A 3-volume DVD set of Midi Onodera's collected works from 1981- 2002, plus 365
. Each DVD features additional materials and interviews. Midi Onodera is an award-winning media artist who has been making films and videos for more than 35 years. In 2018 she received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
This DVD presents a selection of early work (1981-1985) and includes Onodera’s notorious film, Ten Cents a Dance (Parallax)
which created a storm of controversy on the lesbian and gay film festival circuit. These eight short films tackle a range of challenging subjects, showcasing Onodera’s interest in storytelling and experimental technique, and providing insights into her early stylistic development.
The Bird That Chirped on Bathurst (1981) 4:00
idiot’s delight (1983) 5:00
Home was never like this (1983) 9:00
Ville-quelle ville? (1984) 4:00
A Performance by Jack Smith (1984-92)
The Dead Zone (1985) 2:30;
Made in Japan (1985) 2:30
Ten Cents a Dance (Parallax) (1985) 30:00
This DVD features mid-career film and television work. After her impressive debut in the early 1980s, Onodera’s films continued to grow in sophistication and critical acclaim, earning accolades for their aesthetic complexity and their take on difficult political and personal issues.
Focusing on selected works from 1988 to 1990, this DVD volume includes Onodera’s experimental documentary, “The Displaced View.” Set against the background of suppressed Japanese-Canadian history, the film traces a personal search for identity and pride through the stories of three generations of women.
Then/Now (1988) 30:00
The Displaced View (1988) 52:00
General Idea – Artist’s Profile (1989) 3:50
David Cronenberg – Artist’s Profile (1990) 3:50
Heartbreak Hoteru (1990) 30:00
This DVD ontains selected work produced from 1995 to 2002, including Onodera’s award-winning film The basement girl
and the feature Skin Deep
The short films in this DVD volume are adventurous explorations of multiple film and video formats – from 16 mm and super 8 film, to analogue and digital toy cameras.The films are sensitive poetic ruminations on loss: the ending of relationships, the failure of perception, and the outsider’s aloneness. In contrast, the feature film “Skin Deep,” a riveting psychological drama about obsession, relationships and sexuality, leads us into worlds where people are never who they appear to be.
Skin Deep (1995) 81:00
the basement girl (2000) 11:40
Slightseer (2001) 3:20
Nobody Knows (2002) 3:15