All events in the Improvised Video Series are FREE, and open to everyone.
Place: Silence Guelph
46 Essex St.
Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and Ed Video’s Play Proposition II for three
evenings of screenings and discussion on film/video and improvisation.
Video Play: An Improvised Film Series brings together filmmakers from the International
The series addresses both films on improvisational arts-based practices and improvisation in the filmmaking process.
Night Three: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Nicholas Loess & Joe Sorbara, Start Making Noises Now (90 min)
Moderated by Kimber Sider
Start Making Noises Now is an experimental documentary film about free improvised music in
Toronto. In 2012, with the help of the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice research
project, Nicholas Loess and Joe Sorbara began gathering upwards of 60 hours of interview and
performance footage featuring many of the city's creative improvising musicians. They then got
to work constructing a film that would speak to the beauty and complexity of improvised musicmaking
and the diverse ecology of approaches at play in an active community of improvisers.
Start Making Noises Now looks at and listens to many of the struggles that make and sustain free
improvised music in Toronto. The film asserts both the musicality of human speech and
conversation and the dialogical nature of an often cacophonous music. Its lens is as much aural
as it is visual. It asks you to listen as much as it asks you to watch. It also asks you to consider, to
question, to laugh, to enjoy. And it asks you to improvise.
Nicholas Loess is a Guelph-based video artist and improvisation scholar. He is a PhD candidate
in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph where he is exploring
the creative linkages between experimental film and improvisation. His "ultra-short" one-minute
silent film, 24Progressive, won first prize at the Toronto Urban Film Festival in 2012.
Joe Sorbara is a drummer and percussionist living and making music in Toronto. An active
member of Toronto's creative music scene, he is equally at home playing jazz standards, free
improvised music, punk rock, and chamber music--but he prefers to play them all at the same
time. As an educator, Sorbara works with young musicians through the School of Fine Arts at the
University of Guelph and through the Regent Park School of Music in Toronto. He is also a
member of the Somewhere There Collective, the director of the long-running Leftover Daylight
Series, and was a founding board member of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto.