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Copyright 2013
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
June 1 to 4th, 2017

And this is what they call progress! Millions of years of evolution have found us - at present - alienated by work, disconnected from tangibility, removed from modes of production, from the food we eat and from the tools we use to navigate life. Communication is shaped and directed by unseen forces, algorithms, and the profit motive. This illusive program of six films and videos attempts to reflect on this, our present state in evermore modern times. New work from Canada, Australia, Mozambique and the United States.
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See a Dog, Hear a Dog dir. Jesse McLean
2016 | US | 18 | video | Manitoban premiere
Taking its title from a sound design maxim and using it as a conceit to grasp the desire for connection, See a Dog, Hear a Dog probes the limits and possibilities of communication. In this liminal cinematic space, the fear of conscious machines is matched with a desire to connect with nonhuman entities. Algorithms collaborate and improvise. Dogs obey/disobey human commands, displaying their own artistry and agency in the process. Technology, from domesticated animals to algorithmic music to chat rooms, reflects human desire but has its own inventiveness. Can we ever truly communicate with a machine, with a nonhuman animal, with each other? -JM

Intelligent Finite Mortal Creatures dir. Milos Mitrovic
2017 | CA | 4 | video | World premiere
An exploration into the innate human nature of the denial of death. -MM

Welter/Wallow dir. Frank McCauley
2017 | US | 4 | video | Manitoban premiere
Welter/Wallow explores a fascination with the relationships between private and public, reality and fiction, and the dynamic interplay between the individual and structures or masses. -FM

Return to Forms dir. Zachary Epcar
2016 | US | 10 | 16mm on video | Manitoban premiere
A constellation of objects, each emerging into the soft peach-light void of an indeterminate condominium space. -ZE

Cove dir. Natasha Cantwell
2016 | AU | 5 | 16mm on video | Canadian premiere
An attempt at a neighbourly gesture amongst the hermit-like residents of a small cul-de-sac. - NC

Nyo vweta Nafta dir. Ico Costa
2017 | MZ | 22 | 16mm on video | Canadian premiere
Inhambane. Mozambique. King-Best. Samsung Galaxy. Versace. Babes. White Rooster. There are no toothpicks in Norway. Coconut trees. Baobab fruits. Superfruits. Vitamin C. Passiflorine. Alpha-linolenic acid. SMS in Chinese. Megabytes. Hotel Cardoso. Coffee is a white man’s addiction. Ngadzango. My woman. Nafta. - NC

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* images from Jesse McLean's See a Dog, Hear a Dog (top) and Zachary Epcar's Return to Forms (bottom)

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