Friday April 13 (Day Four)

10:00AM | INDUSTRY EVENT: “Business Affairs 101”
with Lori McCurdy, Investment Analyst at Telefilm Canada

Session will be approximately 2 hours | NSCAD University Film School | 1649 Brunswick Street
Registration for this event is required. To register, please complete the form below.

So you have a kickass script and a wonder cast that you know will come together in a Genie-winning production, your first long-form film. Your confidence and enthusiasm are outstripped only by your eagerness to get to camera. Unfortunately, your credit card limit is $1,000 and the camera rental alone will take all that and more.

Join us for a lively a nuts and bolts discussion about what every emerging producer and filmmaker needs to know before they yell “Roll camera!” This is Business Affairs 101 and although glamorous it ain’t, essential it is!

Presented by Telefilm Canada, AFCOOP and NSCAD University Film School

1:00PM | ARTIST TALK: Tom Sherman – Technology as Language: Cultural Engineering Begets Personal Humans

NSCAD University Film School | 1649 Brunswick Street

More and more, people are comfortable comparing themselves with machines. We take pleasure in our relationships with intelligent artifacts. Technology is concrete language, the residue of redundant messages. Cultures are engineered, not grown. Personal humans still like to feel special. It is time to check on the advance of cybernetics–communication and control– and subsequent degrees of roboticism.

You speak my language (2011, 19 min.)

Exclusive Memory #9 (excerpt) (1987, 9:30 min.)

Personal Human (1999, 5 min.)

Tom Sherman is an artist and writer. He works in video, radio and live performance, and writes all manner of texts. He represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1980. He founded the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council in 1983. His interdisciplinary work has been exhibited and screened internationally, including shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and the Musee d’art contemporain (Montreal). He performs and records with Bernhard Loibner (Vienna) in a duo called Nerve Theory. His most recent book is Before and After the I-Bomb: An Artist in the Information Environment, The Banff Centre Press, 2002. In 2003 he was awarded the Bell Canada Award for excellence in video art. He received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Art in 2010. Sherman is a professor in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University in central New York, but considers the South Shore of Nova Scotia his home.

Presented by Centre for Art Tapes, AFCOOP, and NSCAD University

7:00PM | SCREENING: Janie Geiser: Animating the Uncanny
Introduction by Filmmaker Janie Geiser

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street
$5 Students & Seniors/$7 General

Janie Geiser’s films are elliptical, lush, and uncanny. Geiser – a performance, installation and puppet artist as well as an experimental filmmaker – creates teeming visual landscapes in which puppets, painted figures, found objects and moments of live action crowd together and float, superimposed, across one another. Richly layered sound collages provide striking counterpoint. The audiovisual density conjures submerged desires, fears, and questions that the conscious mind can only partially articulate. Geiser’s work delves into multiple pasts: the personal past of childhood, ruled by memory and forgetting; and an historical past of discarded objects, automata, and the tactility of the film medium. As the animate and inanimate rub shoulders, what emerges is a sense of the fragility and unpredictability of human bodies and minds.

Babel Town (1992, 7 min.) 16mm
In this fusion of puppet art and animation, a girl escapes from her parents’ house, encounters a threatening world, and returns home to find that she has grown to gigantic proportions.

The Red Book (1994, 11 min.) 16mm
The fragmentation of a woman’s body overlaps with the fragmentation of language in this animated two-dimensional collage. The American National Film Registry has designated The Red Book as a national treature and selected it for preservation.

Lost Motion (1999, 11 min.) 16mm
A child’s figurine, haunted by the face of a woman and an empty home, journeys into the red light district of a doll’s town.

Spiral Vessel (2000, 7 min.) 16mm
Animating pieces of a psychological test kit, Spiral Vessel investigates the mysteriousness of science.

The Fourth Watch (2000, 10 min.) 16mm
Ghosts – old film images rephotographed from a video monitor – haunt a dollhouse made of tin. Film Comment magazine named The Fourth Watch one of the top 10 experimental films of its decade.

Ultima Thule (2003, 11 min.) 16mm
Geiser experiments with the disparate textures of film and video to create a disorienting world in which land and sky are indistinguishable.

Terrace 49 (2004, 5 min.) 16mm
Continuing the film/video experiments of Ultima Thule, in Terrace 49, the body of a woman and the body of the film intersect to explore the qualities and secrets of emulsion.

Ricky (2011, 11 min.) shot on 16mm, finished on HD
A scratchy voice recording from Ricky’s father hints that war has pulled the family apart. Double vision and mattes distort images from natural history books, a child’s exercise book, and the detritus of childhood.

Presented by AFCOOP & Dalhousie University

9:00PM | SCREENING: WIFT-AT Atlantic Women in Film Showcase
Panel discussion and reception will follow this screening 

Bus Stop Theatre | 2203 Gottingen Street
$5 Students & Seniors/$5 WIFT-AT Members/$7 General

A collection of films made by women from across Atlantic Canada.  This screening is presented by WIFT-AT, the Atlantic Canadian chapter of Women in Film & Television (WIFT) serving the four Atlantic Provinces.  WIFT is an international organization created in Los Angeles in 1973 to give women who were struggling to have a voice in Television and in Film a network and support system.

Neither Science nor Magic (dirs. Krista Davis & Cari Tangedal, Nova Scotia, 8 min.)

Numbskull (dir. Sandi Rankaduwa, Nova Scotia, 2:20 min.)

Gothic Matriarch (dir: Cavelle MacDonell, New Brunswick, 13 min.)

Shadows and Sunshine (dir. Megan Wennberg, Nova Scotia, 8 min.)

Snappy’s (dir. Caitlin Jane Parsons, Nova Scotia, 17 min.)

A Night Out (dir: Heather Young, Nova Scotia, 10 min.)

Ken, Fucked Up (dir. Ruby Boutilier & Sarah Byrne, Nova Scotia, 2012, 7:30 min.)

Rebuild (dir. Rebecca Babcock, Nova Scotia, 19 min.)

Presented by WIFT-Atlantic & AFCOOP

9:00PM | SUPPLEMENTARY SCREENING: “The Forgotten Space”

NSCAD University Film School | 1649 Brunswick Street | FREE Event


The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

A range of materials is used: descriptive documentary, interviews, archive stills and footage, clips from old movies. The result is an essayistic, visual documentary about one of the most important processes that affects us today. The Forgotten Space is based on Sekula’s Fish Story, seeking to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea. (dirs. Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, 2010, 112 min)

HIFF 2012 Opening reception will follow the screening.

Presented by AFCOOP & Dalhousie University

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