Marie Clements’ musical documentary is simultaneously a piece of BC First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism.
Dance, that most protean form of human communication, is given three wildly innovative outlets in this trio of short films. Dancers commune with their animal spirits, opera gets spooky, and dance meets finance in the streets of London town.
From Qatar to Quebec, Serbia to Ohio, this collection of films exposes sites of personal and emotional history. A variety of film and video techniques push the formal and narrative boundaries of cinema. -SC
In London’s bleak financial district, traders, bankers, and hedge fund managers describe an atavistic society, blood red in tooth and claw. As they move through the city streets, bodies become a metaphor for the extremity of an industry that twists and bends human nature into torturous form. -DW
When the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune lost her only child and then her mind, she embarked upon a descent into grief and madness, embodied in the creation of the Winchester Mystery Mansion. Director Bonello incorporates Sarah’s story into the creative collaboration between a composer, a performer, and a bloodied child spirit. -DW
In a bucolic Norwegian pasture, a performance is underway. The Corpus Dance Company has discovered their inner sheep, much to the delight of the assembled audience, largely comprised of thrilled children and their bemused parents. Whether they’re being milked, or shorn for their wool, these human-sheep hybrids endure with almost metaphysical resignation. But sex and violence are also a part of the show! -DW
From the opening guitar thunder of Link Wray’s smash hit, you know you are in for a wild ride. Directors Catherine Bainbridge (Reel Injun) and Alfonso Maiorana have assembled a veritable who’s who in the music business, from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler to attest to the pivotal role that First Nations artists played in the development of Blues, Rock and Funk.
The myth of the mermaid spans the globe from the Amazon to the fjords of Scandinavia. Throughout history, the figure of the half-fish, half-human has surfaced with regularity, from the three-thousand- year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa. Modern mermaids are just as diverse, as Ali Weinstein’s charming new film illustrates.