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Cabin Fever: Dream, Dreaming, Dreamt – Experimental Films for Teens

Sun, March 28 / 12 pm
Free to view!
Curated by WNDX, 60 min program

Followed by a free animation workshop with Art City!

The WNDX programming team brings you a selection of experimental short videos specially curated for teen audiences. “Videos we would have wanted to see when we were teens” – Scott + shimby

The early aughts are cool again, and that positions thirtysomething WNDX co-directors Scott and shimby as a dream duo to assemble a weird shorts program for teens. Dream, Dreaming, Dreamt features a mix of new works and world premieres (Lenore Claire Herrem’s A Dream I Had, Better Lovers and Hsin-Yu Chen’s Chapter 2: A Wet Bio Coder) and alternative classics (Thirza Cuthand’s Lessons in Baby Dyke Theory, Alison SM Kobayashi’s From Alex to Alex) exploring themes of otherness, perception, and romance (ew, yuck).

Recommended for audiences 14 and older for some language and content.

Presented in partnership with the WNDX Festival of Moving Image.

A Dream I Had, dir. Lenore Claire Herrem
2020, CA, 4.5 min

Two of my passions in my personal practice are dream work and video creation. Following my bliss of each, I have an ongoing series of visual representations of real dreams I’ve had. I voiceover the dream myself, and include the actual voices of the friends featured in the dream. “A Dream I Had” came to me on January 2 2021, and the next day I began collecting images and stock videos that best matched the visual and emotional components while they were fresh in my mind. Using the programs Photoshop and Filmora Wondershare, I was able to create as accurate a representation of the dream as possible. The possibility of being this close to sharing accurate representations of our dreams with viewers in the waking life is incredibly exciting, and I am so happy to share my dreams with you.

Lessons in Baby Dyke Theorydir. Thirza Jean Cuthand
1995, CA, 3 min

In 1995 when Thirza Cuthand was 16 she felt like the only lesbian at her Saskatoon high school. This turned out to be untrue, but the lack of visibility in her high school coupled with the lack of representation of Queer teenagers in the 90’s made her make her first video, a comedic short about teenage lesbian loneliness and trying to bribe classmates to come out with the promise of candy.

From Alex to Alex, dir. Alison S.M. Kobayashi
2006, CA/US, 6 min

In the fall of 2003 I found a letter on the Winston Churchill Blvd QEW overpass. It was labeled From: Alex To: Alex. This is a film based on the contents of that letter.

Nihelious, dir. Yuri Yefanov
2018, UA, 9 min

The work is made of 3d graphics created specifically for wedding videos in the early 2000’s. “Archetypal characters are woven and encrypted in the film flow but by and large they have no meaning. Their sense was killed by nihilist of the past, ironically adopted by nihilist of the present. Instead a new aesthetics seems to me as a symptom of decadence, helplessness, where the strongest thing a person can do is to joke, to be witty.”

Don’t Let Them Do That to Youdir. Howard Adler
2013, CA, 1.5 min

Don’t Let Them Do That To You is a short experimental video made entirely with still images. It focuses on the “unnamed” “Anishinaabe Scout” Statue and the “Champlain” Statue located in Ottawa, Canada ,at Major Hills Park, and at Napean Point. The video critiques the ubiquitous stereotypes of Indigenous peoples and challenges colonial tropes and unquestioned historical narratives (such as the version of history present in artwork that generally depicts Champlain as the knowledgeable explorer leading the way while Indigenous bodies are depicted as an accessory in the background).

Entanglement of Consciousness, dir. Chiemi Shimada
2019, JP, 4 min

Entanglement of Consciousness playfully questions how long fear towards an impending danger can persist contrasting a sleeping woman, messages on LINE app, and Schrödinger’s cat. The idea was conceived from the crisis surrounding the North Korean missile threats to Japan during 2017.

Chapter 2: A Wet Bio Coder, dirs. Better Lovers and Hsin-Yu
2020, US, 9 min

A voice guides you across a field, under your fingertips and around your soft palate. You will be hypnotized. You will wander and trespass. With calibrated words and spinning objects you will hear what you want to hear, the flashing moments layering themselves seamlessly into consciousness. The wheel is humming gently.

[Closer Captions], dir. Christine Sun Kim
2020, US/DE, 8 min

Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim thinks about closed captions a lot. And she let us in on a not-so-well-kept secret: they suck. Christine shows us what closed captions could be, in a new story featuring original footage she captured and captioned herself.

Uriah Plays the Alien, dir. Stephen Wardell
2018, US, 9 min

Uriah is an alien whose spaceship crashed on Earth. A family of kids adopt him and teach him how to walk, eat Cheetos, and be human. Their speculations on his goals and on the nature of his existence construct the fiction as it progresses. This film is also a documentary portrait of the filmmaker’s family. Through reenactment, the film observes the process of becoming “other”, and intentionally challenges the viewer to sit with and engage that feeling.

This free program is presented with the support of the Province of Manitoba’s Safe at Home program. Visit safeathomemb.ca for a list of other programs available for free.

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