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Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
June 1 to 4th, 2017

The essence of cinema is boiled down and the results are resplendent. Eleven filmmakers present their own unique colour theories, reflecting on motion, materiality and perception in the process. Black and white is so basic. New work from Argentina, Canada, Korea, Spain and the United States.

Espectro cromático dir. Albert Alcoz
2015 | ES | 3.5 | super 8mm on video
Color spectrum shows the comings and goings of passersby on a boardwalk. Multiple exposure and color filters transform human figures in ghostly presences of variable color shades. -AA

Babash dirs. Lisa Truttmann + Behrouz Rae
2014 | US | 9 | video
Babash is a parrot. He lives in Los Angeles. Kept by an Iranian family, he speaks mostly Farsi. Sometimes Babash mixes English and Azeri into his conversations. Behrouz Rae has made friends with Babash over the years. The short film Babash is an associative portrait about a special relationship and the domestic surroundings in which it grew. Observing Babash and Behrouz, intervening upon them with color panels, inventing a common language, a focus emerges of a shared misplacement within this genuine friendship. -LT

Christian's Curtains dir. Dan Browne
2015 | CA | 5 | video
This video was created in response to Christian Lebrat's installation, R1R2R3R4 (Who's Afraid Of...) (2009). Through rapid camera movement, the installation's panels are converted into flickering colourful textures reminiscent of Lebrat's film Holon (1981). -DB

TRiplete PLástico dir. Ignacio Tamarit
2016 | AR | 1.5 | super 8mm on 16mm
This film is like the work of an architect, building a building block, by splicing small blocks of frames, looking to collide with one another and create new images. At the same time, this film is an apology to the act of splicing, the aesthetics of the joint. Enjoy the splice of life! -IT

Chroma Kinesis dir. Jérôme Bretéché

2015 | CA | 3.5 | super 8mm on video
Animation shot in one take in super 8. -JB

Australian Paper dir. Minjung Kim

2015 | KR | 2.5 | 16mm
1400 tints printed onto paper in 2005 are transferred to the emulsion to be seen in a new light. -MK

Parallel Inquiries dir. Christina C. Nguyen

2016 | US | 9.5 | 16mm
sound from image / image from color // inquiries into the analog film system. -CN

Blue Movie dir. Michael A. Morris

2015 | US | 6 | 16mm
An elegiac tribute to the late Juanita Slusher, a Dallas-based exotic dancer well known in the 50s as Candy Barr. The stag-film Smart Alec (given to me by my grandfather), is used as the majority of the source imagery set to a rendition of "Autumn Leaves" performed by Dallas-based vocalist Lily Taylor. The song was said to be her favorite to dance to, noting that she viewed her dancing as a form of creative expression. -MM

Something Horizontal dir. Blake Williams

2015 | CA | 10 | video [in anaglyphic 3D]
Flashes of Victorian domestic surfaces and geometric shadows transform the physical world into a somber, impressionistic abstraction, while elsewhere a spectre emerging from the depths of German Expressionism reminds us that what goes up always comes down. -BW

Something Between Us dir. Jodie Mack

2015 | US | 9 | 16mm on video
A choreographed motion study for twinkling trinkets, beaming baubles, and glaring glimmers. A bow ballet ablaze (for bedazzled buoyant bijoux brought up to boil). Choreographed costume jewelry and natural wonders join forces to perform plastic pirouettes, dancing a luminous lament until the tide comes in. -JM

* images from Dan Browne's Christian's Curtains (top) and Jodie Mack's Something Between Us (bottom)