Carte Blance du Canada—Brett Kashmere

Apr. 24 - 7:30 pm
$6 Suggested Donation
New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny St

About This Screening

Cinema Project is pleased to welcome guest curator and filmmaker Brett Kashmere to town to present this special program. Carte Blanche du Canada magnifies cracks in the friendly Northern façade: Isolation, loneliness, melancholia, the dissipation of rural life, the fall of civilization and the end of civilized play are displayed in this program of Canadian film et video. Free Fall, by the legendary National Film Board artist Arthur Lipsett, features dazzling pixilation, in-camera superimpositions, syncopated rhythms and ironic sound-image juxtaposition. Individual perceptions of memory are foregrounded in distance is relative by Amber Goodwyn, a silent travelogue built around the romantic conceit of a missing lover.  still | move, a sociological reflection on family history by Michael  Rollo, transposes the architecture of photographic albums  to chronicle the decay of his grandparents’ prairie railroad community. unfinished passages, a five-part film cycle by Brett Kashmere, uses reprocessed archival images and  text to trace the migration of the artist's great-grandfather from London, England to Golden Plains, Saskatchewan. Christina Battle's sumptuously colored buffalo lifts reveals a herd desperately trying to hold on as they struggle to cross the film frame. Jake Kennedy's Colonel Canuck propagates the popular image of a well-mannered, simple, and lonely Canadian, lost in a cross-cultural chatroom. Richard Kerr's Last Days of Contrition is a moving poem that speaks of terror and wonder through desolation of the western American landscape; the film acts as a metaphor for the industrial/militay politics of 20th century America.

Program Details

April 24
  • Free Fall
    by Arthur Lipsett
    1964, 16mm, b&w, 9 min.
  • Distance is Relative
    by Amber Goodwyn
    2004, 16mm, b&w, silent, 5 min.
  • sill | move
    by Michael Rollo
    2003, video, color/b&w, 11 min.
  • unfinished passages
    by Brett Kashmere
    2005, video, b&w, 17 min.
  • buffalo lifts
    by Christina Battle
    2004, 16mm, color, silent, 3 min.
  • Colonel Canuck
    by Jake Kennedy
    2003, video, color, 2.5 min.
  • Last Days of Contrition
    by Richard Kerr
    1988, 16mm, b&w, sound, 35 min.

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