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One of the first things Jane Jacobs and her family did when arriving in Toronto in 1968 was to come to my programs–then out of THE PUBLIC ENEMY at Yonge and Yorkville. Jane Jacobs was a regular at my Rochdale Screenings.

Former site of Rochdale College Toronto. Rochdale had 18 floors. The higher up we went, the higher we got.

Fifty years ago this year Rochdale College opened its doors in Toronto as the boldest experiment in alternate education every undertaken any where, any when.

There were no teachers at Rochdale. Each Rochdalian was called to be their own teacher. What there were was what was called “RESOURCE PEOPLE.” These were people who, having achieved prominence in their field, were invited to live at Rochdale for free on condition they make themselves available to talk with any Rochdalian who wished to speak to them.

Among those Rochdale Resource people was Judith Merril, the mother of modern Science/Speculative (Judy’s word) Fiction. I knew Judith Merril from her anthologies of THE YEAR’S BEST SF which she edited. The stories she chose were first rate. Her brief introductions to those stories were even better. I went to Rochdale to meet Judy. We became friends. When she found out I had copies of important silent films (THE BIRTH OF A NATION, INTOLERANCE, THE BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, METROPOLIS and more) Judy said, “You belong here.”

As it happened that same year I had begu8n studying the Wilhelm/Barnes edition of THE I CHING which teaches that if learning and doing are not one both are made sterile. Rochdale fit right in with the teachings of THE I CHING.

The really radical part of Rochdale was that the powers that be had decided to allow within its walls the use of hashish, LSD, marijuana, mescaline and peyote. Rochdale was 18 floors straight up. I like to say, the higher up we went, the higher we got.

When we got to the top floor our clothes fell off. We sun bathed nude on its roof.

Of course the media latched on to the use of drugs. Stories in the press about drug use at Rochdale led to people coming into the building interested only in drugs. Soon Rochdale became known as nothing but a drug  den.

Rochdale, however, was much, much more than drugs. It is ironic that in this year, 1968, the Government of Canada will become the country’s Number One Drug Dealer.

I was at Rochdale briefly in 1968 when it opened. From 1970 to 1975 when it was closed I served as Director Of Cinema Studies.

After Rochdale was closed people in the media said to me when writing about my work, “We will leave out Rochdale.”

I replied, “Why? It was the best thing I did.”

–Reg Hartt 01–01–2018. Proud of Rochdale.

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Jodie Drake, the grandmother of Toronto’s Blues, FUNK and Jazz scene at THE SALVADOR DALI DINNER prepared by Mark Sleep at Reg Hartt’s Cineforum in Toronto which uses ideas that came out of Toronto’s Rochdale College. Behind her is Rochdale’s legendary Dirty Dan.

 

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Judith Merril, Reg Hartt, THE SALVADOR DALI DINER prepared by Marc Sleep.

Mark Sleep with Owen Hartt, father of Reg Hartt.

Aditya Shankar, the Face Of Gay Youth India. He lived at The Cineforum. He was here when the shit hit the fan in India over homosexuality and religion. Religion in India has a hard time with sex period. Jesus taught the truth sets us free. The word “religion” comes from the Latin “re” which means “back” and the Latin “ligare” which means “tie.” The word religion means to tie back, to restrain, to bind. It has nothing to do with Faith. It sure as fuck does not set us free.

Aditya Shankar.

Liora Lind wrote in 1992, “Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES.” What makes that statement particularly true is that my work in this city has never been valued by the people who run this city. I have been under attack from the moment I started in 1968. Said David Beard in a Toronto Star piece from 1980, “Reg Hartt is overworked, under-financed and snubbed. We should be paying tribute to him”

Liora Lind wrote in 1992, “Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES.” What makes that statement particularly true is that my work in this city has never been valued by the people who run this city. I have been under attack from the moment I started in 1968. Said David Beard in a Toronto Star piece from 1980, “Reg Hartt is overworked, under-financed and snubbed. We should be paying tribute to him”

Friz Freleng was wonderful. In Toronto he met an audience which regarded him as they would have regarded Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. They saw him not as a man who made funny cartoons but as what he was, a real artist working in the medium of his choice. Mr. Freleng is one of animation’s great unsung heroes. His use of music in animation is peerless. Two of his best films, CLEAN PASTURES and GOLDILOCKS AND THE JIVING BEARS are among the fabled Censored Eleven Warner Animation classics. While these films certainly don’t belong on regular television they are mature works which should command the respect they deserve. They are adult in the best sense of that word. Freleng did Ralph Bakshi (FRITZ THE CAT, COOKSKIN, etc.) when Bakshi was in diapers.

The Salvador Dali Cookbook

It’s hard to beat praise from Chuck Jones.

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