Experimental Classics from the Cinematic Cesspool

Programmed by Clint Enns. Presented by Trash Palace at CineCycle in Toronto, Ontario on June 9, 2017.

This selection of experimental and documentary works consists of 16mm films that are guaranteed to be of interest to both Trash Palace regulars and to the experimental film scene. These films contain sex, drugs, rock and roll, bikers, rats, psychedelia, killer synth soundtracks, and those little toys found in cereal boxes.


5 Cents a Copy | Ed Ackerman & Greg Zbitnew | 1980 | 3 min. | 16mm
A film made entirely on a photocopy machine with one of the best soundtracks ever.

This is a Recorded Message | Jean-Thomas Bédard | 1973 | 10 min. | 16mm 
Seductive advertising is seen as the main motivating force in shaping the desires, the needs and, to a large degree, the lives of modern men and women. 

Motel Capri | George Kuchar (with Joyce Wieland) | 1986 | 18 min. | 16mm 
Wieland is featured as the mother superior in this rarely seen bizarre biker flick.

Rat Life and Diet in North America | Joyce Wieland |1968 | 14 min.| 16mm
Rats and cats act out a political drama.

The Ballad of Crowfoot | Willie Dunn | 1969 | 11 min. | 16mm 
A rapid montage of archival photos, etchings and contemporary newspaper clippings is married to the words and music of an impassioned ballad written by Mi’kmaq singer and songwriter Willie Dunn. This is, without question, the most monumental Canadian film ever made.


Second Sun | Leslie Supnet | 2014 | 3 min. | super 8 | wild sound
Supnet’s psychedelic animation about the return of the second sun!

Satan’s Choice | Don Shebib | 1965 | 28 min. | 16mm
A rare “inside” view of a motorcycle club in Toronto. The names they adopt are as individual as their special ethics and views of life, all freely expressed in this film.

Toy Catalogue 3 | John Porter | 1996 | 18-minute (excerpt) | super 8 | sound on film
Trash Palace regular shows off his toy collection.

Special Thanks: Kathy Elder, Sebastian Di Trolio, Jonathan Culp, Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski, Stacey Case, Leslie Supnet and John Porter.