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

Various aspects of governance and enterprise are invoked in this kaleidoscopic look at urban development, religious symbolism, military occupation, and counter­intelligence interrogation. Radical clashes arise in the attempt at preserving the past and building the future. New work from Canada and the United States.

Iron Condor dir. Meredith Lackey
2015 | US | 10 | 16mm
Iron Condor presents the sensible evidence of the Chicago Futures and Options Exchange from grain to data. The film takes its name from an option trading strategy whose profit/loss graph resembles a large bird. Static objects contend with a virtual atmosphere that renders the physical obsolescent. -ML

They Want to Give It a Name dir. David de Rozas
2015 | US | 9 | video
They Want to Give it a Name observes a public open call process to name a plaza in the city of San Francisco. The film explores how the urban space is negotiated by the relationships that a naming process has with history and the collective physique. They Want to Give it a Name inquires a process of governing the subjectivities that inhabits the city; it aims to create an alternative gesture where the multiplicity that this naming process tries to contain remains ungoverned. -DR

Sous le signe de la croix dir. Stéphane Oystryk
2015 | CA | 3.5 | super 8mm on video
Images of the vestiges of religious influence and infrastructure in the Winnipeg neighbourhood of Saint-Boniface accompanied by audio clips of an interview with Vania LaPrairie Gagnon. Music by Stéphane Oystryk. -SO

Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby dir. Lisa Danker
2016 | US | 5 | super 8mm on video
This short essay film, shot on Super 8, reflects on the denigration of historically significant sites at the hands of commercial real estate development in Miami––a city that has long thought of itself as having little history. Artifacts of a Tequesta village dating back to 600 A.D. were unearthed in 2013 at one location. Mediated agreements between the City of Miami and the developer reveal that long-standing plans for a future building were designed at the expense of preserving the past. -LD

The Bus Trip dir. Sarah Gampel

2014 | SW | 13.5 | video
Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip.
She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line. -SG

Black Space dir. Matt Rossoni

2015 | US | 2 | video
The KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation manual describes the goal of all its interrogation techniques thusly: "There is an interval—which may be extremely brief—of suspended animation, or psycho- logical shock or paralysis. It is caused by a traumatic or subtraumatic experience which explodes, as it were, the world that is familiar to the subject as well as his image of himself within that world. The more well-adjusted . . . the subject is, the more he is affected.”

PSYCHIC DRIVING dir. William E. Jones

2014 | US | 14.5 | video
Psychic Driving deals with experiments on unwitting subjects involving hallucinogenic drugs and massive doses of electroshock. One of the subjects, the wife of a member of the Canadian Parliament, speaks out in an interview. The psychiatrist in charge, Dr. Ewen Cameron, treated patients in three stages—sleep therapy, psychic driving, and de-patterning—to destroy depressed personalities and then build them back up again. His funding came from the CIA. -WJ

* images from Meredith Lackey's Iron Condor (top) and David de Rozas' They Want to Give It a Name (bottom)