Pixie Cram / Colette Whiten / 3:00
For almost 40 years, Colette Whiten has quietly and powerfully challenged gender dynamics, political power and mass media imagery. Her works – whether they are large cast wooden sculptures, tiny needlepoints or beaded curtains work – reveal the vulnerability and strength of the human body and spirit. This video portrait was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts and the IMAA.
Pixie Cram is a filmmaker, director and artist who works with celluloid film and digital video. Her diverse body of work covers many genres of fiction, stop-motion animation, documentary, and art installation. In addition to her own art practice, she also works as a freelance director, editor and cinematographer.
Taline Bedrossian / Evocation / 4:50
Evocation is a dramatic re-enactment of the decision made by the filmmaker’s aunt to take up a religious vocation, but it is a deliberately inaccurate reinterpretation of these events. The film plays on the meaning of the French word evocation, which means to conjure spirits or to recall someone who is gone, while the root word vocation implies a divine call, a purpose, or an order that must be followed. Evocation is a poetic attempt at conjuring an intergenerational, cultural and personal identity, through fragments of stories assembled onscreen. Evocation was a 2013 SAW Video Jumpstart grant project.
Taline Noëlle Bedrossian is a writer of French and Armenian descent inspired by her family's culture and history, though much of it is still obscure. A journalist by training, she has worked in radio broadcasting and has published works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Evocation is her first film.
Emily Jeffers / Cinnamon / 3:11
Cinnamon is a digital short that draws from both ends of the film history spectrum. While being thematically inspired by the series of “Cinnamon Challenge” viral videos on YouTube, Cinnamon also attempts to capture the stylistic essence of early silent film, creating a contrast between the modern capacity for no-budget DIY film production and the perceived glamour of a bygone era. The film also embodies the artist’s own grappling with the notions of excess and self-indulgence as they relate both to art and to contemporary society - but mostly, it's just a quirky little video about eating cinnamon.
Emily Jeffers is the artist behind the web comic The Goo Inside, and alongside Kimmy Bosch is the co-creator and co-star of the ongoing web comedy series Lazy Riches. Emily has recently become more involved with SAW Video by joining its Board of Directors.
Sheila Macdonald / Wigs / 12:00
Wigs is a recreated version of a 16mm film made by musical performance artists The Time Twins in 1977, originally conceived as a full-length musical about time and gender. This abridged version, constructed from footage recently rescued from Sheila Macdonald’s barn, tells the story of two old women who lose themselves in time and materialize in their past through song and dance. Wigs is both a retrospective of The Time Twins’ early work and a tribute to Tempus Fugit, one half of the group, who died 20 years ago. Wigs was a 2013 SAW Video Jumpstart grant project.
Sheila Macdonald (a.k.a T. Torch) wrote and performed as a Time Twin for 15 years until 1990. She continues to create as a self-taught sculptor, garden designer and farmer and is currently making a documentary about her extraordinary community in McDonald's Corners. As a sculptor, she presently has a year-long art installation at Fieldwork in Brooke, Ontario where she stages events and then films them. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto.
Joseph Truong / Jump / 4:16
Jump is a visual poem from Ian Keteku of spoken word/hip-hop group Emoticon Dawn, envisioning what could have been if the woman of his life decided to not let go.
Joseph Truong is a writer, director and cinematographer, and a co-founder of local video production company Cloud in the Sky Studios. Truong believes that above all else, storytelling must be layered with thoughtfulness and honesty. For him, the best thing about filmmaking is the ability to continually learn from talented and dedicated people.
Jith Paul / al-gebr(a) / 13:30
al-gebr(a) tells the story of a visual artist in love with his muse, from whom he hides the fact that he is losing his sight. He descends into madness and shuts out the world when he ultimately becomes a painter without vision.
Jith Paul is a graduate of the television broadcasting program at Algonquin College. He is a producer, director, cinematographer and editor of several award-winning short films and documentaries. His directorial debut al-gebr(a) won the Best Technical Quality award at the Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival and was an official selection at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and the ProFiRe Short Film Festival in Scotland this year. Jith is an Associate Member in the Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE), a nominee for the 2013 Premier’s Award and a member of the Board of Directors of SAW Video.
Phil Osborne / Terminate / 3:10
Terminate is an alternate version of the Terminator movies, redesigned as if they were animated in a strange foreign country that no longer exists. The music is by soundtrack composer Giallos Flame and is based on the Terminator theme music by Brad Fiedel. The director’s friend Caleb created pixel animation for some shots that represent the Terminator’s perspective, where he sees everything in the style of an Atari game from 1982.
Phil Osborne started doing animation at SAW Video in 2003 as part of the Youth Program and never stopped making stuff since: toy robots, puppets, comics, screen prints and more. The things he grew up with in the 80s are still a big part of his style: Nintendo, He-Man toys, Thrasher magazine, Mad Magazine, and Topps trading cards. Osborne prefers not to dwell on the meanings behind things as long as they are somehow appealing, and enjoys using a lo-fi aesthetic. His artistic process is subconscious and embraces the accidental.
Travis Boisvenue / Modulo / 18:00
Modulo is a profile of three local musicians who build and make music with modular synthesizers. Their passion for analogue synths reveals some the ground-breaking inventions of a nearly forgotten Canadian father of electronic music: Hugh Le Caine, an Ottawa man who forged machines that paved the way for modern electronic music nearly seventy years ago.
Travis Boisvenue is a journalist turned director who makes music videos and short documentaries. He is a host and producer of the radio show City Slang.
Chris Mullington / Study in Rhythmic Self-Abuse / 2:09
Study in Rhythmic Self-Abuse is an experiment in creating a minimalist percussive score with video editing, using only fragmented pieces of location sound juxtaposed together for rhythmic effect.
Chris Mullington’s producing, directing and editing work is internationally recognized and his videos are featured worldwide in galleries, festivals and on television. He has received Gemini nominations for both documentary writing and picture editing and has won numerous Canadian and international awards including a Gemini Award for CBC’s The Health Show and Best Picture Editing at Hot Docs.
Meredith Snider / Farmhouse / 8:07
Farmhouse was shot in a rural farmhouse surrounded by a hundred acres of land, and focuses on chance, improvisation and site-specificity. The video is largely constructed of static shots where movement exists within the frame, passes through, but is never followed. The solitude of the environment is reinforced by an atmosphere of suspended time; the dogs bark but no one arrives, the preying mantis never makes it up the wall, and the changing weather persists as a ubiquitous event.
Meredith Snider is a multi-media artist from Fredericton, New Brunswick currently residing in Gatineau. She has a B.F.A. with a Specialization in Art Education from Concordia University, and a M.F.A. from the University of Ottawa. Her work has been screened in media festivals in Turkey and Romania and her thesis exhibition Fruitless took place at the Ottawa Art Gallery. By way of sincerity and humour, Meredith’s artistic practice seeks to examine gaps in common experience by critically approaching the spaces we move through and challenging the actions we conform to, whether political or emotional.
Alexander Cruz / Fiesta / 7:27
Fiesta is a look at the Santo Nino Fiesta in Pandacan, Manila, Philippines. This celebration is a mix of pomp carnival splendour, kitsch Catholic iconography, pagan ritual and violence, which the filmmaker sees as a metaphor for the Philippines' cyclical history, like a Buddhist Samsara. Hedonism, tribalism and flashes of colonialism are a constant reminder of the country's turbulent story. Beginning with undeniable tribal rhythms and enthusiasm, the viewer is swept through the streets with festival-goers, through to an explosive reminder of the tragedy that Manila has endured.
Alexander Cruz is a filmmaker and media producer who explores the need to create new meanings out of broken identities, narratives, myths and values. His work reflects the belief that beneath these surface layers lie the complexities, contradictions and mysteries of what makes us human.
Luca Fiore / Theaternia – Post Secular / 3:00
Theaternia – Post-Secular is a short film that looks at the concept of post-secularism: the idea that as western secularism comes to an end our culture is becoming increasingly separated from government and religion. Theaternia – Post-Secular goes one step further to imagine a separation from physical form in general, tying the burning away of a humanity’s past into a technological future.
Luca Fiore is an award-winning local filmmaker who has directed music videos for Juno Award-winning artists, has had his work shown in NYC film festivals and broadcast all over Canada on the CBC. Luca consistently tries to push his own boundaries as well as the medium’s with each new film he makes.