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

A collection of short films and videos motivated by the energy of urban environments. Manifestations of architecture and design, and reverberations through empty streets and corridors present the city as a supernatural force. This program contains rapid movement and flashing light. New work from Canada, France, Portugal and the United States.

Array dir. Benjamin Balcom
2013 | US | 7.5 | video
Wandering through the city, wondering about the potentialities of space, wishing and wanting a full experience of the virtual. These thoughts are rooted to spaces on the outskirts that have been rendered without detail. Listen to the code. An indecipherable alphabet floods the brain. “Space” is really a bad metaphor for the Internet. -BB

All That Is Solid dir. Eva Kolcze
2014 | CA | 16 | 16mm on video
All That Is Solid investigates Brutalist architecture through the surface of black and white celluloid. The film features three prominent examples of Brutalist architecture, Robarts Library, U of T Scarborough campus and York University campus. Footage of the buildings has been degraded using a number of chemical and physical processes. The film explores the utopian visions that inspired the Brutalist movement and the material and aesthetic connection between concrete and celluloid. -EK

Nothing dir. LJ Frezza
2014 | US | 6.5 | video
Every shot from "Seinfeld" (1989-1998) where nothing happens. A response to everyone I met in New York who said they'd love the city if only there weren't so many people in it. -LJF

Silages #2 dirs. Aurélie Percevault + Antoine Ledroit
2014 | FR | 4 | 16mm
A presence by an absence. Condensation and repetition of the past, these fleeting moments captured and forgotten. -AP

CINZA (ASHES) dir. Michael Espinha

2014 | PT | 10 | video
CINZA is a short film made entirely from photographs that depict Lisbon during the dictatorial regime installed in Portugal from 1926 until 1974. Their authors were Mário Novais, Horácio Novais and Casimiro dos Santos Vinagre, and the photographs now belong to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Art Library Archive. In this mid-twentieth century imaginary Lisbon, the power plants continue to produce energy, brand new subway network locomotives’ engines hum in standby, city lights and neon signs come alive each night and radio receivers spread Salazar’s speeches - yet, nowhere is to be found the slightest human presence: there isn’t anyone to see or hear this newcomer modernity’s heartbeat. -ME

Red Capriccio dir. Blake Williams [in 3D]

2014 | CA | 7 | video
An anaglyph 3D found footage film about machines and landscape that interlaces motion with stasis, crescendos with glissandos, and reds with blues. Its three movements depict a parked Chevy Caprice police vehicle, Montréal's Turcot Interchange, and an empty rave room. -BW


HIVE dir. Tracy Peters [as looped video]

2013 | CA | 3 | video
HIVE is a playful computer animation that blurs the boundaries between insect and human habitats as honeycomb structures turn into a city of tall buildings at night. -TP

* images from LJ Frezza's Nothing (top) and Micael Espinha's CINZA (bottom)