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Architecture+Design Film Festival: Finn with an Oyster: The Story behind Toronto’s New City Hall

Sat, Apr 16 / 3 pm
Directed by Michael Kainer & Karen Teeple
2015, Canada, 71 min

Introduction by Jeffrey Thorsteinson, Architectural Historian  / Join a tour of Winnipeg’s City Hall following the film.

This documentary recovers the nearly forgotten history of Toronto’s New City Hall, designed by Viljo Revell (1910-1964), the relatively unknown Finnish architect who won, arguably, the largest international competition ever held—beating out over 520 architects from 42 countries. The film examines this competition, launched in 1958 under the direction of Professor Eric Arthur, and many controversies surrounding the project: including prior decisions to demolish historic buildings and displace vibrant immigrant communities; the rejection of an initial design scheme following protests by architecture students; the selection of a Finnish architect by the jury including Eero Saarinen; Revell’s monumental design (heckled as a “spaceship” in the “eye of government”), and even the enigmatic piece of sculpture chosen for the new public square. Prepared in collaboration with City Archivist, Karen Teeple, the film was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Toronto’s New City Hall and Nathan Philips Square.

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Wed 17

Optical Printer One on One Workshop Sessions

Appointment Based One on One Session
Wed 17

Shoot Some 16mm Film

Camera Orientation Day: Sat. June 1, 2019 – 10 AM – 2 PM (WFG Black Lodge Studio)

Shooting Days: June 3 – July 13, 2019

Processing Day: Sat. July 13 & Sun. July 14 – 10 AM – 2 PM (WFG Media Lab and Platform Dark Room)

Optical Printer Class: Sat. July 20 | 10am - 2pm

Editing: July – August

Screening Date: TBD
Wed 17

2019 WFG Summer Teen Filmmaking Camp

Session 1: Mon July 8 to Fri July 19 (10 AM to 3 PM) | WFG Media Lab & WFG Black Lodge

Session 2: Mon Aug 12 to Fri Aug 23 (10 AM to 3 PM) | WFG Media Lab & WFG Black Lodge
Fri 26
Tue 30

Restoration Tuesdays: Hard Ticket to Hawaii

Tue, July 2 / 7 pm *
Tue, July 9 / 7 pm & 9pm
Tue, July 30 / 7 pm & 9pm

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