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7pm at Deluge: City of Silver
There Lived the Colliers
Nelson MacDonald | 6:30 | Canada | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
Between 1850 and 1920 thousands of wooden duplexes were built in Nova Scotia by coal companies to house the influx of workers from Europe and the Caribbean. Today, decades after the last mine closed, the houses remain. There Lived the Colliers relies on images of these simple structures to suggest the personality, resilience, hardship and history of working-class people who have inhabited this place for 150 years.
601 Revir Drive
Josh Weissbach | 8:40 | USA | 2017 | World Premiere
A series of spatial limits are defined while a maker imbibes.
Interdependence is inherited after a substance cannot be shook. An animal carefully guards an outlined space as the river runs backwards.
Heather Harkins | 5:00 | Canada | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
Solitaire shares reflections from a lonesome heart, isolated within its landscape and within the limited of the Super 8 film frame. Placid shots of nature rest on screen beneath colour shifts, dancing shadows, scratches and other visual interruptions. The narration uses 19th century poetry to celebrate the joy and self-determination that can be found in solitude.
Judy Jheung | 7:00 | Canada | 2017 | World Premiere
Considering the rapid change in Chinatowns the world over in recent years, ComposingYou_Chinatown aspires to commemorate their cultural legacies and to acknowledge those who helped build these unique heritage sites. Incorporating 2/3D motion graphics and multi-layer sound mix, the work expresses sociocultural narration in non-linear fashion.
Salise Hughes | 4:06 | USA | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
The first chapter in an epic journey navigated across erased and scratched frames of film history to reach the melting bottom of the world.
The Stream 7
Hiroya Sakurai | 5:56 | Japan | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. Nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water.
Trópico Desvaído [Faded Tropics]
Valentina Alvarado | 6:10 | Spain/Venezuela | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Trópico Desvaído collapses various modes of representation to explore the transformative processes of geographical and ethnographic inquiry.
Keno City of Silver
Jessica Auer | 17:45 | Canada | 2017 | World Premiere
After the portals of the Elsa silver mine closed for good in 1989, the population of Keno City, a community that housed many of Elsa’s miners and workers, dwindled to a mere 20 inhabitants. Unlike many other frontier mining towns, this tiny end-of-the-road settlement defied complete abandonment. The film draws a portrait of a quasi-ghost town as it shifts into a new era. Through her practice as a photographer, Auer engages and identifies with the town as she searches for Keno’s raison d’être. Keno City of Silver connects the collapse of its mining industry with filmography, mirroring the history of Keno with that of silver-based photography and the arrival of the digital age.
9pm at Deluge: Amarillo Ramp
Alex MacKenzie | 2:00 | Canada | 2017 | Vic Premiere
Agar-Agar is a film made from failed experiments in creating a handmade emulsion using agar-agar instead of gelatine. Studying the materials with a hand-cranked projector permits scanning across the images as well as freeze-frames: satellite views of ice floes, macro photography of cells, geographies of random patterns, clumping silver nitrate. Audio by The Cyrillic Typewriter.
Jack Friswell | 5:50 | UK/Italy | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
Comet Perfume is a folk tale of an ecological catastrophe set in a place outside of time and history. Filmed within the subterranean sulphur networks of a volcano, the narrator draws on similarities between the odour of space and that beneath the Earth’s crust. The protagonist describes a foreign world of mutated cultures, inhabitants of extreme atmospheres excavating the last of the minerals.
Everything Under the Sun
Jeffrey Langille | 5:30 | Canada | 2016 | BC Premiere
Everything Under the Sun is an unblinking, direct gaze at the sun. A field recording of human voices, bird song and machine sound accompanies the austere image, bringing sound to the foreground to explore slow time and the nature of attention.
Bell Tower of False Creek
Randolph Jordan | 11:33 | Canada | 2017 | W Cdn Premiere
Bell Tower of False Creek investigates overlapping issues of urban soundscape design, indigenous land claims and creative archival practices in Vancouver. The film uses the church bell as metaphor for traffic on Burrard Bridge as it casts an acoustic profile roughly equivalent to the area returned to the Squamish Nation as reserve lands in 2002. Recorded 40 years after the World Soundscape Project’s first major case study of Vancouver, the film juxtaposes archival recordings of WSP members in conversation about the city’s endangered sounds with new material exploring current indigenous presence around the bridge.
Lukas Marxt | 7:00 | Austria | 2016 | W Cdn Premiere
Circular Inscription positions itself, not only formally, as homage to Land Art of the 1960s and 1970s, producing an ambivalent recording of tire tracks which ultimately take on the monumentality of oversized Earth Works.
Donald Judd and I
Sasha Pirker | 4:00 | Austria | 2016 | Cdn Premiere
Unlike Heinz Emigholz and his systematic research of the work of Rudolph Schindler, Pirker is interested in the random, hard-to-believe stories about the Vienna-born architect. In this case it’s the relationship of minimalist artist Donald Judd and Schindler, who built a refuge for Judd in Marfa TX in the 1970s.
Bill Brown & Sabine Gruffat | 24:10 | USA | 2017 | Cdn Premiere
Best known for Spiral Jetty, sculptor Robert Smithson’s interest in landscape and land use was prophetic. In 1973, Texas oil millionaire Stanley Marsh 3 commissioned Smithson to create an earthwork on Marsh’s cattle ranch north of Amarillo. Called Amarillo Ramp, it was to be Smithson’s final project: he was killed in a plane crash while flying over the site on an aerial survey. Responding to Smithson’s sculptural practice, as well as his interest in science fiction, the film is a document, a memorial and a meditation on Amarillo Ramp as an observatory of time and space.