Mark Twain’s “War Prayer”

Featuring Mark Twain’s War Prayer, complimented by ideas from Fernando Solanas + Octavio Getino, Susan Sontag and Howard Zinn

Friday, 01 April
Gladstone Hotel Art Bar
3 PM

Facilitated by John Gianvito and cheyanne turions

As part of the 2011 Images Festival, filmmaker John Gianvito has been invited to select a reading in conjunction with the presentation of his film Vapor Trail (Clark).

Gianvito’s film is an investigation into the ecological disaster caused by a US military base on the Philippines–and its victims, their world. Vapor Trail (Clark) is a humble act of solidarity, a defiant work of remembrance, a rallying cry to rise and resist and a cinematic prose poem. Mark Twain’s War Prayer is a direct response to the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, and in hindsight, it is impossible to read this short story as anything other than a warning not heeded. Gianvito’s film provides a suiting counterpoint to Twain’s text in that it bears testament to this unfortunate yet all too familiar dismissal of humane counsel.

Participation in No Reading After the Internet is free and open to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with a text or its author. Texts will be handed out at the salon. No pre-reading or research is required. But, if you’d like to take a look at the Twain text beforehand, you can so do here.

Participants are encouraged to attend the screening of Vapor Trail (Clark) on Sunday, 03 April, 6 PM at Jackman Hall (317 Dundas Street West).

John Gianvito is a film maker, teacher and curator living in Boston, Massachusetts. His films include The Flower of Pain (1983), Address Unknown (1985), The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein (2001) and Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007). He is the editor of the book Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews (2006). His latest film Vapor Trail (Clark) had it’s world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2010.

The event is co-presented with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.