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Still from Spectrum by Guillaume Saindon.

SAW Video announces the Resolution 2018 screening program

By Greggory Clark on February 16, 2018

This year’s lineup features a selection of nine works produced by SAW Video members in 2017 and puts on display a wide scope of artistic practices from music video to video poetry, stop-motion animation, travelogues, performance documentation, pinhole cameras and silent film.

Filmmakers will be in attendance at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) for a Q&A following the hour-long program.

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During a reception before the show, SAW Video will announce the latest recipient of their Rob Thompson Award, a bi-annual award given to recognize a member of Ottawa’s media arts community who has “displayed an exceptional commitment to their own practise and to the growth of media arts in Ottawa.” Previous winners include film director Ed Kucarek, the founder of Kublacom Pictures and Ottawa Indie Fest.

The Program

Lola, the Wind – Izabel Barsive – 10:10

Through poetry and improvised choreography, a transformation is filmed through a digital pinhole camera. Starring Lola Ryan.

Spectrum – S. Khanjani Ramin – 10:39

Waking up from a delightful dream, a nondescript citizen finds himself to be irredeemably able to see what is decreed forbidden. Dreading the outcome of his disobedience, he is yet desperately incapable of blocking this unlawful vision…

Une vérité toute simple – Guillaume Saindon – 9:40

Une vérité toute simple illustrates the absurdity of daily life through the juxtaposition of the minute and the immense, common beings and fatality.

A still from Spectrum by Guillaume Saindon.

Emergency Broadcast – Pixie Cram – 7:00

Built at the height of the Cold War to withstand a five-megaton nuclear assault, the Diefenbunker is a massive underground, four-storey, 100,000-square-foot fortress designed and constructed entirely in secrecy in 1959. Inspired by the objects, rooms, and spaces of this historic site, Pixie Cram has created a stop-animation film that imagines the beginnings of a nuclear war.

A still from Emergency Broadcast by Pixie Cram.

Now or Neverish: Bonnie Doon – Lesley Marshall – 3:00

Bonnie Doon are an Ottawa-based post-punk four-piece. In their music video for “Now or Neverish” they take their spooky beach to the road show… 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8!

Still from Now or Neverish: Bonnie Doon by Lesley Marshall.

Personal Performance by Bucko – Chris Binkowski – 10:48

The artist, Bucko, sits alone in his wheelchair. A single participant enters the frame and sits across from Bucko. The artist and subject are seated intimately close together, looking into each others eyes. Bucko controls an iPhone application with his stylus to create synthesized music and sounds. The music changes as Bucko improvises in reaction to his subject.

The Art of Morning – Nathan Hauch – 05:41

A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.

Ghana – Galen Kiva – 05:02

The tempo of this short film is slowed down in order to capture every single detail of the Ghanaian way of life, from the high-paced, eccentric drumming and dancing that seems to follows you around the country, to the beautiful sight of children playing without a care in the world. Images were taken during Kiva’s trip to Ghana in 2017.

Still from Ghana by Galen Kiva.

death isn’t the same anymore – Jennifer Mulligan – 05:39

A layered, experimental, visual and auditory cinepoem, which explores the intimate relationship humans have with their beds, and the cyclical nature of life between birth and death.

SAW Video’s Resolution 2018 screening will take place at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) on Saturday February 24 at 7:30pm. Admission is pwyc, all ages and open to the public. Refreshments will be served during receptions before and after the screening.