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581 Bloor Street West, 86 SE Marine, disconnected, GIRLBAND (with Lisa Marr), Like A Canon, Private View, summer femme winter butch, and Tidal Phenomena by Lisa Nielsen (2016-2020 / Canada). Lisa g Nielsen (lisa g) is an artist/filmmaker living in Vancouver. She is interested in work that has historical reference, social relevance, and comedic sensibilities. She is a founding member of Vancouver’s Iris Film Collective, which promotes the creation and sharing of analog film, and the producer/mentor of a community-based project called Our World, which supports First Nations youth to create film and video. Lisa g’s personal work screens internationally.
A Kiki With Bobby Bowen by Ayo Tsalithaba (2018 / Canada / 5:54). This short documentary-style interview film takes a quick look at some key terms that originated within queer Black and POC communities (such as the ballroom scene), tracing their cultural significance to contemporary mainstream popular culture.
ARIES by Elian Mikkola (2020 / Canada / 3:20). A single window frame; a portal. As the circular nature of time begins to reveal itself, a new decade begins.
Boy, Untitled, The Pond, and The Royal by Marvin Luvualu (2019-2020 / Canada). Marvin Luvualu is an Angolan-Canadian artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Congress by Kyath Battie (2020 / Canada / 4:00). Mediated under flight and wing, possible collective memories are represented through a prism of vast tundra landscapes, a wrecked 19th-century paddleboat, and ancient lichen fields. Time, place, and history become nostalgic remnants from the Yukon Territory.
Damaged by Mike Hoolboom (2002 / Canada / 9:00). “A retrospective based on an introspective vision, this stream of still pictures, unfolding to the rhythm of the voice-over (delivered by Steve Reinke), portrays a man who visually exposes his psychological 'faults.' Recounting eighteen decisive moments in his life, and dissecting both his genetic and cultural heritage, the work delimits a transitory space in which each image crystallizes one of these indistinct marking points” (Karl-Gilbert Murray, FIFA Catalogue).
Every Day Burns by Aidan Jung and Tyler Murgo (2020 / USA / 4:39). Award-winning pole dancer, Sada Velasquez, addresses the familial and social stigma she must overcome in order to pursue her passion for dance. Every Day Burns is a short documentary exploring one artist's journey towards self expression and community empowerment.
Films by Lynne Sachs. We are excited to carry Lynne Sachs' films for Canadian distribution. Her work embraces hybrid forms, combining memoir with experimental, documentary, and fictional modes. In recent years, she has expanded her practice to include live performance with moving image. Sachs has made 35 films which have been part of retrospectives at Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and China Women's Film Festival. Tender Buttons Press published Lynne's Year by Year Poems in 2020. Lynne lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Glimmer, Lines of Force, and Vienna by Dan Browne (2018-2020 / Canada). New works by Dan Browne, a filmmaker and multimedia artist whose works explore patterns and nature through dense and kinetic forms. His films and videos have been presented at over 100 festivals and venues internationally, including TIFF Wavelengths, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Anthology Film Archives.
Housebound and RGB by Jens Pecho (2019, 2020 / Germany / 4:49, 3:36). Jens Pecho studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne as well as the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. As a visual artist, he works mostly with text- and video-based installations.
Kitâb al-Isfâr: Book of the Journey by Baba Hillman (2020 / France / 58:03). An immersive cinematic poem of a seven-year journey of return, Kitâb al-Isfâr: Book of the Journey weaves together stories of near-death and mystical experience in Andalucia.
Originate and Recompile by Federica Foglia (2020 / Canada / 4:37). Originate and Recompile appropriates and reexamines Ernesto De Martino's 1962 film La Taranta, a study around women who were poisoned by a tarantula bite while harvesting in the fields.
Panoramic Sleights by Daniel Warth (2020 / Canada/Portugal / 4:21). While trapped indoors, household screens become windows to the outside world.
Xam by Geoffrey Pugen (2020 / Canada / 9:00). Xam is a sci-fi exploration on the future of surveillance and body hacking.