History

DIM Cinema is a monthly evening of artists' moving images and experimental film presented at The Cinematheque in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The screenings were intitiated by Amy Kazymerchyk to draw attention to artists whose practices are in dialogue with cinema as a medium, an architectural space, a social context, or a formal structure. The name of the series was inspired by the diffused Vancouver sky, the darkness of the cinema, and a quote by James Broughton from Making Light of It (1992): “Movie images are dim reflections of the beauty and ferocity in mankind.” Amy Kazymerchyk directed DIM Cinema until 2014, when Michèle Smith took over the role of curator. 

Since its first screening in July 2008, DIM Cinema has presented the work of Canadian and international artists such as John Akomfrah, Ute Aurand, Eric Baudelaire, James Benning, Peggy Anne Berton, Olivia Boudreau, Susan Britton, Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, James Lee Byars, Abigail Child, Jem Cohen, Phil Collins, Bill Daniel, Jeremy Deller, Nathaniel Dorsky, Sara Driver, Barry Doupé, Kevin Jerome Everson, Harun Farocki, Fastwurms, Luke Fowler, Aurélien Froment, Beatrice Gibson, K8 Hardy, Joanna Hogg, Mike Hoolboom, Peter Hutton, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Chris Kraus, Owen Land, Agnes Martin, Ursula Mayer, Jonas Mekas, Bruce Mclure, Isabel Pauwels, Ileana Pietrobruno, Elizabeth Price, John Price, Jennifer Reeves, Vanessa Renwick, Ben Rivers, Ben Russell, Aura Satz, Amie Siegel, Warren Sonbert, Susan Sontag, Dan Starling, Chick Strand, Althea Thauberger, Naomi Uman, Casey Wei, Joyce Wieland, and 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, Sarah Todd, cheyanne turions, and UBC AHVA Graduate Students.

Co-presenters include Artspeak, Canyon Cinema, 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, 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 the curator of SFU Galleries' Audain Gallery. She has programmed for VIVO Media Arts Centre, the Signal + Noise Media Arts Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival and DIM Cinema at The Cinematheque. Amy 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.

Michèle Smith is a co-editor of the book series Drawing Room Confessions.