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1MTH/MIN by Ethann Néon (2021/Belgium/3:45). 1 MTH/MIN crosses the spring of 2020 from the author's main view of the outside world during this particular period. Each image represents a 24-hour scan taken every day from March 21 to June 21.
7FF on¢idia by Ж (2017/Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Germany/8:12). Matter-energy-information varies. Side-by-side communication, surplus value of code. Commodities, bit coins, mountains of data. 7FF on¢idia: real impossibilia of capital life.
New films by Jean-Pierre Marchant. Jean-Pierre (JP) Marchant is a recent graduate of the MFA program in film at York University. His films, which span multiple genres, are concerned with things that grow in the ‘spaces in between’: between capitalist promises and suburban disappointments, urban landscapes and their hinterlands, personalities in conflict, and diasporic lives and the memories left behind.
The medium is the message and ARTIFACT (circa 2006) by Kirk Tougas. Kirk Tougas is a noted experimental film artist, director of photography, producer, director, curator, and founder of the Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver, Canada.
Au Placard and COPING by Vivien Forsans. Vivien Forsans is a French and Canadian student filmmaker double majoring in Film Animation and Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University in Montreal. His animated work, colourful and digital, tends to play with both narrative and experimental means, as well as genres and categories of film such as comedy, documentary, and drama.
Bellydance Vogue by Hadi Moussally (2020/France/Lebanon/4:55). "My birthday was on the 3rd of April 2020, and for the first time, I celebrated it all by myself. But even if I was alone, I decided to celebrate it as if it’s the last one."
Cohabitat by Kara Blake (2020/Canada/2:50). An absurdist take on the concept of rewilding, Cohabitat imagines the home as host to a growing number of organisms gradually redefining our environment, whether we're aware of it or not.
Father Knows Father Best by Steven Woloshen (2021/Canada/5:37). Utilizing damaged film loops and photograms, Father Knows Father Best plays off an old found-footage print of the American situation comedy to highlight a dysfunctional family paradigm.
From Tanzania, With Love by Raymond Helkio (2020/Canada/19:02). After appearing in a remake of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit single "Same Love," Dayon Monson is forced to flee her home in Tanzania. Facing extreme persecution for identifying as trans and promoting LGBTQ human rights, Dayon connects with Rainbow Railroad in hopes of seeking asylum in Canada.
K-SARAM I: Tale of the pig head by Alisa Berger (2021/Germany, Russia, South Korea/27:59). Centered around the Koryo-saram community in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, the film displays a shamanistic memorial ancestral ritual „Jesa”, encompassing the collective memory of Korean diaspora, the wish of the Koryo-saram for a unification of South and North Korea, and showing the real appearance of the ghosts of migrants whose transformation to spirits was not succeeded.
Pappy's Garden by Mikaela Roberts (2021/Canada/8:13). A personal tribute to the filmmaker’s grandfather, a first-generation immigrant to Toronto, Canada from Jamaica in the 1950s. Through both digital and super 8mm found family footage, Mike’s past catches up with him as he struggles with difficult memories from his childhood in Jamaica, finding comfort in his spectacularly over-grown garden.
Petal to the Metal by Emily Pelstring (2021/Canada/3:00). This hand-processed 16mm film reflects on botanical animism. It is a song written for night-crawlers, compost, and shadows, inspired by human flower-lust.
Pur Laine by Alexander Cruz (2018/Canada/88:12). The story of Ruby, a Filipina, married to Roy, a Quebecois man, who dies and leaves her penniless. Ruby struggles with Roy's drug addict daughter, Marie Claire, over who gets to sell Roy's house, which also happens to be Marie Claire's childhood home.
Ruthless by Mukarram Ramadan (2019/Canada/3:08). Go back in time and witness a ruthless tale of unrequited love. The black-and-white film was shot on 16mm Bolex film camera using a KODAK 7222 Double-X Negative film, and processed by Niagara Film Lab in Toronto.
The Story of the Dancing Heart by Sacha Samay Arcentales Cajas (2021/Canada/5:48). A poetic, flowing Heart dances with ease day and night. A busy, curious Mind sets off on a journey to learn to dance as rhythmically and as elegantly as Heart. But the more desperate he becomes, the harder it gets.
Wherefrom the Shadows That Are Forms Fall by Matthieu Hallé (2021/Canada/7:40). The film is set amongst the eroding, forested cliffs of a creek. The images are a direct response to Linsey Wellman’s soundtrack of layered saxophones and electronics, which filmmaker Matthieu Hallé listened to for the first time while exposing each frame.