New Visions

Accessible on our online festival platform July 24 – 25
Q&A with the directors live-streamed Sunday July 25 at 1pm

Co-presented by Digital Arts Resource Centre

Explore innovative approaches to the art of filmmaking in this program of short experimental works.

Yann Chapotel, France, 2020, 6 min.
Ottawa festival premiere

INSIDE unrolls a mosaic of windows, those of the building that I regularly filmed from my own window. Along this border where the interior opens onto the exterior, a multitude of moments of everyday life overlap and respond to each other, forming a choreographic fresco of simple gestures.

Stephanie Barber, USA, 2020, 9 min.
Canadian festival premiere

The horizon, where the sky and the earth meet, is always elsewhere, a promised place where these two elements come together. A metaphor, an orienting, a promise of transition, change, transcendence. A place where the corporeal and spiritual meet, or are cleaved apart.

This film contains explicit language.

Zachary Finkelstein, Canada, 2020, 12 min.
Ontario festival premiere

PORT LANDS presents Toronto’s industrial waterfront as a complex landscape in which past, present, and future geographies transition and converge. Using archival aerial photographs, microscopic videography and Lidar data mapping, this work documents how aquatic life has persisted despite intense industrialization.

Penny McCann, Canada, 2020, 9.5 min.

Using anonymous home movie footage of Expo ’67 in Montréal, the artist sets out to recreate a memory that perhaps never existed. Celluloid manipulation and sound decay techniques coalesce to transform a mythic landscape into a sublime expanse of disintegrated memory. Sound design by Edmund Eagan.

Nicolas Jimy Awashish, Canada, 2018, 5.5 min.
Ottawa festival premiere

Made entirely of photographs, KANOCKATONANOK is an impressionist night journey through the Atikamekw village of Opitciwan.

Mistaya Hemingway & Alan Kohl, Canada, 2021, 11 min.
Ontario festival premiere

NAÏADE is a reflection on the ways image and self-perception have changed in a post #MeToo era. What do we keep and what do we shed? Using the water as a feedback loop and the haunting music of Beatrice Deer and Jace Lasek, NAÏADE dives into the depths of consciousness.

This film is best experienced with headphones.

Benjamin Rosenthal & Eric Souther, United States, 2020, 8.5 min.
Canadian festival premiere

This film performs at the edges between body and the external, oscillating and eroding those boundaries. A ritual for creating new worlds and situations for fragmented bodies, signals pass through the joints of animated and genderless bodies and body parts, entangling the body-signal-actions both materially and conceptually, as these control mechanisms interfere with pre-animated content. Perpetually shifting surfaces and skins serve as sites of projection and interference, contributing to the further “queering” of the state of these bodies and fragments that are stretched and submerged into and outside of the environment they inhabit, as they encounter desire, distress, and ritualized oscillations.

This film contains strobing imagery.

 = local production