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7pm at Deluge: Domus

In a Free Sound Field
Monteith McCollum | 11:00 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
In a home filled with rare art objects from around the world, a disjunctured set of tales unravel around the travels of collector Don Boros. Dislocating fact from fiction and time from place, they are intermixed with the notable text On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music by 19th century physicist Hermann von Helmholtz.

Catalogue Vol. 6
Dana Berman Duff | 11:30 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Catalogue Vol. 6 was shot using a furniture catalogue while audio clips from a horror movie that mention the word “house” or names of rooms, or parts of the house, such as “upstairs,” played in the studio so that each shot acquired a random soundtrack. The film clips were then organized as a “tour” through the rooms of a house: foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, study, bath, ending at the bedroom.

Björn Kämmerer | 4:00 | Austria | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Untitled’s subject is Venetian blinds, variously opened and shut against a black background, their colours changing, rhythmically turned inside out and outside in—and with that recognition comes humour, pleasure and play. A cinema icon forever associated with noir, casting sculptural shadows into rooms of sinister import, Kämmerer takes away the blinds’ primarily function as a veil hiding private human sins and—absent the subject of what they are exposing or obscuring—recasts their abilities and qualities as delightful in their own right. These torqued strips only cast shadows on themselves. Their shortened depth, rippling shape and colourful abstraction tease at the vibrant visual expressiveness of a household object meant to be seen through or to halt vision itself. – Daniel Kasman

Richard Tuohy | 11:00 | Australia | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Across the sea. Across the street. Cross processed and grain-enlarged images of fraught neighbours Korea and Japan who have difficulty making each other out.

Matt Meindl | 3:30 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
If these walls could talk they’d ramble. Colours, textures and patterns of vintage wallpaper are used to create a meditation on space and time.

Palmerston Blvd.
Dan Browne | 14:10 | Canada | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
In Palmerston Blvd., Dan Browne invites the audience into the intimate space of his living room in this portrait of a bay window recorded over the course of a year. Gradual shifts in the interior and exterior environments mark the passing of the seasons, a slow dance of objects and light juxtaposed by the rapid speeds of bodies and the urban landscape, revealing the processes inherent in all things.

Rhayne Vermette | 15:23 | Canada | 2017 | Vic Premiere
“The block of marble is the most beautiful of all statues” – Carlo Mollino
This is the story of the godlike architect Carlo Mollino, animated within the desk space of failed architect Rhayne Vermette. Made with love on 16mm, 35mm and Super 8, this classic tale of Pygmalion investigates intersections between cinema and architecture. For E. Ackerman, A. Jarnow and T. Ito.

9pm at Deluge: I, An Actor

I, An Actor
Brian Zahm | 3:45 | USA | 2017 | World Premiere
I, An Actor is an experimental mash-up constructed entirely of Ryan Czerwonko’s authentic audition tapes. The film satirizes an artist’s existential struggle via an actor who fights for survival in the belly of the entertainment beast.

Aw Shucks, Segundo!
Sean Hanley | 4:30 | USA | 2015 | Cdn Premiere
Segundo has just 60 seconds to shuck as many oysters as he can! Inspired by turn of the century actuality films made by cinema’s early pioneers, we attempt a contemporary version with a high-speed 35mm camera.

Katrina Daschner | 9:00 | Austria | 2017 | NA Premiere
Pferdebusen (Horse Boobs) is the fifth part of a series based on Arthur Schnitzler’s Dream Story. In the text, Katrina Daschner is interested in the ambiguity of fiction and reality, and the tension of unrealized sexual desires. She deconstructs this framework in her development of queer relationship scenarios. In Pferdebusen the filmmaker masterfully succeeds in staging the ruptures and irritations that are so essential for showing and wanting, with subtle humour and grandiose human and non-human actors.

Bandura [Berlin]: New Social Contract Series
John G. Boehme | 6:08 | Canada | 2016 | World Premiere
Documentation of a work at Performance Berlin investigating social contract theory. Part of a series of performances/empirical investigations into contracts formed between the artist and his audiences in Singapore, Quebec and Chicago.

Under Green Waves
Julia Hendrickson | 13:49 | Canada | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
Susan’s dancing career ended when she became a mother. Thirty years later her daughter (the filmmaker) attempts to recreate her last performance through documentation, memory and contemporary re-stagings. The inspiration for the original dance began with Green’s ancestral oral history of her great-grandmother’s husband who was lost at sea. The film references the temporal space between each rendition of the story; the cyclical (dis)appearance of what is just out of reach: the husband, the story and the dance.

Sydney Southam | 6:00 | Canada | 2017 | World Premiere
This video essay is a response to the artist’s experience working as a stripper. What began as a beautiful and exciting adventure quickly turned dark as the artist was criticized and ultimately fired for not having an augmented body. Object explores what happens to our relationship to our own bodies when performing professionally for the male gaze.

Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix
Jennifer Proctor | 9:15 | USA | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
In films, as in life, the bathtub is often considered a private space for women—a place not only to groom, but to relax, to think, to grieve, to be alone and to find sanctuary. For Hollywood, though, it’s also a place of naked vulnerability where women narratively placed in harm’s way have no escape.

To Retreat / To Give Ground / To Recoil
Kara Hearn | 7:18 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
An artist/mother retreats to a secluded sound stage to perform a series of rituals in an attempt to self-soothe and re-centre. It kind of works and kind of doesn’t.

The Splits
Allison Hrabluik | 15:00 | Canada | 2015 | Vic Premiere
The Splits combines documentary and narrative in a montage of motion and sound. The camera documents a group of 20 people gathered in a hall to perform. The cast includes real-life performers whose skills range from the mundane to the extraordinary: a hula hooper, a singer, a pizza dough thrower, speed skippers, tap dancers, gymnasts and dog trainers. Two men make salami, a woman gets a haircut and someone eats too many hotdogs. Hrabluik’s editing creates an exquisite corpse, connecting the performers as their bodies tap out a spellbinding rhythm.

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