Prairie Tales 12

Friday, June 25th, 2010
7:00 PM
Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road NW
As part of the Sled Island Film Festival

Presented by Metro Cinema and the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society (AMAAS)
with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society and Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS)

Calgary-based media artists are responsible for ten of the fourteen films and videos featured in Prairie Tales 12, Alberta’s annually produced touring anthology of short works made by artists from the province. By happy coincidence, the seventy-five minute program of animated, live action, documentary and experimental shorts will also premiere in Calgary this Friday June 25, 2010 at the Plaza Theatre at 7:00 pm as part of the Sled Island Film Festival.

As usual, animated works are a mainstay of this year’s line-up. New to Prairie Tales are Calgary animators Greg Doble, creator of Coffee Stop, and Jason Mosher, who brings us Would you believe it’s the end of the world, Kenneth? They join Calgary veterans Lyle Pisio, who returns for a second year in a row with his stop motion piece The Empress, and the perennial Kevin D.A. Kurytnik and Carol Beecher, who are back with the latest episode in their ongoing Intergalactic Who’s Who series, The El-Huge-O Maximus.

More experimental and offbeat works on this year’s program also coming out of Calgary are Caitlind r.c. Brown’s s p a c e, Xstine Cook’s Tar Sand Pudding, Kyle Whitehead’s Maverick and A Dozen Ways, from Andrea D. Mann. The final two works with a Calgary pedigree are T.J. Lynch’s live action drama, Water Under the Bridge and comedy troupe Sciencebear’s Greenwash Gang, directed by Ian Day.

As for the other four pieces on the program, two – Escape from Death Planet and Punchlines – are by Edmonton filmmakers James Cadden and Trevor Anderson respectively; Sherlye Carlson, whose Glimpes of Injustice: The Annual Olive Harvest in Palestine is Prairie Tales 12’s lone documentary, is based in Onoway; and Tales from the Heart is a collaborative effort by four animators working out of Banff Centre for the Arts, Tyler Jordan, Afshin Vahabzadeh, Saki Murotani and Price Morgan.

After its premiere, Prairie Tales 12 will be promoted for exhibition in communities across Alberta and beyond until August 31, 2011. Prairie Tales is presented by Edmonton’s Metro Cinema and the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society (AMAAS) with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Ian Leung, Prairie Tales Tour Coordinator or 780.482.6523

Prairie Tales 12
Alberta 2009, 75 min, Various directors

Metro Cinema and the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society are proud to present the latest edition of our annual Prairie Tales tour of short Alberta-made films and videos. Included in this year’s festival of live-action, animated and experimental works are:

s p a c e
Calgary 2010, 4:00, Dir: Caitlind r.c. Brown

An experimental work described as a frustrated love story about astronauts and rocket ships, spaces between people and the human desire for closeness.

Escape from Death Planet
Edmonton 2009, 7:00, Dir: James Cadden

Three research facility workers are left behind on a distant planet that’s been evacuated after an attack by never before seen life forms.

Tales from the Heart
Banff 2009, 2:57, Dir: Tyler Jordan, Saki Murotani, Price Morgan, Afshin Vahabzadeh

An animated fantasia taking the human heart as its theme offers a wild ride through the body, the gutter and the cosmos.

Tar Sand Pudding
Calgary 2010, 4:56, Dir: Xstine Cook

Three kids take on Alberta’s oil sands and create a holy mess of their own, complete with oil-drowned ducks, in this send-up of a cooking show.

A Dozen Ways
Calgary 2009, 5:06, Dir: Andrea D. Mann

A change of circumstances prompts a sweet and quirky young woman to abandon previous assumptions and embrace a more free and creative way of life.

Water Under the Bridge
Calgary 2009, 13:15, Dir: T.J. Lynch

A man scatters his father’s ashes from an old iron bridge and must confront tragic memories from thirty years before.

Coffee Stop
Calgary 2009, 1:00 Dir: Greg Doble

A man detached from reality seeks reconnection through a morning ritual at his local cafe.

Calgary 2009, 6:46, Dir: Kyle Whitehead

An experimental rhapsody in Super 8 celebrating film as an artistic medium.

Edmonton 2009, 5:00, Dir: Trevor Anderson

The filmmaker examines an early motivation for becoming an artist in a piece that is shot entirely on an iPhone.

Glimpses of Injustice: The Annual Olive Harvest in Palestine
Onoway 2009, 7:57, Dir: Sheryle Carlson

A documentary about Palestinian farmers’ struggle to access their lands during the annual olive harvest.

Intergalactic Who’s Who: The El Huge-O Maximus
Calgary 2010, 1:30, Dir: Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher

An animated spoof about a strange creature that grows to giant proportions on its distant and dangerous, native planet.

The Empress
Calgary 2009, 8:25, Dir: Lyle Pisio

A wistful stop motion animation piece about loneliness and lost chances.

Greenwash Gang
Calgary 2008, 5:00, Dir: Ian Day

A group of money-launderers prepare themselves for their first attempt at a really big heist.

Would you believe it’s the end of the world, Kenneth?
Calgary 2009, 0:50, Dir: Jason Mosher

One night, the world just…ends.

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