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3pm at Deluge: Media Salon

Media Salon is an open forum for information exchange, critical discourse and social interaction. Join visiting and local media artists for informal discussions and refreshments in a casual environment.

7pm at Deluge: Goodbye Fantasy

Shon Kim | 7:31 | Republic of Korea | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
A dynamic locomotive experiment in the shape of a film, BOOKANIMA: Dance is the third instalment of Kim’s recent films using illustrations from vintage books as source materials for his ebullient chronographic animations paying homage to Edward Muybridge and Entienne Jules-Marey.

Never Never Land
Michael Fleming | 9:15 | Netherlands | 2018 | W Cdn Premiere
Never Never Land dissects our obsession with physical perfection and desire for control. Chance is replaced by choice and a belief in infinite possibility through engineering our lives and bodies as the ultimate DIY project in search of Homo Perfectus.

Love Starved: More Than Fat
Allison Stevens | 12:39 | Canada | 2018 | W Cdn Premiere
A woman explores her personal history through journals, artwork and family photos to overcome her shame about her body. When her childhood medical records reveal that she was obese at three years old, she questions when being fat became a choice. As she reflects on the negative messages that have been imprinted upon her body, she must confront her core insecurities.

Aural Fixation
Svava Tergesen | 3:03 | Canada | 2019 | W Cdn Premiere
The voice has the power to construct identity and give form to our experiences. But what happens when communication falls apart, becomes bewitched and signals get crossed?

La Pute Arabe
Drew Lint | 7:00 | Canada/France/Germany | 2018 | NA Premiere
A video exploration of the essay “La Pute Arabe” by Ashkan Sepahvand, written about his sexual experiences as a Persian American man in Paris. Sepahvand writes about the continued impact of colonial power structures on the perception of “the Arab” within French culture and how gay pornography shot in the Banlieue of Paris has reinforced that class divide. La Pute Arabe aims to provide a sensory experience, locating the viewer in settings that conjure Citebeur pornography and immersing them in a world of constructed images of “the Arab,” as seen through the gay European gaze.

Goodbye Fantasy
Amber Bemak, Nadia Granados | 15:00 | Mexico/Colombia/USA | 2018 | Cdn Premiere
Goodbye Fantasy is about two bodies in relation to one another as they let go of multiple cinematic universes they occupy together. Transforming from a fantasy body to a dreaming body to a dying body, they enact different constellations of social and political power as they relate to each other within the tight construct of the frame. 

9pm at Deluge: You Were an Amazement

The Passion of Andrew Grande
Peter Franco | 9:53 | USA | 2019 | Cdn Premiere
A video adaptation of Greg Hewett’s documentary poem “The Passion of Andrew Grande.” The poem—an assemblage of verse with text and imagery pulled from online chat rooms, comment sections of porn websites, and YouTube videos—is an ode, a letter, an elegy for an adult film actor. Grande tragically died in an altercation with police, an act which was, like much of his life, caught on camera and lives on in forgotten reaches of the internet.

Nina Yuen | 6:00 | USA | 2019 | Cdn Premiere
In Evelyn, Yuen performs a gender reversal on a masculine tradition to explore the radical potential of fragility and round shapes with soft edges.

Pirate Boys
Pol Merchan | 13:10 | Germany | 2018 | WC Premiere
Kathy Acker’s writing, and a seminal portrait of her taken by intersex photographer Del LaGrace Volcano, provide a lens through which to explore trans subjectivity and the queering of cinema. Pol Merchan’s hybrid doc fluidly moves from the documentation of the punk era to a more performative exploration of gender. – Eileen Arandiga (Hot Docs)

You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born
Cooper Battersby, Emily Vey Duke | 33:00 | Canada/USA | 2019 | W Cdn Premiere
You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born follows a woman through a life characterized by damage and loss, but in which she finds humour, love and joy. With a score that follows the span of Lenore’s life, from her birth in the early 70s to her death in the 2040s, the film takes us from moments of harrowing loss to those of poignancy and dark humour. Her life is told through voice-over, narrated by performers who range in age from nine to sixty-nine, and is beautifully illustrated with images of animals (including humans), insects and landscapes.
You Were an Amazement... conveys how the human animal’s ineluctable death drive can be the source of both profound comedy and tragic cruelty. In the many stories relayed across this short but voluble film, viewers are invited into an intimate identification with the experiences of marginalized others.” – Eli Horwatt

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