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7pm at Deluge: Algo-Rhythm

A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message
Rhea Storr | 12:00 | UK | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
Celebration is protest at Leeds West Indian Carnival. A look at forms of authority, the film asks who is really performing? Following Mama Dread’s, a troupe whose carnival theme is Caribbean immigration to the UK, we are asked to consider the visibility of black bodies, particularly in rural spaces.

Dave Rodriguez | 3:35 | USA | 2019 | World Premiere
Tartamudeo—a Spanish word for “stutter”—traces connections between language, trauma and cultural memory in a Cuban-American family. Assembled from archival fragments—home movies, educational films about stuttering, anti-Communist propaganda—and refracted through analogue and digital synthesis, the work explores a shared loss of language between two generations—one spurned by violent revolution, the other by speech impediment.

Notes on Seeing Double
Sanaz Sohrabi | 11:10 | Canada | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
What is the anatomy of a revolution? Masses of bodies with a collective desire? Notes on Seeing Double takes the Farsi figure of speech “Temsaal” as its point of departure to examine this question. Through juxtaposition of a photograph taken in 1979 in Tehran and a painting by Rembrandt depicting the famous anatomy theatre of Amsterdam in 1632, the film analyzes conditions of visuality within different systems of knowledge production. As a video-essay, it looks at the threshold of seeing and remembering, a gateway into unpacking relationships between, language, memory and ways images are entangled with processes of visualization.

The Stag’s Mirror
Robin Starbuck | 16:00 | USA/Mexico | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
Legend has it that an extraordinary event occurred in the late 19th century in a native village of the southern Mexican highlands. A community of deeply oppressed people rose up in revolt and claimed a Christ child from their own ranks. Shot in Chiapas, Mexico, The Stag’s Mirror is a visual and verbal response to this intricate story described in Rosario Castellano’s novel, The Book of Lamentations. The film is a construct of interlaced footage, animation and text that weaves Castellano’s story with statements by members of the indigenous Chiapan community during the 1990s Zapatista uprising. The Stag’s Mirror represents a community’s fight for survival as it establishes a break with progressive documentary narrative and how true stories are represented.

Red Pill Rant
Caroline Rumley | 4:11 | USA | 2019 | World Premiere
What does it mean that women are still being rated on a scale according to their looks?

Manu Luksch | 14:00 | Senegal/Austria/UK | 2019 | NA Premiere
Algo-Rhythm, shot in Dakar with leading Senegalese musicians, poets and graffiti artists, probes the insidious but comprehensive threats to human rights and agency posed by the quantification and algorithmic management of daily life. Using hiphop, drama, street art and data-driven filmmaking, the work explores how our embrace of the convenience of machine intelligence, refracted through the slick interface of smartphone apps, makes us vulnerable to manipulation. Recognizing the urgent need for a new visual language to illuminate this concern, Luksch collaborated with Jack Wolf and Mukul Patel to develop a hybrid narrative form that unites photogrammetry and volumetric filmmaking with traditional approaches. Through its auratic and poetic use of computational imaging technologies, Algo-Rhythm scrutinizes limitations, errors and abuses of algorithmic representations. 

9pm at Deluge: A Most Dangerous Game

Fifth Metacarpal
Scott Fitzpatrick | 6:00 | Canada | 2018 | W Cdn Premiere
“I broke my hand last summer.” A memoir of tenderness hazarded, muted ache and a fibreglass cast. 

Greg Marshall | 2:43 | Canada | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
bearing composes Google 360° Sphere photographs from Yemen with recorded data from over 327 US military drone attacks between 2002 and 2018. These records were further researched according to their geographic location. Each region of attack was remapped to a planar image and used to create the image sphere. The camera reveals the rotational coordinates and timing of each attack, visualizing the 17-year period into about two and a half minutes. The images were assembled according to time of day and weather and placed within a synchronized spin of yearly revolution. A central mirror-like sphere indicates the severity of each attack, according to its size, and is locked in relation to the camera. The images depict various regions and cities within Yemen, areas of everyday common interest, a kind of geographic snapshot of the country which for the most part does not necessarily depict results of civil war or drone strikes.

The Comic Sans Video
Roger Beebe | 8:22 | USA | 2018 | W Cdn Premiere
The Comic Sans Video is a “desktop cinema” essay on the ways in which taste is determined by race, class and gender. Provoked by the Twitter response to the Eric Garner “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt design, the video draws in equal parts on the theoretical writings of Pierre Bourdieu and conversations with two colleagues and my mother to reflect on both the public discourse and my own aesthetic prejudices.

Fucked Up Point Blank
Shayna Connelly | 4:36 | USA | 2019 | W Cdn Premiere
Anxiety unseats the narrator in time and place as she tries to rewrite the story in search of a less violent ending. Fucked Up Point Blank is a glitched found-footage film about anxiety interfering in storytelling. To unravel the truth, an anxious person struggles to rewrite with set structure, characters and tone. With each attempt to alter the narrative, the potential for violence escalates while the raw materials degrade and actions fragment, stutter or overlap.

Immaculate Concussion
Kathleen Quillian | 9:00 | USA | 2019 | Cdn Premiere
Immaculate Concussion scans the electromagnetic spectrum to look at how different frequencies affect living organisms, from radio broadcasting to radioactive decay, and how they can be used for both beneficial and nefarious purposes.

The Event
Mo Flannery | 5:12 | Australia | 2018 | WC Premiere
This is a true story of a woman who shuts down a major freeway from an overpass in Melbourne during a protest against the police state. An autobiographical narration of an extraordinary event from a CCTV control room operator who bears witness to the standoff.

A Most Dangerous Game
Brian Zahm | 16:22 | USA | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
A film professor deals with the potential for a school shooting that may or may not be of his own making.

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