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Rhayne Vermette: Architecture as Autobiography

Fri, Sept 23 / 7 pm
Introduced by Rhayne Vermette.

Rhayne Vermette is the winner of the 2016 Manitoba Film Hothouse Award, which recognizes the depth of local film directing talent and is generously funded by the Province of Manitoba. Vermette has created a superb body of short experimental works exploring film collage, found footage, and hand processing. After studying architecture she left to pursue photography and experimental film. In 2013, her film Tudor Village won the Jury Prize for Best Prairie Work at the WNDX Festival of Moving Image. Her works have screened at festivals around the world including Barcelona and Melbourne as well as the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Images Film Festival and the European Media Arts Festival. This program includes an overview of her works including her new work UFO which was created for the National Film Board. Vermette is currently writing her first feature length script, an experimental narrative structured on architectural representations and investigations.

DESK STUDY Vol. 1 / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2013 / Canada, 13 secs
How to make a movie.

DESK STUDY Vol. 2 / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2014 / Canada, 20 secs

TUDOR VILLAGE COMMERCIAL / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2011, Canada, 1 min
I’ve been trying to sublet my place since December, please help!

TUDOR VILLAGE: A one shot deal / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2012, Canada, 5:15 min
In pursuit of an eclipse, the citizens of Winnipeg flee the city. Meanwhile, stranded in Tudor Village, the caretaker does his best to interrupt their trajectory & entice everyone to return.

TAKE MY WORD / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2012, Canada, 49 secs
A section cut through a transitional editing tool, the dissolve. For Craig Baldwin.

J.WERIER / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2012, Canada, 4:30 min
An architectural portrait emerges as a transmogrification through various broken projectors. These particular projectors are currently being sold at J. Werier, a Winnipeg warehouse emporium and artifact.

SCENE MISSING / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2015, Canada, 55 sec.”Is this your first visit here?” “Yes.” “Well, this whole thing must seem kinda strange to you, huh? You realize that I can’t see you even though you see me. Well that takes a little getting used to.. Oh. Am I looking at your face now? (laughs) It don’t matter.”

TURIN / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2015, Canada, 7:11 min
“You may want to look into Carlo Mollino, he’s a bastard much like yourself…” N. Chard, 2009
Fetishized alpine landscapes of 16mm film collage and rayograms generate an obscured portrait of the godlike, Carlo Mollino. Completed in anticipation of a personal pilgrimage to Turin – this film delineates what is at stake for the genius bachelor architect as well as the deplorable, unremittingly heartbroken filmmaker (who adores him so). For E. Lavazza + thank you to H. Phillips.

U.F.O. / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2016, Canada, 1:30 min, 1:30 min An apparition reveals itself through celluloid and transmits vestiges of a forgotten provenance. Have the onlookers interpreted its signs correctly or was the message misunderstood? Inspired by found sound of two people’s discovery of a mysterious event in the sky. Produced as part of the 11th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.

BLACK RECTANGLE / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2013, Canada, 1:30 min “Time has not been kind to Kasimir Malevich’s painting, Black Square. In 1915 when the work was first displayed the surface of the square was pristine and pure; now the black paint has cracked revealing the white ground like mortar in crazy paving.”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.

FULL OF FIRE / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2013, Canada, 2:14 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.

LES CHASSIS DE LOURDES / Dir Rhayne Vermette, 2016, Canada, 18 mins, Canadian Premiere!
“…while many architects through their time have sought a ‘true house’ or a ‘true architecture’, their truth was something of the past and not so true in the present […] here architecture is a child of the sea, arose from its substance…” — Gio Ponti At the age of 32, I finally ran away from home. Dramatically, I left with only my cat and copies of all the still and motion images taken by my father (these dating until the mid 1990s when he then passed his camera down to me). And while I unpacked the baggage of this surreal house coincidentally, back home, renovations were in order… Here, an architectural threnody is composed through a various “true stories” and the coupling of factors which exemplify the inherent struggle between the metaphysical and material.

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