18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

Counter Move

07 November 2013 18:00

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AGO - Jackman Hall Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada

Counter Move

This year's Best of Canadian Shorts program broadens perspectives on history and memory and offers a wide range of well-crafted animations, performing arts on screen, and music-inspired videos.

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The Banquet of the Concubine

Hefang Wei | Canada 2012 | 12:19 | Chinese with Eng Sub.

In the year 746 AD, a banquet is given in honour of the Emperor’s favourite concubine. But can the taste of the sweet delicacies pacify her bitter jealousy?

Hefang Wei participated in the Folimage Artist-in-Residence programme, and created this film in coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada and Nadasy film.

Good Night Sweet Charlatan

La Chunk by Lil’ Lohan* | Canada 2013 | 4:05

Back-dropped by the controversy around Blurred Lines and the MTV Music Video Awards, Toronto-based moody synthesizer duo Depression Era treacherously take their stanceontheuseofTIYF.

La Chunk by Lil’ Lohan was found virtually topless and eating digital crab apples in the hills of the Internet. In her dreams, experts say this is her first music video.


Marlene Millar & Philip Szporer Canada 2012 | 5:25

Bharata natyam is a modern take on one of the oldest classical forms in India. This dance was choreographed by Natasha Bakht, and adapted for this site-specific film shot in a crystal mine and abandoned copper quarry.

Philip Szporer and Marlene Millar co-founded the arts film production company Mouvement Perpétuel. Together they have co-directed and produced many documentaries and short dance films.

Item Number

Oliver Husain | Canada 2012 | 16:00

Influenced by Indian musical dramas of the 1940s and ’50s, Item Number features an elegant woman delivering a melodra- matic monologue before the curtain rises. Awarded for Best Contribution to German cinema at Oberhausen 2013.

Oliver Husain is a Toronto-based German-Indian artist, and is known for his delightfully constructed digital worlds, conceptual theatre, and multimedia installations.

Treasure Hill Camouflage

soJin Chun | Taiwan 2012 | 2:00

Camouflage is a method of survival. The artist attempts to blend into the environment of a former illegal settlement and residence for ex-soldiers.

soJin Chun was born in Seoul Korea, raised in Santa Cruz Bolivia, and is based in Toronto. Chun’s work often investigates the hybrid realities.

Portrait as a Random Act of Violence

Randall Okita* | Canada 2012 | 4:20

An act of vandalism is trans- formed into a monument for reconciliation. A beautifully crafted kinetic sculpture becomes a countermovement and response to violence in history, such as the Asiatic Exclusion League attacks on Asian businesses in Vancouver, 1907.

Randall Okita was born in Calgary and is now based in Toronto. His films Machine with Wishbone and Fish in Barrel have been screened around the world.

Shiro Yagi

Cindy Mochizuki | Canada 2012 | 12:02

An animated film inspired by the last sheet of existing music of the artist’s maternal grandfather, Sueo Mori, written in 1927. Mori was a poet, composer and high school teacher based in Yokohama, Japan.

Cindy Mochizuki is an interdisciplinary artist who often integrates archival materials and interviews in her process.


Eui Yong Zong* | Canada 2013 | 5:04

Eui Yong confronts his family about the events around his conception, and his mother’s planned abortion.

Eui Yong is currently studying film at York University. His short My Grandpa won the Allan King Memorial Prize, and documentary Elizabeth screened at TIFF student showcase.

My Father, Francis

Casey Mecija* | Canada 2013 | 11:38

In the process of creating furniture together, a daughter reveals her love for her father’s life-long practice of making recycled materials into beautiful objects.

Casey Mecija is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter of the former band Ohbijou. My Father, Francis is her debut film.

Lonesome Town

Grace Wang* | Canada 2013 | 2:35

Of the most popular seaside towns in America, Coney Island experienced decades of neglect and a super storm that nearly destroyed it. What is left is nostalgia for a past long gone.

Grace Wang is a writer, filmmaker, and producer. Her first narrative short, I Remember, screened in Berlin and USA. Lonesome Town is her second film. Winner of 2012 Reel Asian So You Think You Can Pitch? Competition.

A Grand Canal

Johnny Ma* | Canada/China 2013 | 19:00

Remembered by his 10-year-old son, a captain tries collect a debt to save his fleet of boats. Like a Greek tragedy told with Chinese pop song, the film is a unique twist on personal histories.

Johnny Ma was born in Shanghai and raised in Vancouver. His short films are The Robbery (2010), Play (2011), The Genius from Quintino (2012), and A Grand Canal (2013).