Screening monthly at The Cinematheque, in Vancouver, Canada, DIM Cinema was initiated in 2008 by Amy Kazymerckyk to draw attention to artists whose practices are in dialogue with the cinema as a medium, architectural space, social context, or formal structure. The name of the series is inspired by the diffused Vancouver sky, the darkness of the cinema, and a quote from James Broughton's Making Light of It (1992): “Movie images are dim reflections of the beauty and ferocity in mankind.” DIM Cinema has been curated by Michèle Smith since 2014.
For over a decade, DIM Cinema has presented the work of local, national and international artists and filmmakers, including solo screenings by John Akomfrah, Ute Aurand, Eric Baudelaire, James Benning, Peggy Anne Berton, Olivia Boudreau, Susan Britton, Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, James Lee Byars, Jack Chambers, Abigail Child, Jem Cohen, Phil Collins, Bill Daniel, Jeremy Deller, Nathaniel Dorsky, Sara Driver, Barry Doupé, Bruce Elder, Kevin Jerome Everson, Harun Farocki, Fastwurms, Luke Fowler, Aurélien Froment, Melanie Gilligan, William Greaves, K8 Hardy, Joanna Hogg, Mike Hoolboom, Peter Hutton, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, William Klein, Chris Kraus, Owen Land, Steffanie Ling, Agnes Martin, Ursula Mayer, Bruce Mclure, Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken, John Price, Yvonne Rainer, Jennifer Reeves, Vanessa Renwick, Ben Rivers, Ben Russell, Aura Satz, Amie Siegel, Michael Snow, Warren Sonbert, Susan Sontag, Dan Starling, Chick Strand, Corin Sworn, Margaret Tait, Althea Thauberger, Naomi Uman, Casey Wei, Joyce Wieland, Chris Welsby, among many others.
Screenings have been guest programmed by Dominic Angerame, Eli Bornowsky, Pascale Cassagnau, Yann Chateigné Tytelman, Cinema Project, Allison Collins, Ben Donoghue, double negative collective, Clint Enns & Leslie Supnet, Brel Froebe & Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, Tobin Gibson & Kara Hansen, David Gracon & Marc Moscato & Julie Perini, Hooliganship (Peter Burr & Christopher Doulgeris), Miranda July & Shawna McGarry, Brett Kashmere, Michael Lithgow, Isabelle Lynch & Sophie Lynch, Laura U. Marks, Alicia Monroe, Alex Muir, Heidi Nagtegaal, Aaron Peck, Red 76 (Gabriel Saloman & Sam Gould), Alex Rogalski, Sylvain Sailly, Marie-Hélène Tessier, Lesley Thornton, Sarah Todd, cheyanne turions, and UBC AHVA Graduate Students.
Co-presenters include Artspeak, Canyon Cinema, Capture Photography Festival, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Cinema Project, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, Consulate General of France in Vancouver, Contemporary Art Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Geneva University of Art and Design, Iris Film Collective, Little Mountain Studios, LIVE International Performance Art Biennale, LUX, No Reading After the Internet, Or Gallery, Presentation House Gallery, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Scrivener’s Monthly, Signal + Noise Media Arts Festival, Simon Fraser University School for Contemporary Arts, SFU Galleries, Spartacus Books, Thought on Film, TIFF, Twee Death, University of British Columbia Department of Art History, Theory and Visual Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Unit 17, VTape, and the Western Front.
Amy Kazymerchyk is an independent curator who has contributed to artist-run culture in Vancouver in numerous capacities and continues to support both institutional and non-institutional artist-run initiatives and projects. In addition to founding DIM Cinema, she has programmed for VIVO Media Arts Centre, the Signal + Noise Media Arts Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival. She was the curator of SFU Galleries' Audain Gallery until 2018.
Michèle Smith is a curator and editor, whose independent projects include co-editing the artist book series Drawing Room Confessions (in partnership with Mousse Publications).