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Filmmaker Katherine Knight will attend screenings April 8, 9 and 10th.
There will be a Zoom Q&A with Max Dean on Friday April 8.
Winner of the Audience Award at Hot Docs last year, this is a lovely and inspiring film about mortality and art, the creative expression of the joy of living and the impermanence of things, as evidenced through the Canadian artist Max Dean. Dean was born in Leeds, England in 1949 but moved to British Columbia and studied at UBC, first exhibiting at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1973. He’s worked in photography, video, and performance art, sculpture and installation art. But filmmaker Katherine Knight encounters him in Toronto, defiant in the face of prostate cancer, even as his partner Martha Fleury is diagnosed with aggressive ovarian cancer and Covid-19 escalates in the background. Taking inspiration from his disease, Dean takes a hard look at his own body, which is also, of course, our own. In another project, he resurrects obsolete animatronic Canadiana from an abandoned amusement park, playfully suggesting a very different twenty-first century national iconography. In his boundless imaginative energy, the man who most famously conceived a collapsing chair that reassembles itself, is very much still Max.
“Anyone diagnosed with cancer has a strange new world to navigate and faces a series of almost impossible decisions. Still Max shows us the dissonance but also the vitality of one person’s inner cancer journey brought to startling, thought-provoking, life.” Catherine Lucas, Lancet Oncology