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“The official spirit of Toronto is stamp out fun.”—Jane Jacobs.

There doesn’t seem to be much creativity at the top. It seems to me that Toronto has a split personality, a civic schizophrenia. On one level there is the spirit of individuals and small groups who do things…what you might call the vernacular spirit. This is all very informal, ingenious, quite romantic and full of fun, a great deal of fun. It seems to me that the official spirit of Toronto is stamp out fun. It’s pompous, impressed with mediocrity if its very, very big and expensive,”–Jane Jacobs   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUO20–hXw8       .

These are the people to contact. They probably will not listen to you because, as Jane said, it seems they are pompous, impressed with mediocrity if it’s very, very big and expensive.” Contact them anyway. Then they can’t say, “No one told us.”  http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=d7d549a1c02f9410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=c3a83293dc3ef310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

“Thanks to Reg Hartt Toronto has finally become a movie city.”–Wendy Michener, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, 1968.

Reg Hartt Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg_Hartt

Reg Hartt stands up to bullying threats:

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

http://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/2015/07/27/the-story-behind-personal-poster-feud-playing-out-on-toronto-streets.html

“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 and back in the good old days when it was all analog, he would splice them together himself.

https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2013/04/05/a_drink_with_shirley_hughes_director_toronto_silent_film_festival.html

Thrilling to speak with:

https://wn.com/reg_hartt

https://www.thestar.com/news/2007/05/13/the_most_famous_monster_of_filmland.html

“I am a friend of Reg Hartt. So is anyone who can appreciate a man who teaches film the way Neal Cassady drove a bus. I mean that, where you have style wrapped around content and tied with a ribbon of beat improvisation, there you have angels.”—Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2010/09/15/fiorito_we_gotta_have_hartt.html

“A city that sees value in rules, but no value in letting Reg Hartt bend them, has no right to claim Jane Jacobs’ legacy,” writes Edward Keenan.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/06/27/cineforum-deserves-a-happy-ending-to-its-saga-keenan.html

“The city should drop its misguided fight against Reg Hartt.”—Toronto Star.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2016/06/28/the-city-should-leave-cineforum-alone-editorial.html

“Hartt has been a credit to Toronto for decades. His Cineforum, which screens noteworthy films for small study groups in his living room, has long won acclaim from critics in Canada and abroad and endorsements from Canadian icons such as author Pierre Berton and urban guru Jane Jacobs.”—Lawrence Solomon, THE NATIONAL POST.

http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/lawrence-solomon-fords-blow-for-film-freedom

“As John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.’ ”

http://news.nationalpost.com/posted-toronto/film-maven-reg-hartt-vows-to-keep-screening-at-home-cinema

Bidding Farewell to Reg Hartt’s Cineforum, Again

http://torontoist.com/2016/06/reg-hartt-cineforum-closes-again-2016/

Last Christmas At The Cineforum?

http://www.citynews.ca/2008/12/12/last-christmas-at-the-cineforum-reg-hartt-says-maybe-then-a-lot-more/

Al Aronowitz: ALL ABOUT TORONTO’S REG HARTT, FILM ARCHIVIST

http://www.blacklistedjournalist.com/column66h.html

Cineforum falls victim to Toronto’s war on fun

http://torontolife.com/culture/cineforum-falls-victim-to-torontos-war-on-fun/

I went to Reg Hartt’s “What I Learned on LSD” (and this is what I learned)

Toronto film archivist presents more than just movies at The Cineforum

http://thevarsity.ca/2015/07/14/i-went-to-reg-hartts-what-i-learned-on-lsd-and-this-is-what-i-learned/

From the uncertainty of watching a movie in a stranger’s living room, to being in the presence of a living legend–the whole experience is memorable.

http://www.blogto.com/film/2012/11/inside_reg_hartts_cineforum/

Back in the day, Reg Hartt could just phone Jane Jacobs and she’d set things right at City Hall. Unfortunately, now that his champion is gone, Hartt’s Bathurst row-house rare film theatre, Cineforum, languishes in undignified closure, or at best a prolonged intermission.

https://nowtoronto.com/news/curtains-at-cineforum/

Tag Archives: Reg Hartt

Lawrence Solomon: Ford’s blow for film freedom

 

When I visited Toronto this past June, I had the pleasure of stopping by Reg Hartt’s Cineforum, a legendary microcinema that screens everything from subversive shorts by Salvador Dali­ to Hollywood rarities. The theater manages to stay on the radar of most Torontonians thanks to aggressive postering campaigns, how I initially learned of its existence. The venue is the polar opposite of the shiny new TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto’s state-of-the-art cinematheque and home of the Toronto Film Festival. Yet each venue is, in its own way, a temple to cinema—and I think true lovers of film appreciate that Toronto is lucky enough to have both.

http://www.cynephile.com/tag/reg-hartt/

Reg Hartt: Obituary of Gino Empry

http://thebulletin.ca/reg-hartt-obituary-of-gino-empry/

Seeing what amounts to an institution disappear because of a zoning issue would be a real shame.

http://www.rgbfilter.com/?p=3506

It takes faith to thumb your nose at city hall, and Reg Hartt has plenty.

http://www.catholicregister.org/item/23681-shroud-of-turin-replica-caught-in-bylaw-battle

http://www.themaddalton.com/blog/origins/

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/reg-hartts-cineforum-is-an-indie-toronto-institution-where-news-photo/543297456#reg-hartts-cineforum-is-an-indie-toronto-institution-where-he-showed-picture-id543297456

Reg Hartt (born June 12, 1946 in Minto, New Brunswick) is a film archivist in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who is well known for his unique staging of films that cover all aspects of the art of motion pictures from their inception to the present.

http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Reg_Hartt

There was a key educational experience that shaped Hartt’s life and worldview, but it certainly wasn’t Olde Oxford. At Rochdale College, an experimental education environment in Toronto during the late ’60s and early ’70s, Hartt first developed a reputation as a film collector and connoisseur. “It was 18 floors,” he says. “[We were] allowed the use of hashish, LSD, marijuana, mescaline…and the higher you went, the higher you got.”

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

“An art form requires genius. People of genius are always troublemakers, meaning they start from scratch, demolish accepted norms and rebuild a new world. The problem with cinema today is the dearth of troublemakers. There’s not a rabble-rouser in sight. There was still one, but he went beyond troublemaker to court jester. He clobbered the status quo. That’s Godard. We’re fresh out of ‘bad students.’ You’ll find students masquerading as bad ones, but you won’t find the real article, because a genuine bad student upends everything.”

http://thevarsity.ca/2010/10/11/the-varsity-interview-reg-hartt/

http://magazine.utoronto.ca/cover-story/exploring-the-community-around-u-of-t-campus/

Elizabeth Glibbery, the Toronto and East York Manager of the Municipal Licensing & Standards Division, it operates as a place of public assembly, for which the building is not zoned.”[He is] inviting in people who may not be known to him,” Glibbery told us, when asked how a group of people gathered at the Cineforum differs from a group of friends gathered to watch a DVD at any other apartment in the Toronto.

http://torontoist.com/2010/08/the_cineforum_is_dead_long_live_the_cineforum/

 

When he first started screening films at “Captain” George Hendersen’s Viking Books and MEMORY LANE, he says, “for the first time in my life I experienced the joy of sharing what I knew to be good with absolute strangers who shared that knowledge. That joy is intoxicating.”

http://torontoist.com/2008/11/cineforum_on_bathurst_to_close/

Before transforming into a travelling troubadour he worked in the film industry, which eventually led him to the Cineforum, the legendary Toronto theatre run out of the film archivist Reg Hartt’s living room, and where Petunia lived and worked for a time. “The first time I saw him talk, I was sold,” Petunia said of Hartt. “We’ve been friends ever since. I learned everything I know about the business of being an artist from Reg. And believe it or not, I learned how to walk a little more gracefully from knowing him.”

http://www.taddlecreekmag.com/going-with-the-flow

 

Reg Hartt got me back from the system while I was still young enough to care and think.

http://the-g-zine.blogspot.ca/2013/01/q-with-petunia.html

 

For Toronto Councillors, its Mayor, its urban designers and its bureaucrats

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn-uHw3oHL8&feature=youtu.be

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In the opinion of City Inspector Elliott de Barros Reg Hartt is a liar (disingenuous). Mr. de Barros has chosen to be willfully blind to the overwhelming number of people who value Hartt's contributions to the city.

In the opinion of City Inspector Elliott de Barros Reg Hartt is a liar (disingenuous). Mr. de Barros has chosen to be willfully blind to the overwhelming number of people who value Hartt’s contributions to the city.

Young people read Jane Jacobs, miss the point and become Urban Planners.

Young people read Jane Jacobs, miss the point and become Urban Planners.

Not many got a fan letter from Jane Jacobs. I got several.

Not many got a fan letter from Jane Jacobs. I got several.

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One of the many "strangers" who have come here.

One of the many “strangers” who have come here.

Ren & Stimpy Creator John Kricfalusi lived in my house. He looked after my dogs when I went to Europe.

Ren & Stimpy Creator John Kricfalusi lived in my house. He looked after my dogs when I went to Europe.

It's hard to beat praise from Chuck Jones.

It’s hard to beat praise from Chuck Jones.

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"Reg Hartt's Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs writes about."

“Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs writes about.”

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The author of this piece from the Toronto Star said, "The people at THE STAR think the films you show are trash."

The author of this piece from the Toronto Star said, “The people at THE STAR think the films you show are trash.”

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