Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Art at Filmport

Off Camera has created a new site which will be dedicated 
to the upcoming Filmport showing.
Initially, this is a guide to the works presented at the exhibit.
It will remain in place as a link to this collection of artists.
Check it out and feel free to send me your thoughts

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tatjana Hutinec

Dear Filmmakers and Members of the Film Community,
The second meeting of our Toronto Women's Film Group is being held Tuesday Aug. 19th at 7pm The idea of the film group is to have on-going film screenings and discussions of women's work in a casual and supportive setting. If you would like to present one of your films/videos or a work in progress (e.g., rough cut) please feel free to bring it with you. Any genre and form is welcome. Just let us know in advance so we can plan the evening accordingly. Screening formats are VHS and DVD only. The movie theatre has seating for 35 people. After the screening/discussion we will move onto the outside bar patio.
We will meet in the movie theatre of the The Summit, 701 King Street West (Tatiana Hutinec's condo building). If you have trouble accessing the theatre call Kathleen's cell number 416-270-7844.
We hope you can make it! Please RSVP to Kathleen Cummins (kathleen.cummins@rogers.com).
Warm Regards,
Tatiana, Kathleen and Elizabeth

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tatjana Hutinec

Luminat'eau at Harbourfront
June 14, June15, 2008
Theme of Luminat’eau 2008 art festival was water:
Artwork reflecting water mythology, music coming from musical water instruments, dance performances and rituals celebrating water ….and rain did its d├ębut…
It was very appropriate to rain during the water-art festival. Nobody seemed to bothered, but got immersed (literally) into the watery scene with smiles on their faces.
The Rain Gods applauded in a form of rain showers during each performance !
I would like to thank everyone who came o Harbourfront and showed interest in support of the arts .
Mythological Water Creatures, commissioned by Harbourfront were mounted on the canoes in the pond (skating ring) .
Canoe figureheads, created by Tatjana Hutinec are stylized sculptures of Mythological Water Creatures, featuring: Poseidon - Greek god of sea and thunderbolt, Yemanja Afro- Brazilian goddess of the living ocean, Naga -water serpent form Hindu and Buddhist mythology , Atlaua - Aztec lord of the waters, Chinese Dragon - ruler of the storms and waterfalls, Ika-Roa -from Polynesian mythology, fish who gave birth to the Milky Way
Textures created in mixed media technique in combination with bright colours reminiscence folk tails about ancient galleons and illustrations form children's story books
Tatjana Hutinec is sculptor, painter and costume designer. Her work has been commissioned for numerous commercials, music videos, independent movies and big Hollywood productions .

Friday, June 20, 2008

Mike Shocrylas, ArtDept.

Hi everyone: I had invited Mike to our Contact reception but he was unable to attend. Mike has left the Big Smoke for Calgary to return to his profession as an architect. Here is an excerpt from his return email:

I am really blown away by the quantity but not surprised at the quality of the work in the exhibition you are curating. It really shows the type of professionals and the true eye of the artist that we are dealing with on an everyday basis when we work all together on sets. The whole film community should be very proud and I would really like to better promotion nationally amongst our professionals in film.I hope the show goes well.
It is not good to hear that the film work is still dodgy in Toronto. I am sure that it has lost many talented people to other industies. Say hi to Derek- and Cameron and Charles- the list goes on! Heck, say Hello to everyone you see! I miss them all, and especially the feeling when spring comes around and the new shows come in and the doors to the shop are opened up for the first time since the fall.

You can email Mike to say hi at miroschoc@gmail.com

Saturday, May 31, 2008


It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect: 'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some b*stard will get up and say that this never happened'
'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing' Edmund Burke
This week, the UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.
These photos were taken in Germany by James Emison Chanslor, an Army Master Sergeant who served in World War II from 1942 until 1945.
Source: Photos courtesy of John Michael Chanslor.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian peoples looking the other way!Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets. This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide! Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

One response to this email: I deemed it sensitive, articulate and important enough to share with everyone who reads this site:

....Thanks for this. My Vet friend had sent me a similar email not so long ago.I don't know if you have ever seen A Band of Brothers....There is a large segment in this incredible production that deals withthe troops discovering the death camps and the Locals being made to bury the dead.I cried and when I found out that the Muslims are trying to disallow documented History,I got very angry indeed. Eisenhower was a pretty smart cookie.We must never forget and we can't give up our determination to honor the men and women who fought and died to end this shameful period in human history.Distinct societies are a good thing and unique to Canada, but we all need to be vigilant aboutcensoring our culture and place in history... because it offends New Canadians with different views?Religious, cultural and historical differences should be celebrated...not used to to shackle others, or rewrite history because it offends somebody who reads a different version of why we are all here.It is after all.... literature and a selective version of truth at best. Unlike documented and gut wrenching history which we can't take back....only learn from and try not to make the same mistakes again. D.S.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Off Camera

This was the premiere art show in conjunction with the Toronto Film Festival and the Queen Street Art Crawl in September, 2007.
This event was made possible by the generosity of IATSE, Local 873 and of the art patrons Eduardo della Foresta and Alfred Martinelli from the It's Not A Deli Art Gallery.

Friday, January 11, 2008


In association with the Toronto Contact Photography Festival

MAY 2 - 31, 2008

A group show by scenic artists working in the film industry.
Curated by Patricia Chard

42 Mowat Ave, near King & Dufferin St, Toronto M6K 3J6 MapQuest
Restaurant/Cafe, King West Village
T 416 535 0050
Mon-Wed 10:30am-10pm
Thurs 11:30am-11pm
Fri 11:30am-1am
Sat 7-1am
Sun Closed