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Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
June 1 to 4th, 2017

Logging approximate locations, navigating history, landscape, and reality. More than just the plotting of coordinates, these six films and videos investigate place in multiple dimensions. Look around; here may not be where you think you are. New work from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dirigible dir. Sam Wolk
2015 | US | 12.5 | 16mm
A flight through the troposphere, authenti-cities and simulacra… 52°02'20.0"N 13°44'55.2"E. -SW

Double Bill dir. Tessa Garland
2016 | UK | 9 | video
Double Bill is a playful work that focuses on a remote area of the Mojave Desert, California, where age-old objects and pieces of art can be found side by side. The site sits in abandonment as the natural world continues on around it, progressing with the flow of time while these pieces of history, each possessing their own individual histories remain rooted in a state of solitude and stasis. -TG

Exile Exotic dir. Sasha Litvintseva
2015 | UK | 14 | video
Steeped in elliptical history and historical simulacra, Exile Exotic is set at a hotel that is a replica of the Kremlin. Narrating the exotic beginnings of my mother's and my exile from Russia, the film serves as a platform for us to visit the Kremlin again, albeit by the side of a pool. Our story reverberates throughout the scope of Russian history's limiting of free movement of individuals. This film is a pilgrimage. This film comes in waves. -SL

All Gardens Are Haunted dir. Kaitlin Martin
2015 | US | 4.5 | video
You're walking around a garden and you may or may not be totally alone. -KM

Jáaji Approx. dir. Sky Hopinka

2015 | US | 8 | video
Logging and approximating a relationship between audio recordings of my father and videos gathered of the landscapes we have both separately traversed. The initial distance between the logger and the recordings, of recollections and of songs, new and traditional, narrows while the images become an expanding semblance of filial affect. Jáaji is a near translation for directly addressing a father in the Hočak language. -SH

Quiet Zone dirs. David Bryant + Karl Lemieux

2015 | CA | 15 | 35mm on video
Otherworldly frequencies and textured images beautifully express the distress of those who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity and must live in exile to find relief from the noise. -TIFF

* images from Sasha Litvintseva's Exile Exotic (top) and Kaitlin Martin's All Gardens Are Haunted (bottom)