The Business of Being [Factory Media Centre]




The Business of Being 

Art Crawl: June 9th, 2017.
228 James St. North, Hamilton ON

Factory Media Centre is pleased to present its June Art Crawl programming: The Business of Being. Comprised of a screening of films by Richard Fung and Ho Tam, whose thoughtful, self-reflective, whimsical, and beautiful pieces invite us to consider the various ways in which we navigate the world around us, both as artists and as immigrants.

Screening schedule:

7:15PM -
Richard Fung, Re:Orientations. 2016. Single-channel video, colour, 68 minutes.
A fascinating look into the lives and thoughts of seven queer pan-Asian Canadians as they look back on a 1984 documentary in which they featured. How have they changed? And how has the world around them evolved and changed?

8:45PM -
Ho Tam, Confessions of a Salesman. 2008. Single-channel video, colour and B&W, 55 minutes.
"In today’s world, an artist is often a salesman, moving between self-expression and mass appeal. As a queer Asian man living and working in North America, I would like to reflect of this subculture intersecting with the mainstream, and in so doing, addressing the past, present and possible future." - Ho Tam

About the artists:

Richard Fung's work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. His single-channel and installation works, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Jehad in Motion (2007), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) and Re:Orientations (2016), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong and educated in Toronto, Canada and has worked in advertising firms and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He works in a diverse mix of disciplines including painting, video, print and public art and has exhibited in various cities across North America. His first video, The Yellow Pages, was commissioned by the public arts group Public Access for an installation/projection at Union Station in Toronto, 1994/95. Tam currently lives in New York City and is working on a few new projects including a video on a famous Chinese movie star from the 40s.


Friday, May 12, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton

June Workshops [Factory Media Centre]




June Workshops

Workshop: How to Smash a Project Grant 

Course Description: Grant-writing can be intimidating. The forms! The questions! THE BUDGET! This workshop aims to empower you, the writer, by sharing the knowledge and tools you’ll need to SMASH your project grant. In this 90 minute crash-course, participants will explore the basics of any good project grant, breaking down the application process into manageable steps and leaving the session feeling capable and confident. Learn to articulate your project clearly and get funding to bring your art into the world!

Instructor: Jessica Lea Fleming is of Métis (Wendat, Anishinaabe and French) and Scottish descent, from Penetanguishene, Ontario. She is a writer, dramaturge, producer, director and arts manager based in Toronto and Hamilton. Jessica currently works as the Operations Manager for the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, as the Georgian Bay Community Liaison for the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, and as a Producer for Factory Media Centre’s Traditional Recipes: Food and Filmmaking project. Jessica recently completed post-production on her first short film Scales, and hopes to premiere it at festivals this year!

Monday June 12th, 6:30-8pm (Q&A to follow)

Workshop: Adobe Premiere Pro Back to the Basics

Course Description: In this workshop you will learn the basics of Adobe Premiere. Fancy things like setting up your project, organizing footage and bins, using short cuts, syncing audio, adding and modifying transitions and effects, etc. It’s all about getting comfortable with the program so you can edit to the best of your abilities.

Instructor: Devin Bateson is a freelance video editor and filmmaker. He is part of the sketch troupe Aunt Francis. They won the “Local Filmmakers Award” from the Hamilton Comedy Film Fest 2015. He’s been using Adobe Premiere before it and he were cool. Now he is very cool. He swears it.

Monday June 5th, 6:30-8pm

Enrollment is limited. Please call us at 905-577-9191 with your credit card information or register through PayPal using the button below. Questions? Email


Thursday, June 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 30, 2017 (All day)
Factory Media Centre, 228 James St. North, Hamilton ON

Neige Noir screening [Factory Media Centre]




'neige noir' screening by Carl Brown 

Art Crawl: May 12th, 2017. 7-10pm.
228 James St. North, Hamilton ON

Factory Media Centre is pleased to screen neige noir by established Ontario filmmaker Carl Brown as part of our Factory Media Gallery Series during the monthly James St. North Art Crawl. Carl Brown’s films and photographs have been exhibited internationally, including the Centre Pompidou, to the Louvre, the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Musée de Beaux Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kunst Gallery in Seoul, the Sao Paulo Biennale, and the Madrid Bienal de la Imagen en Novimento. Carl’s breathtaking colour and a meditative rhythm is founded on a material-oriented technique involving the chemical manipulation of film, such as hand-processing, toning and tinting, liquid emulsion, reticulation, stacking and dried crystal bleach formations, and optical printing.

neige noire
by Carl Brown & John Kamevaar
Canada / 1:04:00 / 2003 / sound / colour
Screening in 16mm dual-projection. Begins at 7pm.

Curated by Josephine Massarell.


Friday, May 12, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton

150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival: Part 2 [Factory Media Centre]




150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival – PART TWO: Labour and Love 

May 18th, 2017, 7PM

Join us for a film program co-presented by the Factory Media Centre and the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre as part of the 150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival. Presented in commemoration of the procession of Hamilton's Nine Hours Pioneers, a virtual general strike of Hamilton's skilled workers in May of 1872, this film program links experiences of work with the connections shared between parents and children, lovers and workers. Highlighting the work and perspectives of filmmakers from Ontario, the program includes a short experimental film by conceptual artist Joyce Wielend of workers on the picket line in Kitchener, to a daughter reflecting on her father's life as a miner in Northwestern Ontario. Curated by Tara Bursey

Featured Films:

  • Solidarity by Joyce Wieland
  • Dirty Laundry by Richard Fung
  • Curse Cures by Lesley Loksi Chan
  • Northland: The Long Journey by Edie Steiner
  • My Father, Francis by Casey Mecija

This event has been sponsored by the Ontario150 Community Celebration Program to support the Factory Media Centre in commemorating and celebrating Ontario’s 150th anniversary in 2017. For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton

Changing the Script Film Festival [Art Gallery of Hamilton]

Changing the Script Film Festival

May 3-6, 2017

Changing the Script is a film festival that examines film through the lens of mental health. Thank you to our Community partner McMaster Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences for supporitng this important festival.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for AGH Members.  Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 905.527.6610, ext. 252, in person at the AGH Visitor Services or the screening venue 30 minutes prior to start time.

For more information about the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Changing the Script 2017 Film Festival, please visit


1) BURDEN - Wednesday, May 3 at 7 pm

Dir. Tim Marrinan/Richard Dewey, USA, 2016, Documentary, 86 min., 14A (Screening at the AGH Annex)

This year’s opening film Burden is a probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who pushed the limits of creative expression and risked his life in the name of art. Panel discussion to follow the screening,

2) LAURENCE ANYWAYS - Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm

Dr. Xavier Dolan, Canada, 2012, Drama, 168 min., 14A (Screening at the AGH Annex)

Laurence Anyways highlights ten years in the life of a literature teacher named Laurence who transforms himself into a woman after years of concealing his feelings. Her tremulous relationship with her family is further complicated by revealing herself to them while she struggles to find comfort with her significant other Frederique. Though others may not initially accept or understand Laurence in her true form, those who knew her before her transformation still know her as Laurence, anyways.  Panel discussion to follow the screening.

3) DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE - Friday, May 5 at 6:30 pm - 

Dir. John Nguyen/Rick Barnes, USA/Denmark, 2016, Documentary, 90 min. 14A (Screening at Lincoln Alexander Centre, Hamilton)

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. David Lynch: The Art Lifeinfuses Lynch's own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist.  Panel discussion to follow the screening.

4) TRAINSPOTTING - Friday, May 5 at 9 pm

Dir. Danny Boyle, UK, 1996, Drama, 94 min. 14A (Screening at Lincoln Alexander Centre)

A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friendsPanel discussion to follow the screening.

5) LA STRADA - Saturday, May 6 at 4 pm

Dir. Federico Fellini, Italy, 1954, Drama, 108 minutes,  PG (Screening at Lincoln Alexander Centre, Hamilton)

With La Strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. 1957 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film.  Community Partner: Cinema Insieme. Panel discussion to follow the screening. 

6) THE STAIRS - Saturday, May 6 at 6:30 pm

Dir. Hugh Gibson, Canada, 2016, Documentary, 95 minutes, 14A (Screening at Lincoln Alexander Centre, Hamilton)

The Stairs tells the story of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, each of whom survived decades of street-involvement. Using their experiences to ease the paths of others, each performs social work in their old neighbourhood, while struggling to maintain their newly-found stability. Told over five years, The Stairs is a non-judgemental character study of life on society’s margins. Defying stereotypes through intimate portraits, its remarkable subjects are by turns surprising, funny, shocking and moving. Winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Best Canadian Film of 2016. Panel discussion with Director Hugh Gibson to follow.

7) CLEAN SHAVEN - Saturday, May 6 at 9 pm

Dir. Lodge Kerrigan, UK, 1993, Drama, 79 minutes, 14A (Screening at Lincoln Alexander Centre, Hamilton)

Peter Winter is a young schizophrenic who is desperately trying to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. He attempts to function in a world that, for him, is filled with strange voices, electrical noise, disconcerting images, and jarringly sudden emotional shifts. He clings to his humanity like a raft, barely afloat in a sea of terror. In a brief moment of congruence, he shatters his image reflected in a window, perhaps to more properly align it with his fragmented psyche.  Panel discussion to follow the screening.


INFO: Visit
TIX: 905-527-6610, ext. 232 or email

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 19:00
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 19:00
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 18:30
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 21:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 16:00
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 18:30

POLY 2017 [Factory Media Centre]




POLY 2017: Master of None 

Art Crawl: April 14, 2017. 7-10pm.
228 James St. North, Hamilton ON

Factory Media Centre is pleased to present POLY 2017, McMaster University’s Multimedia Program Graduating Exhibition, featuring multidisciplinary works by students and creators of all backgrounds and creative practices. Featured artists include: Adam Austin, Allison Hamilton, Ans Li, Courtney McNeely, Daven Bigelow, Dimitri Marekic, Ella Gair, James Clark, Jason Lau, Jessica Escoto, Leah Flanagan, Luke Meneok, Marco Gugliucciello, Marwa Eid, Nick Bommarito, Nicole Vasarevic, Serafina Thoma, and Sherri Murray

“The McMaster Multimedia program is a unique program where students dabble in design, code, audio, photography and time-based production, all while grounding their technical knowledge with media theory and artistic critique. We come from diverse walks of life and academic and professional backgrounds, all weaving in distinct world views and approaches in multimedia production. The result is a thriving community of artists with diverse voices, coming together in synergy to create a truly multifaceted body of work ranging from documentaries to musical albums and graphic design. As jacks of all trades, we believe that being a master of none is more important than a master of one. And while we usually wear many hats, this month, we wear just one thing on our heads—our graduation cap.”
— McMaster Multimedia Class of 2017

Join us in celebrating the graduating work of the class of 2017 during this month’s art crawl, Friday April 14th, 7-10pm.


Friday, April 14, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton

National Canadian Film Day 150 [Factory Media Centre]




National Canadian Film Day 150

April 19, 2017 is National Canadian Film Day 150, a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. To celebrate, the Factory Media Centre will present two award-winning Canadian films. 

*FREE ADMISSION. Seating is limited. 

7pm Manufactured Landscapes

by Director: Jennifer Baichwal Year: 2006 Run Time: 86min
A remarkable meditation on humanity’s impact on the environment, this doc follows internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky to China, where he documents industrial landscapes and their impact on the surrounding natural world. Exploring the surprising beauty amid the waste generated by factories and dumps, Burtynsky and documentarian Jennifer Baichwal travel across the vast landscape, capturing incredible visuals that need little commentary.An impactful but subtle statement about humanity’s impact on the world, Manufactured Landscapes’ powerful images raise more questions than answers.

9pm Incendies

Director: Denis Villeneuve Year: 2010 Run Time: 130min

A life in Canada, a secret past in Jordan. A dying mother (Azabal) in Montreal leaves separate letters to her twin children to be read once she passes away. Jeanne (Désormeaux-Poulin) is to deliver hers to the father the twins never knew, and Simon (Gaudette) is to give his to the brother they didn’t know they had. The siblings travel to the Middle East separately, where they uncover a startling and painful family history

Incendies is the kind of film you’ll want to watch more than once. With intricate timelines and a family drama spanning two very different continents, the twists and turns of Denis Villeneuve’s celebrated adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s award-winning play are explosive, frightening and emotionally intense.
Winner of eight Genie Awards and nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 19:00
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 21:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton

150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival [Factory Media Centre]




150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival – PART ONE: Hand-Processed & Experimental 

April. 7th, 2017 from 7pm-10pm
228 James St. North, Hamilton ON

As the inaugural event for the 150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival, the Factory Media Centre presents an evening of films created by established Ontario filmmakers in recognition of the 150th anniversary of our country. We want to highlight the amazing filmmaking talent our province has to offer while inspiring a new generation of filmmakers. On April 7th, 2017, we will screen a program spotlighting hand-processed and experimental films that explore nature, place and memory in our great Ontario landscape. Please join us for an artist discussion with filmmakers: Barbara Sternberg, Josephine Massarella and Kelly Egan prior to the screening to hear about their filmmaking processes and how our province’s rich culture and history has inspired their practice and work.


Friday, April 7, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Factory Media Centre, 228 James Street North, Hamilton

National Canadian Film Day [Staircase Theatre]



 There’s always something happening at Hamilton’s one
 and only Staircase.This multi-use theatre and performance
 venue has hosted theatre premiers, comedy and film festivals,
 and features regular improv and karaoke night along with
 much more.

Check out what’s happening!


National Canadian Film Day
Wednesday April 19th at 7pm & 9:30pm
Staircase Theatre 27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton Ontario
Two locally produced feature films will screen as part of the World’s Largest Film Festival. 

Reel Canada and the Hamilton Film Festival present

7pm - LUCKY 7
Stephen Hayes | Canada | 2011 | Drama
Award winning film "Lucky 7" is set in Hamilton where the Mob families that run the Province are jockeying for power in a changing landscape. 

9:30pm - BED OF THE DEAD (Hamilton Premiere)
Jeff Maher | Canada | 88min | 2016 | Horror
Four twentysomethings find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death.  Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed’s secrets before they are ultimately picked off one by one.

General Admission $10
Double-Feature $15



Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 19:00
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 21:30
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton, ON

Medfest 2017: Eros and Thanatos [AGH Annex]



Wednesday April 12th

AGH Annex, 118 James St N
$5 advance tickets online here

We invite you to join us for our second year of MedFest, an international, medically-themed film festival.

This year's MedFest centres on LIFE AND DEATH, and will touch on pressing contemporary concerns of palliative care, euthanasia, immortality, transhumanism, and artificial intelligence.

The festival will be held at the AGH Design Annex in Hamilton, and will feature a panel drawn from distinguished clinician-professors and leaders in the arts community. Each film will be followed by a cross-disciplinary discussion involving our panel speakers and audience participation.

We are pleased to announce that this year's event will include a reception, with refreshments and cheese. This is to encourage discourse between community members, students, residents, and staff – particularly from the departments of psychiatry and family medicine.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 18:00
AGH Design Annex, 118 James St N, Hamilton, ON