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Special Events @ The Cineforum July 2015

Monday, July 6, 13, 20, 27.

7pm: PINK FLOYD: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1953) to the music of Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]

Tuesday, July 7, 14, 21, 28.

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922) F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A and OK COMPUTER).

SPOKEN WORD EVENTS:

WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY FRIEND JANE JACOBS (includes the film JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2003) Don Alexander). 7pm Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26,

CRAZY-WISDOM-YOGIN REG HARTT: WHAT I EXPERIENCED WITH DMT. 9pm Saturday, July 4, 11, 18, 25.

CRAZY-WISDOM-YOGIN REG HARTT: WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD. 9pm Sunday, July 5, 12, 19, 26.

SHEILA GOSTICK LIVE AT THE CINEFORUM. 8:30pm Friday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

Remembering Christopher Lee

1.July 2015 @ THE CINEFORUM, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, 416-603-6643

Wednesday & Thursday, July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30. Rememembering Christopher Lee. “Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time but the trick is never to be terrible in them.”—Christopher Lee.

 

Wednesday, July 8,

5pm: CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958) Robert Day. Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corridors_of_Blood

7pm: DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966) Terrence Fisher. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula:_Prince_of_Darkness

9pm: THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE (1983) Philippe Mora. Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Return_of_Captain_Invincible

Thursday, July 9,

5pm: CUADECUC, VAMPIR (1971) Pere Portabella. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuadecuc,_vampir

7pm: THE BLOODY JUDGE (1970) Jesús Franco. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064727/

9pm: STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002) George Lucas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Episode_II:_Attack_of_the_Clones

Wednesday, July 15,

5pm: LA CRIPTA E L’INCUBO (1964) Camillo Mastrocinque. https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_cripta_e_l%27incubo

7pm: CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR (1968) Vernon Sewell. Boris Karloff. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Crimson_Altar

9pm: STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) George Lucas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Episode_III:_Revenge_of_the_Sith

Thursday, July 16,

5pm: THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1963) Terrence Fisher. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil_Rides_Out_%28film%29

7pm: DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968) Freddie Francis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula_Has_Risen_from_the_Grave

9pm: TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER (1976) Peter Sykes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_Devil_a_Daughter

Wednesday, July 22,

5pm: I, MONSTER (1971) Stephen Weeks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Monster

7pm: TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970) Peter Sasdy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taste_the_Blood_of_Dracula

9pm: THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974) Guy Hamilton. Roger Moore. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_with_the_Golden_Gun_%28film%29

Thursday, July 23,

5pm: HORROR EXPRESS (1973) Eugenio Martin. Peter Cushing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_Express

7pm: TRIAGE (2009) Danis Tanović. Colin Farrell. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triage_%28film%29

9pm: JINNAH (1998) Jamil Dehlavi. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinnah_%28film%29

Wednesday, July 29,

5pm: THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1973) Richard Lester. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers_%281973_film%29

7pm: THE FOUR MUSKETEERS (1974) Richard Lester. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Musketeers_%28film%29

9pm: THE RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS (1989) Richard Lester. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Return_of_the_Musketeers

Thursday, July 30,

5pm: THE HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS (1983) Pete Walker. With Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, John Carradine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_the_Long_Shadows

7pm: THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) Terrence Fisher. Peter Cushing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Curse_of_Frankenstein

9pm: THE HORROR OF DRACULA (1958) Terrence Fisher. Peter Cushing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula_%281958_film%29

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THE BLOODY JUDGE was retitled THE NIGHT OF THE BLOOD MONSTER which made no sense to those of us who went to see it.

THE BLOODY JUDGE was retitled THE NIGHT OF THE BLOOD MONSTER which made no sense to those of us who went to see it.

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Faith 3: The Toronto Police came to The Cineforum Last week.

Standing Up To A BullyThe Toronto Police came to The Cineforum last week. They came because I called them. For the last few months flyers have been going up around the city saying The Cineforum is illegal.

The police have a problem neither with myself nor with The Cineforum.

They asked if I knew who was putting up the posters. I told them I did. They asked why he is called “Dr.” I told them why. I answered all their questions. Now, thanks to Dr. Jamie himself the police have learned everything I have learned.

They asked if I personally felt threatened by his posters and the hate messages left on my phone. I replied that I do not.

They said, “If you don’t take them seriously we can’t call them hate messages.”

I said that while I do take them seriously I do not for a moment waste time being frightened by them nor in taking them seriously. How can we take seriously those who give themselves over to destruction?

Haters will hate.

James Gillis (Dr. Jamie) is a hater.

They said, “Well, when you do what you do you make yourself a target.”

I replied, “I know. And when you put on your uniform you also make yourself a target. It goes with the territory.”

They smiled and said, “Yes.”

Then they said, “This is going on the record should you have to go to court. It will work to your favour.”

Too bad for Dr. Jamie. Life is too short to waste it on hate.–Reg

Below are samples of previous posters put up by James Gillis (Dr. Jamie) attacking myself and others. I am getting a little weary of this. Nonetheless, the battle continues.

Many people value what I do.

One person is determined to destroy me.

As Henry Miller wrote in AN OPEN LETTER TO SURREALISTS EVERYWHERE, “…When at last each man realizes that nothing is to be expected from God, or society, or friends, or benevolent tyrants, or democratic governments, or saints, or saviours, or even that holiest of holies, education, when each man realizes that he must work with his own hands to save himself, and that we need expect no mercy, perhaps then…Perhaps! Even then, seeing what manner of men we are, I doubt. The point is that we are doomed…No God is coming to save us. No system of government, no belief will provide us with that liberty and justice which men whistle for with the death-rattle….What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs. The hero is he who raises himself above the crowd…To get men to rally round a cause, a belief, an idea, is always easier thanto persuade them to live their own lives.

“So long as (man) cannot operate as a savage or less than a savage, and think as a god, or better than god, he will suffer…A man who is full of God is outside of faith…When a man is truly creative he works single-handed and he wants no help. A man acting alone, on faith, can accomplish what trained armies are incapable of doing. To believe in one’s self, in one’s own powers, is apparently the most difficult thing in the world…Whenever an English artist of any value has arisen he has been marked as Public Enemy No. 1.”
It was for this reason that my first venue in Toronto was called THE PUBLIC ENEMY. As far back as 1968 I knew the right path. On that path we walk alone. If someone is not trying to destroy us we are not doing the right work.–Reg Hartt, 6/23. 2015.

http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=10711

Hate Messages:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_MfdqCUqWw
Dr. Jamie Poster Pig:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4PQEe6ryuk
My posters and those of others trashed by Dr. Jamie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20l7kxz3DG8
Enduring Over Twenty Years of Harassment & Hate:
http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=14494
Daniel Goggin: Is Dr. Jamie worse than Igor Kenk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrEV_VrZhuI
Dr. Jamie’s Street Poster Campaign Against his former employee Terry Ross:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an6wuSoPjlc
Daniel Goggin on being smeared by Dr. Jamie with street posters:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v96QfcjaR2U
John-Paul Re on working for Dr. Jamie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIP17OeXDCg

Dr Jamie  4, 11, 2015  (2)

The Toronto Police have not been in touch with me. When I got home Sunday I got in touch with them. I called the number on the flyer.

The Toronto Police have not been in touch with me. When I got home Sunday I got in touch with them. I called the number on the flyer.

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A person who made the mistake of buying one of Jamie’s “Police Auction Bikes.” Only the bike frames come from police auctions. The parts come from who knows where.

during Caribana, a racist flyer appeared all over the city. It was posted beside my flyers to make it look like I was the one putting it up. "He is trying to get you killed," friends who saw it said. Over a thousand of them went up.

during Caribana, a racist flyer appeared all over the city. It was posted beside my flyers to make it look like I was the one putting it up. “He is trying to get you killed,” friends who saw it said. Over a thousand of them went up.

Guess who trashes my posters and yours and who covers us up with illegal oversize posters. Yep, you guessed it.

Guess who trashes my posters and yours and who covers us up with illegal oversize posters. Yep, you guessed it.

This poster was an attempt to get a drug dealer to send a hit man here. One did come. He left when he saw this is bullshit. Drug dealers are not stupid.

This poster was an attempt to get a drug dealer to send a hit man here. One did come. He left when he saw this is bullshit. Drug dealers are not stupid.

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He uses street posters to target past employees to whom he owes money as well as others including yself. He leaves death threats on people's telephones. He ignores completely the City's Poster Bylaws.

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He uses street posters to target past employees to whom he owes money as well as others including yself. He leaves death threats on people’s telephones. He ignores completely the City’s Poster Bylaws.

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These flyers were posted all over the city by the same man who has been harassing myself for over twenty years, James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie.

These flyers were posted all over the city by the same man who has been harassing myself for over twenty years, James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie.

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Another person to feel the poison of this man was bike courier Daniel Goggin who is also one of the city's best bike mechanics. The man behind these attacks offers POLICE AUCTION BIKES for sale. Daniel worked for him briefly. He quit because he was asked to certify bicycles that were not safe. A few years back a huge fire on Queen Street West at Bathurst levelled a block. One of the shops destroyed was a bicycle shop. The man behind these attacks sifted through the ashes for bike parts. Told they were not safe he used them anyway. Daniel found himself the target of a vicious street poster campaign.

Another person to feel the poison of this man was bike courier Daniel Goggin who is also one of the city’s best bike mechanics. The man behind these attacks offers POLICE AUCTION BIKES for sale. Daniel worked for him briefly. He quit because he was asked to certify bicycles that were not safe. A few years back a huge fire on Queen Street West at Bathurst levelled a block. One of the shops destroyed was a bicycle shop. The man behind these attacks sifted through the ashes for bike parts. Told they were not safe he used them anyway. Daniel found himself the target of a vicious street poster campaign.

Gillis attacked homosexual community with this hate poster yet XTRA!, the city's gay journal, chooses to remain silent. Why?

Gillis attacked the homosexual community with this poster yet XTRA!, the city’s gay journal, chooses to remain silent. Why?

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Dr. Jamie continues his slander. This poster appeared all over the city this weekend. Contrary to what his text says the age on the posters is 19 to 26. We are all, including the people doing this, part of the community. I am certain there are those who feel Michelangelo's DAVID is obscene.

Dr. Jamie continues his slander. This poster appeared all over the city this weekend. Contrary to what his text says the age on the posters is 19 to 26. We are all, including the people doing this, part of the community. I am certain there are those who feel Michelangelo’s DAVID is obscene.

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during Caribana, a racist flyer appeared all over the city. It was posted beside my flyers to make it look like I was the one putting it up. "He is trying to get you killed," friends who saw it said. Over a thousand of them went up.

during Caribana, a racist flyer appeared all over the city. It was posted beside my flyers to make it look like I was the one putting it up. “He is trying to get you killed,” friends who saw it said. Over a thousand of them went up.

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One of the most refreshing things I saw yesterday was when I opened this trash container to put a bundle of hate posters where they belong. Someone else had done it as well. When you see them please do the same.

One of the most refreshing things I saw yesterday was when I opened this trash container to put a bundle of hate posters where they belong. Someone else had done it as well. When you see them please do the same.

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The film he is calling kiddieporn is Pasolini's SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM which I am showing NOW so you can see it at THE CINEFORUM and decide for yourself what should be done to the one behind this hate-filled campaign.

The film he is calling kiddieporn is Pasolini’s SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM which I am showing NOW so you can see it at THE CINEFORUM and decide for yourself what should be done to the one behind this hate-filled campaign.

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Dr Jamie tries to ensnare Mayor Rob Ford in the recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr Jamie tries to ensnare Mayor Rob Ford in the recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr Jamie renews his campaign of distortion, hatred and lies. This poster started going up this week.

Dr Jamie renews his campaign of distortion, hatred and lies. This poster started going up this week.

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One of the many posters put up by "Dr. Jamie" smearing myself. Here he tries to link me with a recent kiddie porn bust.

One of the many posters put up by “Dr. Jamie” smearing myself. Here he tries to link me with a recent kiddie porn bust.

 

Faith is a fact 2

“You are going to celebrate your 35th birthday in a psychiatric hospital. Don’t worry about it. When you come out you will become the richest man on earth,” Billy Veltzell, a man I had met by chance who one day told me he was psychic, said when I was 18.

I laughed. No one can tell what tomorrow will bring I said to myself.

In April of 1981 everyone I knew and cared about at the time gave me an ultimatum: seek psychiatric help or they would leave.

I was born on June 12, 1946. My 35th birthday was looming fast. I was not about to allow Billy’s prediction to come true for that meant I am not in control of my life.

As they walked out I opened my copy of THE NEW TESTAMENT at random. My eyes fell to Jesus saying, “If you walk with me your father, your mother, your brothers, your sisters, everyone you know will turn against you. If you continue with me you will possess your self.”

Now most translations of that passage say, “You will be saved,” “you will find salvation,” or some such. They lack the focus of “you will possess your self.” Lacking that focus they miss the mark. The word “sin” means simply “to miss the mark.” In fact, the word “sin” is too strong a word for the idea being expressed.

In May of 1981 I decided to shut down. I had offers for two different venues in the fall. One was from Morris Wolfe, a teacher at the Ontario College Of Art who said he wanted me there and that the College would be happy to provide a home for my film collection. The other was from Harry Stinson whose family owned THE GROANING BOARD RESTAURANT. They were opening up at a new location in the fall. He wanted me to run my program there.

I called my sister, Kathy, who lived in Hamilton, Ontario. She said she could store my gear in her basement.

So it was that I was at her house on Saturday, May 23, 1981. It was morning. I felt an enormous explosion of pain in my chest accompanied by an overwhelming need for the arms of my mother. Years later I learned that when young men are killed in combat they experience an overwhelming need for the comfort of the arms of their mother.

That night at Kathy’s we were watching a movie on television called THE BEAST MUST DIE. As the main character put his rifle in his mouth the telephone rang. Kathy got up to answer it. When she came back she said, “Something terrible has happened to our brother.” At that moment in the movie the man with the rifle in his mouth pulled the trigger. His head exploded.
My family, concerned that I was going to follow my brother’s lead, committed me to McMaster Psychiatric Hospital in Hamilton against my will. I was determined to do everything I could to keep Billy’s prophecy from coming true.

Despite my request not to be given drugs (and having been told by the doctor in charge I would not be) I was forced to take medication. By the time my birthday rolled around I was walking about like Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. I was told it could take up to six years for the medication I had been given in that brief time to wear off.

On my 35th birthday Kathy walked in with a cake. As I cut it the doctor in charge said, “Do you know what is wrong with you.” I replied, “Nothing. I am on time and on schedule.

I was then. I am now. So, for that matter, are you.

Over the last few years I have been under absolutely vicious attack from one person.

“Be still. Vengeance is mine. I will repay you,” says JEHOVAH/YAHWEH in THE OLD TESTAMENT. JEHOVAH/YAHWEH in English means “I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE, ” I AM WHAT I AM BECOMING,” “I AM WHAT I AM.” The short form is “I AM.” That is the name of God in The Old Testament. That name is the final answer to the question, “WHY AM I?”

Next year I turn seventy. Over the years since that moment I have read multiple copies in different translations of THE NEW TESTAMENT plus excellent commentaries on it. As well, I had started to study the Wilhelm/Baynes edition of THE I CHING in 1968. I read THE KORAN more than once. I studied the Buddhist texts and much more.

Moses, in Deuteronomy 30 states, “This word I have given you is not in the Heavens that you should ask who has brought it down to us. Nor is it across the sea that you should ask who has brought it across the sea to us. It is very close that you may have it with you always. It is in your heart and on your tongue.”

To my mind, you can argue different if you wish, this means that the answer is not to be found in any book nor in any church nor in any religion but within our self.

A common question is that if God exists how can a loving God allow bad things to happen to good people.

If we wish to develop our muscles we lift weights. Lifting spiritual weights allows us to develop spiritual muscles.

“A man who turns his back on my word is like a man who builds his house on sand. The storm came. That house was swept away. The man who listens to my word is like a man who builds his house on rock. The storm came. That house stood.”–Jesus.

My house is built on rock. It has withstood many storms. It will withstand many more.

Here is the parable of the good Samaritan from both the Roman Catholic and the Protestant New Testaments. It is told the same in each.

Luke 10:25-37Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
25 And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting him, and saying, Master, what must I do to possess eternal life?
26 But he said to him: What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 He answering, said: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said to him: Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he willing to justify himself, said to Jesus: And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering, said: A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who also stripped him, and having wounded him went away, leaving him half dead.
31 And it chanced, that a certain priest went down the same way: and seeing him, passed by.
32 In like manner also a Levite, when he was near the place and saw him, passed by.
33 But a certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him; and seeing him, was moved with compassion.
34 And going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And the next day he took out two pence, and gave to the host, and said: Take care of him; and whatsoever thou shalt spend over and above, I, at my return, will repay thee.
36 Which of these three, in thy opinion, was neighbour to him that fell among the robbers?
37 But he said: He that shewed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: Go, and do thou in like manner.
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
Luke 10:25-37King James Version (KJV)
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
King James Version (KJV)

The point of this parable is that while the priest and the Levite are called to service they turn their back on that call. The Samaritan, viewed in their eyes and in the eyes of the young lawyer who asked, “Who is my neighbour,” was viewed as scum by all three.

So, yes, I am not disappointed that my city councilor, my member of parliament, the various city officials and the police will do nothing to stop this. That is to be expected.

In fact, I am made stronger by their failure to act for my house is built on rock.

So should yours be.–Reg Hartt, 6/20/2015.
John-Paul on working for Dr. Jamie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIP17OeXDCg

Daniel Goggin on working for Dr. Jamie and on being smeared by him in a poster campaign:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v96QfcjaR2U

Dr. Jamie’s Street Poster Campaign against Terry Ross:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an6wuSoPjlc

FAITH IS A FACT. A Jew who denies God is worse than Adolf Hitler.

"Without faith nothing is possible." If we wait until we have all the facts and are 100% certain we wait forever. This is why many do nothing all their lives. "Faith without works is dead. Works without faith is dead." The fruit of faith and works is knowledge.

“Without faith nothing is possible.” If we wait until we have all the facts and are 100% certain we wait forever. This is why many do nothing all their lives. “Faith without works is dead. Works without faith is dead.” The fruit of faith and works is knowledge.

A Jew (and there are many of them) who denies the God of his/her ancestors does what Adolf Hitler could not do. Hitler could only strike at the body of Judaism. A Jew who says that God does not exist is saying the entire story of Judaism as told in THE BIBLE is a lie. That strikes at the very soul of Judaism. It kills Judaism.

THE BIBLE has its attackers.

One of them is Jerry A. Coyne, author of FAITH VS. FACT (  http://www.amazon.ca/Faith-Versus-Fact-Religion-Incompatible/dp/0670026530 ).

Coyne will be in Toronto June 10 for a talk at OISE Auditorium.

Last week I bought a copy of his book. After reading it I have no need to hear the man speak.

Coyne tells us the Roman Catholic Church placed Galileo under house arrest for his theory that the earth revolved around the sun. What is left out is that in publishing his theory Galileo went out of his way to deliberately insult a Pope who was receptive to his ideas (http://io9.com/5839933/did-galileo-get-in-trouble-for-being-right-or-for-being-a-jerk-about-it ).

I learned way back in high school that there is always more to a story, to any story, than the official version allows room for.

Coyne tells us that a replica has been made of the Shroud of Turin using medieval methods. Again, checking out the story reveals the replica was made with red ochre of which there is not a trace on the shroud. Close, as the saying goes, but no cigar. The carbon dating test that stated the Shroud has a medieval origin has now been demonstratively proven wrong (https://www.shroud.com, http://shroud2000.com/CarbonDatingNews.html ).

Coyne became an atheist at 17 while listening, he tells us, to The Beatles’ SERGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.

I became an atheist in my teens as well. The teens are years of rebellion for most of us. That is a good thing.

In my twenties, however, unexpected things happened that caused me to have a change of heart.

One of the things that happened was that I read a particularly powerful translation of THE NEW TESTAMENT. I read it not to find belief or to gain faith but simply as a book to discover what it said.

As I read it I thought about what I was reading. “Unless you become as a child you can not enter the Kingdom of God,” says Jesus.

The problem is that Jesus did not say exactly that. What he did say was and is much more powerful.

The word “abba” which Jesus used to address God is conventionally translated “father.” Again, father is close but no cigar. Abba is a child’s word for father. The English equivalent is “daddy,” or “papa.”

What Jesus actually said was “Unless you become as a child you can not enter papa’s kingdom,” (or daddy’s kingdom).

William S. Burroughs, the author of NAKED LUNCH, wrote, “the child sees much more clearly than the adult because the child has not chosen what he will and will not see.”

Our best translations of all books including THE BIBLE suffer from the fact the translators lack the boldness of the original writers. The best example is any translation of the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud.

I admit that it is difficult to think of God not just as father but more importantly as “papa,” “daddy.” It is even more difficult to think of God as “pop,” or “dad.”

Yet unless we do just that the seed in us remains unfertilized.

“So long as (man) cannot operate as a savage or less than a savage, and think as a god, or better than god, he will suffer…A man who is full of God is outside of faith…When a man is truly creative he works single-handed and he wants no help. A man acting alone, on faith, can accomplish what trained armies are incapable of doing. To believe in one’s self, in one’s own powers, is apparently the most difficult thing in the world…Whenever an English artist of any value has arisen he has been marked as Public Enemy No. 1.”wrote Henry Miller in THE COSMOLOGICAL EYE.

“A man acting alone, on faith, can accomplish what trained armies are incapable of doing.”

Coyne dismisses the miracles at Lourdes (http://www.pamphlets.org.au/docs/cts/australia/html/acts1518.html ).

A truly intelligent person dismisses nothing. Said Oscar Hammerstein III, “Being knowing and blasé is really the sign of a very unsophisticated person. The most sophisticated thing one person can say to another is, ‘I know nothing about that. Please tell me.’”

One of those healed at Lourdes was both an atheist and a communist (http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=14424 ).

I first heard about Louis Olivari in Ottawa from Winifred Barton.

I had bought a book on the occult at a used bookstore. “If you are interested in that there is a group meeting tonight you should check out,” said the woman who took my money.

I walked over to the address I had been given. I took a seat at the back of a large room that was soon filled with over a hundred people. A woman began to speak. She identified herself as Winifred Barton. As she spoke I looked around the room at the people gathered there. One fellow, by the exit door, when he caught my eye on him faded from view just like a character in the STAR TREK TV show.

I kept my eye on that spot. I saw the man two more times before the intermission. At that point I walked up to Mrs. Barton, identified myself and told her what I had seen. “Wait here,” she said as she left the room. She returned with a photograph. She asked, “Is this the man?” It was. “That is the caretaker. He died yesterday. Where you saw him was his favorite place to sit during our meetings. Clearly, you belong here. Would you like to speak to the group after the break?” she said.

How often does that happen?

“There is more faith in honest doubt than in all the creeds and world’s religions combined as one and more doubt in honest faith than in all the world’s Marxist, atheistic hand books.”-Aldous Huxley, THE DEVILS OF LOUDON (http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=12634 ).

In THE GOSPELS Jesus says, “Do you think when I return I will find faith?”

The strongest translation of that put it, “Do you think when I return I will find so much as one person believing?” My reply was then and is now, “If in my time you will find me.”

The return, however, will not be in my time. It will be when there is not one person believing.

Coyne tells us that in a debate with a believer he was stumped when she ended with, “We must remember that faith is a gift.” He writes that he later found the response when he came to know that “gift” is the German word for “poison.”

Coyne describes faith as a poison.

Some poison!

While it is true that many use THE BIBLE to promote hatred it is even more true that inspired by THE BIBLE many, a very, very great many others penetrate deeper in to THE BIBLE. They use its ideas to promote love and healing.

St. Paul writes that if I have faith it is because God wishes me to have faith. If I have it not it is because God, for Papa’s purpose, wishes that I not have faith.

I do not fault Coyne. His lack of faith is to serve Dad’s purpose.

What is that purpose? One day soon it will be made clear. Until that day answer this question if you can. If dinosaurs died out as we are told millions of years ago how come we find all over the earth things like the artifacts pictured that were created by peoples who could not possiblt have known of their existence? It seems to me the only honest answer is, “I do not know.”

As to the center of the universe, asked where he found the center of the universe Sioux Shaman Black Elk replied, “On Haney’s Peak in The Black Hills but in truth the center of the universe is found in each person.” This is true.—Reg Hartt, 6/6/2015.

 

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On the steps leading into The Cineforum.

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If dinosaurs died out when we are told they died out how come we find images of them all over the world on buildings and rocks put there by people who could not otherwisde have known anything about them unless they SAW them? We are being lied to.

If dinosaurs died out when we are told they died out how come we find images of them all over the world on buildings and rocks put there by people who could not otherwisde have known anything about them unless they SAW them? We are being lied to.

To answer Will Sloan: Why THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) is not racist.

Will Sloan first came to The Cineforum when he was 14. He has turned into a writer worth following.

Will Sloan first came to The Cineforum when he was 14. He has turned into a writer worth following.

“Some of the cartoons have never been released on video. Bob Clampett’s Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs recasts the Snow White characters as outrageous black stereotypes, and while most scholars consider it a dynamic, technically brilliant cartoon, they also admit to its staggering racism. That’s why I’m surprised when Hartt—who doesn’t take “scholars” very seriously—denies this charge, positioning the cartoon instead as a celebration of black culture.

“In a follow-up e-mail, I compare Coal Black to D.W. Griffith’s pro-Ku Klux Klan film The Birth of a Nation. Hartt, to my surprise, denies that even Birth is racist, writing that it “remains the only honest film about the American Civil War and the aftermath of Reconstruction from the point of view of the White South,” and citing the work of historians who have investigated its historical claims. Yet regardless of its factual accuracy, any film that ends with a “heroic” scene of the Klan intimidating a group of black citizens from voting hardly seems like a plea for tolerance. Doesn’t that scene speak for itself?”–Will Sloan, THE VARSITY  http://thevarsity.ca/2009/01/20/could-this-be-your-last-chance-to-hear-reg-hartt/

Yes, the scene does speak for itself.

It shows us exactly what happened. As a result of the Ku Klux Klan Blacks were denied the vote in the South at that moment. To show that is not racist. As well, as Griffith scholar Seymour Stern pointed out in his FILM CULTURE No. 36  publication devoted to the 50th Anniversary of the film, the issue at the film’s core is not one of race but one of class as it always has been. The folks upstairs don’t much like the folks downstairs. Never have. Probably never will.

D. W. Griffith’s THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) remains the single most important motion picture in the advancement and the history of the motion picture.

It presents the story of the American Civil War and the Aftermath of Reconstruction from the point of view of the white American south. The attitudes and the ideas shown in the film are the attitudes and the ideas of that time, place and class of people.

To say that the film itself is racist is not only to ignore that but also to color interpretation of both the film and its director in a manner that is false.

The statement above is wrong. The film does not end with a “heroic” scene of the Klan intimidating a group of black citizens from voting although that scene certainly is there. The film  ends with the Apocalypse when Truth, Justice and Love reign supreme.

That the Heaven of Griffith’s motion picture seems to include white Ango-Saxon Protestants only speaks to the insufficiency of Griffith’s vision.

Nonetheless, it was by far the best one then and remains the best one now. For D. W. Griffith saw the power of the motion picture as a literal light burning in the darkness which could illuminate the world.

How many film makers today are led by a vision half way as powerful as that.

Towards the end of his career when THE BIRTH OF A NATION was released in a sound version Griffith stated in a spoken forward, “The Klan was needed then.” He clearly is saying, “It is not needed now.” We might not agree with him about the need for the Klan at one time but most of us agree with him, I certainly do, that the Klan is not needed now.

Could Griffith show the Ku Klux Klan in a negative light? Yes, he could and he did.

To be continued.

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/02/08/383279630/100-years-later-whats-the-legacy-of-birth-of-a-nation

3D RARITIES! See Yourself in 3D @ THE CINEFORUM!

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Kids love 3D! I love 3D. Bring your kids, your niece, your nephew, your friends to The Cineforum early on Sundays so you can be filmed in 3 Dimensions and then see yourself in 3D Coming Out At Ya!. THE CINEFORUM has a huge archive of 3D motion pictures from the earliest right up to now. And, if you want to make your own 3D movie talk to me as I am ready to help. Jean Cocteau wrote that when the tools of the cinema get as inexpensive as pencil and paper the medium will finally become an art form. Digital Cinema is the dawn of that day! Also coming in June from 3D FILM ARCHIVES & FLICKER ALLEY, 3D RARITIES! Get your copy! http://www.flickeralley.com/classic-movies/

http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/camerareview/sony-bloggie-3d-review/

My Kitchen

A while back I got a call from a fellow at one of Canada’s major newspapers. He said, “I write a column about where celebrities in Toronto shop.”

This was interesting as I had never thought of myself as a person whom he would be calling.

One of my friends goes to Value Village. He calls it Le Village De Value.

I said, “Le Village De Value.”

“Where is that?” he said.

I repeated it thinking he would get it but he didn’t (I guess he really thought I was a celebrity in the sense, I find myself writing, that he meant. By which I mean that I am a Celebrity now that I think about it as a great many people know my name and my work). Finally I said, “Value Vilage.”

“Where do you eat?” he asked.

“My kitchen,” I replied.

“Where is that?” he asked.

I explained that years ago I used to eat in restaurants. I tipped well. Generally, I got very good service. One day, however, I got incredibly rude service, the worst ever in my life. That caused me to reflect that with the amount of money I was spending there feeding myself I could feed a lot of people at home. In that moment I stopped eating in restaurants and started eating (and sharing) at home.

To my surprise when the interview was over the man interviewing me said, “You are the only person I have talked to for this column who makes sense. Thank you.”

Andy Warhol said, “Think rich. Dress poor.”

I am with Andy.  5/25/2015.

June 2015 At The Cineforum, Toronto, Canada.

PINK FLOYD 1THE CINEFORUM, 463 Bathurst Below College Across From The Beer Store (416-603-6643)

In 1992 I was screening out of a bar up the street. A conflict with the management led me to move the program to my home for what I thought would be one night. “We like this,” said the people who walked in. Cecil Taylor said, “The key to success in the arts is to find a small place in your own city where you can present your ideas without interference on a regular basis.” By chance I had found my small space. Today THE CINEFORUM is listed in the world’s number one travel guide, THE LONELY PLANET, at the very top of its list of places to see in Ontario and in Toronto. People come here from all over the world.

Furthermore, hit the link to Critical Reaction and you will find that many very good people place a high value on what I have done over the years.

“REG HARTT is what living in a metropolis is all about. He personifies the city as a meeting place of ideas, as a feast of experience and discussion and debate, as a triumph over the banal and soporific of the original and provoking.”–MICHAEL VALPY, GLOBE AND MAIL.

Saturday, June 6, 13, 20, 27.

5pm: JANE JACOBS URBAN WISDOM (2005) Don Alexander.

Through her groundbreaking books, Jane Jacobs has influenced the planning and understanding of cities and economies with what she calls a web way of thinking. In this film Jane Jacobs shares her insights into urban planning by tracing the progression of ideas in her books, including The Death and Life of Great American Cities; The Economy of Cities; Cities and the Wealth of Nations; Systems of Survival; and her most recent, The Nature of Economies. An extended interview with Jacobs is blended with scenes from various North American cities and footage of her 1997 seminar, “Ideas That Matter.”

“There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.” — Jane Jacobs.

“Reg Hartt’s CINEFORUM is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about. She was a regular.”–Laura Lind, EYE Weekly.

7pm: THE SALVADOR DALI FILM FEST Films made by Salvador Dali with Luis Bunuel & Walt Disney.

9pm: THE UNBOWDLERIZED BEST OF BUGS BUNNY & FRIENDS. Everything that might offend anyone who does not like animated cartoons in the first place has been cut from the great films of Hollywood’s Golden Age Of Animation leaving those of us who do like them in the lurch. To see what has been cut go here: http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/ltcuts/. To see these films as we are meant to come to this program.

Sunday, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

1pm: CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF 3D. See yourself in 3D on our screen!

3pm: THE GOLEM (1936) Julien Divivier. Harry Bauer. In Prague, the insane, anti-Semitic Emperor Rodolphe II (Harry Baur) is planning an attack on the local Jewish population, who look to their spiritual leader, the rabbi Jacob (Charles Dorat), for an answer. Desperate to save his people, Jacob turns to the dark arts and fashions a protector from clay, using spells to give him life. Called “The Golem,” the vicious guardian quickly turns from savior to violent entity, and he may be too powerful for the Jews to stop.

5pm: JANE JACOBS URBAN WISDOM (2005) Don Alexander.

Through her groundbreaking books, Jane Jacobs has influenced the planning and understanding of cities and economies with what she calls a web way of thinking. In this film Jane Jacobs shares her insights into urban planning by tracing the progression of ideas in her books, including The Death and Life of Great American Cities; The Economy of Cities; Cities and the Wealth of Nations; Systems of Survival; and her most recent, The Nature of Economies. An extended interview with Jacobs is blended with scenes from various North American cities and footage of her 1997 seminar, “Ideas That Matter.”

“There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.” — Jane Jacobs.

“Reg Hartt’s CINEFORUM is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about. She was a regular.”–Laura Lind, EYE Weekly.

7pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (1922) F. W. Murnau set to music from RADIOHEAD’S KID A and OK COMPUTER).

9pm: WHAT I LEARNED WITH LSD A Talk By Reg Hartt.

Monday, June 8, 15, 22, 29.

7pm: PINK FLOYD: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1953) to the music of PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL.

9pm: THE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS: DRACULA (1931) Tod Browning. Bela Lugosi. By now I would think the interest in seeing this film is played out. Just about everyone probably has a copy of it. Yet…As I had read and fallen in love with Bram Stoker’s DRACULA I had a hard time with this film when I first saw it. As time moved on so did I. There have been many actors over the years who have played DRACULA. Christopher Lee has played the part more than any other. His performances are superb. Nonetheless, Bela Lugosi IS DRACULA. UofT VARSITY film writer Will Sloan wrote, “I have rarely felt a film’s greatness in film class. I have often felt it at Reg Hartt’s Cineforum.” Perhaps you will see DRACULA with new eyes.

http://thevarsity.ca/2009/01/20/could-this-be-your-last-chance-to-hear-reg-hartt/   

http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=5284

THE FILM SCORES OF REG HARTT

“ My knowledge of silent films, German and French cinema, came an awful lot from Reg Hartt’s Cineforum. At first he showed films at Innis College, then he had a place on Mercer St. for a while. Reg showed some really incredible silent films, from Phantom of the Opera to D.W. Griffith’s films. His strength was putting incredibly good soundtracks on the films. He has a really good ear for movie music.”—Shirley Hughes, TORONTO SILENT FILM SOCIETY.
http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2013/04/05/a_drink_with_shirley_hughes_director_toronto_silent_film_festival.html

Tuesday, June 9, 16, 23, 30: FILM SCORES OF REG HARTT

7pm: THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) D. W. Griffith. Presented with a score created by Reg Hartt.

Wednesday, June 10, 17, 24: FILM SCORES OF REG HARTT

7pm: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) Rupert Julian. Lon Chaney. Film Score Created By Reg Hartt.

9pm: THE GIRL WITH THE HUNGRY EYES (1995) Jon Jacobs. From the story by Fritz Leiber.  Terrific film. Program includes Rad Serling’s NIGHT GALLERY adaptation of THE GIRL WITH THE HUNGRY EYES. http://cinefantastiqueonline.com/2008/11/the-girl-with-the-hungry-eyes-1995/ , https://davidjuhl.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/night-gallery-story-the-girl-with-the-hungry-eyes-reviewed-here/ .

Thursday, June 11, 18, 25: FILM SCORES OF REG HARTT

7pm: METROPOLIS (1927) Fritz Lang. Film Score Created By Reg Hartt.

Creating Scores For Silent Films:

In 1980, thanks to animation director Bob Clampett, I was able to bring a man few in this city knew about.That man’s name was Bernard B.Brown. He was one of the fathers of motion picture sound. Not only did he direct the sound recording on the 1927 film THE JAZZ SINGER he can also be seen in the film playing violin.

In 1939 Mr. Brown fought a battle with Leopold Stokowski over the recording of THE PHILADELPHIA ONE HUNDRED for the Deanna Durbin motion picture, ON HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL. Stokowski was used to having the entire orchestra recorded by an overhead microphone. Mr. Brown wanted to break that orchestra into sections to be recorded separately and then mixed. He knew that if he did not make Stokowski do it his way first it would not get done.

Stokowski was furious. Finally Leopold said, “Let’s do it his way. Let’s do it the right way. Let’s just get it done.”

The next day, after hearing the play back Stokowski apologized to Mr.Brown on the set.

Brown received eleven Academy Award nominations and two Oscars for his work with film and film sound. One of those Oscars was for his work on ONE HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL.

Brown was head of sound at Warner Brothers until he moved to Universal where his name can be seen in the credits of hundreds of films.
When he retired he taught film and film sound at UCLA.

None of the above was why I brought him to Toronto.

I brought him here because in 1915, fresh out of high school because his family situation forced him to find work, Mr. Brown had auditioned for Carli Elinor, conductor of The Los Angeles Philarmonic Orchestra. He was, he said, a tall, gangly kid whose arms and feet stuck out of the too small tuxedo he was given to wear when Elinor put him into a live performance as 8th violinist to audition him.

“In that hour I went from 8th to 7th to 6th to 5th to 4th to 3rd and I never played second fiddle again,” he told me.

Brown had been concert master of the combined high schools of Los Angeles. One of his duties was to order sheet music for the schools.

When his father became ill forcing him to leave school and find work Brown had applied for a job at the sheet music store. “I will hire you but the Los Angeles Philarmonic at Clune’s Auditorium is auditioning for a new violin player. You should go right over,” he was told by the store’s owner.

The point of all this is that when David Wark Griffith began to create a score for the premiere of THE BIRTH OF A NATION at Clune’s Auditorium in Los Angeles 16 year old Bernard B. Brown, thanks to his familiarity with the owner of the sheet music store and to his already extensive knowledge served as the go to guy for Griffith.

Add to that that Mr. Brown had played first violin through 365 performances of THE BIRTH OF A NATION in its first run.

Too many film writers today say that THE BIRTH OF A NATION no longer has the power to move audiences.

Well, we are only getting half of what audiences got in 1915.

Imagine seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, A SPACE ODYSSEY silent with someone who has never seen the film before playing piano for the film’s length.

It might be good but the experience would fall far short of that mark intended by Kubrick.

My feeling was that this film properly scored would be as powerful today as it was when first seen.

I use a method I call “compositional collage” when I score silent films.

I layer works over each other.

I use this technique to heighten tension as well as to bring out the ideas the film subject inspires in myself.

I begin by learning as much as I can about the subject at hand. Not only learning the music used but also the back story, the original novel or play the work is based on and everything I can get my hands on about the subject matter.

Then I watch the film twice in silence. The first time is to get the picture into my head. The second is to let the film speak to me.

My approach is unique.

Here is what three people had to say about my presentation of Fritz Lang’s 1926 film, METROPOLIS:

From a letter to Ottawa’s Towne Cinema:

“Last week I finally got a chance to see a film I have been trying to see for literally years. That film is METROPOLIS, and I don’t mean Giorgio Moroder’s head-banger version. No, I’m talking about the most complete version of the film as it was meant to be seen in a l6mm print so clear, so clean you’d think the film was made a year ago. Wow. I mean I have been hearing stories about METROPOLIS for a long time, but I never thought my expectations would be met let alone far surpassed. And this without the “help” of Mr. Moroder. Does this mean there wasn’t a soundtrack?
“Far from it. Accompanying the film was a brilliant (and I mean brilliant) soundtrack combining both modern music and classical pieces. This soundtrack suited the film when we all know Moroder’s didn’t. So who has this print of the film? Reg Hartt….If you know anything about Reg Hartt you know his lectures are anything but boring. He’s thrown chairs at people, kicked non-believers out, slandered near everyone under the sun (who usually deserves it) and started near riots. In other words, a real entertaining guy. Honestly. Reg is a lot of fun, he knows more about film (and the politics of film) than all of my teachers combined. And his soundtracks!”

PETER MOORE, British Artist:

“I am a Brit artist. I love Toronto. I have sometimes heard it said that Toronto is boring. It is a comparatively well ordered city. Maybe that is why some imperceptive people think it boring. The thing is I keep having amazing successes in Toronto. My friend Bob Welton who decided he was much happier in Warsaw than in London used to say in London everything is possible and nothing is probable. I just find in Toronto not everything is possible but lots of things, important things, are quite probable. Does this make sense?

“ANYWAY, a wonderful surprise in Toronto is Reg Hartt’s Cineforum. I was walking down Bloor Street with my friend Alan, a composer, a Torontonian who, searching for fulfillment in London, has realized that everything he wanted existed in his original home, Toronto. It was my birthday. He said, “What do you want to do for your birthday?” I said, “I want to go and see that!”

“I was pointing at a mysterious poster for TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, (the film of Hitler’s l934 Nuremberg rally). I’d always wanted to see that.

“So we went and I found myself in the most perfect place on earth to watch a film. With the film was an unexpected treat….a brilliant, unbiased, sensible and stimulating introduction by the amazing Reg Hartt.

“So once again, in German mode, we went to see Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS. Reg had somehow spliced on to the film his own soundtrack. Now this was interesting because a while later we went to the Art Gallery of Ontatio where the same film was shown-much bigger screen-and with piano accompaniment. It was interesting to compare the two showings. Reg’s came out winning.”

Douglas Eliuk served with THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA and as Canada’s Cultural Attache To Americas. He wrote, “When something brilliant comes along, it deserves comment. What I am referring to is a recent screening of Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS I attended at Reg Hartt’s Cineforum. When organ and even the now rare orchestral accompaniments have been attached to one of the “silent” classics, it is still hard to avoid the giggle factor with all the usual silent movie grand overwrought gestural school of acting methods. However, Reg Hartt has completely transcended the predictable approach and has presented a classic film with a brilliant multi-layered sound track that forgives the histrionic giggle factor. Hartt allows us to see a great film with a fresh perspective. As someone who has been in the film industry for decades and who celebrates cinematic excellence, I hope you will take the opportunity to experience this superb revitalization of METROPOLIS with its innovative music track.”

After Mr. Brown returned to Hollywood the Toronto Film Society invited me to present THE BIRTH OF A NATION with my score as part of their silent series.

The auditorium they used sat 600. Their audience is the cream of the cream of Toronto film enthusiasts.

I arrived to find that the projectors I was to use ran faster at silent speed than did the ones I had used to create the score while the reel to reel tape recorder they provided ran slower.

There was no way I could run the score in synch with the film. What was I to do?

The projection booth was sound proofed. I realized I could runs parts of the film in silence, something I had never done before, and use the monitor speakers in the booth to synch up the score.

I sweat blood.

When the film ended the people in the theater were on their feet applauding and cheering just as they had done in 1915.

The director of the TFS silent series charged into the projection booth his face red with excitement. He said, “Reg,that score was brilliant. I especially admired your inspired use of silence.”

It has often been said and certainly is true from my experience that necessity is the mother of invention.

I learned a lot in that Baptism of Fire.

And I have learned a lot since 1980 when I brought Mr.Brown to Toronto.

That knowledge was employed in the creation of a new score for THE BIRTH OF A NATION.

It is my very great pleasure to invite you to experience it.–Reg Hartt

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Jane Jacobs, Will Munro, Benjamin Boles & Street Postering, “The Newspaper Of The Streets.”

https://nowtoronto.com/news/city-hall/music-city-toronto/

Toronto's Street Poster Bylaws.

Toronto’s Street Poster Bylaws.

On his facebook page Benjamin Boles pays tribute to the late Will Munro and well he should for Munro was a vibrant, warm man with a spirit that shone so bright death has not been able to diminish it.

Munro came to the attention of the many whose lives he influenced for the better through a series of beautiful and wild street posters. I know because as I went around the city I watched them go up. My work kept me from going to his events. It did not keep me from being aware of how vital and vitally necessary they were.

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Will Munro (1975-2010) His short life was filled to the brim.

The family of Robert and Jane Jacobs walked into my life on a rainy day in September of 1968. It had rained all day. I did not think anyone would come out to my presentation of the 1923 Lon Chaney HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME presented with a score created by myself. I was 22. My venue was called THE PUBLIC ENEMY. I named it after the film that had made James Cagney a star and because homosexuals were viewed at that time as Public Enemy Number One. There were damn few of us in those days who walked proud and alone. There are still, despite the advances, damn few of us who walk proud and alone.

I arrived at The Public Enemy to see a father, mother, two sons and a daughter lined up outside my door in the pouring rain.

They climbed the 39 Steps above a pool hall that led them into THE PUBLIC ENEMY. Before that it had been called THE LITTLE QUEEN VICTORIA SLEPT HERE CINEMA & BOUTIQUE which had been run by Rom Simpson and Jenny Wright with myself.

“This place is just like New York’s Cinema 16,” said the mother walking in.

Jane Jacobs came into my life when she saw a street poster I had put up in 1968 shortly after she and her family arrived in Toronto.

Jane Jacobs came into my life when she saw a street poster I had put up in 1968 shortly after she and her family arrived in Toronto.

Elwy Yost saw one of my street posters.

Elwy Yost saw one of my street posters.

Michael Valpy Will Sloan Chandler Levack Joe Fiorito Jerzy Zaborski

John Kricfalusi, creator of REN & STIMPY, discovered my work through street posters.

John Kricfalusi, creator of REN & STIMPY, discovered my work through street posters.

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Shirley Hughes saw my street posters.

Shirley Hughes saw my street posters.

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How had they heard about it? They had seen the street posters I had put up.

That was how I met Jane Jacobs. Some people came to one of my Public Enemy Events and told me they were from Rochdale College (which I had never heard of) and of a  woman there named Judith Merril whom I had heard of. I went over to Rochdale to meet Judy. Thirty years later after recovering from a major heart attack Judy asked me to have lunch with her. She said, “I gave serious thought to my life. I am reconnecting only with the people who are important to me.” That was quite an honor.

A fan letter from Jane Jacobs to Reg Hartt.

A fan letter from Jane Jacobs to Reg Hartt.

Shortly before her death Jane Jacobs said to me over a beer in her home, “The best part of what you offer is what you have to say.”

I replied, “Hearing that from you is better than receiving an Academy Award.”

Naturally, I have read and re-read and re-re-re-read her books. I also have several important videos of her which I screen at The Cineforum.

Laura Lind, writing in EYE WEEKLY, said, “Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about. She was a regular.”

Ben Boles writing in NOW this week clearly does not understand how vital a role street posters play in a city.

Mrs. Jacobs called them “the newspaper of the streets.” It was through street posters she came into my life as so many have. It is ironic that the section of Toronto where Mrs. Jacobs lived (Bloor Street between Bathurst and Spadina) has no kiosks for posters. The “newspaper of the streets” cannot be published there. Toronto honors Jane Jacobs with its lips not with its heart.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Ramsden Decision which declared Street Posters Freedom Of Speech for those without access to mainstream media came about because a band fought a city all the way up to The Supreme Court of Canada. Are bands covered under Freedom Of Speech? Yes.

The murky quality of Toronto’s Street Poster Bylaws has been used by Bylaw Officers to harm those the Supreme Court meant to protect.

Here from the web is what Ben wrote:

“Toronto traditional country band Big Tobacco and the Pickers found themselves on the wrong side of city bylaws when their attempts to promote their album release concert at the Cadillac Lounge resulted in a $490 fine for putting posters on city utility poles.

“’We just put up about six posters in the area around the bar, just to let Parkdale know about it. We were just doing it for our neighbourhood,’ explains Big Tobacco’s Jamie Oliver, who lives near the Cadillac.

“It’s a similar situation to the one the Horseshoe Tavern faced in 2012, when they too were hit with fines after bands took it upon themselves to use the time-honoured tradition of postering to promote their gigs at the bar. In that case, the Horseshoe managed to get off the hook, as the city wasn’t able to prove that the bar was responsible, but the legal threat has remained an issue for musicians and venues.

“’The ticket was made out to my company, and I’ve never even heard of something like this, to tell the truth,’ says Cadillac Lounge owner Sam Grosso.

“’I called my local councillor Gord Perks, and his office was really helpful, but at the end of the day, if the ticket is issued, he can’t do anything about it.’

“In theory, this is exactly the kind of situation that the Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council was formed to deal with, and why Music Sector Development Officer Mike Tanner was hired.

“It’s all part of a larger effort to both rebrand Toronto as a “music city” and to help repair strained relations between the music community and City Hall. However, Tanner may not be able to help much in this situation, as the current bylaws make it very difficult for most concerts to qualify as “local artistic and cultural events” to take advantage of the exemption for “community posters.”

“While many Torontonians would assume that independent music gigs would be exactly the kind of thing protected, the bylaw is worded in such a way that those events may also have to be either “religious, civic, charitable, or non-profit.” It’s vague enough that it’s not easy to get a clear definition of what actually qualifies.

“’If it’s a community event, the entire community is supposed to be able to attend. There has to be a benefit to the community. It has to be inclusive,’ was the clearest explanation John DeCourcy from the city’s Bylaw Enforcement Department could give.

“It’s that distinction that several festival organizers, musicians, and independent promoters brought up recently at the Music City Town Hall that Tanner recently helped moderate. People trying to organize events at a more grassroots level complained that they were often forced into pretending to be non-profits in order to navigate the spiderweb of red tape involved in throwing an event in Toronto.

“John Tory has been making a lot of noise about learning from Austin, Texas about how to make things between the city and the music community run smoother, and this seemingly trivial issue may turn out to be the first big test of just how committed he is.

“’These are local homegrown bands playing in small bars,’ Grosso says. ‘The law is archaic. Do you think there’s a law like this in Austin?’”

https://nowtoronto.com/news/city-hall/music-city-toronto/

benjaminb@nowtoronto.com | @benjaminboles

Actually, there may well be a law worse than ours in Austin because in the USA the Federal Government to my knowledge has not defended street postering as Freedom Of Speech.

Go back and look at those posters of Will’s. Look at them. Then imagine the same events done as a regular listing in a newspaper or as a in a one ear/eye blurb out the other on radio and/or television.

Street Posters are a necessary and vital form of public communication. Always have been. Always will be.

The big problem with street posters has come entirely from those who have made it into a business. From GRASSROOTS ADVERTISING to DR. JAMIE’S EVENTS/CAMPUS POSTERING/THE TORONTO STREET POSTER ALLIANCE (which is all James “Dr. Jamie” Gillis) they have all covered up and torn down the posters put up by individual artists from myself to Will Munro to bands to you name it. Often I find the posters placed by myself and others torn up into bits and pasted in clumps behind posters placed by those who poster for hire.

In the expanded edition of the above published yesterday in NOW (5/21/2015) Benjamin Boles writes, “Personally, I feel a bit conflicted about the issue. On the one hand, postering isn’t environmentally friendly and it’s not particularly effective anymore unless you have the money to plaster the city.”

I beg to differ. I limit myself to 300 flyers at most per week for each event which I do. I do several events but I rarely print more than 300 flyers for each event. If they were not torn down and/or covered up by the commercial posterers I would not have to print 300. I could easily do the job with 200. The commercial posterers are lazy. They hit a handful of routes and hit them hard showing no respect for existing posters and/or the Bylaws. One of them, James Gillis, has left death threats on people’s telephones. This dates back to when he first started to poster.Toronto Sucks

In conclusion let I state STREET POSTERS ARE A NECESSARY AND VITAL FORM OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATION. The Supreme Court Of Canada defends street postering as FREEDOM OF SPEECH for the poor,

Defend the poor. Kick those who poster for hire off the streets, the kiosks, the construction sites and the utility poles. Protect those The Supreme Court is protecting. I look forward to the arrival of the next vibrant street poster artist in the tradition of Will Munro, Keith Haring

John Kricfalusi. Street posters brought John into my life. He revolutionized animation.

John Kricfalusi. Street posters brought John into my life. He revolutionized animation.

Keith Haring Street Poster

Keith Haring Street Poster

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He uses street posters to target past employees to whom he owes money as well as others including yself. He leaves death threats on people's telephones. He ignores completely the City's Poster Bylaws.

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He uses street posters to target past employees to whom he owes money as well as others including yself. He leaves death threats on people’s telephones. He ignores completely the City’s Poster Bylaws.

These flyers were posted all over the city by the same man who has been harassing myself for over twenty years, James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie.

These flyers were posted all over the city by the same man who has been harassing myself for over twenty years, James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie.

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THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA RAMSDEN DECISION:

https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/1038/index.do
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsden_v_Peterborough_%28City_of%29
http://www.millerthomson.com/assets/files/article_attachments/Freedom_of_Expression_and_Sign_By-Laws_in_Canada-_Where_are_we_now.PDF
http://www.millerthomson.com/assets/files/article_attachments/Freedom_of_Expression_and_Sign_By-Laws_in_Canada-_Where_are_we_now.PDF
http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=5843

James Gillis “Dr. Jamie” Poster Attacks on street people, past employees and myself.

http://posterstoronto.blogspot.ca/2010/06/davisville-psycho.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_MfdqCUqWw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20l7kxz3DG8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4PQEe6ryuk
http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=14494

Pictures of street posters put up by “Dr. Jamie” of Dr. Jamie’s Events/Campus Postering/The Toronto Street Poster Alliance targeting myself and others.

I have been standing up alone against Dr. Jamie since he first began to target ex-employees he did not want to pay with vicious street posters saying they were police informants or worse. I have been and continue to be a target of his viciousness. I will stand alone against him for as long as it takes. It is, however, high time I stopped standing alone.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/lawrence-solomon-jane-jacobs-rules-as-ford-strikes-a-blow-for-film-freedom

The Toronto Police have not been in touch with me. When I got home Sunday I got in touch with them. I called the number on the flyer.

The Toronto Police have not been in touch with me. When I got home Sunday I got in touch with them. I called the number on the flyer.

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Dr. Jamie continues his slander. This poster appeared all over the city this weekend. Contrary to what his text says the age on the posters is 19 to 26. We are all, including the people doing this, part of the community. I am certain there are those who feel Michelangelo's DAVID is obscene.

Dr. Jamie continues his slander. This poster appeared all over the city this weekend. Contrary to what his text says the age on the posters is 19 to 26. We are all, including the people doing this, part of the community. I am certain there are those who feel Michelangelo’s DAVID is obscene.

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Guess who trashes my posters and yours and who covers us up with illegal oversize posters. Yep, you guessed it.

Guess who trashes my posters and yours and who covers us up with illegal oversize posters. Yep, you guessed it.

during Caribana, a racist flyer appeared all over the city. It was posted beside my flyers to make it look like I was the one putting it up. "He is trying to get you killed," friends who saw it said. Over a thousand of them went up.

during Caribana, a racist flyer appeared all over the city. It was posted beside my flyers to make it look like I was the one putting it up. “He is trying to get you killed,” friends who saw it said. Over a thousand of them went up.

This poster was an attempt to get a drug dealer to send a hit man here. One did come. He left when he saw this is bullshit. Drug dealers are not stupid.

This poster was an attempt to get a drug dealer to send a hit man here. One did come. He left when he saw this is bullshit. Drug dealers are not stupid.

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These flyers were posted all over the city by the same man who has been harassing myself for over twenty years.

These flyers were posted all over the city by the same man who has been harassing myself for over twenty years.

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Another person to feel the poison of this man was bike courier Daniel Goggin who is also one of the city's best bike mechanics. The man behind these attacks offers POLICE AUCTION BIKES for sale. Daniel worked for him briefly. He quit because he was asked to certify bicycles that were not safe. A few years back a huge fire on Queen Street West at Bathurst levelled a block. One of the shops destroyed was a bicycle shop. The man behind these attacks sifted through the ashes for bike parts. Told they were not safe he used them anyway. Daniel found himself the target of a vicious street poster campaign.

Another person to feel the poison of this man was bike courier Daniel Goggin who is also one of the city’s best bike mechanics. The man behind these attacks offers POLICE AUCTION BIKES for sale. Daniel worked for him briefly. He quit because he was asked to certify bicycles that were not safe. A few years back a huge fire on Queen Street West at Bathurst levelled a block. One of the shops destroyed was a bicycle shop. The man behind these attacks sifted through the ashes for bike parts. Told they were not safe he used them anyway. Daniel found himself the target of a vicious street poster campaign.

Gillis attacked the entire homosexual community with this hate poster yet XTRA!, the city's gay journal, chooses to remain silent. Why?

Gillis attacked the entire homosexual community with this hate poster yet XTRA!, the city’s gay journal, chooses to remain silent. Why?

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One of the most refreshing things I saw yesterday was when I opened this trash container to put a bundle of hate posters where they belong. Someone else had done it as well. When you see them please do the same.

One of the most refreshing things I saw yesterday was when I opened this trash container to put a bundle of hate posters where they belong. Someone else had done it as well. When you see them please do the same.

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The film he is calling kiddieporn is Pasolini's SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM which I am showing NOW so you can see it at THE CINEFORUM and decide for yourself what should be done to the one behind this hate-filled campaign.

The film he is calling kiddieporn is Pasolini’s SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM which I am showing NOW so you can see it at THE CINEFORUM and decide for yourself what should be done to the one behind this hate-filled campaign.

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This poster was on kiosks all over the downtown core. This has been going on for over fifteen years. For info on who is behind it go here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

This poster was on kiosks all over the downtown core. This has been going on for over fifteen years. For info on who is behind it go here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

Often I find the flyers I have posted torn up and dumped in the blue bin at the front of the house. They are put there by the same person behind this latest slander.

Often I find the flyers I have posted torn up and dumped in the blue bin at the front of the house. They are put there by the same person behind this latest slander.

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Dr Jamie tries to ensnare Mayor Rob Ford in the recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr Jamie tries to ensnare Mayor Rob Ford in the recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr Jamie renews his campaign of distortion, hatred and lies. This poster started going up this week.

Dr Jamie renews his campaign of distortion, hatred and lies. This poster started going up this week.

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One of the many posters put up by "Dr. Jamie" smearing myself. Here he tries to link me with a recent kiddie porn bust.

One of the many posters put up by “Dr. Jamie” smearing myself. Here he tries to link me with a recent kiddie porn bust.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Daniel Goggin, a former employee.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Daniel Goggin, a former employee.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Daniel Goggin

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Daniel Goggin

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Terry Ross.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Terry Ross.

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Dr. Jamie Street posters

Dr. Jamie Street poster targetting Reg Hartt

Dr. Jamie Street poster targetting Reg Hartt

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Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Reg Hartt.

Dr. Jamie Street Poster targeting Reg Hartt.

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Racist flyer posted by Dr. Jamie in effort to make it appear it had been posted by Reg Hartt. This was put up during CARIBANA. Literally hundreds of them went up.Was the intention that an outraged Black man would shoot Hartt?

Racist flyer posted by Dr. Jamie in effort to make it appear it had been posted by Reg Hartt. This was put up during CARIBANA. Literally hundreds of them went up.Was the intention that an outraged Black man would shoot Hartt?

This racist poster was placed with mine during CARIBANA to appear as if I had posted it.n It was meant to get me shot.

This racist poster was placed with mine during CARIBANA to appear as if I had posted it.n It was meant to get me shot.

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Daniel Goggin is a much loved figure in the Bike Courier Community. He had to refrain his courier friends from fire bombing James Gillis' place of business. At that time Gillis lived and worked out of THE OAKLEAF STEAMBATH in Toronto and has a used bike shop on Dundas West.Property owners do not realize how fortunate they are thast the people attacked by this man have shown more restraint than Gillis in the actions and responsibilities.

Daniel Goggin is a much loved figure in the Bike Courier Community. He had to refrain his courier friends from fire bombing James Gillis’ place of business. At that time Gillis lived and worked out of THE OAKLEAF STEAMBATH in Toronto and has a used bike shop on Dundas West.Property owners do not realize how fortunate they are thast the people attacked by this man have shown more restraint than Gillis in the actions and responsibilities.

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Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

Posters placed by Dr. Jamie.

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