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Black of Death by Chim Pom, 2013

2017 Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film

July 22 – 30
Durham | Hanover | Saugeen First Nation #29

For 15 years the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film has nurtured the imaginative possibilities of artists working within the film, media and projection culture of the visual arts by providing a considered and innovative setting in which their work is seen. Our artistic vision for 2017 is to build a festival from the ground up by considering the land on which the festival operates, as a starting point for cultural production. The Festival is on Saugeen Ojiway Nation Territory (SON) and it is shared, as denoted by the treaty that governs this territory, with the settlers on this land. The Festival has made it a priority to act in consultation with Chief and Council of Saugeen First Nation and members of the local communities at SFN and Durham, its home base. Our guest programmers are taking intriguing approaches around the notion of presenting work on SON:


Fabulous Films

Native Art Department International’s program mirrors the international trade relationships that have characterised Turtle Island for centuries. The Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film has the honour of premiering new work by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil in collaboration with Jackson Poly. ***as part of the program, First Things Don’t Come First, curated by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan, working together as Native Art Department International (NADI). While Hupfield and Lujan are well-known artists in their own rights, this custom installation and the artists’ tour and talk on July 28 @ 3pm at Jest Arts Gallery, is a rare opportunity. See their unique exhibition and interact with the artists directly over the entire weekend.

Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil are filmmakers and artists from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Hupfield and Lujan tell us that the Khalil brothers’ work “subverts traditional forms of ethnography through humor, transgression, and innovative documentary practice”. Their films and installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Arts Center, Contour Biennale, e-flux, UnionDocs, and Microscope Gallery.  Another highlight of NADI’s program is “Black of Death” by the Japanese collective Chim Pom. This is a short film you don’t want to miss! The multidisciplinary artist collective, Chim Pom, formed in 2005 in Tokyo to respond to contemporary social issues. They have exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery (2015); MoMA PS1 (2014 and 2011); The 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); and the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010).

Elwood Jimmy and jes sachse’s program, “Always Ours,” ties the body’s experience to space, place and time while Kate Barry’s “Nature Lover” “explores nature, desire and the human body by reimagining our relationship to gender and identity.” Work by artists such as Amanda Strong, Raven Davis, Shelley Niro and Deirdre Logue promise an intimate experience of the artist’s subjectivity and of your own body. Jimmy and sachse’s curatorial statement reads:

“We host this screening in 2017, a marker of time that means many things to many people. For some it marks the 150th anniversary of something we now refer to as Canada. For some it marks a time of a process and discourse we refer to as Truth and Reconciliation.... If 2017 functions as a marker of time for us, then it is a time where we recognized that we were a blip on an infinite timeline, where we worked collaboratively to dismantle the containers that didn’t work for us - that exclude us, that don’t hold us, or kindly, tenderly and highly regard and carry us - and co-design and build new ones, largely through a process of de-centering and re-centering.”


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Untitled by Adam and Zack Khalil, 2017

Fabulous Times

The festival features two multimedia performances – Triangulation by the local collective, Interference Ensemble (Tony Massett and Geoffrey Shea); and Opposition/Unity by Clayton Windatt. Windatt picks up on the theme of re-centering by bringing a host of artists to create a bombastic installation that, in its making and content, addresses cross cultural relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Rebeka Tobobondong, filmmaker and founder of Muskrat Magazine, Cole Forrest, and Lindsay Sarazin are some of the artists who will have films at the Hanover Drive-In and also participate in the installation at Glencolton Farm.

The final festival day showcases a gripping program by York University’s Caroline Klimek’s - Re-Defining a Nation. Curating student work, Klimek ties the experience of immigration to SON territory. The Festival ends with locally connected, Stefan Luciani’s Death Barrel, a humourous take on immigration, aging and family. All the locals know the octogenarian star of the film and we plan for her to be in attendance!


Fabulous Klatsch

So what is so fabulous about the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film? It’s the opportunities to connect with other festival-goers. We use screens and media to bring people together in conversation with each other. We’ve got pub talks, a cinematography workshop with a professional videographer in a local café, a BBQ on a farm, a sunset at Sauble Beach, the rec centre in Saugeen. We’re rural and we’d like to make you feel like you could be enjoying all of this with your closest friends in your own backyard. Come join us – we left the gate open for you.

For a complete list of programs and films, see the schedule on our website at fabfilmfest.ca or download a brochure.


The Town of Durham is located in the Municipality of West Grey, a small agricultural community two hours north of Toronto, and 30 minutes south of Owen Sound. Choose a campsite, B&B, lakeside cabin, or treehouse for your accommodations.


We look forward to meeting you at the 2017 Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, July 22 – 30.


For more information, contact Debbie Ebanks Schlums, Artistic Director
Call or Text: 705-896-6800
Email: fabfilmfest.ca@gmail.com


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Pond, by Deirdre Logue, 2011