This year’s best of Asian Canadian shorts offers a diverse selection from our nation-wide open call for submissions. Showcasing new films and videos by emerging and established directors, the programme features everything from a playful kidnapping to a Fresh Prince danceoff.
Exit Upon Arrival
Dir. Paul Wong *| Canada 2010 | 2:33
In vertical split screen, we see and hear two shifting views of the artist entering and exiting via a set of swinging doors. Going in and out of the light, the top frame shows the performer in a wide shot, the bottom frame in medium range.
Paul Wong is one of Canada’s premier video, installation and performance artists. He is known for his controversial socio-political work and was Reel Asian’s Canadian Spotlight Artist in 2008.
Wind + Snow
Dir. Leslie Supnet | Canada 2010 | 4:45
As majestic horses and elk run wild, a young woman jumps rope. What at first served as anthropological documentation is now a surreal experience.
Leslie Supnet is a self-taught, Winnipeg-based visual artist who deals with topics such as identity, personal history and nostalgia with a touch of whimsy.
Dir. Jenny Lin | Canada 2010 | 9:45
Covers is a fictional animation about the kidnapping of a reclusive dominatrix named Covers, who runs a fetish house for clients who like to be wrapped up in blankets.
Jenny Lin is a Montreal-based artist who works with various media. She completed a BFA degree at the University of Calgary and an MFA at Concordia University.
Film Concerto In Hanging Major
Dir. Meelad Moaphi *| Canada 2009 | 13:30
A how-to guide takes a dark and humorous look at the construction of suicide and filmmaking.
Meelad Moaphi was born in Tehran and emigrated to Japan. In 2006 he moved to Toronto to pursue an honours degree in film production at York University.
Dir. Olga Barsky, Sonia Hong, Claire Lowery *| Canada 2010 | 10:00
Centred on a taboo love affair, this musical is set in a world of drag queens.
Olga Barsky, Sonia Hong and Claire Lowery are Toronto-based filmmakers who won the 2009 Reel Asian So You Think You Can Pitch? Competition.
Window Horses (Karaoke Project)
Dir. Ann Marie Fleming | Canada 2009 | 5:20
In this quirky karaoke video, Stickgirl observes the horses outside her window and thinks about her father, world history and the way things are upside down.
Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning, independent Canadian writer and artist. She works in animation, documentary, and experimental and dramatic techniques.
Peggy Baker: Four Phases
Dir. Howie Shia* | Canada 2009 | 5:25
An artful animation and documentary hybrid using an array of handrendered techniques, Peggy Baker: Four Phases travels through the styles to celebrate Baker’s work and legacy
Howie Shia is a Toronto-based illustrator, animator and writer from Saskatoon. He is the co-founder of the acclaimed music and design studio PPF House.
6 On 6 Battle
Dir. Tadaaki Hozumi | Canada 2010 | 12:00
Dancing is tangled up in a history of societal tensions – one of them being race. These videos explore the latent racialism that resides in our most innocent of activities.
Tad Hozumi completed a diploma in the Sculpture/Installation program at the Ontario College of Art & Design and is now on the board of directors at Gendai gallery.
Dir. Gloria Kim *| Canada 2010 | 17:02
Meehee Park, the daughter of Korean immigrants, wants a Cindy doll for Christmas but her parents can’t afford it. Then she discovers that the doll will be up for auction.
Gloria Kim has a degree in English Literature at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab.