Pleasure Dome’s Spring 2024 Season

Jonni Peppers, WASTELAND, 2016-19, courtesy the artist

Pleasure Dome presents WASTELAND and the Transfiguration International Film Festival with Jonni Peppers

May 14 & 16, 2024
Small World Music Centre at Youngplace, Toronto
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Pleasure Dome is pleased to welcome non-binary, Chicago-based filmmaker Jonni Peppers to Toronto for two nights of in-person screenings! Join us for two evenings of short animated and experimental films that embrace community and remind us of the importance of staying connected—even during difficult times.

With that in mind, both events include live Q&As with the artist and, on Thursday, an awards ceremony with Toronto jurors Terrill Lee Calder (Métis) and Aaron Long! Be sure to place your vote for “audience choice.”

Jonni Peppers: WASTELAND, a film in five parts
Tuesday, May 14, 7pm | Doors open at 6:30pm
Small World Music Centre, Youngplace

When our guest curator Jacob Crepeault saw Peppers’ WASTELAND on screen in Ottawa, they were taken aback: Peppers is best known in online communities, and it is a pleasure to be able to view their work in the context of a physical cinema. Pleasure Dome is happy to be presenting the Toronto premiere of WASTELAND.

Join us on Tuesday, May 14 for a screening of Chicago-based filmmaker Jonni Peppers’ experimental five-part film WASTELAND, made by Peppers when they were studying experimental animation at CalArts. In a post-pandemic time, this film prompts reflection on isolation, mental health, and the subjective perception of reality. Viewed here as a single program, the five short films form an emotionally-charged narrative that unfolds within a visually diverse world of Peppers’ creation.

The artist will be present at the screening and will take part in a live Q&A.

Jonni Peppers, WASTELAND, 2016-19, courtesy the artist

The Transfiguration International Film Festival
Thursday, May 16, 6pm | Doors open at 5:30pm
Small World Music Centre, Youngplace

Join us again two days later for the Transfiguration International Film Festival—the other “TIFF”—which will be coming to Toronto for one night of films and community participation. This traveling international film festival showcases an eclectic range of experimental shorts. Programmed by Jonni Peppers, this festival is artist-driven, audience-minded, and playful in its approach, with an awards ceremony taking place at the end of each iteration. The festival features work by over twenty-five artists and filmmakers, including Asaki Nishino, Ben Sonjira Young, Benni Quintero, Coby Palivathukal, Hunter Whitaker-Morrow, Ingo Raschka, Isabelle Aspin, Jennifer Nie, Jesse Patience, Jihee Nam, Kohana Wilson, Luca Ogawa Depardon, Manabu Himeda, Natalie Baber, Rachel Nakawatase, Yifan Jiang, Yoko Yuki, and Zhen Li.

For the Toronto screening, we are thrilled to announce Métis filmmaker Terril Lee Calder and animator Aaron Long will be joining us as our jurors! Be sure to place your vote for the audience choice awards. You don’t want to miss this fun marathon of a night!

Both events are free and open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Jonni Peppers

Jonni Peppers is an award-winning animator/filmmaker (Barber Westchester, The Final Exit of the Disciples of Ascensia, Goodbye Forever Party), jury member for the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and lead programmer for animation shorts at Slamdance Film Festival, a festival “By Filmmakers, for Filmmakers.”

Small World Music Centre, Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Unit 101
Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

Lauren Fournier, Executive Director

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