create the best experience, you’ll get to exercise your muscles. Our keynote speaker on Friday evening is Nancy Eperjesy, Co-Founder and CEO of Mettle, the software company that developed the newest editing and compositing plugins adopted into Adobe Creative Cloud for AfterEffects and Premiere. She will share insights on the VR/360 industry, and how these new tools are standardizing production and making it accessible to users, creative and technical alike. Saturday will feature instructor Mike Dopsa, who will give an overview on the VR/360 production process, camera gear, and shooting 360 footage. He will then give an introduction to the Mettle plugins in AfterEffects and Premiere. Later in the day, he will give specific instruction on the cameras we will be using for the workshop, and then we will be going out to shoot footage in and around the Toronto Media Arts Centre. Sunday features Mike Dopsa again, giving more in-depth and hands-on instruction for the Mettle plugins, which will then be used to import the footage you shot on Saturday, experiment with editing techniques, compositing effects, and export for viewing. Additional concepts will be discussed throughout the weekend, including 360/VR storytelling techniques, sound design and volumetrics. Beer and snacks will be served Friday evening. Light snacks in the morning and lunch will be served Saturday and Sunday. www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1543014466-mettlemantravrsiggraph.jpg

Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Gamma Space Collaborative Studio

Friends Play Games #112

Friends Play Games (formerly Games With Friends) is our monthly, inclusive, free and open to the public game playing event at Gamma Space's new home in the Toronto Media Arts Centre! Come play video, tabletop and social games of all kinds. Bring one with you, or jump into something unfamiliar when you arrive. We have extra screens and controllers on hand if you need some extra help getting things running. Friends Play Games has ambassadors from the Gamma Space and Dames Making Games community present to help you get into the game, and will help organize some of the activities. If you have any questions, they’ll be happy to get you sorted out. Friends Play Games is about the shared social experience and opportunity to play, so bring an open-mind and leave your work at the door. If you’re a game dev, you’re welcome to bring your work-in-progress games to show and play test. When you’re finished, take some time to process what you observed, and hang out at another game. We have a companion event monthly called Friends Make Games that you and come talk shop and workout ideas with like-minded game devs. Running for over five years, Friends Play Games is a great way to meet some of Toronto’s game development community and those who support them. www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1526222449-fpg-picatic.png

Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Early Monthly Segments

Early Monthly Segments #102 = Karel Doing in person!

Early Monthly Segments is pleased to return with program #102 featuring Karel Doing from the Netherlands in person at the magnificent new Toronto Media Arts Centre in Queen West. Currently living in the UK, Karel Doing is in Ontario teaching a course at LIFT and participating in the Film Farm Independent Imaging Retreat . Doing has been working as an experimental + documentary filmmaker and performer since 1990, with a particular interest in materiality, semiotics and environmentalism. He will present two performance pieces and four 16mm films on July 11 at EMS. The evening’s first performance Pattern/Chaos (2016) is a negotiation between the unpredictability of organic processes and the regularity of frames, optics and motors. Meni features an obsessive unravelling of dance movements that were edited into frenetic patterns and undulating rhythms. Maas Observation, a collaboration with Greg Pope, demonstrates their fascination in the bizarre landscapes of the port of Rotterdam, a stretch of 'neo-nature' with little place for humans, where huge machines seem to move around according to a logic of their own. Whirlwind, a collaboration with Greg Pope, Bea Haut & Ben Hayman is an assemblage of footage shot during performances by Loophole Cinema. The group used lights, lenses, projections and bodily interventions to create immersive cinematic experiences. Energy Energy, a collaboration with Pierre Bastien is a found footage film made from industrial, educational and promotional films from the early 20th century, presenting progressive technological development. This utopia is disturbed by the destructive power of the human mind and the greedy nature of the status quo. Doing’s closing performance Symbiogenesis (2017) consists of a series of repetitive and rhythmical musings on nature and culture, often superimposing the two. 16mm projection is combined with live sound, a layering of optical (found) tracks, a collection of rare records played on a prepared dance-set and sounds produced live via voice and percussive instruments. The title derives from the work of Lynn Margulis and her notion that the convergence of species – rather than their divergence – is driving evolution. www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1530054776-35885438101606087933651651573395040493895680n.jpg

Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Gamma Space Collaborative Studio

Friends Play Games #110

Friends Play Games (formerly Games With Friends) is our monthly, inclusive, free and open to the public game playing event at Gamma Space's new home in the Toronto Media Arts Centre! Come play video, tabletop and social games of all kinds. Bring one with you, or jump into something unfamiliar when you arrive. We have extra screens and controllers on hand if you need some extra help getting things running. Friends Play Games has ambassadors from the Gamma Space and Dames Making Games community present to help you get into the game, and will help organize some of the activities. If you have any questions, they’ll be happy to get you sorted out. Friends Play Games is about the shared social experience and opportunity to play, so bring an open-mind and leave your work at the door. If you’re a game dev, you’re welcome to bring your work-in-progress games to show and play test. When you’re finished, take some time to process what you observed, and hang out at another game. We have a companion event monthly called Friends Make Games that you and come talk shop and workout ideas with like-minded game devs. Running for over five years, Friends Play Games is a great way to meet some of Toronto’s game development community and those who support them. www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1526222449-fpg-picatic.png

Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON