We hope you enjoy Paul Clipson’s beautiful films during tonight’s presentation “The Works of Paul Clipson”. 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. If you want to see more of his work or learn about his process, Clipson will facilitate a FREE artist talk at NSCAD University Film School on Thursday, April 12 at 10:00AM. Everyone is welcome!

HIFF is delighted to be hosting, for the second year in a row, Laura Jeanne Lefave, Program Officer, Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. While in Halifax, Ms. Lefave will present a workshop entitled “Grant Writing for Filmmakers / Media Artists” This special Industry Session will be approximately 2.5 hours and will take place at the NSCAD Film School on Thursday, April 12 at 1:00PM. Registration for this event at hiff.ca is required.

In this session, Laura Jeanne Lefave (Program Officer, Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts) will offer an outline of the Canada Council for the Arts’ programs relating to video, film, audio, new media and curating media arts. As part of her presentation, she will facilitate an intensive workshop on grant writing, with a focus on grants to individual artists, travel grants, and professional development grants.

To make the most of this opportunity to raise questions and obtain clarifications, it is highly recommended that those attending review, in advance, the available programs and their application processes on the Canada Council for the Arts website.

Each year, HIFF and Live Art Dance Productions team up to present a stunning program of dance on screen. “Movement (R)evolution Africa”  directed by Joan Frosch & Alla Kovgan continues this tradition. This amazingly beautiful film will be presented at the Bus Stop Theatre on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00PM. Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $7 General

In an astonishing exposition of choreographic fomentation, nine African choreographers from Senegal to South Africa tell the stories of an emergent art form and their diverse and deeply contemporary expressions of self. Stunning choreography and riveting critiques challenge stale stereotypes of “traditional Africa” to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa. Watch the Trailer

This year’s AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence is Eva Madden-Hagen. Eva’s residency project is a documentary entitled “Pose”The film explores the unique experience of posing as a nude model through the eyes of Halifax based comic book artist Dave Cullen. Dave has spent his life studying the human form but recently realized sitting behind the drawing board wasn’t fulfilling the complete experience. A study in contrast and contradiction, Dave sees what its like to be the subject of the artist’s eye rather than the executor the vision. “Pose”  joins him on his journey. This film will screen on Thursday, April 12 at 9:00PM at the Bus Stop Theatre. This is a FREE event presented by AFCOOP, The National Film Board of Canada, and the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Eva Madden-Hagen is a versatile filmmaker working in both drama and documentary. Her current films Winter Wave Riders, profiling Nova Scotia winter surfers, and the short drama What Remains, chronicling a family coming to grips with dementia, have screened internationally and on Canadian television. Eva also recently directed the mockumentary, Sunnyvale Stories, released on the Trailer Park Boys Countdown to Liquor Day DVD. In 2007 she directed the National Screen Institute of Canada/CBC Drama Prize film Eastern Shore, garnering “Best Original Score” at the 2007 Atlantic Film Festival with appearances on CBC Television’s Canadian Reflections and Movieola: The Short Film Channel. Eva has competed in the Toronto International Film Festival’s “Pitch This!” competition and in 2011 was selected for the “Women In The Director’s Chair” workshop at the Banff Centre with her latest feature film script, Top of the World. A member of WIFT Atlantic, Eva is also an enthusiastic workshop instructor, mentoring emerging filmmakers through programs at Viewfinders Film Festival and AFCOOP. “I’m very honoured to be part of the AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence program,” says Madden-Hagen. “The artist based nature of the residency, which focuses on process as well as final product, is a tremendous opportunity for me to develop the project while interacting with the community.” Reception will follow screening and Q&A
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