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“Reg Hartt’s Cineforum in Toronto is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about (in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES).–Laura Lind, EYE weekly.

Reg Hartt is listed among the 50 greatest orators of all time:

Jane Jacobs is most famous for her book THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES. Her last book, DARK AGE AHEAD, is must reading. She was my friend from her arrival in Toronto in 1968. Her children say to me when we meet, “Our mother loved you.” I love her.











THE CINEFORUM is a blend of…

Rochdale College

Jane Jacobs: Ideas That Matter “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”


The original  Henri Langlois Cinémathèque Française

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.–Henri Langlois.


Andy Warhol The Factory

Gertrude Stein Salon

Victor Hugo Salon

Hugo’s salon of the time was labeled, “Romantic,” which meant his guests were “rowdy, vulgar, and devoid of any respect for traditional values”

First Century Christianity

The law says I can’t help you…

“For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course, that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. ‘Blessed are the merciful’ in a courtroom? ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ in the Pentagon? Give me a break!”

Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Kurt Vonnegut, Christ-Loving Atheist

Matthew 25:31-46 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Final Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

I specialize in helping the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless, the naked, the jailbird, the stranger.

I do not waste time parking my ass in churches.

Plato’s Academy

Plato’s Academy was not a formal school or college in the sense we’re familiar with. Rather, it was a more informal society of intellectuals who shared a common interest in studying subjects such as philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy.

Artists who lived and worked with Reg Hartt:

The most important part of what happens here is not the movies but the people who having come here asked to live here:

Aditya Shankar:


Alexandre Hamel: LE PATIN LIBRE

Bruce Simpson. A fellow staying with me said, “My friend Bruce is homeless.” Bruce found a home. I found an awesome artist:

Rene Highway:

CANADA – NOVEMBER 27: Worlds collide: Choreographer Rene Highway crosses science-fiction with Indian lore in new dance. (Photo by Patti Gower/Toronto Star via Getty Images)


Robert Naismith:









Kai Wolfram:

Kai Wolfram

Mark Sleep, an awesome Aussie, cooked a spectacular dinner from THE SALVADOR DALI COOKBOOK.


Mark Sleep, newly arrived from Australia was invited to live with Reg Hartt.

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

Mark Sleep with Owen Hartt, father of Reg Hartt.
























Bruno Weckerle: , , .

Bruno Weckerle through whom Reg Hartt was introduced to THE I CHING










Andre Skinner:

Petunia:  ,


Going With the Flow






























John Smialek:–John-Smialek–The-Way-Out-is-a-Trap—Introducing-Jen-Mann–Thursday–Jun–21st–7-9pm.html?soid=1103168064751&aid=rIz_a3okBec  , .

Peter Sumadh “THE MAD DALTON” , .

Stedmond Pardy: , , .

WIZTHEMC: , , . Wiz I met by chance days before he found himself homeless. What a great gift he is.

Donnarama Versace: , , , . It’s hard for Drag Queens and transgendered people to find a place to live. Donnarama called me late night. Clearly it was an emergency. S/he was a welcome and inspiring presence.

DANTE KRYSTO: I got a weird urge to have Kentucky Fried Chicken. In the lineup was Dante. I heard him say, “I have to move in two days. I have no where to go.” I said, “I have room for you.” Dante said, “I have cats.” I said, “I have room for your cats.” What a gift he was!

Alexei Wood arrived from Texas.

ALEXEI WOOD: Alexei came to see THE SEVEN SAMURAI. Then he pitched a tent in the back and stayed for the summer:  .

Yusuke Hasegawa Didgeridoo Artist arrived to sat for a few days. Stayed here a year. Wow!  , ,  , .

Chris Crossroads I met by chance in Kensington market:  .

DANIEL GOGGIN walked in and said, “The people I live with said they can’t live with me.” I said, “I have room for you.” After six months I asked him to thank those people who could not live with him for me. Daniel is one of this city’s best bike mechanics. Like myself he has been smeared with street posters posted by James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. Like myself money has been offered to have him killed: ,  .

Yusuke Hoshi Didgeridoo Artist. Yusuke pitched a tent in the back and treated us to gifts:  , , , ,

Simon Lulling came for my LSD talk. We’ve been friends ever since. , , .’

David Chu is a helluva fine photographer. He got busted for silliness and lost his place. He lived here as my guest. , , ,   .

John Kricfalusi was one of the most gifted men who ever came into my life. He looked after my house and dogs while I was in Europe.      , , .


Ashton Darnell Gray few have heard of.

The real work at THE CINEFORUM is the people who come here to live. These are just a few.


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