A Small Misunderstanding
Dir. Leslie Supnet | Canada 2008 | 1:00 | Beta SP | Toronto Premiere | Director in Attendance
Leslie Supnet, a Filipino illustrator and animator from Winnipeg, imparts a touch of whimsy in an exploration of isolation, nostalgia, place and identity.
Dir. Jong Wook Choi | Canada 2009 | 4:00 | Beta SP | World Premiere | Director in Attendance
Mad pursuit for the wild life leads to an outrageously messy story about a cover girl who encounters dangerous magazine cut-outs. This wicked stop-motion animation was influenced by Frances Leeming, Choi’s teacher at Queen’s University.
Jong Wook Choi spent his childhood in England, Korea, Hong Kong and Canada. Choi graduated in film studies at Queen’s University in Kingston.
Dir. Yung Chang | Canada 2009 | 7:00 | DigiBeta
Yung Chang is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who graduated in film production from Montréal’s Concordia University. his work Up the Yangtze recently won best documentary at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.
Dir. Lydia Fu | Canada 2008 | 4:30 | Beta SP | Toronto Premiere
Lydia Fu is a Vancouver-based filmmaker. She graduated in chemistry at the University of Chicago and in media arts at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Nocturne for the Fireflies
Dir. Victoria Cheong | Canada 2009 | 7:45 | DigiBeta | World Premiere | Director in Attendance
Iin the dark of the night, a parade of little girls travel through the forest, bringing to life the magic of folk tales and children’s lullabies. Victoria Cheong graduated from Ryerson University’s film school. Her recent work includes a VHS music video for Toronto musician Gentleman Reg and a video-dance integration (with dancer Allison Peacock).
Dir. Pamela Nath | Canada 2009 | 6:19 | DigiBeta | Poet and Producer in Attendance
Found is about Toronto poet Souvankham Thammavongsa, who was born in a Lao refugee camp in Thailand. Nath beautifully brings together Thammavongsa’s words and her father’s abandoned scrapbook into a moving visual poem. Paramita Nath was born in India and moved to Canada 12 years ago to pursue studies in music. She received a BA in music from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an MA in interdisciplinary fine arts from York University in Toronto.
Fish in Barrel
Dir. Randall Okita | Canada 2009 | 7:00 | DigiBeta | Director in Attendance
In a stunning cinematic exploration of a young man’s internal struggle, director Okita questions what lies below the surface. Randall Okita was born in Calgary and is currently based in Vancouver. His 2008 short film Machine with Wishbone has screened internationally and won the Reel Asian Most Innovative Production award.
Rex vs. Singh
Dir. Richard Fung, John Greyson and Ali Kazimi | Canada 2009 | 29:38 | Beta SP | Directors in Attendance
In 1915 two Sikh mill workers, Dalip Singh and Naina Singh, were entrapped by undercover police in Vancouver one year after the infamous Komagata Maru ship, which was carrying migrant passengers from British India, was stranded at the Vancouver harbour. This experimental video reveals an untold piece of Canadian history through four different interpretations of the court trial: a period drama, documentary, musical and conceptual deconstruction. Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and cultural critic. Winner of the Bell Canada Award in Video Art, Fung currently teaches at the Ontario College of Art & Design. John Greyson is a prolific video artist, filmmaker and writer. Greyson currently teaches film and video at York University and recently completed his new feature, Fig Trees. Ali Kazimi was born and raised in India and is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker. He currently teaches film and video at York University in Toronto.