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Is That A Film In Your Pocket?

by RAYMOND HELKIO -

In Your Pocket is a smartly curated collection of short films by the RT Collective. Filmmakers are invited to submit a proposal for their film and if accepted they are commissioned to complete the piece. The catch is the footage must be shot on a smartphone or similar device with a maximum final length of four minutes. 

The first In Your Pocket was held at Videofag but having outgrown the space they now screen at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. In Your Pocket is an eclectic and charged night because the room is largely filmmakers, actors and artists from wildly varying backgrounds. The films range from thought-provoking and beautiful to hysterically funny and complex but it's the uniqueness of each artist's approach makes the evening inventive. 

The current theme, Partners In Crime asks artists to seek out collaborators, which has increased the number of participating filmmakers. This year, organizers Christophe Dupuis and Marcin Wisniewski are working with Sabine Lebel and Alison Taylor to curate the work and bring new artists into the experience. Over the past five years they have assisted more than sixty new works by over one hundred and fifty artists.

Screenings like this are not typical in the industry because RT Collective doesn't accept completed works. Christophe explains that they "ask artists to submit proposals for things they would like to make and then support them in that process of creation. We have a cluster of artists who we end up working with over and over and so in those cases we have a little bit of an idea what they'll do based on previous things they've made. But with most of the works, we literally don't see them until a week before the event, sometimes the day before depending on how delinquent the artists are with getting their works to us, so it's all a big mystery until then." It's a pay-what-you-can so get there early if you want a seat or get your hands on a copy of their zine-style programme which includes a DVD of the evening's films.

In Your Pocket: Partners in Crime - Presented by the RT Collective in association with the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

Sunday June 4th, 7pm - Buddies in Bad Times Theatre - 12 Alexander Street - Post-screening Q&A with artists.  19+ www.rtcollective.ca

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