A selection of short animations, fictions and funny videos that discuss gender and stereotypes. Sifting through folk stories, untold secrets, poetic puns and mixed-up medical files, we discover an intriguing assortment of humorous people who are just trying to be “good.” – Heather Keung
The Oblivion and the Blind
Dir. Cindy Mochizuki | Canada 2007 | 1:42 | Beta SP | Toronto Premiere
Inspired by the Japanese folk story of Miminashi Hoichi, a blind lute player, and the Hokusai print Blind Men Examining an Elephant, this animation unfolds through a series of tangled memories and stories. Cindy Mochizuki is a Vancouver-based artist who works in experimental narratives and collaborations that revisit archival material.
Dir. Leslie Supnet | Canada 2009 | 4:30 | Beta SP | World Premiere | Director in Attendance
A psychedelic animation about a young girl who purges herself form the hypnotic demons of her past. Leslie Supnet, a Filipino illustrator and animator from Winnipeg, imparts a touch of whimsy in an exploration of isolation, nostalgia, place and identity.
Dir. Nadia Tan | Canada 2007 | 15:00 | Beta SP | Toronto Premiere | Director in Attendance
A collage of diverse abstract imaging, film techniques, animation and anonymous audio recordings reveals real-life actors. Nadia Tan is a Toronto-based editor and filmmaker and a recent graduate in film at York University.
Dir. Diann Chea | Canada 2009 | 9:32 | MiniDV | World Premiere | Director in Attendance
In an absurd quest to find Diane Chea, the woman whose medical file became mixed up with hers, an artist struggles with her own unique name – Diann – and her Cambodian and Chinese heritages. Diann Chea is an emerging video, performance and installation artist currently completing a BFA in visual arts and women’s studies at York University in Toronto.
Dir. Alison S. M. Kobayashi | Canada 2009 | 10:00 | Beta SP | Toronto Premiere | Director in Attendance
How is a “good” deed defined? Inspired by her experiences growing up as a Girl Scout Brownie, Kobayashi hilariously channels and embodies the spirits of charming childlike characters who pleasantly reinterpret and redefine the teachings of the infamous girls’ club. Alison S. M. Kobayashi is known for her distinctly quirky artistic style, which explores found objects and imagined narratives.
Lan and Léa
Dir. Khoa Lê | Canada 2008 | 7:30 | Beta SP | Toronto Premiere
Waiting for a bus on a rainy day, Lan and her teenaged daughter Léa find themselves distanced by bananas, black clothing and, ultimately, their generational differences. Khoa Lê studied film directing at L’Université du Québec à Montréal and film production at L’Institut national de l’image et du son.
Curse of the Jade Falcon
Dir. Tracy D. Smith | Canada 2008 | 8:14 | DVCAM | Toronto Premiere
A mysterious woman implores a detective to find her sister, who has run away to meet a dangerous man. This black-and-white spoof plays on Asian female stereotypes onscreen while reinventing the opening scene of the classic The Maltese Falcon. Tracy D. Smith received an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. She is currently writing and directing segments for the CBC.
The Humberville Poetry Slam
Dir. Emily C. Chang, Dan De Lorenzo | USA 2009 | 17:40 | Beta SP | International Premiere
A hilarious mockumentary about a poet, Liberty Fu, who decides to organize a local poetry slam in hopes of building a national team. What he finds is an oddball cast of Humberville locals more than willing to unleash their poetic talents onstage. Emily C. Chang is a spoken-word poet, writer, producer and actress in television, print journalism and film. Dan De Lorenzo directed The Humberville Poetry Slam when he was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has worked on several comedic television shows and independent films.