Focusing on lovely, familiar movements, as well as personal hardships, four filmmakers explore the uncertainties of memory by using tangible “archival” remnants, such as bubble gum, microfiche, sign language, and super 8 movies.
– Pablo de Ocampo
Dir: Nina Yuen | USA 2008 | World Premiere | 7:00 | MiniDV
A man stands in the trees waiting to get sprayed by a garden hose. A couple wrestles on the couch and the man tries to imitate water, rain, and wind. A woman ties photocopies of the man’s shirts to her chest and walks about town. Yuen’s videos comprise small intimate moments like these that seem like you’re not supposed to be watching them. Sung recounts a lost relationship through performances to the camera, confessions, memories, and apologies. Nina Yuen was born in Hawaii in 1981. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard University in 2003 and is currently a resident artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
Dream of Me
Dir: Agnes Moon | USA 2007 | Toronto Premiere | 9:30 | MiniDV
Dream Of Me is a fragmented portrait of Daniëlle, the sister the filmmaker never knew. Separated by adoption and killed suddenly in a car accident, Daniëlle is portrayed in this video through testimony from various subjects and home movie footage of another Daniëlle who acts as an imagined surrogate for the filmmaker’s actual and lost sister. Agnes Moon is an award-winning experimental film and video maker. Her work has screened at festivals and venues such as the Pacific Film Archives, Paris/Berlin International Meetings, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the Gwangju Biennale, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Dir: Caroline Key | USA 2007 | North American Premiere | 23:00 | 16mm
Speech Memory tells the story of Key’s grandfather, a deaf-mute Korean who was born under Japanese occupation of his country and could communicate only through Japanese sign language. Through conversations with her father, Key looks at family history, immigration, identity, and language. Caroline Jin Key was born in 1980 in Los Angeles. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Currently, she is employed as a freelance production sound recordist.
Dir: Iris Ng | Canada 2008 | World Premiere | 26:00 | Digibeta | Director In Attendance
To what extent and to what end can familial memoirs be (re-)experienced? Point Of Departure converges scattered pieces of family history as Ng combines audio interviews, archival footage, and sites on 16mm film of Hong Kong to test the parallels between architectural spaces and the strength of personal memories.
Iris Ng was born in Toronto, and is a graduate of York University’s film production program. She is a director of photography of feature-length and short narrative, documentary, and experimental films including Circa 1960 by Chris Curreri (Toronto International Film Festival 2006), and Rushes for 5 Hats by Oliver Husain. The short documentary Point of Departure is her directorial debut.