Screening monthly at The Cinematheque, in Vancouver, Canada, DIM Cinema was initiated in 2008 by Amy Kazymerckyk to draw attention to contemporary and historical work by local, Canadian, and international artists whose practices are in dialogue with the cinema as an architectural space, a social context, a medium, and a formal structure. It has been curated by Michèle Smith since 2014. This site documents not only our respective programs over more than a decade, but also our many collaborations with guest curators and arts organizations, and with the artists and film collectives who are the heart, mind, and spirit of the series.
The name, DIM Cinema, 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.”
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's Audain Gallery from 2013 to 2018. Michèle Smith is an independent curator and editor, whose projects include the artist book series Drawing Room Confessions. She previously worked at Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum in London, and at Presentation House Gallery/The Polygon in Vancouver.