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WUFF: Sweet Sixteen

Fri, May 31 / 8:30 pm

A program for fans of Prince. Sorry, *prints.
For the first time ever at the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival we present a case for the intrinsic value of projecting films on film. 9 new films finished on 16mm comprise a survey of contemporary analog moving image practices in Canada, the US and abroad. Medium specificity, language, landscape and domestic action are among the secondary concerns here; primacy throughout is given to the colour and shape of the light. Treat yourself to expensive professional film! Analog film is dead; long live analog film!

Drag dir. Bea Haut
2017 | UK | 5 | 16mm
Performance and film come together to evidence a physical and poetic response to an old sofa abandoned on the street. Transforming the discarded into action, comedy and pleasure. Aspects of the everyday present themselves as potent catalysts, in the end becoming a road test of materials, bylaws and nerve. -BH

Bulbs & Parts dir. George Monteleone
2019 | US | 2 | 16mm | World premiere
A lighting storefront, a Bolex, an RGB synthesizer; electricity hertz, phase heals, rub some Butterworth (filters) on it. -GM

Motion at a Distance dir. Lindsay Packer + Andrew Yong Hoon Lee
2018 | US | 3 | 16mm | Canadian premiere
Colour takes ephemeral form into the soundspace. Shadow shapes emerge, interact and recede as luminous, temporary geometries call into the question the division between analog and digital ways of seeing and believing. Motion at a Distance is a stop-motion animation by Lindsay Packer. Optical sound by Andrew Yong Hoon Lee guides Packer’s light-based installation and performance work into the realm of film. Lee’s composition uses sound as material and is pushed and pulled much like paint on a canvas to create abstract textures that evoke mood and memory. -LP

Intertropical Vision dir. Adriana Vila Guevara
2018 | ES/VE | 5 | 16mm
Contrary to the standardization of a single hegemonic point of view, the “center” in the tropics is not the whole. It is the starting point of a powerful range of visions. This is a trip into the core of its multiple indomitable condition. -AVG

Reflections II dir. Dan Browne
2016 | CA | 4.5 | 16mm | MB premiere
A meditation on light and water; landscape as self-portraiture. -DB

The Last Skate dir. Sandy McLennan
2018 | CA | 5 | 8mm on 16mm | MB premiere
A massive, smoothly-frozen lake, regular 8mm cameras double-exposing and failing miserably/wonderfully in the cold, hand-processed with various recipes/physicalities. Sound is not looped; you could skate forever. The living lake rumbles just under foot, solid and liquid. A naturally scary and temporary place on earth. Spring begins to birth. -SM

The Air in the Earth of Your Lungs dir. Ross Meckfessel
2018 | US/JP | 11 | 16mm | MB premiere
Drones and GoPros survey the land while users roam digital forests, oceans, and lakes. Those clouds look compressed. That tree looks pixelated. A landscape film for the 21st century. -RM

Change (变) dir. Lily Jue Sheng
2017 | US | 6 | dual 16mm
Change is a 16mm text animation that deconstructs and manipulates Chinese language in its representation of morphology, Taoist principles, and celestial cycles of time. The title refers to the I Ching, the Book of Changes, and 变 (traditional: 變), the Chinese word for ‘change’, in its translation that implies ‘transformation’. The film structure surveys Chinese seal script, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, repeating 64 variations of 8 cosmic colours – red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white. Each string of characters correspond to a revolution of time in lunisolar and astronomical denominations. The allegorical usage of radicals and colours convey a universal interconnectivity, articulating meanings outside the confines of literacy, acting instead as a cryptogram, machine/mind symbiosis, series of rituals, and play of metronomic afterimages.

Instructions on How to Make a Film dir. Nazlı Dinçel
2018 | CA/US | 13 | 16mm | Canadian premiere
Shot at the Film Farm in Mt.Forest, this comedy is a quest about performance, educational voiceover, analogue filmmaking, ASCII, language, ethics of ethnography and narrative storytelling under a metaphor of instructions to farm land. Text by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Wikihow/shoot-film.

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Wed 29

Optical Printer One on One Workshop Sessions

Appointment Based One on One Session
Thu 30

Canada’s Top Ten: Murmur

Thu & Fri, Jan 23 & 24 / 7 pm
Sat, Jan 25 / 2:30 pm
Sun, Jan 26 / 5 pm
Wed, Jan 29 / 7 pm
Thu 30

Canada’s Top Ten: Matthias & Maxime

Sat, Jan 25 / 9:30 pm
Wed, Jan 29 / 9 pm
Fri, Jan 31 / 9:30 pm
Sat, Feb 1 / 4:30 pm
Fri 31

Canada’s Top Ten: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Thu, Jan 30 / 7 pm
Sat, Feb 1 / 7 pm
Fri 31

Canada’s Top Ten: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Thu, Jan 30 / 9:15 pm
Sat, Feb 1 / 2:30 pm
Sun, Feb 2 / 5 pm


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