Dead Ringer

Film premier and Casa Loma tour 
In-Person event
Wednesday October 5, 2022 at 7:00pm
Casa Loma. 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

“Dead Ringer” is a feature length documentary film that focuses on Casa Loma, investigating way the building functions as a microcosm for the larger city, in terms of Toronto’s history as a stand-in for American cities in cinema. The film and artist talk will explore questions about identity and representation and ultimately asks, “What does it mean to see your city reflected back to you, but not your experience?” The film and artist talk will premier at Casa Loma during Ontario Culture Days 2022 in a kind of site-specific cinema. Visitors would watch the film in the basement of the ‘castle’, in an area initially planned as an indoor pool. Viewers will then be given a copy of the poster, with footnotes to the film, to take home. These footnotes will also be displayed at Casa Loma in the Hollywood Film Gallery.

Artists’ bio

Dave Dyment’s practice investigates the way that culture is formed, used and remixed, exploring themes of identity, history, copyright, appropriation, etc. Using what he calls a VCRchaeology approach, much of his work has mined fictional films for their documentary truths, while exploring tropes and memes in cinema in an attempt to better understand the language of film, and the forces that shape culture.

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This program is made possible thanks to support from the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.