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THE 6 GAYS YOU'LL DATE BEFORE YOU DIE

Sarah Rotella
Canada 4:08 min. 2014

 
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THE 6 LESBIANS YOU'LL DATE BEFORE YOU DIE

Sarah Rotella
Canada 4:16 min. 2013

Gay dating in a nutshell.   Lesbian dating in a nutshell.
     
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ADRIFT IN SUNSET

Narissa Lee
USA 19:47 min. 2015

 
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ALL THAT IS LEFT UNSAID

Michèle Pearson Clarke
Canada 2:27 min. 2014

Dao is ready to go on her date but she also has to spend time with her mom who has Alzheimer’s—bringing her gallivanting ways to a halt.   With Audre Lorde acting as both subject and surrogate, All That is Left Unsaid is a daughter’s elegy for her mother.
     
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ALL THAT IS SOLID

Eva Kolcze
Canada 15:58 min. 2014

 
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AUTO PORTRAIT/SELF PORTRAIT POST PARTUM

Louise Bourque
Canada 13:20 min. 2013

All That Is Solid investigates Brutalist architecture through the surface of black and white celluloid.   An autobiographical experimental film exploring the ramifications of the devastating breakup of a romantic relationship.
     
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BADLANDS

Eva Kolcze
Canada 3:12 min. 2013

 
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BY THE LOTUS

Ellie Epp
USA/Canada 3:05 min. 2013

The Cheltenham Badlands are exposed Queenston shale that once lay beneath an ancient lake. Shot in HD and super 8, Badlands also features celluloid that has been decayed in soil and water.   A 3-minute dip into another zone.
     
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BY THE TIME WE GOT TO EXPO

Eva Kolcze & Philip Hoffman
Canada 9:06 min. 2015

 
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CLICK

Chris Chew
Canada 18:30 min. 2013

A meditative journey through Expo 67, re-visiting a significant moment in Canadian history using manipulated imagery taken from educational and documentary films.   When intrepid heroine Darcy gets her heart broken on her 30th birthday, her friends rally together to help Darcy recover.
     
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COLOUR THEORY

Barbara Sternberg
Canada 4:31 min. 2014

 
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CRASHING SKIES

Penny McCann
Canada 5:27 min. 2012

What’s in a name, what’s in a word? A world of colour.   An ordinary rural landscape is transformed into an enigmatic dreamscape.
     
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DECROUX'S GARDEN

Baba Hillman
France 4:05 min. 2012

 
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DEPENDENT

Stephanie Markowitz
Canada 4 min. 2013

A return after many years to the home of a beloved teacher. I am less than a trace returning to this garden, but I am here and my heart turns, hearing again, though differently, the songs that hang here still, in the breath of this place.   A music video in which an estranged couple meet for one last time to decide the fate of their relationship.
     
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DER SPAZIERGANG (THE WALK)

Margaret Rorison
Germany/USA 3:04 min. 2013

 
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DISPATCHES FROM THE FUTURE

Sabine Lebel
Canada 7 min. 2013

This film documents long walks throughout Berlin, Germany during the cold days of April 2013.    A grieving woman who spends too much time in her car starts to think that it might be haunted.
     
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THE DIVER

Amy Munz
USA 3:15 min. 2015

 
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DREAM FILIP

Emily Pelstring
Canada 3:43 min. 2014

The powerful moment before a person takes drastic action is captured in a beautiful, mysterious, and emotionally charged dance of a woman caught between leaping head first into an idyllic pool or just walking away.   In this filmic portrait, artist Filip Olszewski dreams, dances, and dreams of dancing.
     
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EVEN IF MY HANDS WERE FULL OF TRUTHS

Francisca Duran
Canada 7:29 min. 2012

 
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EXPLORATIONS OF AN UNEXPECTED TIME TRAVELER

Christina Battle
Canada 4:51 min. 2013

A mirror that contemplates how memory might or might not become history, using excerpts from now-classified CIA correspondence and a photo-montage taken at the Museum of Human Rights and Memory in Santiago.   Explorations of an Unexpected Time Traveler imagines a narrative where a woman from some undisclosed point in the past experiences continual unexplained and uncontrollable shifts in time and space.
     
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EYELASH WARS

Emily Pelstring
Canada 22:10 min. 2014

 
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FAR FROM

Barbara Sternberg
Canada 17:11 min. 2014

Eyelash Wars is a melodramatic, expanded fiction about the rivalry between two female entrepreneurs who battle for supremacy in the false eyelash business.   Constructed with repetitions and variations in reference to the musical form of a nocturne, Far From is an accumulation of the layers, density and noise of existence.
     
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FEMME HAIKU

Kami Chisholm
Canada 2:46 min. 2015

 
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FINDING A PLACE TO SLEEP

Juli Saragosa
Germany 7:13 min. 2013

A young femme contemplates love and loss in the heart of winter.   Based on stories my grandmother told me, I re-imagine while working as a cleaner the experiences of my ancestors during the Holodomor (forced famine) in Ukraine during the Stalinist-Soviet era.
     
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FLUFF FILM

Mée Rose
Canada 5:00 min. 2012

 
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FRESH FRUIT

Diane Busuttil
Germany/Italy 8:23 min. 2012

This video work is an experiment in self-love. BDSM and sex as a solo venture towards healing, growth, and transformation. Facing insecurity, welcoming loneliness, building strength to continue on living and loving myself.   Explores the inner yearnings of a bored hostess as she tastes a cornucopia of sweet and juicy offerings.
     
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FORSAKEN

Heidi Phillips
Canada 4:30 min. 2012

 
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HEAD CLEANER

Emily Pelstring
Canada 7 min. 2015

Abstracted images selected from found footage, exploring such techniques as contact printing and hand tinting and toning.   Distorted voices offer an expressionistic tour of the inside of a VCR.
     
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HERE

Ellie Epp
USA/Canada 4:07 min. 2015

 
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HIFI NORMAL

Amanda Dawn Christie & Léandre Bourgeois
Canada 7:29 min. 2014

A 4-minute drama on an archetypal stage.   The static image of a telecommunications tower gives way to static and feedback as the looping image decays into colourful abstraction through the use of a handmade DIY video switcher, and several modified VHS decks.
     
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HOLY MOTHER MY MOTHER

Vivek Shraya
Canada 7:15 min. 2014

 
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HOSHI NEKO (LITTLE STAR)

Ruby Kato Attwood & Emily Pelstring
Canada 4:39 min. 2012

A portrait of motherhood filmed during the Navratri celebrations (The Goddess Festival) in India.   Hoshi eats a koi fish, who emerges angry from his digestive system. The koi enlists the help of a pug to exact revenge, and the three characters embark on an epic chase through the cosmos.
     
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HOWARD

Carolyn Wong
Canada 18:53 min. 2012

 
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IN PASSING

Ana Kala
Serbia 11:57 min. 2014

This documentary uncovers Howard's complex and conflicted life as a gay man troubled with piety and low self worth, which drove him towards success, yet, ultimately led to self-destructive behavior and his murder in 1995.   A rakish woman in her 30s gives into a lesbian erotic impulse and pursues a seductive stranger after passing her on the street, leading to a night of physical exploration, only to end up alone.
     
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JACUMBA SONG

Baba Hillman
USA 2:26 min. 2013

 
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JUST PASSING THROUGH

Tess Girard
Canada 5:41 min. 2012

Lucienne Delyle, Tsygan the dog, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and a mantis meet in the desert to take the waters and sing of love.   Told through the perspective of a landscape, Just Passing Through tells the story of evolution as one image gives rise to the next.
     
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LAST LIGHT

Ellie Epp
USA/Canada 7:18 min. 2015

 
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LIGHT STUDY

Josephine Massarella
Canada 13:09 min. 2014

You know it’s happening but you can’t see it happening.   Light Study is a poetic examination of the wetlands, forests, and ecosystems of the Niagara Escarpment. 
     
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LOVE ME

Barbara Sternberg
Canada
5:39 min. 2014

 
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LUNAR ALMANAC

Malena Szlam
Canada
4 min. 2013

Using only text-on-screen, Love Me distills the emotions of an earlier film, Beating: emotions conflict, confuse and are difficult to reconcile. The texts ‘speak’ unsaid and unsayable thoughts, impolitic or just impolite.   Lunar Almanac is the result of in-camera editing and frame-by-frame photography to create a multi-layered field views of the phases of the moon.
     
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MEER DER DÜNSTE (SEA OF VAPORS)

Sylvia Schedelbauer
Germany
15 min. 2014

 
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MY FATHER, FRANCIS

Casey Mecija
Canada 11:38 min. 2013

A cascade of images cut frame by frame flow into an allegory of the lunar cycle.

  My Father, Francis: a father and daughter collaborate. A comment on kinship, diasporic labour, devotion and the factory as a site of creativity.
     
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NEGATIVE NATURE

Dawn George
Canada 6:20 min. 2014

 
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OB PIER 5, 3 MOVEMENTS

Ellie Epp
USA/Canada 8:12 min. 2015

A profound observation of nature’s forms and rhythms captured through the negative image on Super 8mm film reversal.   Form mutates through the elements, fluid into solid and back.
     
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ON THE DAY IT STARTED THERE WASN'T A CLOUD IN THE SKY

Christina Battle
Canada 5:30 min. 2012

 
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O SEA

Ellie Epp
USA/Canada 3:32 min. 2015

It was about 10 minutes to five o'clock when it descended upon the city.   O illimitable sea / pushing, pushing.
     
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OUTSIDE THE RING

Joanne Green and Steve Lindsay
Canada 27:58 min. 2014

 
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OVERPASS

Kami Chisholm
Canada 4:57 min. 2015

Through the lens of a unique violence recovery program in Toronto, this documentary provides a glimpse into the lives of women and transgendered survivors of violence and the impact Boxing has had in their healing.   Overpass weaves together intimate stories of histories of racial and domestic violence against the backdrop of the infamous OJ Simpson car chase in 1994.
     
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PERFORMING GIRL

Crescent Diamond
USA 24:50 min. 2013

 
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PERSISTENCE OF VISION

Caitlin Durlak
Canada 14:20 min. 2014

Performance is a strategy for survival.   Persistence of Vision is a film about the act of creation. Thirty years ago, despite a doctor’s prognosis that challenged his career, Canadian artist Lorne Marin was determined to create experimental short films for as long as he was able. Today, his artistic urge remains and Marin must find new ways to satisfy it.
     
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PLEASE RELAX NOW

Vika Kirchenbauer
Germany 12:10 min. 2014

 
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REWARDS

Mariya Nikiforova
USA 4:35 min. 2014

This is going to be a memorable event, orchestrated by me for you. Believe me, you will never forget this.   The film's original inspiration was Ward's Pond, a small kettle hole in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Touching off from the natural energies of this constricted urban green space, the film underwent destructive physical processes involving bleach and boiling.
     
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SEEKER WING

Iris Moore
Canada 9:06 min. 2014

 
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SOAK

Alysha Seriani
Canada 5:17 min. 2014

A personal journey towards self-acceptance.   A woman attempts to pull herself out of her sinking mood by taking a bath.
     
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SOURCES

Rose Lowder
France 5:22 min. 2012

 
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STOP CALLING ME HONEY BUNNY

Gabrielle Zilkha
Canada 10:36 min. 2013

Sources originated from Thomas the Gardener’s wish to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his making vegetable pâté.   It's a journey most of us are familiar with. One that starts with lust, passion, intense love and joy and eventually dwindles down the road of routine, familiarity and day to day banalities.
     
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STORMCLOUD

Kate Johnston
Canada 14:43 min. 2012

 
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SUNSPOTS AND SOLAR FLARES

Maria Magnusson
Sweden 2:34 min. 2013

Vi, a lesbian and artist, is heartbroken after her lover, Charlie, leaves her.   Sunspots and Solar Flares combines found footage of children dancing from a 1968 Toronto educational film with excerpts of Robin Armstrong’s Nuclear war 1984?
     
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TALKING TO MY MOTHER

Leon Le
USA 16:57 min. 2014

 
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TAKE IT APART AND PUT TOGETHER AGAIN

Maria Magnusson
Sweden 15:46 min. 2014

A young Asian American man struggles for both personal happiness and the love of his mother.   Take it apart and put together again is an experimental film about the start of the Swedish Chopper club called Sofia Hogs, founded in 1968 at Söder in Stockholm.
     
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THEY WERE PROMISED THE SEA

Kathy Wazana
Canada 80:22 min. 2012

 
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THE TIDE GOES IN, THE TIDE GOES OUT

Larissa Fan
Canada 5:30 min. 2012

A lyrical, polemical, musical road movie on dispossession and exile, hope and the possibilities of coexistence.   A hand-processed, black-and-white ode to the secret world of moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita).
     
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TO TASTE THE GROUND

Shannon Harris
Canada 23:20 min. 2014

 
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TRANS LIVES MATTER! JUSTICE FOR ISLAN NETTLES

Seyi Adebanjo
USA 6:17 min. 2013

A lyrical documentary that viscerally moves through the seasonal life cycle of a small organic farm in British Columbia, Canada.  

A powerful and intensely moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles, a transgender Womyn of Colour, concerning her spirit and life.

     
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TRIGGER WARNING:*RAPE

Kami Chisholm
Canada 16:10 min. 2014

 
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TWO WEEKS – TWO MINUTES

Judith Poirier
Canada 2:53 min. 2013

Trigger Warning:*rape offers an intimate discussion between two women about their experiences as sexual assault survivors who were raped by female partners.   This film-book explores the double-page format and the notion of time in both media. Judith Poirer printed simultaneously on paper and 35mm clear film stock using a letterpress. The metal and wood types printed on celluloid generate the animation as well as the soundtrack.
     
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UNE TERRE FAMILIÈRE

Marianna Milhorat
UK/France 18:04 min. 2013

 
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UP IN A PLANE

Rachel Moore
Canada 9:12 min. 2014

Une Terre Familière is structured as a series of long-take vignettes, each centered around a site purposing a collision of nature and artifice.   Following the life of war hero Kenneth Owen Moore, Up in a Plane transforms a granddaughter’s grief into a joyfully animated adventure through the Canadian prairies of the early 1900s, the Second World War, the present and beyond.
     
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WEAVING WITH SPANISH THREADS: AN IMMIGRANT'S TALE

Eve A. Ma
USA 62:20 min. 2014

 
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THE WELL

Kami Chisholm
Canada 14:26 min. 2015

When we met Francisco Pérez, we knew we had something special: at 98 years old he was full of stories of immigrating with his family from Spain to Hawaii, then settling permanently in California. His story, embellished by interviews with descendants of other immigrants, mirrors that of thousands of others.   A late-night visit to her lover’s house leaves Anna wanting more.
     
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