Programmers' Picks Vol. 4

Programmers' Picks Vol. 4

DOROTHY WOODEND

Dorothy Woodend is DOXA's Director of Programming.

This was an exceptionally strong year for shorts, a veritable embarrassment of riches, as they say. There are so many: Jessica Kingdon's Commodity City, Manny Mahal's For My Mother, Julia Hechler's Les Cloÿs Cara Cusumano's The Bloop, and the list goes on!

EVERYTHING IS PERFORMATIVE: SHORTS PROGRAM

FRI MAY 5 | 9PM | ANNEX

SUN MAY 14 | 4:15PM CINEMATHEQUE

This trio of short films pushes the boundaries of what's possible in documentary. Not only pushes it, but jumps on top of it, pulls its hair, and gives it a good slap. 

Watching Harry Cepka's Ovis Aries, one lurches between hilarity, and a strange, almost lurid, fascination. Humans pretending to be sheep is the premise of the Corpus Dance company's performance. Shorn, milked, and eaten, these sheep-human hybrids force us to see anew our relationship to animals. It ain't pretty! But Ovis Aries is anything but grim. It's funny, exquisitely shot, and oddly profound for a film features sheep sex and a big bad wolf.

For real viciousness, you only have to pay a visit to London's financial district to see the brutal forces of global capitalism hard at work. The testimony of hedge fund managers, stock brokers, and financial analysts is reinterpreted in the form of dance in Clara van Gool's Voices of Finance. The result is startling, beautiful, and often heartbreaking, as people contort themselves to fit into a system that eats human souls and spits out profit.

Heartbreak is also the subject of Bertrand Bonello's Sarah Winchester, Phantom Opera. When the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune lost her only child, she began construction on a mansion without end. Bertrand Bonello's wine dark film reimagines Sarah's story in music and dance.  

UNE JOURNÉE D'ANDREI ARSENEVITCH (ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH)

SAT MAY 6 | 3:30 PM CINEMATHEQUE

If you need a reminder of what cinema, and the humans who make it are truly capable of then go and see Chris Marker's portrait of his friend and colleague Andrei Tarkovsky -- Une Journée d'Andrei Arsenevitch (One Day In The Life Of Andrei Arsenevich).This film will reaffirm your faith in art and humanity, and just about everything else. But at its heart it is a gift from one friend to another. 

ÊTRE CHEVAL (HORSE-BEING) with ANIMALS UNDER ANAESTHESIA: SPECULATIONS ON THE DREAMLIFE OF BEASTS

FRI MAY 5 | 9:30PM | CINEMATHEQUE

THU MAY 11 | 9:30PM | CINEMATHEQUE

Jérôme Clément-Wilz's film Être cheval is a supremely elegant immersion inside the skin of another being. Identity, desire, and liberation are all at play. But what most emerges is the idea of transfiguration, almost religious in its power.