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WUFF: No End: 6 Films by Josephine Massarella

Sat, June 1 / 10 pm

Josephine Massarella was an independent filmmaker and teacher based in Hamilton, Ontario, who worked primarily with 16mm film. She employed lyrical filmmaking strategies to create beautiful, enigmatic works, stripped of the clichés of dramatic action, haunted by a sense of loss. Her films have screened internationally at venues such as the New York International Film Festival and the Montreal International Women’s Film Festival. Her last piece, 165708, received the award for Best Experimental Film at the 2018 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Josephine was very active in her last five years of life, and finished her last three films as a member of LIFT: Liason of Independent Filmmakers Toronto. With the support of Josephine’s family, LIFT now provides the Josephine Massarella Artist Award to female-identifying artists over 50 who wish to return to filmmaking after a long absence. This is just another way in which, along with the rich body of work Josephine has left behind, we’re reminded that in matters of life and art there is often no end. WUFF is honoured to close our seventh show with a screening of 6 films by Josephine Massarella.

Light Study dir. Josephine Massarella
2013 | 12.5 | 16mm on video
Light Study is a poetic examination of the wetlands, forests, and ecosystems of the Niagara Escarpment. Meticulously filmed over several seasons, it explores the unique landscape of the Bruce Trail using 16mm single frame photography. Here, nature presides over an ephemeral human element, its primordial essence both medium and agent of light’s eternal change. Soundtrack composed by Graham Stewart, member of the experimental music collective Viosac.

No End dir. Josephine Massarella
2015 | 6 | 16mm on video
No End was inspired by a poem I wrote over the course of six months. During this process, abstract images surfaced, subsided, and settled: eventually forming the foundation of a film. The result is a lyrical journey that explores the intersection of interconnectivity and the lived experience. The film includes an original soundtrack by Graham Stewart of Viosac.

Night Stream dir. Josephine Massarella
1996 | 12 | 16mm
Night Stream, a short experimental film about rebirth and fertility, succinctly evokes the flow of tension and trance within the dream state.

No. 5 Reversal dir. Josephine Massarella
1989 | 8 | 16mm
Photographed in reversal, hinting at psychodrama, lyric pastorale, structural film, ethnographic document and home movie this fragmented travelogue ranges from coast to coast before plunging south of the Canadian border. Begun with the bedside manners of two women photographed in close up, NO. 5 quickly relegates its protaganists to a stammered recitation on the soundtrack, a radio collage of pop tunes, natural sounds and white noise. Its studied compositions and stunning b/w photography close with an image of its maker framed between ruins of her own site, glimpsing worlds in construction. -Mike Hoolboom

One Woman Waiting dir. Josephine Massarella
1984 | 9 | 16mm
One Woman Waiting evokes questions of subjectivity in the mirrored performance of two women. The single take, tableau composition forms the structure for catalytic change between the characters. The sensuous desert environment accentuates the poetic and ephemeral quality of this film.

165708 dir. Josephine Massarella
2017| 7 | 16mm
Shot entirely in 16mm black-and-white film using single-frame photography, 165708employs in-camera techniques and chemical manipulation of processed film to produce an eidetic study of temporal elasticity. Techniques include flicker, time-lapse, light painting, stop motion, tinting, and toning. Combined with cycles of alternating exposed frames, these methods imbue the work with a rhythmic magnetism, apparent both in the tempo and the aesthetic of the images. Exploring the capacity of the medium to express various notions of time, the film begins with a woman looking out from the shoreline. This acts as a point of departure to disparate yet interconnected sequences which prompt the viewer to engage in a structurally unique mode of inquiry and experience. A dynamic original score by the acclaimed composer Graham Stewart accompanies the film.

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