These works have been acquired for distribution by Vtape within the last six months. Not all of the videos are necessarily new, as older works are sometimes brought into distribution.
2018, 09:34 minutes, Colour
Is thinking the associative process of gathering the scattered ideas of our consciousness, as Heidegger would lead us to believe? Perhaps. Or is it more exactly the method of rational inquiry that uses our powers of logic and reason? But rigorous reasoning can quietly lead into a winding labyrinth of madness: “I think… ⊕
Filmed on Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1987 on Super 8 film and completed in 2013 for the premiere screening at The 8 Fest.
2018, 03:13 minutes, Colour
I found a post online about blonde Asian bimbos, and this video is me reading the post aloud in my bedroom. This is a commentary of me being or not being self-aware of my gendered and sexualized identity in the digital age, and an attempt at the de-sexualization of my body by performing the very performative found script.
2016, 03:05 minutes, Colour
Six powerful native women gather up to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.
2017, 10:37 minutes, Colour
Today is Rae’s 7th birthday and she’s excited for the party her mom, Ista, has promised her. But as the day wears on, it becomes obvious that the promises have been derailed by personal demons. As Rae’s strength is revealed, parental roles are reversed.
2015, 41:12 minutes, Colour
Fifteen years in the making, The Complete Works adapts the work of internationally acclaimed avant-garde poet bpNichol. From comic book detective stories and westerns to documentary and magic realism; from hand drawn animation to computer generated images, The Complete Works wrestles Nichols writing off the page and projects it… ⊕
2018, 16:11 minutes, Colour
The sense of belonging of eleven Montreal residents who share their immigration experience, local or international is enriched by their understanding of elsewhere, others and globalization. Documentary # 6261 proposes an artistic vision of the city of Montreal at the intersection of the hybrid identities of the people who live… ⊕
2014, 01:35 minutes, Colour
Just like you do is a written poem, As a Deaf artist and as an artist involved in cultivating a community I reached out to some of my Deaf friends in order to realize this project. The goal of the work is to use sign language in order to articulate the struggles we as deaf individuals face, and in turn to allow viewers to… ⊕
2017, 55:16 minutes, Colour
Referencing sixties B-movies like “They Saved Hitler’s Brain” and “The Brain That Would Not Die,” “Ulrike’s Brain” finds Doctor Julia Feifer (Susanne Sachsse) arriving at an academic/scientific conference with an organ box containing the brain of the real Ulrike Meinhof, which was… ⊕
2014, 01:30 minutes, Colour
A minute long commercial directed by Bruce LaBruce to promote his perfume called Obscenity. The perfume, along with this commercial and a series of photo ads for its promotion, was part of an art project created by LaBruce in 2014 for The Hole Gallery in New York City.
2014, 56:00 minutes, B&W
A young girl that regularly dresses as a boy falls in love and seduces a young girl that has no clue that her lover has the same sex. When the girl introduces 'her boyfriend' to her father he becomes skeptical and unmasks the fraud. Even though, strangely, the feelings of the girl persist without shifting, the father does not… ⊕
2014, 04:15 minutes, Colour
Defense de Fumer is a short film commissioned in 2014 by the Festival de Nouveau Cinema in Montreal. Set to a classical soundtrack, the film begins by following a mechanic to his smoke break at work in a garage. Then he is inexplicably surrounded by a crew of leather daddies who all start smoking cigars too, until there is a… ⊕
2013, 04:11 minutes, B&W
In 2013 the Toronto band Danko Jones commissioned Bruce LaBruce to direct a video for the single “Legs” from their album “Rock and Roll is Black and Blue.” The video is an homage to the work of Pierre Molinier, the French surrealist transgender photographer. LaBruce cast 13 trans women to star in the… ⊕
2011, 14:00 minutes, Colour, B&W
Offing Jack was commissioned for an omnibus film produced by Kiki Peterson called Fucking Different XXX (2011) for which eight directors made porn films about a gender different from their own. In LaBruce’s film, a trans man named Jack (Kay Garnellen) is handcuffed to a bed in an expressionistic set. His trans man… ⊕
2010, 21:00 minutes, Colour
I spent two weeks in Regina in November of 2010 working with dancer/performance artist Robin Poitras and First Nations visual artist Edward Poitras on a project called Weekend in Alphaville. The idea was to reference two Godard films, Weekend and Alphaville, but to interpret them in a Saskatchewanian… ⊕
2010, 20:00 minutes, Colour
"The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange" was a theatre project I developed and directed at the end of 2009 and which was performed in Berlin and Vienna. It was inspired by the life and theoretical writings of Melanie Klein, one of the psychoanalytic thinkers who interpreted Freud's work after his death… ⊕
2007, 15:00 minutes, Colour
Give Piece of Ass a Chance is the third in a series of porn produced by The Scandelles starring their alter egos, The Partistes. It shows the inception of these characters as a group of anti-war sex terrorists who kidnap a munitions heiress and fuckwash her using her family's deadly legacy. GPAC pokes loving fun at the… ⊕
This short super 8 experimental film is composed of three elements: footage taken by LaBruce in a mosh pit at a Toronto hardcore punk show featuring the bands Scream, The Mr. T. Experience, and MDC; found footage of porn star Al Parker having penetrative anal sex; and a soundtrack by The Carpenters.
1995, 68:10 minutes, Colour
Eat My Shorts – The Early Short Films of Bruce LaBruce and Candyland ProductionsBoy/Girl by Bruce LaBruceIn LaBruce’s first short experimental super 8 film, a loose narrative is constructed out of a variety of film clips, some shot on location by the filmmaker, some found footage, and some shot off the television… ⊕
1994, 108:00 minutes, Colour
A down-on-his-luck adult film star/director sees a chance to make a comeback when he is rediscovered by a lesbian documentary filmmaker, but she is merely exploiting him to get financial backing for her pet project, a musical based on Kate Millett’s The Basement. Super 8 1/2 is a 1994 satirical comedy/drama… ⊕
1988, 15:00 minutes, Colour
This experimental super 8 film is composed of four vignettes of various people doing random things. In the first segment, a skinhead (Joe the Ho) and a punk (Bruce LaBruce) shave each other’s heads and drink beer. A woman with long red hair (G.B. Jones) arrives and gets into a fight with one of them. The second segment… ⊕
1988, 15:00 minutes, Colour
In this experimental short super 8 film from 1998, Bruce LaBruce appears as himself in an expressionistic montage of images, combining footage of himself with footage shot off the television, found footage of a cat operation, etc. The film explores the subject’s fear of illness, AIDS, and death that most men experienced… ⊕
1987, 15:00 minutes, Colour
In LaBruce’s first short experimental super 8 film, a loose narrative is constructed out of a variety of film clips, some shot on location by the filmmaker, some found footage, and some shot off the television screen. A woman with long red hair (G.B. Jones) sits on a window sill and looks down with her binoculars at the… ⊕
2013, 72:00 minutes, colour
They Were Promised the Sea is an investigation into the circumstances that led to the mass migration of Jews from Morocco, an exodus inextricably linked to the Partition of Palestine, the creation of the State of Israel, and the dispossession and exile of the Palestinian people. Were Jews expelled from Morocco, as some have… ⊕
2016, 03:00 minutes, colour
An experimental performance based collaborative film by Steven Davies (Coast Salish, Snuneymuxw and European ancestry) with Jeanette Kotowich (Cree Métis) and Dani Zaviceanu (Romanian Canadian), accompanied by a re-mix by artist, DJ, and sound producer Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk Nation). “Returning to an… ⊕
2018, 03:49 minutes, colour
A double dance performance in optical illusion costume made by Jesi Jordan.
2018, 50:35 minutes, colour
An audio-visual portrait of Tokyo at the turn of the century.Soundscape by Peebles. Photography & image sequencing by Pearson. Details, essays and video excerpt (http://www.sarahpeebles.net/tokyo.htm)For video installation or viewing via flat screen monitor. “108” is a journey where image and sound immerse the… ⊕
2013, 16:02 minutes, colour
A Black gay man and Black Trans woman’s memories of meeting point to the strong affection they hold for each other. This trilogy documents two Black queers as they remember meeting each other and the force of the friendship that developed from their initial meeting.
Labeeb is an intimate portrait of Sumaya, a Somali trans-‐woman. One video documents aspects of her daily life, while the other portrays Sumaya performing a Somali ritual usually reserved for women. This practice is one that Somali women undertake when preparing for a special occasion or ceremony. The practice itself is a… ⊕
2016, 60:00 minutes, colour
"Everything from Here to Infinity" is an immersive virtual reality installation in which objects within the most comprehensive map of the universe to date, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), are depicted in the manner of abstract expressionist gestures.This project is inspired by the surrealist writer Jorges Luis… ⊕
2017, 70:00 minutes, colour
Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial follows one woman’s search for justice after she is sexually assaulted. In the first year of her Ph.D, Mandi Gray is raped by another Ph.D student. Though she is the victim in the case, it seems at every step of the process, Mandi is the one on trial.With her… ⊕
2017, 11:57 minutes
Singer Ada Lee is leaving her home in Peterborough, Ontario, to make way for the expansion of a freeway. Before she goes, Ada gives viewers a tour around the city whose cultural scene she helped cultivate. Back when she was a traveling musician, Ada toured the world with some of music's greatest jazz artists. She thinks the… ⊕
2016, 30:07 minutes, Colour
A collage of videos found on the web shapes an Inuit perspective on Inuit reality and diversity. As a response to the film Of the North, people gave their consent for each clip used in Ukiuktaqtumi (« in the North »).
2015, 09:18 minutes, colour
Soliloquy for Sagan is a single-channel 3D animation evoking concepts & representations found in astrophysics & astrobiology. The animation suggests DNA, the atoms that comprise liquid water, light waves, Messier Deep Sky objects, and the range of objects that encompass our current range of understanding of our… ⊕
2006, 23:50 minutes, colour
Focused on Annie and her work, the film parallels Annie’s own creative process of making and doing. Images of her drawings anchor the film in her art. The transitions, challenges and risks of her life are reflected in her drawings. The shamans, myths and land-based adventures prevalent in the last generation’s… ⊕
2017, 07:00 minutes, colour
A Dancer, Actor and Performance Artist Walk into a Bar, is an exploration of how not to tell a joke and a deconstruction of the TV laugh-track, employing audience participation, embodied-collage-aktions and the projection of a silent video-poem by Moira Simpson (utilizing moments from an all-day 4 person performance… ⊕
2016, 09:46 minutes, colour
COMMODIFICATION OF TOUCH: Bath Stories is a bath story told, re-told, told, re-told, remembered, forgotten and re-invented by storytellers with a broad age range and English fluency. Here, Dragu uses the common child’s game of Broken Telephone to reflect on memory cognition and ways in which we all tend to re-formulate… ⊕
2013, 32:19 minutes, colour
How to Be Old is a how to guide for baby-boomers to learn how to thrive in their bottom inning; Chapter 1 Get Devices, Chapter 2 Get Rolling, Chapter 3 Get Thrifty, Chapter 4 Get Kranky, Chapter 5 Get Glasses, Chapter 6 Get Group-y, Chapter 7 Get Purple, Chapter 8 Get Help
2017, 23:40 minutes, colour
In this 20-minutes performance titled, “Vagina Painting (After Kubota),” I use canvas, jars of red wine, paint, a bouquet of white roses, an old washbasin and candles to create a ritual space for abstract painting. During the performance a camera projects the painting onto a large screen behind me. When making the… ⊕
1980, 22:00 minutes, colour
An international pop star checks into an anonymous hotel on Canada’s west coast. He is haunted by events in his career… a television interview, an autographing session and more. He uses a pseudonym. He wants to disappear, but can he?
2012, 18:47 minutes, colour
On October 31, 2012, Artists and Community Members gathered at Davenport-Perth Community & Health Centre to make bread and tell bread stories. Part of Food = Need Festival. Produced by WIA Projects and DWI (Dragu Worker International).
2012, 03:00 minutes, colour
Short documentation of performance evening for Food = Need Festival.
2011, 10:55 minutes, colour
Margaret Dragu's (aka Nuestra Senora del Pan's) RISING series of community bread performances and stories; camera by Mikiki Mikiki; thanks to Eastern Edge Gallery, citizens of St. John's, Newfoundland, Michelle Bush, and Victoria Stanton; performed for Outspoken Word Festival April 2005 -- video produced in 2011.
2010, 05:13 minutes, colour
Documentation of creative process for Bright Lights Parade produced by Glenn Lewis for Winter Olympics; with Lady Justice, Rose Man and 7 Vices/Virtues; Edith Piaf’s singing gestures are sourced as ritual aktions/dances, and group chants, shakes bells in a processional-parade to honour the spirit of the ROSE from Gertrude… ⊕
2010, 04:12 minutes, colour
Lady Justice and Payday Millionaire aka Jeremy Todd re-tool Give Peace a Chance in a series of Bed-Ins; shown here -- Rock Concert at Richmond Art Gallery & Community Aktion at Memories Thrift Store for 2010 Peace Project during Vancouver Winter Olympics.
2008, 05:19 minutes, colour
Performance clips of "Lady Justice Goes Buzz Buzz" with Jeremy Todd from HIVE2 Festival with photos from Image Bank of Roadside Memorials/Shrines donated by artists and public.
2007, 05:34 minutes, colour
Lady Justice and the Lover Swan is Chapter 2 of Lady Justice Comic Book/Fumetti; mythic tales of jealousy, sex, representation, revenge, celebrity, media and justice.
2007, 05:28 minutes, colour
Lady Justice and the Lost Sword, is Chapter 1 of Lady Justice Comic Book/Fumetti, mythic tales of jealousy, sex, representation, revenge, celebrity, media and justice.
2004, 37:25 minutes, colour
*** for archives and viewing only; this video was made by Tammy Forsythe for Mois de la Performance Festival in Montreal ***4 part documentary of Margaret Dragu in Mois de la Performance 2004; Galerie Powerhouse La Centrale; Montreal, PQ; curated by Aiyanna Maracle and Tagny Duff. This 38 min feature video by artist Deergirl… ⊕
2004, 11:30 minutes, colour
Nuestra Senora del Pan (aka Margaret Dragu) creates an all-day bread making and story-telling event in Edmonton, Alberta for VISUALEYEZ Festival at Latitude 53 Gallery, 2004; edited by Elisha Burrows with thanks to Eric Letourneau, Todd Janes, Manon de Pauw, Julianna Barabas, Reverend Ted and Edmonton Artist Community.