Each year HIFF puts the call out to regional filmmakers to populate this well-liked program (formerly Atlantic Canada Showcase) of the best shorts from the past year. The 2012 narrative program looks great with recent works from eleven filmmakers from across Atlantic Canada. It’s always a crowd pleaser. This screening will be presented by AFCOOP at the Bus Stop Theatre at 7:00PM on Wednesday, April 11.

Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $7 General

Featured Films and Filmmakers:

The Open (dir. Daniel Boos, 2012, 1 min.)
Senior Barista (dir. Jason Levangie, 2010, 7:26 min.)
Those Forgotten (dir. Alyssa Buchanan, 2011, 7:24 min.)
Fiddler’s Reel (Marc Almon, 2011, 17:31 min.)
Supersoldier Academy (dir. Struan Sutherland, 2011, 4 min.)
EDEN (dir. Greg Jackson, 2011, 2 min.)
Sandwich Crazy (dir. Michael Doucette, 2011, 7:52 min.)
Deep End (dir. Brettan Hannam, 2011, 6:17 min.)
First Words (Fabien Melanson, 2011, 7:37 min.) Trailer
Katrina’s New Beau (dir. Michael Ray Fox, 2011, 9:30 min.)
Flush (dir. Megan Wennberg, 2011)

Paul Clipson is the first of HIFF 2012′s visiting artists. Based in San Francisco, he has shown his films internationally in various galleries, festivals and performance venues in Belgium, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and Russia, as well as throughout the U.S. He works primarily in film, video and on paper, often collaborating on films, live performances and installations with sound artists and musicians. This screening, which is also presented by AFCOOP, will take place on Wednesday, April 11 at 9:00PM at the Bus Stop Theatre.

Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $7 General

Also as part of HIFF, Clipson will facilitate a FREE artist talk at NSCAD University Film School on Thursday, April 12 at 10:00AM.

Works to be screened at “The Works of Paul Clipson”:

SPHINX ON THE SEINE (2009) Super 8mm, 9 minutes, color/black & white, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
This is a film poem: the beginning of a metaphysical journey, musing on a series of brief, but enigmatic images taken from around the world. These images follow one after the other, but geographically span thousands of miles and large passages of time between each cut. Notions of time, space, and memory collide within a visual fabric of abstractions, landscapes, textures, superimpositions and graphic forms, to suggest the first moments of dream-sleep.

CHORUS (2009/2011) 8 min., Super 8mm, sound, color/B&W, music by Gregg Kowalsky
Three cities become one in this nocturnal journey in which space, color and light pass through the eye of the camera to create thoughts visualized before their conception. Shot in San Francisco, New York and Rotterdam.

TUOLUMNE (2007) Super 8mm, 14 minutes, color/B&W, music by Tarentel
TUOLUMNE (pronounced “Too-ALL-um-ee”) is a study of shapes, rhythms and textures in the natural spaces of Big Sur, the San Francisco Bay Area and Yosemite National Park, filmed in color and black & white, and recording a conversation between figurative waterscapes and abstract light forms: a visual dance with light on the surface of water.

UNION (2010) Super 8mm or 16mm, 14 min. color/B&W, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
A figurative exploration of movement, woven into layers of time, and photographed in natural and nocturnal urban spaces, ambiguous within a confluence of lights, colors and darkness.

COMPOUND EYES No.1-5 (2011) 27 min., Super 8mm, sound, color/B&W, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
A series of short film studies, commissioned by the San Francisco Exploratorium, studying aspects of insect , animal life, viewed within a succession of environments in unexpected ways. Filmed in the Golden Gate Park Botanical Gardens, Academy of Arts & Sciences and San Francisco.

COMPOUND EYES (No. 1) – 7 min. , color/B&W.
A macro-menagerie of natural life-forms are introduced in a forest’s tapestry of earth, water and air: Spiders, slugs, flies, bees, and ants navigate their lives in darkness and light.

ODONATA (No. 2) – 5 min., color.
The expectations of damselflies, skyscrapers and all of the indeterminate space between them.

DIPTERA AND LEPIDOPTERA (No. 3) – 5 min., color.
Flies and butterflies pollinate in a series of beautiful landing maneuvers.

ARANEAE (No. 4) – 5 min., color/B&W.
The fear dream of a spider, a web and a factory.

CARIDEA AND ICHTHYES (No. 5) – 6 min., color.
Fish and crustaceans appear to swim within an ether of natural and unnatural energies.

ANOTHER VOID (2012) 10.5 minutes, Super 8mm film, color, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
This vertiginous study of movement, color and darkness, continues and intensifies an on-going exploration of the act of filming and its relation to music and performance. ANOTHER VOID is an almost entirely in-camera edited film: there are six splices in roughly ten minutes of hundreds of images.

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