Actuality: The Art and Life of Allan King

Actuality: The Art and Life of Allan King

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Actuality is a definitive portrait of the great filmmaker, Allan King.

Along the Road to Altamira

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"The lateral movement of the title, Along the Road to Altamira, signals that we are about to embark on a journey through Spain. Our final destination is Altamira, where the first forms of representation by Paleolithic humans still remain...Rimmer's consummate talents make this film a unique cinematic experience."
     - Maria Insell

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.

 

Bowl of Bone: Tale of the Syuwe

Bowl of Bone: Tale of the Syuwe

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An intriguing film that defies classification and combines biography, dreams, documentary, and journalistic narration, Bowl of Bone was directed by Jan-Marie Martell in collaboration with Interior Salish (Nlaka'pamux) herbalist Annie Zetco York.

Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams

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In Broken Dreams, filmmaker Annette Mangaard chronicles the descent into depression.

City Survival

City Survival

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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.

Codes of Conduct

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Codes of Conduct playfully upends the moral order by which man has historically seen fit to measure so-called correct behaviour. By ironically re-positioning the rules, filmmaker David Rimmer uncovers their arbitrariness.

The Dance

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"With an irresistible humour, Rimmer speculates in The Dance on the nature of the film loop. We see a 1920s couple whirling around a dance floor ata dizzying pace ... Even after the technical building block of the film is evident, the vertiginous effect remains ... Uncanny in its ability to evoke acomplexity of responses from a simplicity of means."
      - Art and Cinema #2

Diminished

Diminished

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Loss, time and memory are represented in this poetic, non-verbal, short film that employs a structural cinema approach.

Divine Mannequin

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"Divine Mannequin combines the media qualities of video and film to create the graphic quality of an animated charcoal line drawing..."
     - Maria Insell

The Drawing

The Drawing

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In this stylish short drama, a creative young boy has his picture of a dinosaur ridiculed in class.

The Films of Frank Cole

The Films of Frank Cole

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Frank Cole is an icon of independent Canadian filmmaking. He focused his singular vision on the production of a few intense and uncompromising films. This complete collection of his work offers a definitive look into his cinema and life.

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, Lulu Keating, serves up a potpourri of short films she made between 1980-2005.

Fracture

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"Variously relaxed, apprehensive, or relieved, the fractured gestures of a woman and a baby are played backward and forward, frame by frame, like a musical phrase."
      - Ian Birnie

Funny Things People Can Do to Themselves

Funny Things People Can Do to Themselves

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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!

Head Cold

Head Cold

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Psychosis: an illness that is apparently incurable, a diagnosis that literally turns the lives of those involved upside-down. For the first time ever, the afflicted author and director Gamma Bak dares to make an autobiographical film dealing with the various stages of her illness.

Heart

Heart

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This new release from media artist Ann Marie Fleming is a personal response to the events of September 11, 2001.

Inside Out

Inside Out

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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.

Its Me, Again

It's Me, Again

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Ostensibly a film about twins, It's Me, Again explores the expectations and desires we have when we are confronted with identical siblings.

The Jabberwock

The Jabberwock

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An animated short adapted from the poem by Lewis Carroll.

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

Jericho and his Fortress

Jericho and his Fortress

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Visual artist Robert Williams explores alternate perceptions of the world in this interpretation of a conversation he had with a local figure in Halifax.

Labyrinth [Patrick Jenkins, 2008]

Labyrinth [Patrick Jenkins, 2008]

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After being given an enigmatic locket to protect, a detective encounters strange phenomena and beings from the afterlife in this surrealistic animated film noir story.

Ladies in Waiting

Ladies in Waiting

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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?

Landscape

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Using fixed frame time lapse photography, Landscape compresses 15 hours into eight minutes of sea, mountains, and sky. It was designed to be rear-projected by a continuous loop projector onto a plexiglass screen framed by a traditional wooden picture frame on a false wall.