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

Nine astronomical experiments observing the outer limits. Films regarding The Sun, sky, stars, The Moon, meteors, and everything else on the way to the outer-edges of our universe, explore experimental cinema's fascination with looking up, up and away, and star-gazing for inspiration. New work from Canada, France, Spain and the United States.

First Sun dir. Leslie Supnet
2014 | CA | 2.5 | super 8mm on video

Celestial Object dir. Benjamin Balcom
2014 | US | 11.5 | 16mm on video
Here are the playful recordings of a naturalist - the observations of a difficult object. As the study accelerates and numerous cinematographic strategies are employed, the information gathered becomes noise; all these measurements become scribbles. -BB

Lunar Almanac dir. Malena Szlam
2013 | CA | 4 | 16mm
Lunar Almanac uses in-camera editing and frame-by-frame photography to create multi-layered field views of the phases of the moon. -MS
Lunar Almanac initiates a journey through magnetic spheres with its staccato layering of single-frame, long exposures of a multiplied moon. Shot in 16mm Ektachrome and hand processed, the film’s artisanal touches are imbued with nocturnal mystery.” -Andrea Picard, 2014

Pulsars e Quasars dir. Paul Clipson
2014 | US | 5 | super 8mm
Imagine yourself on a beautiful California beach somewhere, watching the sunset - but you’re also on a Tilt-a-Whirl. Lush super 8mm colour-reversal film and quick in-camera editing are employed in Pulsars e Quasars to an effect that is at once dizzying and romantic, with a jangly pop soundtrack by Arp. -SF

In the New Sky dir. Eloy Dominguez Seren

2014 | ES | 6 | video
The district of Enskede-Årsta-Vantör, south of Stockholm: the city breathes in and out while a colossal, ubiquitous, enigmatic monolith watches day and night all the life around it. -EDS

Shooting Star dir. Pierre Yves Clouin

2015 | FR | 4 | video
It is because I’m shooting this star that this star is a shooting star. -PYC

Toward the Flame dir. Paul Turano

2014 | US | 5.5 | video
Lighting up the morning sky a meteor detonated mid air over Chebarkul, Siberia on February 15, 2013. Existential shockwaves emanating from the explosion caused a momentary chaos, catalyzing more desperate fears that it was perhaps signaling The End. The music in the work is by Russian composer Scriabin who composed Vers la Flamme (Towards the Flame) a few years after the Tunguska event – a devastating explosion from a runaway comet or asteroid, in Siberia in 1908. Hypothetical, but compelling connections between these events inform this work. -PT

Sun Song dir. Joel Wanek

2013 | US | 15 | video
A poetic journey from the darkness of dawn into the brightness of the midday sun in the American South. Filmed entirely on the number 16 bus route in Durham, North Carolina over the course of six months, Sun Song is a celebration of sunlight and a meditation on leaving. -JW

Second Sun dir. Leslie Supnet

2014 | CA | 3 | super 8mm on video
A post-apocalyptic imagining of the birth of our Second Sun. -LS


Étoiles dir. Caroline Blais [as looped video]

2013 | CA | 3 | video
Meteors and lunar rocks seen through a microscope slowly morph into an interstellar landscape. -CB

* images from Benjamin Balcom's Celestial Object Malena Szlam's Lunar Almanac