A fascinating portrait of "thoughtographer" Ted Serios, a hard-drinking Chicago bellhop who caused a sensation in the sixties with his psychic ability to produce hundreds of Polaroid images from his mind.

Wavelengths

Detour de Force

Rebecca Baron

Playing as part of Wavelengths 3: Tales Told

Detour de Force is Rebecca Baron's fascinating portrait of "thoughtographer" Ted Serios, a hard-drinking Chicago bellhop who caused a sensation in the sixties with his psychic ability to produce hundreds of Polaroid images from his mind. Constructed from 16mm archival footage gloriously restored by the Austrian Film Museum, the film is less interested in the authenticity of Serios's claims than in the mediatization surrounding the man and his manipulation of various forms of technology, clearly playing to the camera as he seemingly defies the limits of analogue film. Detours or not, Serios proves he's a force to be reckoned with.

ANDRÉA PICARD

Screenings

Sun Sep 07

Scotiabank 14

Industry
9:15am
Mon Sep 08

Scotiabank 3

Regular
6:45pm
Wed Sep 10

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
11:15am
Sun Sep 14

Isabel Bader Theatre

Regular
12:45pm