PARTICLE + WAVE: Screening Program

PARTICLE + WAVE: Screening Program
Location: Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers Flex Space
#100, 1725 – 10 Ave SW (Back Alley Entrance)
Doors @ 7PM, Screening @ 7:30PM
FREE admission

Featuring works by APOTROPIA (Italy), Alex Ateah (Winnipeg), Tommy Becker (USA), FOONYAP (Calgary), Patrick Jenkins (Toronto), Marianna Mihorat (USA), Carol Nguyen (Toronto), Eileen O’Meara (USA), and Hiroya Sakurai (Japan)

We are proud to present this year’s screening program for PARTICLE + WAVE that features filmmakers from around the world that experiment with narratives, mediums and personal perspectives. Each work defies convention and are innovative and unique in the way they tell a story and/or how the work was created. Having received over 200 submissions this year, we chose ten short films that explores the human connection through visual poetry, archive footage, personal memories and a sex hotline.

Special thanks to Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) for hosting this screening.

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Catastrophe & Convenience
Tommy Becker
USA | 2016 | 7min

An out of breath man struggles to complete his weekend to-do list as Black Friday shoppers find themselves trapped in their frenzy. Weapons discharge in the solitude of nature, as a boy’s day dream becomes an epiphany revealing a catastrophe of convenience.

A poet trapped in a camcorder, T. Becker continues to feed his never-ending video saga, TAPE NUMBER ONE. The tape’s expanded story telling blends the artist’s poetics, songwriting, performance and costuming with found footage and computer design. Becker has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for The Arts and the Wexner Center for the Arts. His video work has screened nationally and internationally. Since 2004, he’s worked as an arts educator in the Bay Area.

Emanations: A Visual Poem
Patrick Jenkins
Canada | 2017 | 4:37 min.

An abstract movie about the relentless cycle of life, including growth and decay, and wonder and awe. This film explores the idea that contemporary urban cityscapes are replacing the natural environment. For example, skyscrapers and buildings have taken the place of mountains, and that man has been very successful in taming nature, for good and bad. Woven into this are imaginary images suggesting that there may be more to reality than what is perceived through our senses. The question in the film is what is true? What can we believe? What lies behind what we see? In this way, Emanations: A Visual Poem, relates to the theme: We are all in this together.

Patrick Jenkins is an award winning artist, animator and documentary filmmaker. His latest film Emanations: A Visual Poem was completed in 2017. His 2015 film Phantom City has been shown in film festivals all over the world. He was a special guest filmmaker at the 2013 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia; the 2012 London International Animation Festival, London, U.K.; and in 2011 at Anima VI, the Córdoba International Animation Festival, in Córdoba, Argentina; screening his movies and conducting workshops in animation.

Carol Nguyen
Canada | 2016 | 10:35 min.

An exploration of human connection within a flawed system. Four individuals discover that the main element that unites them is also the reason for their isolation.

Carol Nguyen is an award winning 20-year old filmmaker based in Toronto. In 2017, she was named an ambassador for TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign, where she strived to empower diverse voices and women through her own stories and personal experiences in the film industry. Most recently, she was selected as a 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow. Today, Carol is continuing her passion for filmmaking at Concordia University in Montreal.

Sky Room
Marianna Milhorat
USA | 2017 | 5:55 min.

Someone is missing. Plants grow, but at what cost? Technology threatens and seduces as humans attempt to solve a mystery through telepathy and mirrors. Stainless steel and broken glass strewn about an intergalactic discotheque. Commissioned by the Chicago Film Archives and made in collaboration with sound artist Brian Kirkbride, with footage and sound from the archive chopped, manipulated and arpeggiated into a fertile mix of anthem and narrative.

Marianna Milhorat is a Chicago-based filmmaker and educator. Working in film and video, she utilizes landscape and duration to disrupt and transform notions of space and perspective. Her work has screened internationally at festivals and galleries, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Videonale, and the Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago. Her work has received awards at festivals including the Images Festival, EXIS (Ex-Now), and the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

Alex Ateah
Canada | 2018 | 2:44 min.

Inspired by 90’s sex hotline commercials, a late 20 something seductress yearns for that special someone. The only thing keeping her company is the sand beneath her toes and the pounding desire in her loins. Will she find that special someone she’s looking for?

Alex Ateah is a comedian and artist from Winnipeg, Canada. Alex received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from The University of Manitoba and has studied at The Upright Citizens Brigade.

Italy | 2017 | 8:47 min.

A reflection on the difficulty of living the present moment before it becomes a memory, on the fear of the inexorable march of Time.

The work consists of three parts. In the first one [Random Access Memory] the image of a woman floating in the water alternates with a flow of memories. In the second part [Entropy / Syntropy] we see the dance of a body struggling with time, gravity and decomposition. The movement is not linear and the choreography takes shape by two forces acting in opposite directions. The third part [Instar Aquae Tempus] is focused on the difficulty of identifying the present moment. Time is perceived as a constant stream, suggesting that the nature of reality is that of becoming.

APOTROPIA is an artist duo formed by Antonella Mignone and Cristiano Panepuccia. Their work explores the intersections of dance, performing arts and digital audiovisual production. Using light, sound, motion, bodies and time, APOTROPIA create works that explore the philosophical, anthropological, and scientific elements of human culture. APOTROPIA’s works have been exhibited internationally at Japan Media Arts Festival, WRO Media Art Biennale, Ars Electronica, BLOOOM Award, Share Festival, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Digiark – National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, FILE – Electronic Language International Festival, FutureFest Art Prize, Bienal de Arte Digital, Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Eurovideo, among many others.

This Home is Not Empty
Carol Nguyen
Canada | 2015 | 3:29 min.

A personal film questioning the “lies one tells oneself” through a metaphorical lens.

Carol Nguyen is an award winning 20-year old filmmaker based in Toronto. In 2017, she was named an ambassador for TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign, where she strived to empower diverse voices and women through her own stories and personal experiences in the film industry. Most recently, she was selected as a 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow. Today, Carol is continuing her passion for filmmaking at Concordia University in Montreal.

The Stream VIII
Hiroya Sakurai
Japan | 2017 | 6:54 min.

In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of the water as it follows the man-made course. This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.

Hiroya Sakurai was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1958. Sakurai’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the J.Paul Getty Trust. Sakurai was awarded at the 4th International Video & Electronic Art Festival, Locarno (1993); 35th Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy (2016); the 39th Tokyo Video Festival (2017); the 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA (2018).

Panic Attack!
Eileen O’Meara
USA | 2017 | 3:07 min.

Do you ever wonder “did I leave the coffee on?” or “am I pregnant with a devil-baby?” This 3-minute short explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

Eileen O’Meara is an American artist known for her hand-drawn films Agnes Escapes from the Nursing Home and That Strange Person. She produced and directed commercial spots for clients including HBO, UNICEF, and Motown, and received grants from the NEA, California Arts Council, and Women in Film Foundation.

Mourning Coup pushed by An Ant And An Atom (Official Music Video)
Canada | 2018 | 8:17 min.

FOONYAP’s music video visually explores the dense drone valleys of their remix by An Ant And An Atom off 2017’s EP, Apropos. Consisting of a looping animation of a walking woman, a myriad of shifting and abstract landscapes move in time with the music. As she moves, the space around her also shifts, whether in harmony or dissonance with the space within. The distant echoes of strings and voices evoke the feeling of someone wandering their emotional landscape, fraught with agony and longing. As Director Katie Yuen writes, “she is searching for something, whether it will fulfill or harm her.”

FOONYAP is a classically-trained violinist and vocalist with an incomparable sound. Drawing comparisons to Björk, Braids, and Lhasa, their latest release Palimpsest is a therapeutic reconciliation with their sheltered Chinese-Catholic heritage and the intense classical music training of their childhood. Over the course of the past two years, FOONYAP has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Canada, along with New York City, garnering increasing acclaim everywhere they have performed, from outlets such as The Fader, The Line Of Best Fit, and the Toronto Star, amongst others, while appearing on CBC Q + Music Lab.

Director Katie Yuen is an animator and film director based out of Hamilton, Ontario. Her 2016 music video THE FUN MACHINE for FOONYAP premiered on The Fader and was nominated for Best Music Video of the Year by YYC Music Awards.

An Ant And An Atom is the solo project of Lethbridge, Alberta’s Sean Warkentine. Inspired by delay, white noise, reverb, pink noise, and distortion, the project explores the gradual narrowing of infinite possibility with each release and performance.

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