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.
2017, 05:02 minutes, Colour
The last piece of the film programme starts: a silent video plays, alternating between claustrophobic digital collages of carpeted cat trees and a Russian Ragdoll cat named Tucker, posing amidst file folders, printers, and the angles of a grey, windowless office.From the back row of the cinema, the artist sits behind the… ⊕
2017, 24:25 minutes, Colour
Rosemary Donnelly has been suffering from various auto immune diseases for the last 20 years of her life. A short list gives you an idea of how her life has been affected but not how she, her personality and life, is defined. She has Lupus, MS, Scerloderma, Myathemis Gravis, Diabetes, Congestive heart failure, Pulmonary… ⊕
2016, 05:24 minutes, Colour
REPEAT is a short film showing the methods used in neural therapy programs to stimulate the brain after a traumatic event. In the filmmaker's case it was a stroke that left him with damage to the right side of his body. Neuralplasticity research has shown that with repetitive movement, the brain will replace damaged neural… ⊕
1976, 13:32 minutes, Colour
An impressionist colourized video animation (or pixilation) piece with a solitary dancer, Margaret Dragu. Electronic music-sound accompaniment.
1974, 04:30 minutes, Colour
At the CIBC Commerce Court in downtown Toronto lies the most elegant fountain, The fountain built out of granite is designed around a computerized schedule of rise and fall of cascading water. Set to electronic music this colourized video gives rhythmic rises and falls a dancing quality and changes how we view the real -life… ⊕
1974, 07:00 minutes, Colour
Six minutes in the streets of Toronto enjoying the streetcars. Colourized and tightly edited, with location sound.
2017, 10:00 minutes, Colour
Filmmakers Adam and Zack Khalil, in collaboration with artist Jackson Polys, investigate the recent court case that decided the fate of the remains of a prehistoric Paleoamerican man found in Kennewick, Washington State in 1996. The case pitted the Umatilla people and other tribes, who wanted to provide a burial to the… ⊕
2018, 05:00 minutes, Colour
“Women watch themselves being looked at.” –John Berger.
2018, 71:00 minutes, Colour
Unsettling, funny and intimate, The Pain of Others is both a body-horror found footage documentary and a radical act of empathy. The film concerns Morgellons, a mysterious illness whose sufferers say they have parasites under the skin, long colored fibers emerging from lesions, and a host of other bizarre symptoms which could… ⊕
2018, 03:10 minutes, Colour
ᓯᑰᑉ ᐋᓯᕙᖓ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒍᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᐃᒻᒪᐃᔪ ᐊᑭᓱᒃ (ᑭᓐᖓᐃᑦ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ) ᐊᒻᒪᓗ… ⊕
2018, 12:00 minutes, Colour
When an immigrant Kurdish family set to pack their belongings and return to their homeland, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish circle of events.
2018, 06:40 minutes, B&W
What you see is a dream I am having. The visions are spinning around and changing. I am lost. And it is still spinning.19/09/1983The day of my birth
2016, 25:30 minutes, Colour
Shot between Cairo and different locations in India, the film Dear Animal weaves together a short story by writer Haytham El-Wardany – titled “Lord of the Order of Existence” – about a drug dealer who turns into a strange animal, and a selection of letters written by Azza Shaaban, a director-producer… ⊕
2013, 04:45 minutes, Colour
Starting off from a literary image referring to the position of eavesdroppers and their access to Truth, Shooting Stars Remind Me of Eavesdroppers weaves multiple auditive registers and references to literary and visual articulations of the act of listening and the status of the listener.
2011, 08:30 minutes, Colour
Maha Maamoun’s Night Visitor: The Night of Counting the Years is a snapshot of a population in a moment of upheaval. Set during the spring of 2011, the video is entirely composed of sequences from YouTube that were shot on cellphones by the many men and women who broke into Egyptian State Security Buildings. Away from the… ⊕
2010, 09:00 minutes, Black & White
Based on a text from the Egyptian novel The Revolution of 2053, by Mahmoud Uthman, and referencing a scene from Chris Marker’s La Jetée (1962), a time-traveller recounts his vision of the future of the Pyramids area, and by extension Egypt, in the year 2026 - a vision that strains to reach beyond, yet remains… ⊕
2009, 62:00 minutes, Colour
Through a wide selection of scenes from Egyptian films that use the Pyramids as their backdrop, Domestic Tourism II looks at the various ways in which these historical icons are re-appropriated from the timelessness of the touristic postcard, and re-inscribed into the complex and dynamic narratives of the city.
2008, 01:12 minutes, Colour
In the Most Fabulous Place, postcards of Egypt's prime historical and touristic monument, the Pyramids of Giza, are flipped through to a soundtrack composed from dialogues occurring by the pyramids, that are sampled from a variety of Egyptian films.
2016, 10:00 minutes
This docufantasia blends original footage with found footage to craft an incomplete and mostly false history of the city of Moncton. Commissioned to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the city, the filmmaker chose to question this colonial milestone, by going back much further than 125 years. She uses mythical and historical… ⊕
2017, 05:21 minutes, Colour
Built in reaction to the infrastructural dispositions that unable the uncovering of accidental force relations hidden within the folds of everyday encounters (abandoned spaces) with autobiographical memories. It is a work about (re)inhabiting displacement.
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, 05:09 minutes, Colour
Utterances from Germaine Greer’s The Whole Woman haunts a woman making pancakes.
2017, 04:21 minutes, Colour
An exploration of Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl by Tiqqun, results in a PSA about the ‘dangers’ of women, youth, and beauty.
2016, 03:48 minutes, Colour
Infomercial aesthetics sell hard theory, a reflection on feminist cannons and consumption.
2018, 06:44 minutes, Colour
From the series “the Importance of the Non-Important” this work is a poetic exploration of the dream of the butterfly by philosopher Zhuang Zhou and the unavoidable fact we are all ephemeral.
2018, 03:29 minutes, B&W & Colour
It is body dance piece created electronically. It is an intervention that bridges the specificities of formalism with the politics of aesthetics.
2018, 05:08 minutes, Colour
A found super 6 mm reel of film with and old cassette tape with warped by time version of Sweet Jane by Lou Reed provokes a visual reflection on history as discontinuities.
2018, 06:59 minutes, Colour
An examination on the reality of mediated landscapes and colonialism.
2018, 04:13 minutes, Colour
A poetic exploration of how to build a beach in your own home. A study about the business of sand and its destruction of ecosystems. Recorded to four cameras during a process of three recordings in a period of one year.
2018, 04:24 minutes, Colour & B&W
Peace is the beginning of male designed new wars or the continuation of old ones. Old power destructive forces disguised as new rule a world where individual peaceful voices cannot be heard. Here we left others get killed to maintain our privileges.
2018, 09:38 minutes, B&W
The joy of celebrating being and forms. A work mediated by the use of hand held, chemical intervention and built of the remnants of filming moving landscapes.
2018, 04:52 minutes, B&W
The ascending and descending musical repetitions of shadows on sand.
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… ⊕