Everything Everywhere Again Alive

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 - 7:00 pm

ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE. Selected by AGO film curator Jim Shedden as one of the ​100 Best Canadian Films of All Time,” Keith Lock’s seminal underground film returns to The Cinematheque, in a brand-new restoration, nearly fifty years after first debuting here. ​In the early 1970s, Toronto filmmaker Keith Lock moved to Buck Lake, near Orillia, Ontario, where members of the Toronto art scene were undertaking an experiment in communal living. Lock filmed the achievements and daily rituals of his fellow communards, his camera bearing witness as a community assembled and dispersed. The resulting film uses poetic strategies, including logograms and other graphic disruptions, to extend its themes of renewal and rebirth, and to mark the encounter between reason and imagination, the concrete and the abstract” (Stephen Broomer). In 2022, Lock received the inaugural Fire Horse Award, presented by Reel Asian to an Asian Canadian individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the film and media-arts community.

Keith Lock will introduce his film and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Through its formal experiments and homey depictions of life outside, Everything Everywhere Again Alive channels freedom—it gives you a taste of life through its gentle, alluring images, and leaves you wanting more.”

Joshua Minsoo Kim, Cinema Scope


Everything Everywhere Again Alive
Canada 1975
Keith Lock
72 min. DCP

Programmed by Michèle Smith