FILM AND MEDIA SHOWCASE: CINEWORKS/ WIFTV/ DOC BC
An evening of film and conversation. A collaboration between WIFTV, DOC BC and Cineworks, held on the last Wednesday of every month at Cineworks.
Location: Cineworks Studio at 1131 Howe Street, entry in back alley
Date & Time: October 26th 7:00 - 10:00 PM
WIFTV, DOC BC, Cineworks members only. Free admission.
Eyes of Society; 9 min 24 sec; 2017; HD Video
Directors: Allison Smith (DOC BC) and Joseph Crawford
Eyes of Society is a short film that documents a group of artists from across Canada as they embark on a 14 day kayak journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient Haida village of SGang Gwaay. The film reflects on the important roles of an artist in society and how those differ across cultures and time. Filmmakers Allison Smith and Joseph Crawford of Braid Films evoke Gwaii Haanas through artists' eyes, highlighting the imagery, emotion and artistic influence of natural spaces. This trip brings together artists W. David Ward, Andrew Sookrah, Anja Karisik, Gary Landon, Sophie Lavoie and April White.
No Cultural Value; 18 min 59 sec; 2016; Super 16mm / HD video
Director: Mike Maryniuk (Winnipeg Film Group)
DP / Camera: Josh Marr (Cineworks; Winnipeg Film Group)
No Cultural Value offers intriguing glimpses of the strange cement sculptures and prolific paintings of Armand Lemiez, a solitary farmer and ‘folk artist’ who lived in Grahamdale, Manitoba, for much of the twentieth century. The title comes from the province’s negative assessment of Lemiez’ work after he had tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to bequeath them to the province near the end of his life.
Do I Have Boobs Now? 7 min; 2017; HD video
Director, Producer, Editor: Milena Salazar (DOC BC)
Director, Producer: Joella Cabalu (DOC BC, Cineworks)
In 2015, Victoria-based trans activist Courtney Demone launched the viral online campaign #DoIHaveBoobsNow, in which she posted topless photos of her transition on social media while undergoing hormone replacement therapy. One year later, Courtney revisits the global conversation she catalyzed on social media censorship policies and the sexualization of feminine bodies, and reflects on the impacts of being thrust into the critical spotlight as a visible trans activist and queer feminist. Do I Have Boobs Now is the recipient of OUTtv People's Choice Award for Best Short Film (Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017).
Resistant Virus; 9 min 33 sec; 2017; HD Video
Director, Writer, Producer: Silver Kim
Actor, Writer, Producer: Ashley Evans
In the midst of the city being overrun by the C8 Virus, Maria seeks guidance from her school counsellor on boyfriend issues. The Resistant Virus music video is the third and final phase of a transmedia storyline in the form a Michael Jackson parody. In the first phase, episodic video was the medium selected to tell the story of how the city becomes consumed by the C8 Virus. The music video made the Official Selection at the Urban Film Festival in Miami (2017), The Queen City Film Festival in Cumberland (2017), the Toronto Independent Short Film Festival (2017) and the Awareness Film Festival in L.A. (2017). For further details about the full transmedia project, visit: resistantvirus.com/music-video/
Back Home (Teaser Version 1); 3 min 40 sec; in progress;
HD video, Super 8, 16mm
Filmmaker: Nisha Platzer (Cineworks)
This short work is a teaser for a feature length reflective documentary about connections between physical and emotional pain. It weaves together documentary scenes of gathering and remembrance with poetic visual meditations and a series of monologues reflecting on a tragically severed personal connection. As a fragment, the teaser points to a larger exploration of the impact of loss, as idea, feeling and fact, expressed in the paradox of presence and absence that loved ones inhabit when living only in the memories of others.
Mental; 11 min; 2017; HD video
Writer, Director, Executive Producer: Jax Smith (WIFTV)
Writer, Actor: Meeshelle Neal (WIFTV)
Alicia sees reality through a dreamlike lens of externalized psychotic episodes. Caught in a loop of depression and anxiety she uses prescription drugs to numb herself. Unable to discern what is real and what is imaginary, she finally gives into her inner voice’s advice and embraces her biggest fear. Mental is a winner of a BravoFact award for short film.
Love is Just a Four-Letter Word; 9 min 58 sec; 2014; HD Video
Artist: Karilynn Ming Ho (Cineworks)
Love is Just a Four-Letter Word is a video and installation that addresses the way in which the economy shapes our understanding of love through the iteration of objects, bodies and language; a continuous rise and fall, inflation and recession, falling in love, and then falling apart.
Jax Smith is the creator of the TV series, Defect. In 2016, she directed two short films, Mental, and The Stakeout. Previously she directed projects for First Star, World Wildlife Fund and The Projecting Change Film Festival. Her work has been showcased on CBS, The Knowledge Network, Urban Rush and featured in The Vancouver Sun and The Province. Jax is one half of writing duo M&J Productions Inc., with Meeshelle Neal, creating and editing scripts and treatments for features, shorts and television series.
Meeshelle Neal is the creator the genre sci-fi TV series, Controlled Minds. Leo nominated, Meeshelle has enjoyed being a highly proactive member of the Vancouver Film and TV Community. She wrote, produced, and starred in the award-winning, internationally recognized, short-film Therapy, which tackles issues of mental health. It is now being taught in a curriculum in France and won the Audience Choice Award at the Festival Regards sur le Cinéma du Monde. Meeshelle is one half of writing duo M&J Productions Inc., with Jax Smith, creating and editing scripts and treatments for features, shorts and television series.
Allison Smith is a filmmaker, writer, visual artist and co-owner of the Haida Gwaii based film production company, Braid Films. Her most recent documentary short, Eyes of Society, was selected for the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2017 DC Short Film Festival and aired on Air Canada’s In-flight Entertainment. She has directed promotional films for outdoor and adventure companies throughout BC, having worked with clients such as Seaward Kayaks, Green Coast Kayaking, Mistry Isles Economic Development and Destination BC. Her writing can be seen in Northword Magazine, Dote Magazine and Calgary is Awesome.
Josh Marr is a cinematographer from Winnipeg, currently based in Vancouver. Past works include 'Controversies' directed by Ryan McKenna, 'The Teller and the Truth' directed by Andrew Shapter, 'Steve' directed by Jillian Buchanan as well as the upcoming feature 'The Goose' in 2018, directed by Mike Maryniuk. He is a long-standing member of the Winnipeg Film Group, which has allowed him to explore a wide variety of mediums and styles of film making, including experimental animation, documentary, dramatic shorts and features. Josh is a new member of Cineworks.
Milena Salazar is a Costa Rican filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. Her first film, Mars Barb, premiered at the 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival and was presented in festivals across North America, including the 2015 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. She is a 2016 Hot Docs documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Fellow.
Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker. In June 2015, Cabalu delivered her first broadcast documentary It Runs in the Family as a producer, director and writer. In 2016, the film premiered at the Reelout Queer Film and Video Festival in Ontario and screened in major markets in the United States including San Francisco and New York, winning Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
Silver Kim is an award-winning Director who is passionate about pushing the boundaries of his art. In 2016, he completed a three-part Transmedia Storytelling project starring Emily Tenant (Motive, Supernatural), Landon Liboiron (Degrassi, Hemlock Grove) and Robert Clarke (Defiance, Murdock Mysteries). His short films Pressure to Play (2006) and Cost of Paradise (2004) are festival award-winning films. Previously, Silver was an actor and starred in the TV series Metropia with Maestro Fresh Wes. He also appeared in V, Fringe, The Pacifier (Vin Diesel), New York Minute (The Olsen Twins) and more. Silver went to Ryerson University for Film Production and has Master’s Degree from Yonsei University in South Korea.
Ashley Evans is an Actor/Writer living in Vancouver, B.C. Her recent acting credits include TV series Mech X4 (Disney), Lucifer (Fox), I-Zombie (CW) Untold Stories of the ER and feature film Wrecker. In 2014 she participated in the Actor Mentorship program and was paired with Ali Leibert (Bomb Girls). Ashley is currently the Communications and Community Manager at Bardel Entertainment, an animation studio with 600 staff, three studios and TV shows: Rovio’s Angry Birds Blues, Cartoon Network Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots and DinoTrux.
Nisha Platzer is a filmmaker and photographer from Vancouver. Her practice explores questions of identity through melding genres and combining artistic media, often including analogue and handmade film. Nisha holds a Communication Studies/Film degree from Concordia University and a Masters in Documentary from the EICTV film school in Cuba. Her short films have screened at festivals on three continents and she has attended artist residencies in Colombia, Canada and the United States. Her experience ranges from producing documentaries to making hand-made films on celluloid, to writing and directing narrative shorts and music videos.
Karilynn Ming Ho is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist working with video, performance, multi-media installation, theatre, sculpture and collage. Her work draws on existential themes as a means to examine formal and conceptual ideas around performativity as it relates to screen culture and technology. Ming Ho has exhibited in solo shows across Canada including the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Trinity Square Video in Toronto, Optica Centre d’art Contemporain in Montreal, and Kyhber ICA in Halifax. Her work has been screened widely in film and performance festivals in Canada, the US, and France.
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