Agawa Canyon

Agawa Canyon

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In this collaboration with Lorna Boschman's Digital Stories project, Harris Taylor recalls the influence of her family's connection to the Agawa Canyon in Northeastern Ontario. 

AMPLIFY HER

AMPLIFY HER

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Three female electronic dance music artists battle demons from painful pasts as they emerge to become beacons on the global festival scene. Along their journeys, they encounter plenty of resistance as they dare to enter the male-dominated realm of electronic music and EDM.

BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981

BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981

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Celebrating artistic innovation in Vancouver from 1967 to 1981, this documentary follows a period when Canada was an international hub for experimental film. Vancouver artists, on Canada's west coast, had a particularly dynamic scene that inspired an enduring body of work that resonates today.

 

The Certainty of Shadow (with Adonis)

The Certainty of Shadow (with Adonis)

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The Certainty of Shadow is a video work filmed in Sicily, with the participation one of the world’s great Arab poets and Nobel nominee, Adonis.  Inspired by Plato's Allegory of The Cave, the video proposes a voyage/dialogue between three artists: Canadian painter and videographer Kali Jones, Italian photographer and installation artist Maurizio Ruggiano, and Ali Ahmad Said Esber, also known by the pen name Adonis or Adunis, a Syrian poet, essayist and translator. Adonis has written more than 20 books and volumes of poetry in the Arabic language and in this work, he figures as a contemporary Odysseus, exploring varying notions of perception.

 

La certitude de l’ombre (avec Adonis)

La certitude de l’ombre (avec Adonis)

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La certitude de l'ombre est une vidéo installation tournée en Sicile, avec la participation d'Adonis. La vidéo, inspirée par le mythe de la caverne de Platon sur l’illusion de la perception, ce projet raconte un voyage / dialogue entre les artistes Kali Jones (Canada), Maurizio Ruggiano (l'Italie), et Ali Ahmad Said Esber (Adonis) qui figure ici comme un Ulysse contemporain.

Cue the Muse

Cue the Muse

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This cinematic journey searches the secrets of uninhibited creativity, following four Vancouver artists: master painter and AIDS activist Tiko Kerr, ballet dancer Alexis Fletcher, luthier Nicole Alosinac and fiery singer Colleen Rennison of the blues-rock band No Sinner.

i see the fear

i see the fear

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In 2004, visual artists joe average & jamie griffiths entered into a creative therapeutic photography process, to allow joe to explore his experience of living and coping with Lipoatrophy caused by antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS.

IN THE MONUMENT

IN THE MONUMENT

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IN THE MONUMENT explores the evolution of Holocaust commemoration and monument building in the last 70 years. Presenting six shortlisted finalists for the design competition to build the Canadian National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, the film examines the roles of Holocaust commemoration in the 21st century and of public art in preserving history for the future. 

Intermission

Intermission

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A whirling passage through architectural space, into the home of a man who finds he is what he eats.

JEFF WALL: In Order to Make a Picture

JEFF WALL: In Order to Make a Picture

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Slowing time down and creating obstacles to work through are central to Jeff Wall's working process. We have a rare opportunity to witness this in a film that follows the creation of two cinematically realized painterly photographs, Spring Snow and Woman with a Covered Tray

Labelled

Labelled

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The power and damage wrought by labelling children is front and centre in this short animation with puppets.

The Life and Work of Alex Janvier

The Life and Work of Alex Janvier

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Alex Janvier has long been recognized as one of Canada's greatest artistic treasures whose work helped change the face of Canadian art. He is an internationally renowned artist whose paintings are in great demand and have been exhibited in galleries and private collections around the world. For Janvier, a Dene Suline from the Cold Lake First Nations Reserve in Alberta, painting has always been a way to tell a story and his art reflects the incredible changes that have taken place to Indigenous people in Canada during his lifetime. 

Making the Most of Things: Elizabeth Gale, Furniture Maker

Making the Most of Things: Elizabeth Gale, Furniture Maker

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Portrait of Elizabeth Gale, an 81-year-old furniture maker. While raising a family in an isolated Newfoundland outport, she began making the furniture she needed. With just a few tools: an axe, pocket knife and saw, she made washstands, bureaus, couches, barrel chars, picture frames and other items.

Painting Catfights

Painting Catfights

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A painter, performer and filmmaker explores society's fascination with female conflict while questioning her motivation to do so.

PICTURE START

PICTURE START

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The members of the so-called 'Vancouver School' are the biggest international art stars to ever come out of Canada, yet they remain little known, even to many Canadians. PICTURE START tells the remarkable, and unlikely, story of the emergence and rise of the original generation of this esteemed group: Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Ian Wallace.

Public Art, Private Views: Exploring Art in Public Spaces

Public Art, Private Views: Exploring Art in Public Spaces

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Public Art Private Views is an exploration of art in the public realm--how it gets there, how it's made, and the role art plays in creating communities in urban environments.

Pursuit/Flight

Pursuit/Flight

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Animator Marilyn Cherenko continues her exploration of the poetic and spiritual qualities of life. The most lyrical of her films, Pursuit/Flight explores a woman's fascination with a bird and the consequences of trying to capture freedom.

SILENT NO MORE: Louise Pentz, A Voice for Social Change

SILENT NO MORE: Louise Pentz, A Voice for Social Change

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Art is an expression of our humanity, and artists give expression to the time and place in which they live. In SILENT NO MORE, Pentz shapes clay into life-size female sculptures, scoring, marking and scarring them to create tactile surfaces that reflect the experiences of women whose lives have been restrained by culture, religion, illiteracy and fear.

Gold Award, 2016 Eureka Springs Human Rights Art & Film Festival (Arkansas)

Sum of its pArts

Sum of its pArts

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Nancy Edell “corrupted” the traditional craft of rug hooking with her own unique brand of kinky humour. Her family now grapples with the question of what do to with her legacy.

SUZY LAKE: Playing With Time

SUZY LAKE: Playing With Time

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Performance artist and photographer Suzy Lake began her practice in the early 1960s. This in-depth portrait follows the artist and her process over decades of powerful works that address politics, gender, youth, beauty and aging. 

Traceable

Traceable

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Traceable is set against the backdrop of the fast-fashion industry and our increasing disconnect of where and how clothing is made, and the hands that create a garment. Interviews with traceability experts, intercut with emerging designer Laura Siegel's journey across India to produce her collection, the film explores our connection to the communities impacted by the products we consume.

Umbra

Umbra

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A young inventor who is deathly afraid of the dark misses the finale late-night bus. Left behind on the edge of the forest, he desperately tries to keep the darkness at bay...but everything goes wrong.

Universal Movement Machine: Meshell Melvin Portraits

Universal Movement Machine: Meshell Melvin Portraits

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Yukon artist Meshell Melvin uses the "Universal Movement" embroidery machine, invented in France in the 1860s, similarly to how an artist uses charcoal on a sketchpad.

Vancouver Experimental Films, 1967-1981: 10 short works

Vancouver Experimental Films, 1967-1981: 10 short works

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This compilation of 10 short films, created by Vancouver filmmakers between 1967 and 1981, was curated by Richard Martin. Compiled on one DVD, the total program is 92 minutes and includes films by David Rimmer, Al Razutis, Sturla Gunnarsson, Gary Lee-Nova, Chris Gallagher, Tom Braidwood, Patricia Gruben, Peter Lipskis, Kirk Tougas and the late Michael McGarry. It was produced by Acme Motion Pictures Inc. and Moving Images Distribution, through assistance from the Initiatives program of The Canada Council for the Arts.