Masterclasses and Keynotes
Co-presented by TIFF at Cinema 2, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Saturday June 11, 2011 – 5pm
Masterclass with Wim Wenders*

Internationally renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders, who has made masterpieces such as Wings of Desire, Paris, Texas and the Cuban music documentary Buena Vista Social Club, presented his latest documentary PINA, a 3D dance film that is a tribute to the legendary German contemporary dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, at this year’s Berlin Film Festival in February. As Wenders explains: “The two-dimensional cinema screen is simply not capable of capturing Pina Bausch’s work, either emotionally or aesthetically. When I watched her dance for the first time twenty-five years ago, I was captivated and deeply moved. I was able to understand human movement, gestures and feelings in a whole new way. And this magic is what I would like to translate to the screen […] 3D gives us the possibility of taking the audience directly onto the stage, into the middle of the event.” Showing excerpts from the film, Wenders will present a case study on PINA and discuss the creative possibilities that 3D technologies open up for filmmakers.

Sunday June 12, 2011 – 7:30pm
Masterclass with Peter Anderson, ASC

3D 101 with Peter Anderson, ASC. A real world overview of filming in 3D. This one hour masterclass will discuss practical concerns in 3D filming and 3D rigs. It will include 3D Production Clips and 3D Subtitles, plus 3D Sticks the Tutorial.

Monday June 13, 2011 – 3:30pm
Keynote by Thomas Elsaesser

The Return of 3D: Revolution, Retrenchment or Panic Reaction?
“It is generally assumed that Hollywood’s massive push of 3D over the past two years is a response to the intensified competition from rival media platforms and in order to raise the bar for piracy and other forms of copyright infringements. This paper will argue for a more complex – and contradictory – sets of agendas, where the traditional interest in spatial vision among avant-garde artists and filmmakers, the industrial uses of 3D and the objectives of mainstream cinema overlap, interact and cross each other, suggesting that some of the underlying issues around 3D require a wider horizon of analysis, in order to become comprehensible.”

Monday June 13, 2011 – 7:00pm
Masterclass with Catherine Owens

Seeing. “When a person tells you something or shows you something, how do you ‘see’ what they mean?” Drawing from contemporary art practices, this masterclass challenges the assumptions of how we experience what we see, introducing creators to the nuances of directing 3D.

Tuesday June 14, 2011 – 9:00am
Keynote by Graeme Ferguson
At the Scotiabank IMAX Theatre after Hubble 3D

Graeme Ferguson has been enjoying 3D films for 60 years, starting with Norman McLaren’s Around Is Around. Later he was a participant in the development of IMAX Corporation’s film-based 3D projection systems, including IMAX 3D and IMAX Solido, as well as the Solido and 30 perf cameras. His team’s IMAX 3D films have done boffo box office. Ferguson will provide some observations, and will hazard a prediction or two about the future of 3D.

*Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel are guests of the Goethe-Institut Toronto and the OMDC