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


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Abstract cinema, visual music — films without scripts. Tags for this program include but are not limited to: #stopmotion #animation #kinesis #calisthenics #collage #rhythm #foundfootage #toycameras #handdrawn #handcranked #johnwhitney #jameswhitney #shapes #lines #dots #swirls #spirals #squiggles #fun #formalism #funformalism

FFF1 dir. Marcin Gyżicki
2013 | PO | 4 | video | Canadian premiere

A free form film (without a script) created with free tools found on the Internet. A tribute to John and James Whitney. –MG

This Is Dynamation! dir. Lansing Bruce Robertson

2013 | CA | 3.5 | video | World premiere
My unconscious brain presents: fragments of a psychedelic adventure / mythic love 
story / experimental film about the stop motion process (with sincere apologies to the memory of Ray Harryhausen). –LBR

1D dir. Kristiane Church

2014 | CA | 2 | video

A vintage 16mm Labatt Beer commercial serves as the jumping off point for this kinetic, three-panel study in rhythm. –SF

Crux Film dirs. Alexander Stewart + Lilli Carré

2013 | US | 5 | video | Canadian premiere

Precarious and fluid arrangements constantly interrupt one another in a montage of 
waiting, anticipating, and transitioning forms. Arrangements of marks and geometric forms are faced with unresolved states. Objects struggle to maintain their shape, stay upright, or avoid disappearing. –AS

Buildings and Sky dir. Matheu Plouffe

2013 | CA | 3 | super 8mm on video

The title pretty much says all you need to know about this kinetic film collage. –MP

Structured Light dir. Sebastian Melo

2013 | UK | 5.5 | video | Canadian premiere

Structured Light explores the tension between a physical body and its computable 
pattern, an interface in which human and machine build a space of negotiation. The 
machine knows only how to produce digital patterns; the body knows how to produce affect. How does one seduce the other? Can they ultimately form an integrated but 
distributed system? –SM

May, December, -3 dir. Isiah Medina

2014 | CA | 5 | video | World premiere

Law of the reverse / Reverse of the Law. –IM

Fires dir. Michael A. Morris

2013 | US | 14 | 35mm on video | Canadian premiere

A wide view of the jagged line between landscape and skyscape. An arranged collection of fragments. A study in the limits of autobiography. Shot with a Lomokino super 35mm camera and transferred on a flatbed scanner. –MM


2013 | US | 5 | 16mm | Canadian premiere

"This morning the window blew its glass onto my face. Real morning with pluses and minuses (my symbols for truth)" –Watt. A Groundless and boundless 16mm film in which a wall becomes a window to a swirling landscape. –MS


Dumb Day dir. Kevin Eskew [looped video installation]

2013 | US | 9 | video | Canadian premiere

Flower sniffing, carpet calisthenics, and other restless leisure-time activities. Domestic life can be tough. Finally, the day breaks. Hand-drawn animation. –KE

Six Cylinder Sludgehammer dir. Kevin Eskew [looped video installation]

2013 | CA | 6 | video | World premiere

A high-fructose closed-eyed vision of the American Midwest. Video, rephotography and live in-camera effects. –KE

* images from Michael A. Morris' Fires (top) and Matheu Plouffe's Buildings and Sky (bottom)