Forever Independent: Films by Lulu Keating

Forever Independent: Films by Lulu Keating

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One of Canada's most prolific and dynamic filmmakers serves up a potpourri of short films she made between 1980-2005. Her personal narratives are creative yet accessible, filled with insight and humour and employing a variety of techniques including animation, hand processing and optical printing. She is an instructor as well as a filmmaker. In an Extras section, the Director shares what she learned when making each film with comments that are informative, encouraging and inspiring.

Lulu's Back in Town 2 min • 1980
Lulu Keating presents... herself; in stills and live footage as she models, mimes and makes faces, all to the old jazz-blues titles tune. Fun and funny, and just for the hell of it.

The Jabberwock 3 min • 1981
An animated short adapted from the poem by Lewis Carroll.

Funny Things People Can do to Themselves 5 min • 1982
A humorous look at the strange physical capabilities of ordinary people, including squeaking ears, dislocating limbs, and elongating tongues. The musical score is provided by a self-proclaimed classical teeth player. Bizarre!

City Survival 25 min • 1983
The everyday adventures of a small-town girl who leaves home for an urban centre and experiences both the pangs and joys of her new independence. Exposed to noise, neon, and the coldness of city dwellers, Mary-Frances acquires both sophistication and an awareness that she is not the only one who sometimes feels lonely and overwhelmed. An often amusing look at the problems of urban migration.

Ladies in Waiting  9 min • 2000
Like polished gems, these middle-aged women are splendid, ripening but not fading. They are rich in intelligence, beauty and charm. So why are they unattached?

A little girl, Emlyn, watches with fascination as these beautiful women preen and socialize. If a girl like Emlyn learns how to dress, apply make-up, how to act feminine, she would be guaranteed to find a husband and have children ... but maybe it isn't so simple.

All Things Nice  4.5 min • 2003
By the time girls have become women, they've been socialized to associate beauty with slenderness. In All Things Nice, filmmakers Lulu Keating and Elisabeth Belliveau all but founder themselves in an act of hilarious subversion-a contest to see who can stomach the most Cherry Blossom chocolate bars! Beneath the humour, they wordlessly proffer a more serious message. Food is not the enemy, despite the fact that women are conditioned to repress and deny themselves.

Inside Out 4 min • 2005
Inside Out reveals the beauty of nature, and the calming effect it has on people engulfed by it. Lulu Keating combines footage of the wilderness with an inspirational song in this short live action film.

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