Fall 2020 Screenings at Pleasure Dome


Fall 2020 Screenings at Pleasure Dome (pdome.org)

This fall Pleasure Dome is presenting our exciting program of experimental moving images online!

Three thematic screenings will be available on our website through what we’ve dubbed a ‘digital magazine’. Each issue goes live for one week and a PWYC rental gives you access for two days to the films and supporting content, such as essays, interviews, and links to join virtual community events like Q&As.

Essential Work
PWYC Rental from Sept. 23 to Sept. 30, 2020
Closing Q&A Wednesday Sept. 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm EDT

The months since the pandemic began have been a time of massive change. As a culture we’re reassessing the types of ‘work’ that hold the fabric of society together, and how they are (or are not) valued. In questioning what is ‘essential’ the necessity of touch and connection to others has become painfully palpable. And there’s a growing realization of the urgent need for the deep systemic work required to make our interconnectedness function in a way that creates genuine freedom and equity for all. These films explore isolation, music, temporary and precarious work, justices won, and the many still to fight for.

Recitative, Shir Handelsman (Israel, 2019) 5:00 mins.
But Wait, Sophia Jaworski (Canada, 2020) 8:01 min
Dream Delivery, Yuan Zheng (China, 2018) 9:22 mins
We Know We Are Just Pixels, Laure Provoust (UK, 2015) 4:44 min
Labour/Leisure, Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson (Canada, 2019) 19:00 min
Where I Am, Christine Wu (Canada, 2020) 4:32 min
All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Ufuoma Essi (UK, 2019) 14:25 min

Curated by Pleasure Dome’s Board Director Clare Samuel. This event is co-presented by CFMDC and sponsored by Workers United Union. Closing Q&A Moderated by Grayson Alabiso-Cahill.



Skin Deep
PWYC Rental from Nov. 5 to Nov. 13, 2020
Closing Q&A Friday Nov. 13 at 7:30 pm EDT

The question of what beauty is and how it can be defined is slippery and multi-faceted. The experience of pleasure in the visual and other senses is something most people find nourishing and even transformative. But under white-supremacist patriarchal capitalism certain bodies are designated as more or less valuable, particularly for feminized bodies often in terms of whether they are deemed beautiful or ugly by the dominant culture. This collection of films will explore desire, fat liberation, what it means to be ‘feminine’, and how racism intersects with the beauty myth.


Sontag’s Ghost: The Future is Queer
PWYC Rental from Dec. 2 To Dec. 9, 2020
Closing Q&A Wednesday Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm EDT

In 1964, Susan Sontag brought the term camp to the mainstream, when before it existed in the minds and hearts of queer communities, people who worshipped at the alter of Dorothy of Oz in the church of Andy Warhol. While some of her points still stand—love of the unnatural, the esoteric and the artificial, an aversion to the ideas of “good taste,” ostentatious aesthetics— some points became outdated within the decade. Camp has bred so many new generations of beauty. In this program, we exhibit some of the newest, videos that celebrate exaggerated queer sensibilities, witchy women, new takes on the mainstream and generally a big old fuck you to hegemonic norms. In times like this, we need some beauty and fun in our lives, but as you watch, just remember one thing: a spectre is haunting this program—Sontag’s Ghost!

Images: Stills from Dream Delivery, Yuan Zheng (China, 2018) / Wash Day, Kourtney Jackson (Canada, 2019) / Rhapsody in Blueberry, Gaelle Denis (France, 2017)

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Theresa Slater
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