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

Past the familiar celestial bodies lies a stranger and more sinister world, full of astrology, mysticism, other-creaturely perceptions and pure abstraction. Confounding and unclassifiable work from Canada, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. Some of the weirdest movies you will ever see, WUFF guarantees.

Domestikia, Chapter 3: La Petite Mort dir. Jennifer Linton
2013 | CA | 4.5 | video
Our heroine Madelaine sits reading in her parlor, when an unexpected visitor arrives. So begins the surreal narrative of La Petite Mort, a tale of love, betrayal, and one vengeful butterfly. Combining elements of erotica, horror, and dark humour, the film capitalizes on the stiff, artificial movement of paper puppets to create a strange, dream-like world. La Petite Mort was inspired by the Surrealist animations of the Polish and Czech masters Jan Lenica, Walerian Borowyck and Jan Svankmajer, Japanese tentacle erotica, and those strange, middle-of-the-night dreams one sometimes has after spicy food. -JL

RGBW dir. Stephan Quinlan
2013 | US | 16 | video
An absurdist collage film on dreaming. VHS footage is stripped to its own "basic elements", and used as a psychic trigger, to represent the reluctantly fading memory of New-Age spirituality. -SQ

Bird Songs of Doom dir. Lansing Bruce Robertson
2015 | CA | 3.5 | video
It's doomsday and the birds are singing merrily. Turns out they're probably up to something. Thanks a lot, birds. -LBR

Pure Virtual Function dir. Péter Lichter
2014 | HU | 3 | video
Pure Virtual Function is an abstract meditation on the representation of violence, the connection of virtual and real aggression. The film was made from painted 35 mm film strips and sound recording from Iraq war. -PL

Variations dir. Piotr Żołądź

2014 | PO | 3 | video
A synthesis of abstraction bodies. -PŻ

Compound Theory 2a dir. Terry Billings

2014 | CA | 2.5 | video
A brief proposal of other-creaturely perceptions of time and space as translated through technology into the human sensorium. -TB
“Raising more questions than its scope can answer, Compound Theory 2a nonetheless challenges us to consider the perspectives of a different kind of body, of different modes of vision, and how variant means of moving though space and time might effect non-human consciousness, experience and perception. This work does anticipate a deepening engagement with the biological other from which we are so dangerously estranged.” -Bruce Russell

Exclusion Zone dir. Alexander Isaenko

2015 | UA | 8.5 | video
A few years ago, Sergey from Krasnodar created a YouTube channel. He documents his different moods with the small camera, shares his online notes, mainly when he is visiting his country cottage area. He likes to work on the land, that’s why he speaks about the country house as of his pleasure. Sometimes after mowing the grass he clearly sees that he belongs to the scientific community. -AI

The Public Slaw dir. Winston Hacking + Andrew Zukerman

2014 | CA | 17 | 35mm on video
The Public Slaw is a handcrafted, psychedelic journey into a realm that blends the vernacular of found footage experimental cinema, internet culture and public access television; not coincidentally all forms of democratized media. The film is “hosted” by a confused public access Dracula (played by Kevin Leggatt) who introduces viewers to an onslaught of images including pugs, no budget horror films, collaged images, and a news bulletin consisting of a falling cat landing on its feet (among other things), all surrounded by a visual commentary in the form of direct animation. -Clint Enns

* images from Jennifer Linton's La Petite Mort (top) and Winston Hacking + Andrew Zukerman's The Public Slaw (bottom)