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Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
June 1 to 4th, 2017

LANGUAGE AND LEGEND // 3:30pm, June 3rd
At the Rachel Browne Theatre (2nd Floor, 211 Bannatyne Ave)

Language and concepts thereof drive this collection of six short films and videos exploring foundation, foundational myths, and visions of environmental imagination. The ways to describe a place, a state, an act, are manifold, and so are the ways of interpreting the natural world. How do you say _____ where you’re from? How do you make sense? Stories can be helpful. New work from Canada, Denmark and the United States. (free screening)

From Sea to See dir. Eve-Lauryn LaFountain
2015 | US | 8.5 | super 8mm on video | Canadian premiere
A short super 8mm film about the legacy of manifest destiny. -ELL

Aquarius the Waterman dir. Steve Wetzel
2017 | US | 10 | video | Canadian premiere
Aquarius the Waterman is an Austrian legend about the founding of the Erzberg mine, one of the largest open pit mines in Europe. The video - whose body consists of an adaptation of the legend - is about storytelling, the fundamental uncertainty of life and meaning, and perhaps the need to reassess our relationship to the material world. -SW

Now only the eye can catch dir. Jakob Ohrt Nielsen
2015 | DK | 16 | 16mm on video | Canadian premiere
It is January 13th. In the town of Ilulissat, Greenland, the sun rises again after about two months of polar darkness. As it glides over the horizon in a constant afterglow, the inhabitants of Ilulissat welcome it with song and fireworks. The spectacle only lasts around thirteen minutes, after which the dusk slowly takes over again. The festival is observed by our narrator, as he tells the story of how he was tricked into losing his human form and became what he is today: a myth, a collector of images, a camera. Now only the eye can catch is a contemporary fabrication of an Inuit myth - an ancient form adapted to depict a modern medium. -JN

Point of No Return dir. Zachary Finkelstein
2016 | CA | 10 | video | Canadian premiere
Under a microscope, tiny shards of ice loom as large as glaciers. Point of No Return explores climate change on the microscopic scale to present an alternative view to the massive worldwide event. With narration in eleven of the most spoken languages in the world, the video presents a dialogue in abstraction between emotional understanding and scientific fact in the face of rising global temperature. -ZF

Founder dirs. Leah Decter + Cheryl L'Hirondelle
2015 | CA | 9 | video
Founder: Noun– a person who establishes an institution or settlement. Verb- (of a ship) to fill with water and sink. (of a plan or undertaking) to fail or break down. From a dock on a lake in the Canadian shield - cottage country in Treaty Three territory - Cheryl L’Hirondelle sings ‘kitaskihkanaw,’ a song inspired by Woody Guthrie’s ’This Land Is Your Land,’ which foregrounds understandings of this land from a Cree worldview. Out in the bay, Leah Decter bails in a Sportspal canoe, an act that gestures towards both implicit complicity and willful subversion. These actions, in conversation, honour a continuum of resistance and survivance, highlighting an imperative for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to undertake critical un/doing and un/learning individually, collectively, and collaboratively, towards non-colonial futures in this land. -LD

Visions of an Island dir. Sky Hopinka
2016 | US | 15 | video | Canadian premiere
An Unangam Tunuu elder describes cliffs and summits, drifting birds, and deserted shores. A group of students and teachers play and invent games revitalizing their language. A visitor wanders in a quixotic chronicling of earthly and supernal terrain. These visions offer glimpses of an island in the center of the Bering Sea. -SH

* images from Jakob Ohrt Nielsen's Now only the eye can catch (top) and Zachary Finkelstein's Point of No Return (bottom)