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Artist Spotlight Series: Wrik Mead
CFMDC Special Edition
DVD
Twenty-year career. Known for his play with texture, light and colour, Mead’s films weave queer fantasies, parables, and even documentary, while exploring the relationship between stigma, shame, and sexuality.

Wrik Mead, Canada’s prolific poet-priest of pervert pixilation, has accumulated an impressive body of animated shorts.

Study guide includes an essay by Tom Waugh, Concordia University.

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1987 / Super 8 / 3min
Utilizing human pixillation, Isabelle's demand to nurture conjures a variety of sensations... perverse, kitsch, sweet witch voodoo?
1992 / 16mm / 5min
Wrik Mead's dreamy “Warm” suggests the comfort of an embrace as a pixillated naked body flailing against a crumbling ruin... is released from the anguish of containment by another man's touch.
1992 / Super 8 / 3min
Animated magazine cutouts of two men having sex lead into appropriated gay porn images, blurred to the point where they become abstract colour and motion.  All this is set to pastoral sounds, sex noises, and a reporter's voice-over about the RCMP’s “fruit box” experiments -  official and ludicrous attempts to expose closeted gay men.
1994 / 16mm / 8min
“Homebelly” combines waking dreams with unsettling fragments of this and that.  An icy soundscape is set to a live-action animated drama featuring a sleeping body and a persistant rock.
1995 / 16mm / 3.30 min
"In this quintessential 'coming out' film, a grinding rhythm leads us through a passage of closed doors, as a man struggles to break free from his literal and social confinement."  - Images Festival of Independent Film & Video catalogue, 1995
1996 / 16mm / 12min
A lonely lighthouse keeper rescues his fantasy: a frostbitten man on the rocks.
1997 / 16mm / 10min
"guise" is an adult fairy tale for the 90s.  Arising from the earth, a body discovers its nakedness.  A suit of armour becomes a metaphor for the trappings of identity.  Pixilated to produce the effect of a human marionette, accompanied by a good-natured verse. “guise” is by turns dark and humorous.
1999 / 16mm / 5min
The curtains are drawn, a clown stands in the spotlight, the reception is dismal.  Before s/he can even begin to perform, debilitating fear takes over.  Both sad and humorous, this film explores how one can be manipulated by the depths of fear.
2000 / Video / 14min
Based on real-life experiences, “camp” recounts the stories of homosexual survivors of the WWII concentration camps.  A series of short, expressionistic vignettes weave together these horrific experiences.  Part documentary, part drama, “camp” uses a variety of mediums to explore the emotional reality of those marked with the pink triangle.
2001 / 16mm / 4min
A lonely figure walks to a private screening room. What he is getting excited about is not what it may appear. “Hand Job” is a hand-processed, manipulated, and toned film that shows the filmmaker’s true love for the medium.
2002 / 16mm / 4min
A master brings out his slave and attempts to control him. Things go terribly wrong. Every touch of the slave produces a distortion that encompasses the master. Who exactly is the manipulator? The slave, the master, or the filmmaker?
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Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto ON Canada M6J 0C9
Monday - Thursday / 10:00 - 18:00
(416)  588 - 0725