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7pm at Deluge: Shape of a Surface
Dirk de Bruyn | 5:58 | Australia | 2017 | NA Premiere
An experimental animation. A flicker-fest lamenting a lost relationship with narrative cinema, by which it is forever marked. Yet there are hints for a way back in this age of surveillance.
Shape of a Surface
Nazli Dinçel | 9:09 | Turkey | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
The ground holds various accounts of once pagan, then christian and now muslim ruins of the city built for Aphrodite. As she takes revenge on Narcissus, mirrors reveal what is seen and surfaces, limbs dismantle and marble turns flesh.
A Hard World for Little Things
Sonja Bertucci | 1:46 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Inspired by Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter, foregrounding the uncanny nature of toys and how the imagination can become saturated with violence through objects of childhood.
Kyath Battie | 12:16 | Canada | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
Gaining elevation is a very complex concept. The higher we ascend, the more removed we are from normal everyday affairs, but the broader our gaze becomes, the more profound our sense of our situation in the world. Lookout examines this kind of elevation or “lookout” through the discovery of human ashes atop a mountain and a distinct, yet fragmented audio collage of 80s mix cassette tapes.
Some of the Sensations
Péter Lichter | 4:00 | Hungary | 2017 | NA Premiere
Some of the Sensations examines the relationship between 1950s movie gimmicks and contemporary blockbusters through the synaesthesia of classical abstract cinema.
Kristin Li | 9:30 | Canada | 2015 | Vic Premiere
An experimental animation and documentary about diasporic desires for foundational mythsseeking a home in reclaiming one’s ancestry and seeking a self in reappropriated narratives. What is found is an identity, one that is fragmented, but open.
Adrian Garcia Gomez | 5:00 | USA | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
In this reinterpretation of the mikveha purifying ritual bath performed by Jewish brides about to marrythe filmmaker and his husband’s immersions are disrupted by a government who refuses to recognize their marriage. While the couple is required, again and again, to prove their relationship legally exists, the mikveh they share helps them overcome unforgiving bureaucracies and return to what truly matters.
Stephanie Barber | 3:13 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
A brief poetic film concerned with a simple sculptural action and the tender and sometimes melodramatic symbolism of cut flowers. What begins as a reverence for natural beauty ends up pointing towards abstract expressionism and the colour field work of high modernism which, in many cases eschewed the banality of such “natural” beauty.
I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become
Sky Hopinka | 12:31 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
An elegy to Diane Burns on the shapes of mortality and being, and the forms the transcendent spirit takes while descending upon landscapes of life and death. A place for new mythologies to syncopate with deterritorialized movement and song, reifying old routes of reincarnation. Where resignation gives hope for another opportunity, another form, for a return to the vicissitudes of the living and all their refractions.
“I’m from Oklahoma I ain’t got no one to call my own.
If you will be my honey, I will be your sugar pie way hi ya
way ya hi ya way ya hi yo.”
Diane Burns (19572006)
9pm at Deluge: Meridian Plain
When Times Moves Faster
Anna Vasof | 7:00 | Austria | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
When Time Moves Faster demonstrates Vasof’s unbelievable pleasure in experimentation and shares her delight in creating the illusions enabled solely through the medium of cinema. She spares no effort in converting everyday objects into mechanical constructions necessary for the shooting of her film.
Johan Rijpma | 2:00 | Netherlands | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
From all directions gravity pulls on the shards of a breaking dinner plate.
Vicky Smith | 10:00 | UK | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Primal is an abstract animation made directly onto film. Through contact actions of rubbing and scraping, marks are made onto the unprocessed fogged negative. Similarly, sounds are made through tactile processes of rubbing materials against the mic.
Caryn Cline | 3:00 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
Lost Winds is a botanicollage film, featuring both planned and chance direct animation, achieved with an optical printer.
Birgitta Hosea | 3:00 | UK | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
Physical labour creates the world around usconstructing buildings, manufacturing goods, cooking, cleaning. Yet, all too often this work remains unrecognized and invisible. Based on the filmmaker’s own early experiences as a cleaner, Erasure uses repetitive actions and the textures of ink, bleach and other cleaning products to re-animate the labour of domestic work.
More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters
Kelly Gallagher | 6:19 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
An experimental animation exploring the powerful and inspiring life of revolutionary Lucy Parsons. The film illustrates Parsons’ life dedicated to struggle and her countless important contributions fighting against capitalism, racism and sexism.
Deborah Kelly | 3:56 | Australia | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Reclining nude female figures from the western canon of art history escape from centuries of servitude to the colonial hetropatriarchy and form a revolution.
Pattern for Survival
Kelly Sears | 6:30 | USA | 2015 | Cdn Premiere
Pattern for Survival channels the frenetic energy and aggression of security and preparedness. Speculative threats are rendered as routine directives. As you read the rest of this manual, keep in mind the need for a survival strategy.
Emily Pelstring | 3:19 | Canada | 2017 | World Premiere
This stop-motion film offers an audiovisual meditation on the material animation of stones, inspired by Camillo Leonardi’s Speculum Lapidum (1533) describing their magical healing virtues, categorized by colour. The character-based vignettes are inspired by woodcuts in De Hortus Sanitatis (1485), a natural history encyclopedia detailing various methods of harnessing the power of gems.
Laura Kraning | 18:30 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Meridian Plain maps an enigmatic distant landscape excavated from hundreds of thousands of archival still images, forecasting visions of a possible future, transmitted from a mechanical eye.