Montreal continues to be a source of innovative experimental cinema that is rooted in hands-on, formally adventurous production -- thanks, in part, to the exuberant activities of the Double Negative filmmakers' collective. Co-presented with Bright Lights (Emerson), this program highlights a number of works from Double Negative members and their friends completed in the last several years.
Guest Filmmakers Daïchi Saïto and Eduardo Menz will discuss the screening with the audience in a post-screening Q&A.
Made possible with support from the Québec Government Office in Boston and Emerson College.
- Mamori by Karl Lemieux
35mm / black and white / Dolby SR / 8 min. / 2010 / Canada - Projection Format: 35mm (1.37:1)
At the invitation of Spanish composer Francisco López, Lemieux took part in a creative residency at López’s Mamori ArtLab, where sound artists compose from field recordings. Lemieux tried to capture the textures of tropical vegetation and its various transformations according to the phenomena of light.
- Cronograma de un tiempo inexistente (Chronogram of Inexistent Time) by Malena Szlam
35mm, HD / color / silent / 6 min. / 2008 / Canada - Projection Format: QuickTime Prores 422
A photomontage composed of 35mm still photos, Chronogram of Inexistent Time is a journey to restore sight, reflecting on the role our memory can play in the reconstitution of what is visible and invisible.
- Lunar Almanac by Malena Szlam
16mm / color / silent / 4 min. / 2013 / Canada - Projection Format: 16mm (24fps)
Moons in a journey through magnetic spheres, influencing subtle energies on Earth.
- Pilgrimage by Marc Pelletier
16mm / color / optical mono / 9 min. / 2011 / Canada - Projection Format: 16mm
A simple walk in the park can become a spiritual experience, a moment of discovery, a pilgrimage. This film explores the meditative nighttime allure of the Park Lafontaine, Montreal, turning this public space into an abstract form of sanctuary.
- Brouillard by Alexandre Larose
35mm / color / silent / 6:30 min. / 2012 / Canada - Projection Format: 35mm (1.37:1, 24fps)
A path that extends from my family’s backyard into Lac Saint-Charles in Québec City, condensed in multiple temporal layers.
- Las Mujeres de Pinochet (Pinochet’s Women) by Eduardo Menz
DV / color / sound / 12 min. / 2005 / Canada -Projection Format: QuickTime Prores 422
Through the repetition and alteration of image, sound and text that play on viewer’s expectations, Pinochet’s Women examines class structure, the meaning of beauty and forgotten history through two very different but significant women during Pinochet's brutal regime of the late 1980s in Chile.
- Acrobat by Eduardo Menz
16mm, HD / color / Dolby 5.1 / 28 min. / 2012 / Canada - Projection Format: QuickTime Prores 422
The vulnerability of alienated individuals who desperately desire to be noticed and crave for genuine human connection, is exposed as odd and intimate scenes of voyeuristic fantasy, impersonating intangibility, romantic longing, sexual confusion, and liberating daydreams.