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WUFF: The Grand Bizarre

Sat, June 1 / 7 pm

Two films regarding textile.

The Winnipeg Underground Film Festival is excited to partner with the Manitoba Craft Council and the Gimli Film Festival to present the dazzling debut feature film by experimental animator Jodie Mack. In The Grand Bizarre, Mack has created a kinetic, rhythmic examination of the global circulation of textiles and patterns. Using a dizzying array of animation techniques and formal editing strategies, the film offers a vortex of images through which to consider various aspects of cultural exchange. The Grand Bizarre screens along with Jordan Wong’s Mom’s Clothes.


The Grand Bizarre dir. Jodie Mack
2018 | US | 61 | 16mm | MB premiere
A postcard from an imploded society. Bringing mundane objects to life to interpret place through materials, The Grand Bizarre transcribes an experience of pattern, labor, and alien[-]nation[s]. A pattern parade in pop music pairs figure and landscape to trip through the topologies of codification. Following components, systems, and samples in a collage of textiles, tourism, language, and music, the film investigates recurring motifs and how their metamorphoses function within a global economy. -JM

**preceded by**

Mom’s Clothes dir. Jordan Wong
2018 | US | 4 | video | Canadian premiere
A nonfiction reflection on being out of the closet. It’s taken me a long time to be as comfortable as I am through navigating forms of intimacy, gender, and self worth as a queer person of color. It doesn’t always get better, but you’re beautiful however you decide to present, including the choice of garments you decide to wear. -JW

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“If we look back to Trinh T. Minh-ha’s critique of ethnographic filmmaking—a mode, she argued, that is flawed by its implied division of the “out-there” shown on screen and the “in-here” of the audience looking at it—we begin to see how Mack conjures up a new kind of antidote to the tradition’s historical problematics. In giving primacy to things over people, The Grand Bizarre mounts a radical, object-oriented ethnography, one that encapsulates our present, capitalist epoch from within, showcasing the life of the mind by presenting the world to us all at once. As cross-cultural assemblages of garments flicker before our eyes in rapid succession, the materials’ latent likenesses, common motifs, and tokens amalgamate to become spectacles of our moment in history.” -Blake Williams, Cinema Scope (Fall 2018)

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* image from Jodie Mack’s The Grand Bizarre

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