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Cinematheque at Home: Experimental Animation

Plays April 10 - 24
42 min, Canada, Various Directors
Curated by Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan

Media artist collaborators Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan introduce a selection of experimental animated short films by local filmmakers Leslie Supnet, Mike Maryniuk, Ed Ackerman & Colin Morton, Rhayne Vermette, and Jackie Traverse.

In Still Time / Directed by Leslie Supnet, 2016, Canada, 10 min / In Still Time is an experimental animation that investigates the catastrophic image to facilitate questions about the moral imperative to look, and our (in) ability to bear witness to unthinkable human suffering.

Melatonin / Directed by Mike Maryniuk, 2010, Canada, 2:33 min / A flying-hallucination, dream workbook.

Primiti Too Taa / Directed by Ed Ackerman & Colin Morton, 1986, Canada, 2:45 min / A delightful animated poem made with only a typewriter and simple vocal messages, based on the 1920s sound poem Ursonate (Sonata in Primitive Sounds) by the German avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters. The human voice provides the music while words and syllables dance in this short film, which has won several international awards.

Full of Fire / Directed by Rhayne Vermette, 2013, Canada, 2 min / There are few alternatives for exiles. The homecoming may be postponed to an indeterminate future; one could settle for a replacement; and lastly, there is always madness.

Fair Trade  / Directed by Leslie Supnet, 2009, Canada, 4:31 min / A young woman experiences heavy nostalgic trauma, as she purges herself from the materiality of her past. Fair Trade is a story of one woman’s quest for a psychedelic transformation in an age of overconsumption and greed.With this animation, Supnet questions the value of our memories, especially those that are the by products of commercialism and capital.

Black Rectangle / Directed by Rhayne Vermette, 2014, Canada, 1:30 min / This film documents a tedious process of dismantling and reassembling 16 mm found footage. The film collage imitates functions of a curtain, while the recorded optical track describes the flm’s subsequent destruction during its first projection.

Blotto 649  / Directed by Mike Maryniuk, 2012, Canada, 2:34 min / A fantastic journey of colour using 6490 photographs of spin art micro paintings.

Empty  / Directed by Jackie Traverse, 2009, Canada, 5 min / Set to music by Little Hawk, this animated and starkly honest story is a daughter’s tribute to her estranged mother.


Cinematheque at Home – curated by the Cinematheque – will offer new theatrical releases to our audience every week through Vimeo on Demand. Cinematheque at Home will offer new programs (individual feature films and/or shorts programs) each week, which our audiences can pay to stream through our website. This is not only an opportunity for our patrons to see new cinema, but is an important way that they can continue to support independent film during this pandemic.

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