What’s Clear Becomes Crystal - CFMDC Shorts



This eclectic program of short films from CFMDC’s contemporary catalogue takes us on a timely journey, in celebration of our 50th anniversary (Canada’s 150th) in 2017. Referencing this epochal moment in time, we begin with one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, Michael Snow, whose humor-inspired nod to the 21st century malaise of attention deficit in the digital world, WVLNT - Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Time, reduces his 45 minute classic film to a 15 minute video redux.

From there we go to a modern rendering of archival film footage from the World Expo 1967 hosted by Canada in Montreal. The full program of shorts moves through a world that collapses time and focuses on the seen and unseen at once. With musings to ancient Mycelium, or the static wave of an old analogue radio tower, to the skeletal dance of life, to the frantic freeway experience. Through built spaces and deconstructions, the micro and the macro, this program highlights artists interventions with the frame and the material. These artists are representative of a country that celebrates the diaspora of our society, from First Nations artist Lyndsey McIntyre, to artists whose families have emigrated to Canada. From the old guard to the new guard, diverse in cultural and sexual identity, this program highlights the many women breaking through the historically male-dominated domain of experimental film, crafting spectacular frames filled with light refractions of the physical and metaphysical movements on screen. With subject matter ranging from the abstract to identity and sexuality in subtle and overt forms. From this dazzling dance of light, all that is crystal will be clear.

Michael Snow

15’ | 16 mm to digital | Stereo

2003

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

WVLNT (Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Have the Time)

Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Have the Time: Originally 45 minutes, now 15! Michael Snow’s film Wavelength has been acclaimed as a classic of avant-garde filmmaking since its appearance in 1967. In February 2003, Snow created a new work consisting of simultaneities rather than the sequential progressions of the original work. WVLNT is composed of three unaltered superimpositions of sound and picture.

Eva Kolcze - Philip Hoffman

9’ | 16 mm - HD | Color | Stereo

2015

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

By the Time We Got to Expo

A meditative journey through Expo 67, revisiting a significant moment in Canadian history using manipulated imagery taken from educational and documentary films. Footage has been reworked using tints, toners and photochemical techniques to create a vibrant collision of colors, textures and forms.

Kami Chisolm

5’ | HD | Color | Stereo

2015

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Overpass

Beginning with an afternoon drive down a Los Angeles highway, Overpass weaves together intimate stories of histories of racial and domestic violence against the backdrop of the infamous OJ Simpson car chase in 1994. In this lyrical, experimental short, filmmaker Kami Chisholm draws from television news reports, archival footage, and her own family history to explore the gaps between celebrity spectacle and the mundane realities of interpersonal violence endemic to US society.

Madi Piller

4’ | Super 8 mm - 16 mm - HD | Color | Stereo

2016

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Sunday Solitude

Filmmaker’s insightful contemplation of life, present and past. Shot in Vienna. 16 mm and Super8. Hand processed.

Atom Cianfarani

7’ | HD | Color | Silent

2016

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Queer ecologies

Queer Ecologies is a diary style, video text piece, made up of one or two sentence installments. Instead of addressing “Dear Diary,” or God, the writer directs her internal musings to a Mushroom, or the larger organism that a mushroom springs from, a Mycelium. While the writer expresses her personal struggles and misgivings about the human condition, she compares her experiences to the supernatural life of the mushroom species. The language is both scientific and poetic.

Geoffrey Pugen

6’ 15’’ | HD | Color | Stereo

2015 - 2016

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine

The video Methylenedioxymethamphetamine documents through macro-cinematography the landscape of the drug MDMA. The combination of reflective abstractions with techno music creates an in-depth and eery meditation on rave culture.

SoJin Chun

2’ 40’’ | Super 8 mm - Digital 8 | Color | Stereo

2015

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Aturquesada

Aturquesada is a performance-based project playing with the color tealquoise, a word coined by the artist to describe a greenish color that exists in between turquoise and teal. This performance takes place in a snowy landscape that is typical during Canadian winters. The violence inflicted upon the main character and her demise is absurd and humorous. This performative project is inspired by the artist’s connection to the winter Canadian landscape as an immigrant, as well as the emotionally violent nature of a brutal cold winter. This symbolic death by tealquoise is also part of a larger body of work that includes objects painted in the same color and various performance-based videos in which the artist sells tealquoise objects on the streets where informal economic activities occur.

Ananya Ohri

1’ | Digital | Color | Silent

2015

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Castles on the Ground

Buildings rise from the rubble, defying gravity to re-imagine their fate and the possibility of affordable housing for all.

Amanda Dawn Christie

7’ 29’’ | Digital 8 | Color | Stereo

2014

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

HIFI Normal

“Toward the insignificant” was the Oblique Strategy card that inspired this VHS collaboration. With representational images of a local landmark, the image gradually decays until it is replaced completely with abstraction. Two VHS decks were joined together and plugged into one side of a handmade DIY video mixer, while the other input of the mixer was connected to a VHS camera running a feedback loop. The starting image running on the loop was a static image of a telecommunications tower in the centre of Moncton which, in recent years, has become almost useless. Using the homemade video switcher, we switched between the inputs of the looping image and the raw feedback until the tower disappeared entirely into the abstract non representational imagery of the feedback.

Emily Pelstring

2’ 11’’ | Digital 8 | Color | Stereo

2010

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Skeleton Dance

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you X-rayed a skeleton at a dance club? This experimental cut-out animation offers something of an answer. Besides dancing between abstract shapes throughout the video, the skeleton character cuts out a pair of pants from some paper, tries them on and runs away. The footage is processed using a variety of analog video synthesizers, including a Paik-Abe Raster Scan Device (aka Wobulator). The electronic voltage of the soundtrack by LA’s DVA Damas directs the parameters of certain effects. Artwork, animation, processing and editing done by Emily Pelstring while in residence at the Experimental TV Center (an archive of early video systems), December 2010.

Lindsay McIntyre

7’ 26’’ | 16 mm | B&W | Stereo

2010

Screening format: 16mm

Canada

All-around junior male

A single-subject portrait of a young Nunamiut athlete through the practice of his sport, which focuses on the materiality of film and its surface textures.

Madi Piller

3’ 42’’ | Digital HD | Color | Stereo

2016

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Film Resistance

Biomorphic shapes at play in this film reiterate and expose the persistence of vision, frame flickering and illusions. The random cycling images question who is the projector and who is the projectionist, while light forms the sound frequencies. The images have been collected over the last 10 years, constructed from mushroom spore prints, directly printed onto 35 mm film, then optically printed in black and white. The result was scanned in order to be composed onto the final short video. The sound was made during a film performance with the deconstructed film elements shown through an overhead projector in Vienna on March 2016. A remix of the live sound recorded from a 16 mm projector during the performance was kept and now constitutes the audio for the composite image.

Daniel McIntyre

7’ | Super 16 mm - Digital 8 | Color | Stereo

2016

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Canada

Famous Diamonds

A kaleidoscopic search for desire trapped inside a volcano. Famous Diamonds is a short film that studies lies, love, and desire by weaving together a diary narrative and an exploding icon. Composed of various image-making techniques, Famous Diamonds is a hand-painted, hand-processed tour of the dissolution of one’s internal image of desire.

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