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"ARI" 2006 Obituary


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ARIANNA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-03 published
SUTERA, Giuseppe
After a long and heroic battle with cancer, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Giuseppe SUTERA on Saturday, April 1st, 2006 at Princess Margaret Hospital surrounded by his loving family at the age of 79. Loving husband of 49 years to Anna. Devoted father to Dina and Sera, father-in-law to Frank. Cherished and caring Nonno to Nadia ARIANNA. Giuseppe will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his sister, brothers and sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, family and Friends. He was a small man in stature but a giant in strength. Giuseppe will be greatly missed and eternally loved. Friends and family will be received at the Demarco Funeral Visitation Centre (8003 Weston Road, between Hwy. 7 and Langstaff Rd. 905-850-9500) on Monday and Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 at 9: 00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church (706 Old Weston Rd., Toronto). Entombment to follow at Parklawn Cemetery (2845 Bloor St. W., Toronto).

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ARIGANELLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-04 published
Roberto ARIGANELLO, Filmmaker (1961-2006)
He ran the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and its annual festival of movies rejected by Toronto International Film Festival
By Noreen SHANAHAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
Toronto -- Roberto ARIGANELLO was at once a filmmaker and the heart and soul of a tiny, obscure co-operative dedicated to producing short, contemporary art films for an equally small and arcane audience.
An artist in his own right who laboured at deeply personal projects, he was devoted to his role as the executive director of the Liaison of Independent Films of Toronto, a group that celebrates movies rejected by the Toronto International Film Festival.
Called the National Salon des Refusés, the alternative film festival was inspired by an exhibition of paintings rejected by the censorious French Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1863. At the time, the Academie decided which artists received public exhibitions. Any work that strayed from realism, which reflected "good art" at the time, was rejected. In 1863, the Academie was especially judgmental and rejected 2,800 canvases. In response, the emperor, Louis Napoleon, demanded that the Academie display the rejected works in a separate exhibition called the Salon des Refusés.
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto's version of the Salon des Refusés is a non-curated selection of Canadian films that run no more than 20 minutes and were rejected by Toronto International Film Festival. The films are chosen in a lottery and selected filmmakers are reimbursed their Toronto International Film Festival entry fee. Every September, Mr. ARIGANELLO organized the Salon des Refusés from start to finish in support of independent filmmakers.
His friend and colleague, Deirdre LOGUE, said his influence and impact on the national film Community was immeasurable. It was not unusual for him to deliver film equipment to various artistic communities across Canada. In a recent edition of Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto's magazine, Film Print, he described a trip he made to a Moose Cree First Nations community in Northern Ontario in March. "Our goal is to create a media arts centre in the North," he wrote. "So I drove a minivan filled with a 16 mm Steenbeck, sound bench, 16 mm projector and workshop supplies… across the frozen Moose river to Moose Factory."
In addition, Mr. ARIGANELLO also headed up the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and was president of the film and video exhibition collective Pleasure Dome from 2000-2004. He was also a member of the advisory board of the film and television program at Humber College in Toronto and served on the executive board of the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario.
Roberto ARIGANELLO was the son of Nicolina and Giuseppe ARIGANELLO, an Italian couple who arrived in Canada in 1951. The youngest of seven children, he sometimes went missing from the family's apartment in Toronto's west end. As it happened, his mother would invariably look out the window to see him toting heavy bags of groceries up the hill for the old women and men who lived in their building. As a boy, he also came to know personal loss. His sister Connie died when he was five and his parents died within a year of each other while he was in his teens.
Mr. ARIGANELLO graduated from Ryerson University's media studies program in Toronto in 1994 and began exhibiting his work in 1995.
His work usually combined a number of different image sources and drew on influences ranging from cinema-verité and surrealism to the agit-prop films of the Cuban Santiago Alvarez. Loteria (1997), a documentary about the Mexican national lottery and the street vendors who sell the tickets, co-directed with Federico Hidalgo, combined 16 mm colour footage with black and white material shot on super-8 film and then optically printed to 16 mm. Contrafacta (2000), co-directed with Chris Gehman, was a labyrinthine animated film made using paper cutouts from medieval artworks.
Mr. ARIGANELLO's film Shelter (2001) is a multi-layered experimental film That weaves archival social commentary and recent political activism in a playful analysis of our culture's misplaced priorities. The film blends archival footage of circuses, westerns and Pierre Berton discussing the pros and cons of building a bomb shelter with a variety of such appropriated material as a homeless demonstration during the premiere of an Atom Egoyan film.
Mr. ARIGANELLO was critical of what he described as the film industry's current obsession with new digital technology. "Roberto was the spark that began my love of Super 8," said filmmaker Siue MOFFAT. "I had only worked with 16 mm before going into Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto one day and tentatively inquiring with him."
On the other hand, he was aware of the opportunities that cropped up. It was his belief that the death of film was really the chance of a lifetime.
"Every discarded piece of film equipment was worth salvaging, either for Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto or any other interested co-op, because it expanded our opportunities to make work," said long-time friend and colleague Chris KENNEDY. "He provided opportunities to use up the last rolls of regular 8 mm at the same time as he encouraged us to finish in 35 mm."
Mr. ARIGANELLO's last film, which is still in production, tells the story of his grandfather who emigrated to Argentina from Italy in the 1920s. Mr. ARIGANELLO, who twice went to Argentina to gather material, envisioned it as an experimental documentary recounting historical events that significantly contributed to his own sense of self and nationality. His dream was to see it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival or even as his own Salon des Refusé.
Roberto ARIGANELLO was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario on July 20, 1961. He died of drowning on August 13, 2006. He was swimming at Tea Lake, near Halifax. He had gone to Nova Scotia to drop off donated film equipment to the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative. He is survived his sisters Maria, Ness, Terry, and JoAnne, and by his brother Tony.

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ARIMA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-07 published
KOYANAGI, Michi (née KAI)
Peacefully in her 81st year at Humber River Regional Hospital on March 6, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Joe Isao. Loving mother of Michael and special mother-in-law to Louise. Cherished grandmother to Jeffrey and Stephanie. Dear sister of Bill (Clara), Don (Margaret), Gordon (Ruth), Samuel (late Jean) NAKAGAWA, Grace (late Hiromu) FUJIKI, Betty (Tom) HAYAKAWA, and Vi (Allan "Mush") ARIMA. Predeceased by brothers Sam (Sue), Jimmy (Mimi) and sister Irene. Dear aunt to several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff at Sunnybrook and Women's College Hospital and Humber River Regional Hospital. Friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd. (north of Lawrence Ave.), Weston on Wednesday, March 8 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service will be held in the Ward Chapel on Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens. (Albion Rd. and Hwy. 7). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent to michi.koyanagi@wardfh.com

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