ED, November 2004

From the Executive Director

I would like to thank all of you who attended Shine It On! back in September and for making it our most successful fundraiser ever. Over two hundred people attended the Salon des Refuses, many of whom bid on items in the silent auction.Of course, our fundraiser would not have been possible without the generous support of our donors. There were 99 items in the auction which generated slightly more than $15,000! I would also like to thank the staff, board and volunteers who contributed to making the night a huge success. I would like to thank Mark Fiorillo in particular, who volunteered his time soliciting a number of new donations for the auction. The success of Shine It On! is a testimony to our strong, vibrant and generous film community in Toronto. On behalf of LIFT, I am pleased to announce Martha Colburn as our visiting foreign artist in residence in October and November. Martha is a remarkable filmmaker whose creativity is surpassed only by her productivity. Over the past ten years, Martha has completed more than 35 films! Martha will be at LIFT for six weeks to share her creativity with the membership. Please drop by and say hello.

LIFT initiated a foreign residency program this year in an effort to expand the boundaries of filmmaking by inviting artist who work in film in a unique and original way. Martha (like Lee Krist earlier this year) has been invited to LIFT in an effort to promote more radical forms of filmmaking. As part of her residency, Martha will be teaching a master class in collage animation. We have also teamed up with Pleasure Dome to present a program of Martha’s work on Friday, October 29 at Cinecycle. I highly recommend that you check out Martha’s wonderful films. She is an outstanding artist.

Shine it On!

Roberto Ariganello

LIFT Volume 24 Issue 6, November 2004