Midi Onodera
Moving Image Artist

About Movie of the Week 2009

Posted January 1, 2009

As a V.2 television baby, (version 2: Colour TV) I was deeply influenced by the pop culture living room entertainment of my youth. Way back in the early 1970s, ABC took the concept of big screen entertainment and repackaged it for the prime time TV audience. These made-for-TV movies ran the gamut from science fiction […]

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Bittersweet: 365 Movies

Posted December 3, 2008

The Toronto Reel Asian concluded on November 16 with their awards ceremony. A-movie-a-day won an honorable mention. Kass Banning, Reel Asian juror said: “Forward-looking on toy cameras, posted one-a-day videos on small format show poetic beauty and smarts.” Although I am pleased at the acknowledgement I confess it’s a bit bittersweet. A week after this […]

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Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Posted November 13, 2008

Last night marked the opening of the 12th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. To quote the festival website, “(t)he Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the […]

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Mobifest Lunch Interview

Posted October 20, 2008

Back in the heat of summer, Lesley Chan and I had lunch with Christina at Mobifest. The photo on their website was taken with one of my favorite digital still cameras: the Vtech Kidizoom camera. This kid-friendly model comes with two viewfinders, so you never have to squint. The camera so impressed our waitress that […]

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REVIEW: Passionate ideas behind the flickering lights of film

Posted October 7, 2008

Xtra.ca recently reviewed Mike Hoolboom’s book “Practical Dreamers”. Is it possible for someone’s work to become well-known as “under recognized”? Hmmm….   http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Books_Mike_Hoolbooms_Practical_Dreamers-5568.aspx  

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TUFF September 5 -12

Posted August 20, 2008

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) – the subway platform-friendly festival for commuters happens September 5 –12 during the same time at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This year I have two entries: “Privacy” and “I Could Never Forget You”. “Privacy” is a short about being a private person with a public persona and […]

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PRACTICAL DREAMERS

Posted April 25, 2008

May 13th—An Evening with the ‘Practical Dreamers’ This Is Not A Reading Series launches a new book on Canada’s most exciting fringe filmmakers ‘The streets are full of admirable craftsmen, but so few practical dreamers.’ – Man Ray What if movies were made the same way as suits: custom fitted, each one tailored for one […]

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Asian Heritage Month

Posted April 25, 2008

The Reel Asian Film Festival, Coach House Books and the Toronto Public Library will celebrate Asian Heritage Month with an event on May 6th featuring short films and live discussions with filmmakers featured in the new book, Reel Asian: Asian Canada On Screen. On Tuesday, May 6, celebrate Asian Heritage Month with the Toronto Public Library. […]

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History of Toy Cameras

Posted February 27, 2008

I recently wrote a paper on the history of toy cameras. Although this concentrates on photographic cameras rather than motion-capturing devices it does provide a good basis for innovative visual technologies. Obviously I am obsessed with this subject and the power of plastic. Hope you find it an interesting read.

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365 Movies A Day – REDUX

Posted January 1, 2008

2008 – It’s the year of the rat and redux! Back by popular demand I am posting all the movies that were made for this project. One a day. Please note that the movies that are currently in distribution with Ouat Media will only be posted online for 24 hours on the day they are […]