The Road Ended at the Beach and Other Legends: Parsing the "Escarpment School"

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

The Road Ended at the Beach and Other Legends: Parsing the "Escarpment School"

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

The Road Ended at the Beach and Other Legends: Parsing the "Escarpment School"

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

The Road Ended at the Beach and Other Legends: Parsing the "Escarpment School"

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

The Road Ended at the Beach and Other Legends: Parsing the "Escarpment School"

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

The Road Ended at the Beach and Other Legends: Parsing the "Escarpment School"

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

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This survey of a unique and overlooked confluence in the history of Canadian experimental cinema features works by such filmmakers as Philip Hoffman, Mike Hoolboom and Richard Hancox.

Brett Kashmere, Phil Hoffman, Mike Hoolboom and Lorne Marin in person!

Curated by Brett Kashmere

A unique and often overlooked confluence in Canadian film history, the "Escarpment School" denotes a loosely knit band of Ontario-based experimental filmmakers — including Philip Hoffman, Mike Hoolboom, Richard Kerr, Carl Brown, Gary Popovich and Steve Sanguedolce — who studied together at Sheridan College in the 1970s, under the tutelage of Rick Hancox and Jeffrey Paull. Influenced by both the New American Cinema and its conterminous postwar movements (especially Beat literature) as well as the Canadian social documentary tradition (which were often screened side by side in the Sheridan classroom), the Escarpment School cineastes have over the course of thirty years helped to reinvent documentary as a mode for self-expression and formal exploration, extended and deepened the rich landscape tradition in Canadian art, and inspired new generations of filmmakers through their work and their teaching. Although varied in tone and texture, the films in this program share numerous qualities, including an attention to landscape, the filtering of documentary material through individual experience, the looming presence of America, and a formalist, process-based approach to non-fiction. — Brett Kashmere



Landscape (dir. George Semsel \ USA 1977 \ 3 min. \ 16mm)

Trains of Thought (dir. Lorne Marin \ Canada 1983 \ 10 min.\ 16mm)

Beach Events (dir. Richard Hancox \ Canada 1984 \ 8 min. \ 16mm)

The Road Ended at the Beach (dir. Philip Hoffman \ Canada 1983 \ 30 min. \ 16mm)

His Romantic Movement (dir. Richard Kerr \ Canada 1984 \ 15 min. \ 16mm)

Somewhere Between Jalostotitlán and Encarnación (dir. Philip Hoffman \ Canada 1983 \ 6 min. \ 16mm)

Mexico (dirs. Mike Hoolboom & Steve Sanguedolce \ Canada 1992 \ 35 min. \ 16mm)

Approx. total running time: 107 min.

This programme is rated 14A.