View our accessibility package Skip to the Main Content
   Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura Komako Silver
He Hated Pigeons with Jane Siberry

A film directed by Ingrid Veninger with a live score performed by CFC/Slaight Music Residency Alumnus Casey Manierka-Quaile. Intro and Q&A hosted by the remarkable Jane Siberry.

Improvising a film score before a live audience lays bare the musician's craft. He Hated Pigeons, the simple story of a handsomely lensed love letter to Chile, is also something of a blank canvas, designed to accommodate the brushstrokes of musicians. Building her unusual project on notions of serendipity, risk and impermanence, Canadian filmmaker Ingrid Veninger has used social media to recruit local accompanists for each of the film's stops on the fest circuit. The musical performances are improvised and unrecorded.

With scores running the gamut from minimalism to rock n' roll to singer-songwriter, there's no question that each screening is not only a unique aural experience, but a fresh reading on a drama that leaves crucial elements of its story open-ended. Veninger's fifth feature follows a young Santiago man as he embarks on a spontaneous solo trip after the death of his boyfriend. Treating the themes of grief and longing with a gently earnest obviousness, the movie finds its emotional pulse – or not – in the contributions of musicians.

“A one-off bespoke experience which blends cinema and performance.” — Wendy Ide, Screen International

“Bringing to mind the dreamy road trip of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man.” Spiro Economopoulos, Melbourne Queer Film Festival

“This film is a remarkable experience not soon forgotten.” Jason Gorber, Twitch Film

Presented by
and the CFC Slaight Music Residency


Everyone: FREE


Friday, July 13
Concert Stage
235 Queens Quay West
Music Film
Media PartnerCBC Toronto