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, 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
2018, 05:00 minutes, colour
A silent slideshow plays: claustrophobic digital collages of carpeted cat trees and a Russian Ragdoll named Tucker in a windowless Southern Ontario office. Meanwhile, the artist is heard singing, a cappella, a combination of Desperado and La Vie en Rose (re-addressed to the feminine). The singing is earnest and builds as the… ⊕
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… ⊕
2017, 04:01 minutes, colour
A short POV documentary about a young black Drag King.
2015, 11:00 minutes, colour
After a fight with her mother, a the young girl takes out her frustrations on her little brother by forcing him out sledding in the freezing dark past bedtime. She picks a fight with him, ties him to the sledge and pushes him off a steep hill. When the boy is is nowhere to be found the young girl feels deep sorrow and regret,… ⊕
2018, 07:29 minutes, colour
So, you’re still with me. Well, I’m glad. Here’s an exercise based on AA’s fourth step. I hope this helps you, I really do. EXERCISE: Go get yourself a notebook that you can carry around with you easily. Start writing down shameful incidents in your life. It doesn’t have to be in date order, you… ⊕
2018, 05:36 minutes, colour
Madelaine’s cabinet of curiosities contained a collection of wonders to both delight and horrify. One day, a mysterious item in her cabinet captures her attention. A darkly-tinged fantasy that explores the erotic-grotesque.Wunderkammer is a 2D stop-motion animated film shot under camera using unarmatured, replacement… ⊕
2018, 07:42 minutes, colour
A slow walk uncovers the history of an abandoned building with interesting architecture. A poem commemorating the Romansh language is read by people from all ages, who live in the region of the lower Engadine valley. The building and the poem, both existing in a danger zone, illuminate the beauty and fragility of the local… ⊕
2018, 09:54 minutes, colour
Through a collage of found footage, reenactments, and digital manipulation, the intersection between queerness and age is explored through a reflection of youthful regrets.
2018, 48:00 minutes, colour
British Columbia is on the front lines of climate change and efforts to solve this global problem. From burning forests, melting glaciers and acidic oceans, citizens across Canada's Pacific coast are living with the realities of climate change, and show what's at stake if we fail to get BEYOND CLIMATE. Shot throughout the… ⊕
2018, 32:30 minutes, colour
The film is a compilation of short stories part fiction part fact based on the author’s life experiences and previous interactions in mental health institutions in the UK.The Boy character referred to in the voice over is on a journey through life. We glimpse into his experiences and relationships with his mother and… ⊕
2018, 04:30 minutes, Colour
Agora Phobia is a videotape assembled from downloaded images, accompanied by a musical drone and a series of voice-overs. The images are of public crime scenes, meteorological disasters, natural eruptions, and others. Many of the downloaded images have been further processed, suggesting paintings as much as manipulated… ⊕
2016, 154:42 minutes, Colour
For thousands of years they guided us through this world, teaching us invaluable lessons about life and death.They strengthened our resolve and reinforced our connection to this land, to each other, and to the animals we share it with.They enriched our souls, empowered our imaginations, and defined who we are as a people.These… ⊕
2016, 11:55 minutes, Colour
In La Havana there is park where every Sunday men gather to discuss and debate, vigorously and passionately for hours on end. The smallest details and the grandest schemes are mulled over, successes and failures, posturing for and against, supportive or criticized. Not without humour it is an intense form of entertainment and… ⊕
2018, 04:30 minutes, colour
While his pal Spider talks about the Zone in Tarkovsky's Stalker, a suite of landscapes offer counterpoints and accompaniments. A winter's tale.
2018, 03:52 minutes, B & W
Blossom is an animated diary that I have hand drawn over the past 4 years. In this animation, I express my emotions with relevance to my body through exploring the varying ways I can metamorphosis and contort a stagnant form. Every contortion that I draw represents a particular feeling and experience that I’ve had. In the… ⊕
2018, 10:00 minutes
Haifa Then and Now consists of 200 life jackets and a 10-minute field recording from Haifa Port in colonized Palestine. Sea waves sounds emanate from several speakers installed inside the life vests spread chaotically throughout the gallery space. Haifa Then and Now explores the relation of sound to memory, it questions whether… ⊕
2018, 12:00 minutes, colour
2018 is a moment of increased visibility for trans people; recent cultural shifts see far more representation across the media, governance, and health care. But, it is still challenging to locate an entirely trans-specific history, or physical evidence of a past prior to these sudden and current "revelations” of… ⊕
2017, 60:05 minutes, colour
GHOST DAYS is a beautiful & haunting film that involves the conjuring of the spirit and the living audiences in Colonial & Indigenous culture. Each artist in GHOST DAYS hauntingly performs to the spirits of the decommissioned IXL Brick Factory (Medalta) in Medicine Hat, performing to fathers, mothers, love, pain,… ⊕
2018, 04:30 minutes, COLOUR
Governmentality. ... Governmentality is an expression originally formulated by the 20th-century French philosopher Michel Foucault combining the terms government and rationality. Government in this sense refers to conduct, or an activity meant to shape, guide, or affect the conduct of people. The repeated title Governmentality… ⊕
2018, 77:43 minutes, colour
Inspired by a flashback about his birthmark, filmmaker Lester Alfonso is convinced that making a film will help confront a distant trauma rooted in cultural superstition. A follow-up to his award-winning film Twelve (2009), BIRTHMARK is a wry, sensitive, and candidly confessional exercise in creative anthropology. Soliciting… ⊕
2017, 08:00 minutes, Colour
Tender and poetic, four young friends set out on the land in search of medicines to cure a grandmother. Set in 1981, this lovely story of friendship and ingenuity is a testament to the strength of children and the memories of our childhood.
2018, 05:57 minutes, colour
Mother and daughter embrace the difficult intricacies of explaining art to each other through an intimate action. This is intercut with a straightforward description of Joseph Beuys’ well- known 1965 performance, How to explain pictures to a dead hare. Absurdity and tenderness merge to reveal understanding as a sensory… ⊕
2018, 02:52 minutes, Colour
One of my many stories about the woes of taking psychotropic medications and their corresponding, extremely shitty 'adverse effects'.Psychosis included.
2018, 38:58 minutes, Colour
Based on their traditional lands with the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, Listen to the Land places questions of Land, economy, culture and relationships front and center. Elders, language speakers, teachers and children introduce the viewers to the complexities of community life: from open pit mining to the annual goose… ⊕
2018, 15:16 minutes, Colour
Ochiskwacho is a sacred being, known to many Indigenous people as a spiritual messenger. Kokoom, an elderly (spiritually ailing) two-spirit woman has to decide whether to stay with her grandchildren or follow the Ochiskwacho.
2017, 27:00 minutes, Colour
Co-directed by Sheilah (Wilson) ReStack and Dani (Leventhal) ReStack, Strangely Ordinary This Devotion is a visceral exploration of feral domesticity, queer desire, and fantasy in a world under the threat of climate change. Utilizing and exploding archetypes, the film offers a radical approach to collaboration and the… ⊕
2017, 07:00 minutes, Colour
A Hand in Two Ways (Fisted), is a looping meditation on night as space of mysterious energetic transmissions. Animals, human bodies, children, ritual and performance are investigated as zones of conflict, desire and a visceral movement that is more felt than seen.A Hand in Two Ways (Fisted) is a collaboration with Sheilah… ⊕
Inspired by the work of Deirdre Logue and The Snake Pit (1948), NUTS recalls a moment where there is an attempt to silence or dismiss a person’s voice. Too often those in power scorn the experiences and beliefs of marginalized people. Their very thoughts can be called into question and they can be accused of… ⊕
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, 10:00 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… ⊕
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.