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STILL BEGINNING The 30th Annual Day With(out) Art Sunday, December 1, 2019 Screening at 7pm | free admission Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Viva Ruiz, Chloe Dzubilo: There is a Transolution, 2019. Still courtesy of the artist. Carl George, The Lie, 2019. Still courtesy of the artist. Deluge Contemporary Art and the Victoria Arts Council are proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres and Derrick Woods-Morrow. The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,” the screening program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades. Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. In 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. For Day With(out) Art’s thirtieth year, over 100 institutions worldwide will screen STILL BEGINNING, recognizing the important and necessary work of artists, activists and cultural workers who have responded to AIDS while emphasizing the persistent presence of the epidemic. Derrick Woods-Morrow, Much handled things are always soft, 2019. Production still by Patric McCoy.
untilVictoria Film Fest & Vic Theatre support Youth Empowerment The Vic Theatre is screening The Public from May 10 - 16 and donating 10% of ticket sales to the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society. Based on a real event, The Public, a star-studded film directed by Emilio Estevez, tells the tale of homeless patrons who occupy the library during an Arctic blast. The Public stars Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Jena Malone (Donnie Darko) and Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave). The film's official premiere took place at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018. The decision to once again pair with a local charity comes after achieving such positive results with the CatVideoFest in March. The Vic Theatre supported the local charity Cat's Cradle Animal Rescue for its rescue and rehabilitation efforts with felines. Director of the Victoria Film Festival, Kathy Kay, says the decision to work with another organization was an easy one. "When The Vic has films with themes that lend themselves to our local charities, we see an opportunity to better our community. We loved being able to donate over $900 to Cat's Cradle's good work so we decided to do it again with another charity" says Kay. The Greater Victoria Public Library is also getting involved with The Vic Theatre and will be hosting the screening of The Public on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:45 PM. Attendees are welcome to share their thoughts on the subject matter with GVPL staff members in the lobby after the film. Tickets and showtimes available online at victoriafilmfestival.com/thevic/films.
Take It Down! Recent Films by Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown Tuesday, May 14 @ 7pm Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Admission by donation In this collection of recent film work by North Carolina-based media artists Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat, celluloid film serves as both a material register and critical resource for interrogating the documentary image. Whether using discontinuous montage, handmade techniques for creating and processing images, or dramatic re-enactors, these five short films aim to extend the formal possibilities of non-fiction filmmaking as Brown and Gruffat attempt to describe and decipher life in the American South. Artists in attendance. Q&A to follow screening. Sabine Gruffat is a digital media artist and filmmaker with a special interest in the social and political implications of media and technology. Her experimental and essay films explore how technology, globalization, urbanism and capitalism affect human beings and the environment. Gruffat’s films have screened at festivals worldwide including Viennale, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Cinéma du Réel at Centre Pompidou and CPH:DOX. Gruffat lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bill Brown is a media artist interested in ways landscape is interpreted, appropriated and reconfigured according to human desires, memories and dreams. His research interests include haunted houses, UFOs, memorial architecture and outsider archaeology. Brown’s films have screened at venues around the world, including Rotterdam Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sundance and Lincoln Centre. A retrospective of his films was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Brown lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Take It Down (Gruffat, 2018, 12:30) Employing solarized colour positive 35mm film and animation of old postcard images of Confederate monuments in North Carolina, Take It Down documents how Southern identity continues to be bound up in the legacy of the Civil War and the Jim Crow Era. The film considers how these old memorials continue to be sites of conflicting politics and historical narratives. XCTRY (Brown, 2018, 6:18) Brown re-works 16mm footage that he shot years ago during a cross-country road trip from Chicago to Las Vegas. The spatial discontinuities of the road trip are rendered as visual continuities across three frames as Brown goes in search of the next town to fall in and out of love with. Life on the Mississippi (Brown, 2018, 28:13) A short essay film about a river and the limits of knowing it. Using Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi as a road map, Brown travels from Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans and considers ways river pilots, paddlers, historical reenactors and civil engineers attempt to know the river through modelling, measurement and simulation. Framelines (Gruffat, 2017, 10:14) An abstract scratch film made by laser etching preset patterns onto the film emulsion of negative and positive 35mm film. The strips of film were then re-photographed on top of each other as photograms. The soundtrack is created by filtering and layering the noise made by the laser-etched 35mm optical track. Amarillo Ramp (Brown + Gruffat, 2017, 24:10) A portrait of sculptor Robert Smithson’s final earthwork. Employing filmmaking strategies that are both responsive to the artwork’s environmental context and informed by Smithson’s own art-making strategies, the filmmakers encounter the Ramp as an observatory where human scales of space and time are set against geological and cosmic scales.
untilCineVic presents the 7th annual Short Circuit Film Festival, May 3+4 in Victoria BC!We'll start it all off with local and international shorts and docs, live pitches from our 2019 CINESPARK Top 5 screenwriters, and a party high atop the Chateau Victoria. Get up close and personal with our guest filmmakers from near and far in a round-robin filmmakers panel. Enjoy some shorts from BC's lower mainland, and an entire program dedicated to homegrown Victoria films.Full festival schedule and tickets at:www.shortcircuitfilmfestival.com ~ ~ ~ Many thanks to our event sponsors: Modo The Vic Theatre Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria ArtsVictoria.ca CineVic acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lekwungen people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities. CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, and the CRD Arts Development Service.