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A film festival opening its curtains for the first time in Winnipeg this month aims to shine a light on the experimental and often avant-garde work of underground filmmakers. The guys behind Open City Cinema (OCC) series—who’ve been introducing Winnipeggers to experimental films for the last year—have collected around 50 works for the first annual Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (WUFF) June 14-16.
The inaugural Winnipeg Underground Film Festival features loads of short experimental films by Bryan Boyce, Salise Hughes, Jodie Mack; retrospectives of Jesse McLean and Paul Clipson; and lots more.
The first ever Winnipeg Underground Film Festival is being held this June 14-16 at Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 1/2 Ross Ave. Over three days, WUFF will present seven programs of short, independently produced films and videos, by artists from across Canada, the United States, and overseas, as well as one feature film and two live performances.
TICKETS: $10 at the door / $15 for full 3-day pass
(passes are available in advance at Into the Music and Music Trader, and will also be available at the door).
(all funds raised from ticket sales go directly to the artists exhibited at the festival (so come out and support underground cinema if you can!))
full program details:
DAY ONE - JUNE 14
THE 90 SECOND: FILMS FROM THE OPEN CALL
official screening order!
total run time = 80 min
1. Abandoned Cabin by Flashlight – Gina Napolitan (Massachusetts)
Changes happen in dark places. A very small movie shot entirely by flashlight.
2. Electro-Magnetic Soft Jazz – Lansing Bruce Robertson (Winnipeg)
I wanted to make a short video about my struggles with tinnitus (ringing or roaring in the ears) but it really didn’t go as planned.
3. Thomas Edison’s Stitchpunk Frankenstein Monster – Gerald Saul (Regina)
Inspired by the early Edison short which depicted Mary Shelly’s tale on the screen for the first time, the monster is raised by alchemical fire by the madman himself, Thomas Edison, who’s hubris knows no bounds. But is he going to be able to handle the rebellious young monster?
4. Adventure Men Episode 1– Lansing Bruce Robertson (Winnipeg)
Cartoon Superheros champion free market principles in a heavily corporatized future.
5. Boys – Ed Ackerman (Winnipeg)
6. Hugging at Raw – Team Vector (Intl.)
The results from an afternoon of bending and breaking battery operated video game devices in order to create generative glitch art.
7. Conan O’Brien Wins the Lottery – Matheu Plouffe (Winnipeg)
Based on a true story of success and riches.
8. The Simpsons (rare home videos) – Milos Mitrovic (Winnipeg)
After homer gets fired from the nuclear power plant, he attends a comedy workshop in order to become a better lover.
9. It’s Supernatural - Delf Gravert (Winnipeg)
10. 1998: The British Invasions - Fabian Velasco (Winnipeg)
This film explores Argentina and England’s violent past through a classic soccer match between the two nations.
11. [deterritorialization] – Ben Balcom (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
12. Magnifying Trivial - Alican Cekirge (Winnipeg)
13. Collide - Curtis Walker (Winnipeg)
A set of multicoloured digital abstractions made from original source material.
14. The Earth is like a Mirror Too – pt. 1 – Scott Fitzpatrick (Winnipeg)
15. The Earth is like a Mirror Too – pt. 2 – Scott Fitzpatrick (Winnipeg)
16. My Hero - Elizabeth Henry (Denver, USA)
A small story of big courage, noble curiosity and the profound freedom that comes with letting go. But don’t blink! The main character is somewhat elusive.
17. Snakegrass – Stephen Broomer (Toronto)
Snake grass lines a forest path. The camera passes toward the entrance to the woods. It staggers and repeats as the scene is saturated in colour.
18. Queen’s Quay – Stephen Broomer (Toronto)
Red, green, blue, and yellow grids track the horizon, left and right. The colours collide and mix.
19. Everything Turns, Everything Revolves – Aaron Zeghers (Winnipeg)
“In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one’s life.”
20. The Library at Night - Gina Napolitan (Massachusetts)
A study for an ongoing project about the physical nature of books. Shot by candle light using a Canon 5D and 120mm lens with extension tubes. Exposure time for each frame is between 2 to 4 seconds.
21. The Disillusionment of 10 o’clock - Lilli Carré (L.A./Chicago)
22. Zala moves – Paloma Ayala and Sasha Amaya (Winnipeg)
An animation based on movement created in response to various spaces in the town of Lendava, Slovenia. The movement was then transformed into drawings, exploring kinetics, the possibility for physical extension and contraction, and the distorition of shape.
23. Step by Step - Toby Gillies (Winnipeg)
Animated collage made from Walter T. Foster “How to Paint and Draw” publications, and other found footage. Sound track created by recording the sounds of art supplies.
24. Rough Diamonds – Occer
Exercises one can do whilst waiting for an elevator or sitting in an office chair, as demonstrated in The Wellness Guide to Lifelong Fitness. Music by Handsome Boy Modeling School.
25. Lux Interior – Wendy Morgan (Toronto)
26. The Greatest Joke Ever Told – Matheu Plouffe (Winnipeg)
The re-imagining of a classic.
27. Gunargie and the Sea - Mike Furnish (Winnipeg)
In this video Gunargie has come to commune with the sea, hoping to fell the spirit of her people from the time when they were one with the water and the islands.
28. Bird Story – Scott Leroux (Winnipeg)
One bird… One nuclear holocaust. Find out what happens in “birdstory” the telling tale of a birds heart warmed in wonder.
29. Self-Portrait Predicted Through 3-Dimensional Co-ordinates – Ryan Hill (Winnipeg)
It’s a few experiments with prediction tree algorithms applied to a photo of myself.
30. Selfportrait - Krzysztof Rynkiewicz (Poland)
31. Seconds of Nudity – Rob Vilar (Winnipeg)
32. Being Home – Charles Brandl (Germany)
33. Naked Star Wars – Sean Grounds (Toronto)
34. Our Precious Bombs - Bob Paris and Adam Rosenberg (Virginia, USA)
Our Precious Bombs is a patriotic, educational film about our deep affection for bombs.
35. Explosions Bring Us Closer Together – Jonathan Johnson (Columbus, Ohio)
36. Replete - Jeremy Newman (New Jersey, USA)
This video is an abstract creation story. The aesthetic promise of abundance is countered by dissonance.
37. Splendor – Jeremy Newman (New Jersey, USA)
This video explores the interplay between artistic vision and the urban environment. Rachel Blythe Udell’s embroideries are central.
38. Subterranean - Ian Johnson (Winnipeg)
Subterranean is a short piece about crossing a threshold. Going from a comfortable environment to a space of fear and doubt. As a progression into this exploration of space the viewer passes the point of no return into the dark abyss.
39. Satan - Ryan Surowich (Winnipeg)
40. Mink Fever – Calvin Bzovy and Jonathon Chartrand (Winnipeg)
41. Just a Dream? - Dieter–Michael Grohmann (Belgium/Austria)
42. Rock Dove - Jen Bieber and Kaja Levy (Montreal, Canada)
An exploration of our relationship to one of our oldest urban allies, the pigeon.
43. Popcorn Theif – Ed Ackerman (Winnipeg)
44. Fix Ladder – Ed Ackerman (Winnipeg)
45. How to Tune a Guitar – Steve Basham (Winnipeg)
46. Mr. Saul and the E-Card – Gerald Saul (Regina)
“Mr. Saul”, a self-assured alter ego of filmmaker Gerald Saul, has expanded his areas of expertise to now include realm of the “inter - net” and, as a public service, shared his wisdom with the world.
47. Capacities – Chris Brandl (Germany)
48. Techno Garbage Men – Jean-Michel Rolland (France)
Experimental Rhythm’n’split video where we can see and hear garbage men doing their work at night.
49. Filth Whistle – Midnight Review Presents… (Winnipeg)
50. Watermusic – Wilda WahnWitz (Germany)
Axel Ranisch dancing spontaneously to Georg Friedrich Händel´s Wassermusik (Water Music) after being asked by Wilda to do so. He thinks of failing and will try again.
51. Containers – Kent Tate (Canada)
A freight train with shipping containers exits a tunnel through Mount Stephen in Field, British Columbia, Canada.
52. Washam Potts - Jon William O’Neill (Davidson, NC, USA)
A reflection on reproduction, mimesis, and historical repetition; the apparently paradoxical immortality and decay of place and image.
53. Caretaker – Tony Gault (Denver, USA)
54. IMAGO - Andrew_Mayfield (USA)
An ethereal transformation of notion.
55. WBCC3 - WPG BRUTALIST CINEMA CLUB (Winnipeg)
A look at suburban life in Winnipeg. Featuring the song Solarbear Electrique.
56. Tell Me a Story – Wendy Morgan (Toronto, Canada)
57. Neighbor - Julia Jin (New York State, USA)
Across the road resides a neighbor never seen, only existent through filters and reflection.
58. MKZ - Benjamin R. Taylor (Montreal, Quebec)
59. Gurnargie – Mike Furnish (Winnipeg)
60. Janela a noite - Filipe Afonso (Portugal)
Filmed with a zoom lens in search of televisions seen through the windows, the plan was only revealed when I got home and saw it on the computer: it was not what I wanted to shoot.
61. Jordan E. Lopez Rewinds A VHS Tape - Jordan Lopez (Illinois, USA)
62. Fall Series Part 1 & 2 – Aaron Zeghers (Winnipeg)
Parts 1 & 2 of my Fall Series, as inspired by Bas Jan Ader.
63. Cheap Thrills – Wilda WahnWitz (Germany)
Done in a bolex workshop with the theme of Cheap in-camera tricks that was lead by Mike Maryniuk. The rhythm guitar that rules the sound is played by Wilda, by me.
64. Dirty, Little, Amusement – Jay Kim (USA)
Every cut from found footage in this montage indicates each word dirty, little, amusement. And when those images connected together, it tells story about “Dirty little amusement”.
65. Liquid Fields – Roger D. Wilson (Ottawa, Canada)
66. Mirror Ladder - Charles Chadwick (San Francisco, USA)
67. Winnipeg - Matheu Plouffe (Winnipeg)
An ode to a soul-less soul crusher.
68. I Constructed a Sky Inside – Tim Maton (Winnipeg) (Super 8)
69. Untitled – Amanda Emms (Winnipeg) (16mm)
70. More Jellybeans – Scott Fitzpatrick (16mm)
**All <90 Second filmmakers in attendance will get a free WUFF weekend pass with the regular $5 admission fee! Whoop Whoop!
CINEMA STUDIES: HOLLYWOOD REPURPOSED
Digital editing and the web have altered dramatically the way film and video artists engage with archival material, and the history of moving image before them. No longer regarded as something only to be observed, the vast waste of films left behind by Hollywood has been opened up for season by an artistic community growing less and less reverent to copyright law, and around the world new ideas are being forged from these old images. WUFF is excited to present nine new videos that furhter this tradition of appropriation, starring Cary Grant, Donald Sutherland, Bill Paxton, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Montgomery Clift, Robert DeNiro, Mickey Mouse and more, all as they were never intended.
Univverrsal Picturessssss dir. Jan Mensen
2011 | DE | :30 | One of Hollywood’s most famous logos, corrupted and destroyed by the combination of different compression methods.
Crop Duster Octet dir. Gregg Biermann
2011 | US | 5 | One of the most iconic sequences in the history of Hollywood cinema is deconstructed and reassembled to illuminate the patterns, rhythms and choreography of the original. The resulting picture is an eight-banded, kinetic tour de force.
Erasable Cities dir. Salise Hughes
2011 | US | 12 | Conversations between Marco Polo and Kubia Khan recorded by Italo Calvino.
Carmilla’s Thirst dir. Wendy Morgan
2012 | CA | :30 | A meditation on Roger Vadim’s Et Mourir de plaisir.
Titanic: abridged dir. Jesse Hamel
2012 | CA | 2 | The narrative arc of one of Hollywood’s biggest films is revisited with the abruptness and abandon of a choose-your-own-adventure book.
Walt Disney’s Taxi Driver dir. Bryan Boyce
2011 | US | 4.5 | Walt Disney’s re-imagineering of Martin Scorsese’s classic film Taxi Driver follows Mickey Mouse-obsessed Travis Bickle as he looks for love in a rapidly transforming New York City.
Postface dir. Frederic Moffet
2011 | CA | 7 | Postface takes a look back at the filmography of Montgomery Clift, whose private life and career spiraled downward after a 1956 car crash that left his face scarred and partially paralyzed.
The Time That Remains dir. Soda_Jerk
2012 | AU | 12 | In this gothic melodrama, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis perpetually wake to find themselves haunted by appartitions of their older and younger selves. Isolated in their own screen space, each woman must struggle to reclaim time from the gendered discourses of ageing that mark her has ‘past her prime’.
Miss Candace Hilligoss’ Flickering Halo dirs. Fabio Scacchioli + Vincenzo Core
2011 | IT | 12 | There is a distance between us and our image reality. Even between thought and language, there is a similar lapse, necessary to transmit the signal via electrical impulses from the brain to different parts of the body. This is a film about this distance.
SHORT VISITS TO DIFFERENT WORLDS: CURATED BY AND FEATURING SABRINA RATTÉ
Sabrina Ratté is a Montreal based visual artist, whose focus lies mainly in the field of video. Her work mixes digital and analogue tools in order to explore the limits between what is considered real or artificial, she creates virtual environments where architeture and landscape fall into abstraction. Also motivated by the relationship between electronic music and the video image, Ratté often collaborates with musicians for finished pieces as well as in live settings. WUFF is excited to present three of Ratté’s newest videos alongside a program of work by nine other contemporary video artists, selected by the artist herself.
The Land Behind dir. Sabrina Ratté
2013 | CA | 5
Aurae dir. Sabrina Ratté
2012 | CA | 2.5
Activated Memory I dir. Sabrina Ratté
2011 | CA | 6.5
Skymappr dir. Brenna Murphy
2012 | US | 3
Survey dir. Joe Hamilton
2012 | AU | 1
Trouble In Utopia dir. Joe Hamilton
2012 | AU | 1.5
Virtual Lobby dir. Lauren Elder
2012 | US | 3
Rooms dir. Sara Ludy
2012 | US | 4
Sky Limousine dir. Zahid Jiwa
2012 | CA | 4.5
124510112010 dir. Maryann Norman
2010 | US | 15
Liquid Diamond dir. Sam Newell
2013 | US | 2
Temple dir. Duncan Malashock
2009 | US | 1.5
Magic Square dir. Duncan Malashock
2009 | US | 2
Colorful Colorado Revisited dir. Yoshi Sodeoka
2013 | US | 6.5
SOLAR COFFIN: LIVE PERFORMANCE
Stick around and check out a live performance by modular synth duo, Solar Coffin. Fletcher Pratt and Erik Larsen create pulsing, alien drones and textures over dark, sequenced bass melodies.
DAY TWO - JUNE 15
DISPLAY: 5 x JESSE McLEAN
Jesse McLean is a media artist based in Iowa City, IA, whose work utilizes a combination of found footage and originally shot materials to examine contemporary questions about culture, technology and human behaviour. She was the recipient of the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Overkill Award at the Images Festival in 2011. Since then her work has screened internationally, and she’s become a fixture at experimental and underground film festivals worldwide. WUFF is excited to present, all for the first time in Manitoba, five acclaimed works by Jesse McLean:
Somewhere Only We Know dir. Jesse McLean
2009 | US | 5 | What can a face reveal? Balanced between composure and collapse, individuals anxiously await their fate.
Magic for Beginners dir. Jesse McLean
2010 | US | 20.5 | Magic for Beginners examines the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing to obsession to psychic connections. The need for such connections (whether real or imaginary), as well as the need for an emotional release that only fantasy can deliver, are explored.
Climbing dir. Jesse McLean
2009 | US | 6.5 | An homage to German Romanticism using the ultimate trompe l’oeil. The endless ascent of the heroic cursor is both a critical look and a sly celebration of the infinite nature of the digital landscape.
Remote dir. Jesse McLean
2011 | US | 11 | There is a presence lingering in the dark woods, just under the surface of a placid lake and at the end of a dreary basement corridor. It’s not easy to locate because it’s outside but also inside. It doesn’t just crawl in on your wires because it’s not a thing. It’s a shocking eruption of electrical energy. In the collage video Remote, dream logic invokes a presence that drifts through physical and temporal barriers.
The Invisible World dir. Jesse McLean
2012 | US | 16 | A deceased hoarder, reconstituted through technology, recounts a difficult childhood as inhabitants of a virtual world struggle to reconcile materialistic tendencies. A scientist leads an effort to understand the passage of time, but data is unreliable. The question remains, what happens to our things when we’re gone? In this video, materialism, emotional presence and the adaptive nature of human beings are broadly considered through the lens of time. A variety of time-based materials (home movies, internet videos, sci-fi seventies films, and a photographed archive of objects) are collected and collaged, revealing the filmmaker’s own hoarding tendencies.
QUEER THEMES: 6 NEW TRADITIONS
WUFF is pleased to present six filmmakers from Canada and the United States whose works all speak to some element of queer thought… but is queerness a theme? By turns sensitive and transgressive, the films and videos in this program seem to share some common DNA, but the bond may be less about a shared concept of identity, than about their measured and evocative explorations of human emotion.
de(con)struct dir. E. Hearte [16mm]
2012 | CA | 1 | Double exposed, edited in camera, and processesd by hand, this DIY film work plays with ideas regarding gender expression and creation, while addressing the possibilty of conflicting aspects of one’s identity; the perpetual construction and deconstruction of gender.
Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin dir. Mariah Garnett [16mm]
2012 | US | 14 | Provocatively mixing fact and fiction in her voiceover, Mariah Garnett’s potent tribute segues from her drag play as 1970s gay sex icon Peter Berlin to beautiful footage that she and Berlin shot together - with the same type of camera he used four decades ago - during their tender conversation inside his eclectically decorated home.
In My Room dir. Chance Taylor
2012 | CA | 2 | A series of webcam models during their in-between moments.
Pop! dir. Navid Sinaki
2009 | US | 6 | The iconic Iranian singer-actress Googoosh stars as a drag performer in the cabaret underground of 1965 Tehran in this queer re-staging of FILMFARSI, an overlooked genre of Iranian films from before the Islamic Revolution.
Happy dir. Daniel McIntyre
2012 | CA | 8 | The quest for happiness dictates the shape of many lives in the world. Some find religion, some seek love, but all are searching to be happy. Happy moves through hand-processed 16mm film to explore the intersection of happiness, apostasy, and love. Has anyone told you that God loves you?
I Remember: a Film about Joe Brainard dir. Matt Wolf
2012 | US | 25 | Modesty, whimsy, and clarity of design grace the work of Joe Brainard (1941-1994), an artist and writer whose evocations of memory and desire perhaps found their greatest expression in his memoir-poem I Remember. Filmmaker Matt Wolf returns to this iconic poem in his film, I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard. The archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory.
A THOUSAND LITTLE LIGHTS: 4 x PAUL CLIPSON
10:00 [all works shown on 16mm]
Paul Clipson is a San Fransisco based filmmaker and experimental artist whose work involves projected installation and live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians. His largely improvised, in-camera-edited films bring to light subconcoius preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. WUFF is excited to be able to show four of Paul’s brilliant and lyrical super 8 masterworks, all on 16mm film.
Sphinx on the Seine dir. Paul Clipson [16mm]
2008 | US | 9 | Sphinx On the Seine is a film poem: the beginning of a metaphysical journey, musing on a series of brief, but enigmatic images taken from around the world. These images follow one after the other, but geographically span thousands of miles and large passages of time between each cut. Notions of time, space, and memory collide within a visual fabric of abstractions, landscapes, textures, superimpositions and graphic forms, to suggest the first enigmatic moments of dream-sleep.
Chorus dir. Paul Clipson [16mm]
2009 | US | 7 | Three cities become one in this unblinking nocturnal collage of images and sounds in which space, color and light move through the eye of the camera to create thoughts visualized before their conception. Shot in San Francisco, New York and Rotterdam.
Union dir. Paul Clipson [16mm]
2010 | US | 15 | An exploration of movement, woven into layers of time, and photographed in natural and nocturnal urban spaces, ambiguous within a confluence of lights, colors and darkness.
Another Void dir. Paul Clipson [16mm]
2012 | US | 11 | Orpheus meets the bird with the crystal plumage. Filmed in the Tenderloin night of San Francisco, this study of the eye in vertiginous color and darkness, part drip painting, part contour drawing, part cubist collage, broadens and intensifies an on-going exploration into the various in-camera processes of handheld, small gauge filmmaking in the optic field, and the rhythmic and graphic relationships of multilayered imagery to music-making and dreams.
GHOST TWIN: LIVE PERFORMANCE
Stick around and check out a live performance by Ghost Twin, the dark dance collaboration between filmmakers/musicians Jaimz and Karen Asmundson. A gothy electronic music and video séance not to be missed.
VHS DANCE PARTY
DJs Rob Vilar and Rhayne Vermette provide the soundtrack, and filmmaker Aaron Zeghers offers up his VHS collection to be devoured and remixed live at this after-the-show dance and video party. Sounds like fun !
DAY THREE - JUNE 16
DRAW ON EVERYTHING: FRESH ANIMATED IDEAS!
Come out Sunday to see seventeen new films and videos from across the world face off in a no-holds-barred animation frenzy. The entire spectrum is covered here (literaly and figuratively), from character driven narratives to completely abstract visual assaults, with stops along the way at hand-made, hand-drawn, stop-motion, single-frame, slit-scan, collage, cameraless and direct animations as well. Traditional notions of what-makes-an-animation will be pushed and stretched, and a significant amount of fun is guaranteed to be had as well.
Spectrum Cube dir. Emilio Gomariz
2012 | US | 1 | A mesmerizing computer animation based on the “OS X genie effect”.
Like a Lantern dir. Lilli Carré
2012 | US | 5 | A man fantasizes about an exotic and fantastical alternative to his own anchored life. In an absurd attempt to change his situation, he lies sideways on the floor to make his view of the horizon shift from horizontal to vertical. Like a Lantern was created using methods of paper cut-out replacement animation and pressure printing on a Vandercook letterpress.
Cul-de-sac of Mortality dir. Edwin Rostron
2012 | UK | 1
Triangles dir. Ben Popp
2012 | US | 3 | A film made using only cut out triangles. The sound was made using only triangles as well.
Blotto 649 dir. Mike Maryniuk
2013 | CA | 2.5 | Made with 6490 photographs of spin art micro paintings.
Modern No. 2 dir. Mirai Mizue
2011 | JP | 4 | We went for it without any hesitation. We’ve formed the world at a quickening pace. What on Earth is this world that we’ve created?
Ghosts of Yesterday dir. Tony Gault
2012 | US | 5.5 | This collage of rotoscoped home movies is inspired by childhood memories of religion and altered consciousness. The film explores our collective abandonment of analog imagery and is Gault’s personal attempt to reconcile with digital imagery.
Provincial Highway 44 dir. Ryan Hill
2012 | CA | 1 | A digitally manipulated piece of Canadiana pushes traditional notions of animation towards the edge.
Bite of the Tail dir. Song E Kim
2012 | US | 9 | Wife is suffering from stomach pain and she firmly believes that she can find cure from Doctor. However, Doctor has no idea how. Husband goes to an empty lot in search of a snake. When he haunts, he wears a beekeeper’s hat. Sister talks but who knows if it is truth? Life is a constant struggle to find a right answer.
The Great Rabbit dir. Atsushi Wada
2011 | JP | 7 | If you believe in the Rabbit, you’ll believe in anything. If you don’t believe in the Rabbit, it means that you wouldn’t believe anything. A magical hand-drawn animation that is also a profound conundrum about the ambiguous nature of idols.
Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise dir. Kelly Sears
2011 | US | 7 | Candid photos from 1970s high school yearbooks resurface in a minimalist horror story. An unknown force seeps into the walls of the school that eerily mirrors larger political and social markers of the recent past.
Point de Gaze dir. Jodie Mack [16mm]
2012 | US | 5 | Named after a type of Belgian lace, this fabric flicker film investigates intricate illusion and optical arrest.
PXXXL dir. Lauren Cook
2012 | US | 3 | Using century-old technology, PXXXL creates digital glitch from analogue process. It was animated directly on the celluloid without a camera, in a darkroom, using lights, objects, and handmade lenses.
Stalking the Wild Washi Machine dir. Devon Damonte
2013 | US | 15 | The lastest film from direct animation wizard, Devon Damonte.
Burning Star dir. Joshua Gen Solondz
2013 | CA | 4 | Dedicated to my father, who asked that I make a more colorful work. Made during a residency at the now defunct Experimental Television Center, Burning Star is a colorful implo/explosion of the twelve-sided star.
Spring Tide dir. Sean Hanley
2012 | US | 2 | An animation created with sea glass collected over childhood summers in Maine.
You Are Here dir. Leslie Supnet
2012 | CA | 2.5 | Invoking the dead to write through a ritual performed by animated hands.
TWO YEARS AT SEA: A FEATURE x BEN RIVERS
WUFF is excited to join forces with WNDX to present Ben Rivers’ acclaimed feature film, Two Years At Sea.
Two Years At Sea dir. Ben Rivers
2011 | UK | 88 | A man called Jake lives in the middle of the forest. He goes for walks in whatever the weather, and takes naps in the misty fields and woods. He builds a raft to spend time sitting in a loch. Drives a beat-up jeep to pick up wood supplies. He is seen in all seasons, surviving frugally, passing the time with strange projects, living the radical dream he had as a younger man, a dream he spent two years working at sea to realise.
WUFF would not be possible without the generous support of the many kind people listed below. Please take a moment to check ‘em out, cause who knows, you might just make a new friend or two or three or four… or more!
>Open City Cinema
>FRAME Arts Warehouse
>Midcan Production Services
>WNDX Festival of Moving Image
>Into the Music
>Video Data Bank
>RAW Gallery of Architecture and Design
Open City Cinema and WFG Cinematheque present: LEVIATHAN
DIRECTED BY LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR & VÉRÉNA PERAVEL | 2012 | FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM, USA | 87 MINS
May 23rd at WFG Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street)
Doors at 7:00 pm
Preceded by the short film Not Clear Cut by Paul Turano selected by Open City. Skype interview to follow the film with Lucien Castaing-Taylor, one of the directors of Leviathan.
Ever wonder what a documentary about the commercial fishing industry would look like from the product’s point of view? Leviathan is that documentary, or the closest we’ll ever come to it – an immersive, almost assaultive piece of subjective cinema designed to literally plunge us into the deep, experiencing the catch of the day from inside the nets. In collaboration with Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel strapped HD cameras to fishermen on a series of voyages. They’ve assembled the footage into a narrative of sorts, recreating a single night’s fishing off the New Bedford coast, where some of the action of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick took place.
Presented in partnership with Open City Cinema in celebration of their first anniversary. Reception to follow in Artspace lobby.
WFG Link: www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/cinematheque/leviathan.aspx