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.
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.
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… ⊕
2017, 04:11 minutes, colour
This performance was produced and documented during trinity square video’s ‘the imaginary and the synchronous’ workshop. The camera operator was Jasmeet Sidhu. The instructor was Irene Loughlin.I worked with the idea of disattachment (a word I chose that is dissimilar to detachment) for this performance.I… ⊕
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… ⊕
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… ⊕
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… ⊕
2013, 05:48 minutes, colour
Collaboration with Asher Kohn and 유+웃 CHAiT. In response to drone attacks and unlawful use of surveillance, a proposed city, Shura City, exists as an alternative city-state model. The polity’s citizens through collective decision-making are able to live free of intrusion by state forces and enable us to… ⊕
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… ⊕
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… ⊕
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?
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.
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.
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… ⊕
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… ⊕
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.
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.
2016, 00:30 minutes, colour
A parody of the classic 1970's PSA. We see how cell phone use during a film screening can effect those of us who have traveled the long journey to get to the cinema.
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… ⊕
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… ⊕
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, 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.
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.
2018, 03:49 minutes, colour
A double dance performance in optical illusion costume made by Jesi Jordan.
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… ⊕
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… ⊕
2018, 06:59 minutes, Colour
An examination on the reality of mediated landscapes and colonialism.
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… ⊕
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… ⊕
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, 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.
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… ⊕
2013, 02:57 minutes, colour
Ask any young student in Japan how they are doing, and he or she is sure to know the answer: “I’m fine, thank you. And you?” A reflection on living and teaching in Tohoku, Japan, this work invites viewers to consider the complexities of negotiating etiquette, emotion, values, body language and public persona.… ⊕
2018, 03:10 minutes, Colour
ᓯᑰᑉ ᐋᓯᕙᖓ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒍᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᐃᒻᒪᐃᔪ ᐊᑭᓱᒃ (ᑭᓐᖓᐃᑦ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ) ᐊᒻᒪᓗ… ⊕
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.
2016, 14:51 minutes, ciolour
A Ugandan lesbian is certain that if she is deported from Canada back to Uganda, (where there’s state-sanctioned homophobia and an angry violent husband she was forced to marry waiting for her ) she’ll face imprisonment and possibly death.
2015, 04:59 minutes, black and white
The performer casts a kind of performative spell through the repetition of the single question, “Is it bad to be a witch?” Having been raised in an Evangelical Christian home, the artist wrestles with questions of feminism, the body, sexuality, magic, invocation, language, and power that the topic of… ⊕
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… ⊕
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, 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… ⊕
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… ⊕
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… ⊕
2015, 09:20 minutes, colour
A portrait of a sports fan’s twisted infatuation with a new “generational player”. Edmonton, Alberta serves as the backdrop of how urban identity and the genuine spirit of sports fandom is corrupted by global capitalist branding.
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.
This video used the device of neon, as a line, to demarcate boundaries, whether social, political, economic or geographic. Visually their is a neon line present that grows into various symbols while a poetic text about "borders" glides in and out of the frame. A border is a line, it creates an incision between a past… ⊕
2015, 02:46 minutes, colour
The performer presents four new yoga poses: the dead bug, the exhibitionist, the moon, and the manic-depressive. This video was created during an artist residency at White Rabbit, Red Clay Farm, Upper Economy, Nova Scotia.
2017, 17:06 minutes, colour
The intent of the video was to depict the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen (The Thanks Giving Address), which gives thanks to all the life forms and beings of the Earth, and the earth itself. I don't believe I can show all of life so I tried to give a Mohawk perspective on life, and as apart of the Haudenosaunee I extended this point of… ⊕
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… ⊕
2018, 05:00 minutes, Colour
“Women watch themselves being looked at.” –John Berger.
2015, 05:24 minutes, colour
The performer washes herself in a solar-powered shower during a rural artist residency in Upper Economy, Nova Scotia. The shower shares a small building with the farm’s radio station, and as the performer showers a woman’s folk cover of “I’m on Fire” and Kate Bush’s “Running Up That… ⊕
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… ⊕