Short Film Program: Made in BC

Saturday, April 13, 8:30 PM, Vancity Theatre
This program offers documentary, animation and live-action films from the best and brightest of British Columbia’s vibrant film community. There’s something for everyone here: folk music, legends, religion and fairy tales.

Breaking Bread in the Holy Land

Garin Nalbandian Vancouver, Canada 2012 9min

Three major religions have at least one thing in common - bread. Bread has always been historically significant, particularly to the three main religions found in Jerusalem. This documentary provides a brief history, and looks at the significance of, bread in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Note: for the 6:30 pm screening on April 13, and 12:00 pm screening on April 17Breaking Bread in the Holy Land precedes: Wunderkinder

RATING: G

China Fantasia: The Light of Friendship

Joe Chang China, Canada 6min

Master animator Joe Chang’s new film is a swirl of color, music and story, blending the magic of well-known Chinese folk music with tales told in ink and wash, paper-cut and traditional Chinese realistic painting. All ages will thrill to the artistry, imagination and deep love of Chinese culture on display in this stunning new film.

RATING: G

Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China and Tama Art University in Japan and believes that rational analysis is as equally important as sensual expression. He is currently working at The School of Art, Zhejiang University of Technology as a Dean and professor of Animation department.

China Fantasia: The Moon is High in Heaven

Joe Chang China, Canada 6min

Master animator Joe Chang’s new film is a swirl of color, music and story, blending the magic of well-known Chinese folk music with tales told in ink and wash, paper-cut and traditional Chinese realistic painting. All ages will thrill to the artistry, imagination and deep love of Chinese culture on display in this stunning new film.

RATING: G

Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China and Tama Art University in Japan and believes that rational analysis is as equally important as sensual expression. He is currently working at The School of Art, Zhejiang University of Technology as a Dean and professor of Animation department.

Joanna Makes a Friend

Jeremy Lutter Canada - Vancouver 2012 15min

Joanna is ostracized from kids at school. Lonely, she retreats into the books of HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Her imagination then comes to life, and Joanna builds herself a robot friend from the odds and ends in her father's garage. Instantly popular, she learns that even those you love the most can turn their backs. This gothic and stylized film explores the desire for love and acceptance many of us share.

RATING: G

Director Jeremy Lutter will be in attendance

Measuring in at a height of six feet seven inches tall, Jeremy understands the benefit of standing out in a crowd. His films have strong unique visuals, which gets them noticed. He was raised in Victoria BC Canada and studied Creative Writing at the University of Victoria.His videos have played on MuchMusic, MuchLoud, MuchMore and Bravo!. Jeremy is creative, driven, and always looking for the next challenge.

Kudok/Morko

Cindy Mochizuki & Emma Hendrix Canada - Vancouver 5min

This stop motion animated short is taken from an interdisciplinary performance called Mörkö performed by Emma Hendrix and Cindy Mochizuki directed by James Long. The film features one of several interviews that the artists have collected from Vancouver residents on the topic of 'monsters'.  In this short claymation a conversation with Lennox Johnston-Yu leads us into getting to know an imaginary monster by the name of Kudok.

RATING: G

Directors Cindy Mochizuki & Emma Hendrix will be in attedance

Cindy Mochizuki is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice that moves across several forms including drawing, animation, multi-media, collaborations and performance. She is interested in the place between the documentary and the imagined; often integrating archival materials and interviews through the process of her work. Emma Hendrix is a sound designer and a media artist. His work is focused on creating environments through sound, investigating the delicate state of equilibrium we have with our sonic environment.

Sayonara

Eric Bates Canada 4min

A young man named Charles, who has just lost his home, spends one last day with his best friend, a sea turtle, before saying goodbye and moving on.  Eric Bates' website is an outlet for his thoughts, creative ideas, and work.

RATING: G

 

Eric Bates graduated from the animation department at the Emily Carr University of Art (Vancouver, Canada) in 2003. Since then, he's travelled in Canada, England, and Australia, and worked in some great studios doing animation/VFX. At the moment he's completing a Masters degree in experimental animation at the Kyoto University of Art and Design (Japan), where he's had the chance to experiment, work on some personal projects, experience life in Japan, and become a ninja.

Swift

Kristen Campbell Canada 5min

A young girl and a red fox follow each other in nature through the seasons. Everything in their environment is seen as potential sustenance. A striking animation, Swift is a playful story about the organic cycles of life and the mental associations that the survival instinct can trigger.

RATING: G

2012 Winner  - TIFF Student Film Showcase - Best Animated Film

Swift, was produced as a graduating project at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.

 

The Old Woman in the Woods

Caroline Coutts Vancouver, Canada 26min

A Gothic fairy tale combining live action and stop motion puppet animation to tell the story of two little girls who disobey their mother for a glimpse into a magical other world and end up paying dearly for their caprice. The screenplay, adapted from the classic fairy tale "The New Mother," by Lucy Lane Clifford, is set in England in 1882.
In the film, Hanna and Mary meet an old woman with an ornate wooden box, inside which exists a magical fairytale land. The girls beg to see inside the box, but are told they are not grown-up enough. But they can prove they are grown-up by doing what they want, not what their mother tells them.
As the girls are manipulated into greater and greater demonstrations of wickedness, their mother is forced to abandon them. The new mother who replaces her is a terror to behold…

RATING: G ( May frighten young children)

Director Caroline Coutts will be in attendance.

Caroline Coutts was born in Wick, Scotland and moved to Canada with her family when she was three years old. She is a graduate of the Directors' Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto and has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Caroline's work as a filmmaker references fables, fairy tales and myths. Her films take place long ago, or in fantasy worlds, and evidence a distinct visual style. In storytelling, Caroline strives for a subversive (sometimes comic) approach that combines with a female sensibility to give a new spin to age-old tales.