Long Term Planning
May
13
to Sep 27

Long Term Planning

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Carbon Arc’s Animation Festival and Winter/Spring Season have wrapped.

Over the summer the cinema is working on long term planning and fundraising. The cinema hopes to find a full time venue and expand its seating and programming capabilities.

There are t-shirts available for purchase over the summer e-mail movies@carbonarc.ca to arrange.

Happy summer and see you all soon!

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May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Animation Circus!

Led by Kristen Langille-Dahl with Jenna Marks

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Animation is the art of movement. What is the best way to study movement? By moving! This workshop is for animators and artists alike. Break the mold of your practice by joining local actress and circus freakette, Kristin Langille-Dahl in a hands-on workshop. To kick off the day, Kristin will lead a basic circus workshop, followed by a figure drawing session of those same dynamic possess.

Come experience the real boundaries of human movement and balance in Animation Circus.

A snack will be provided.

Bring your own drawing supplies!

Something to drink out of is also suggested.

Contact: movies@carbonarc.ca

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Saturday May 26 2-6pm

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Wrap Party With The ConquerAlls
May
11
10:00 PM22:00

Wrap Party With The ConquerAlls

FREE

Come skank with us!!

The ConquerAlls have been setting dancefloors around Nova Scotia aflame since 2017. This seven-piece band plays the best of first and second-wave ska, with a bit of reggae, rockabilly, and Northern soul thrown in for good measure. Their tight rhythm section, killer horns and engaging and entertaining vocal performance have showgoers up and skanking faster than you can shout “2 Tone!” The ConquerAlls’ features former members of The Flashing Lights, Dr. Skankworthy, The October Game, Forbidden Dimension and charity fundraisers The Soda Shoppe Gang.

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Vegan Delights: Canadian Shorts
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Vegan Delights: Canadian Shorts

Eleven Canadian Shorts, 75 mins

Admission is $10

Festival Trailer: An annual gathering that celebrates all things animation from Halifax and beyond!

The Vegan Delights Program is inspired by passion, playfulness and inclusivity. It showcases independent animation that expresses a heartfelt personal investment and reflects a creative connection with the audience.

Curated by Festival Director, Siloën Daley and her outstanding team, this year's program contains eleven fairly new short animated films. Some of the artists will be present to take part in a Q&A following the screening.

• Welcome | Laura Stewart | Quebec | 2018 | 2m

A man tries to befriend his new neighbour by baking her cookies. It doesn't go as planned.

Biidabaan | Amanda Strong | BC | 2018 | 19m

Biidabaan | Amanda Strong | BC | 2018 | 19m

• Biidabaan | Amanda Strong | British Columbia | 2018 | 19m

Based on the writings of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, the film centres on Biidaaban, a young shapeshifter on a secret mission to revive the traditional First Nations ritual of harvesting sap from maple trees.

• Hole | Gil Goletski | British Columbia | 2018 | 6m

Mo is an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They spend a lot of time in their brain. Today, a hole started following them.

• Through Dirt | Sharron Mirsky | Quebec | 2018 | 1m

Animated with potting soil on a lightbox, this collage of sounds and abstract visuals moves through the uncomfortable murk of ambivalence and indecision to acceptance.

• Freaks of Nurture | Alexandra Lemay | Quebec | 2018 | 6m

A stop-motion film about a mother-daughter relationship bursting at the seams with babies, poodles and flying spaghetti.

• Reach the Sky | Daniel Sterlin-Altman | Ontario | 2018 | 6m

Animated by Evan DeRushie, Daniel Sterlin-Altman, and Martha Grant. On the open road, three queer friends in three queer cars are separated by an unexpected queer fork in the road.

• Abeo | Brenda Lopez, Ana Eskildsen | Quebec | 2018 | 7m

Abeo is a hard hitting mixed media short that depicts the journey of Nadia and Lupe, two immigrants who risk their lives to cross the Arizona desert in search of a better life.

• First Sun | Leslie Supnet | Ontario | 2014 | 2m

The rising sound of drums and the imagined birth of our nearest star.

• Laila Sady Johnson Wasn’t Beaten by No Train | Jenna Marks | Nova Scotia | 2019 | 5m

This country ballad, sung by Regina’s Belle Plain, uses both live-action and paper animation to take us through a heart racing account of when her grandmother was nearly killed by a train. It is a story that embodies the strength of her grandmother, a love of the prairies and her family farm.

• Billy's Behemoth Blast | Josh Owen | Nova Scotia | 2017 | 6m

Baby Billy gets accidentally blasted by the infamous Halifax Explosion of 1917.

• Animal Behaviour | Alison Snowden, David Fine | Quebec | 2018 | 14m

A group therapy session, with animals.

Saturday May 11 9:30PM | FREE

Saturday May 11 9:30PM | FREE

Following the show the Helen Hill Animation Award will be presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers’ Co-op to an artist to create a new short animation.

Helen’s particular style of creation was unhampered by convention, and marked by a rarely found honesty and immediacy. Her clear and engaging presence can be felt in all her work. Helen is a key inspiration behind the Animation Festival of Halifax.

The Helen Hill Award was created by the Linda Joy Media Arts Society to celebrate this remarkable individual and to support artists working in animation.

Saturday May 11 10PM | FREE

Saturday May 11 10PM | FREE

The evening will wrap with a party and live music by local skankers, The ConquerAlls.

The ConquerAlls have been setting dancefloors around Nova Scotia aflame since 2017. This seven-piece band plays the best of first and second-wave ska, with a bit of reggae, rockabilly, and Northern soul thrown in for good measure. Their tight rhythm section, killer horns and engaging and entertaining vocal performance have showgoers up and skanking faster than you can shout “2 Tone!” The ConquerAlls’ features former members of The Flashing Lights, Dr. Skankworthy, The October Game, Forbidden Dimension and charity fundraisers The Soda Shoppe Gang.

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In Conversation With Jessica Borutski
May
11
6:30 PM18:30

In Conversation With Jessica Borutski

Presenting Sponsor: Telefilm Canada

FREE

Sit in on a conversation between Lynda Craigmyle and Jessica Borutski.

Working in the industry since 2003, Jessica Borutski had her start in animation at Spumco working on The New Ren and Stimpy. From there she ventured to the East Coast and worked with Collideascope and Copernicus on various projects from music videos to television series. Soon after she created her own short film entitled I Like Pandas. This earned Jessica the Frederator Flash Film of the Year Award. Fuel Industries, an adver-gaming agency hired Borutski in 2005. She art directed many projects there and worked with clients such as Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson and McDonald's creating beautiful immersive online gaming. The popularity of her short film earned her notice from Warner Brothers. She was approached by them to re-design the Looney Tunes, and from there went on to direct the Merrie Melodies part of the show. She also re-imagined Bugs and the gang again for the Wabbit series, which evolved into The New Looney Tunes Show. Jessica went on to work on many of the Warner Brothers legacy properties. One DC Nation Short featuring Shazam entitled Wisdom that she produced was nominated for an Emmy. She also produced the series Bunnicula for Cartoon Network International. Today Nickelodeon is her home and she is Supervising Director on Loud House.

Lynda Craigmyle is a producer at IoM Media Ventures Inc., formally DHX Media. She has 20+ years experience as a Supervising Producer, Animation Producer, Line Producer and Production Manager, for series and feature length animation.

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Big Picture Panel: Working Conditions of Independent Animators
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Big Picture Panel: Working Conditions of Independent Animators

Presenting Sponsor: Mayworks Halifax Festival of Working People & the Arts

FREE

What challenges do independent animators face finding funding for their work, conveying their visions to producers, and scrounging for the time needed to make films frame by frame? What supports are available from arts organizations, and how can we put our heads together to improve living and working conditions? This panel features special guests Michael Fukushima, Executive Producer of the National Film Board’s Animation Studio in Montreal; laura jeanne lefave, Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts, and award-winning independent animators Steven Woloshen and Sam Decoste.

Sam Decoste is an independent animator, curator, and educator who believes in the power of stories. This year Decoste is the curator and mentor of the four-person installation project entitled Under the Rug.

Michael Fukushima is the head of the National Film Board of Canada’s world-renowned Animation Studio, in Montreal. He has been making films since 1984, and joined the NFB Animation Studio in 1990.

laura jeanne lefave is Program Officer for the Explore and Create program of the Canada Council for the Arts. Lefave is a dedicated champion of the arts who assists artists, curators, and organizations through information sessions and grant-writing workshops across the country.

Steven Woloshen has created over 50 abstract films and time-based installations for festivals, galleries and museums.

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Animated Lounge
May
11
4:30 PM16:30

Animated Lounge

Indulge in delicious vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian foods ($5) from around the city, catch up with others, and try your hand at animation in between the evening’s events.

The Animated Lounge, where anything could happen!

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20th Annual Animation Show of Shows
May
11
2:30 PM14:30

20th Annual Animation Show of Shows

15 International Films | Various Artists | 2018 | 98m

PG rating because of the following shots: a chicken gets its head chopped off, an accidental propellor beheading, and a stumbling man ablaze

Various languages with English subtitles (mostly English or no dialogue)

$10

20th Animation Show of Shows Saturday May 11 2:30PM

The Animation Show of Shows is a selection of some of the year's best animated short films, curated and presented by Acme Filmworks. The works in this year’s show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we face.

• The Green Bird - Maximilien Bourgeois, Quentin Dubois, Marine Goallard, Irina Nguyen, Pierre Perveyrie, France

A funny animation which harks back to classic cartoons of the mid-20th century.

• One Small Step - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas, USA

An inspiring story of a Chinese-American girl’s dream of being an astronaut centers on her evolving relationship with her father.

• Grands Canons -  Alain Biet, France

A dizzying symphonic celebration of everyday objects through the animation of detailed drawings.

• Barry - Anchi Shen, USA

A sheep that longs to be a doctor and tries to be taken seriously by his human colleagues.

• Super Girl - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, USA

Inspired by a poem composed by an eloquent preschooler.

• Love Me, Fear Me - Veronica Solomon, Germany

The darker side of relationships is forcefully explored in a tour de force of claymation that uses dance to delve into the lengths people go to to deceive each other and try to pass for something they’re not.

• Business Meeting - Guy Charnaux, Brazil

If you’ve ever suspected board meetings offer nothing but verbal gassing and mindless conformity, director Guy Charnaux shows he knows your pain.

• Flower Found! - Jorn Leeuwerink, The Netherlands

A case of mistaken identity has unpleasant consequences in this unsettling tale that might or might not be a parable of our times.

• Bullets - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, USA

Inspired by a poem composed by an eloquent preschooler.

• A Table Game - Nicolás Petelski, Spain

Inspired by the absurdity and black humor that characterizes Estonian animation.

• Carlotta's Face - Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, Germany

“Carlotta’s Face,” by Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld, illuminates a different kind of relationship dysfunction in its sensitive portrayal of a woman who suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces, and her salvation through art.

• Age of Sail - John Kahrs, USA

Chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl after she falls overboard.

• Polaris - Hikari Toriumi, USA

The power of family ties, and specifically the enduring connection between parents and children, are sensitively evoked in Hikari Toriumi’s deeply affecting Polaris, about a young polar bear leaving home for the first time.

• My Moon - Eusong Lee, USA

Eusong Lee’s My Moon takes a more cosmic and lighthearted approach to a troubled relationship, limning a celestial love triangle played out by the sun, the moon, and the earth.

• Weekends - Trevor Jimenez, USA

The beautifully designed Weekend by Trevor Jimenez, explores the complex emotional landscape of a young boy and his recently divorced parents, as he shuttles between their very different homes and lives.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons
May
11
9:30 AM09:30

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Free and welcome to all! There will be cereal!!

AFX - the Animation Festival of Halifax in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries and Mini-Con presents: Saturday Morning Cartoons. Out of this world cartoons made in Halifax!

Join us in your PJs, cozies or your choice of costume for Saturday morning cartoons and cereal at the Halifax Central Library, Paul O'Regan Hall.

We can’t wait to reveal some of the big name cartoons that are made right here by four studios in Halifax! Hosted by John Davie.

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John Davie –

Saturday Morning Cartoon Host

John has worked primarily for DHX Media and its earlier incarnations since 2004, when he joined the team for the second season of the stop-motion series Poko.

During that time he has been a Script Coordinator, Writer and/or Voice Performer for a variety of animated series, including Lunar Jim, Inspector Gadget, Bo on the Go, Addison, Amazon Prime’s Wishenpoof, and the Netflix series Colorforms.

In addition to animation, John has worked in the field of Live-Action on such shows as This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Book of Negroes, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and CBC-TV’s Short Film Face-Off.

 

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Ruben Brandt, Collector
May
10
9:00 PM21:00

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Milorad Krstic | Hungary | 2018 | 96m | Rated R for nude images and some violence

In English and Hungarian with English subtitles

$10

Four expert thieves attempt to steal every famous artwork that is haunting their mutual psychotherapist. A detective attempts to find out who the "Collector" is.

Short Before Feature

A Dinner With Dad

Johanna J. Lunn, Animated by Sarita MacNeil | Nova Scotia | 2019 | 3m

Daughter, wife, mother, these are labels many women unconsciously wear, and when these roles dissolve who is left?

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Retrospective: Steven Woloshen
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Retrospective: Steven Woloshen

Steve Woloshen | Canada | 30+ years working in cameraless animation

Curated by Becka Barker

Festival Trailer: Includes clips of Woloshen’s cameraless animation!

Since the early 1980s celebrated Canadian artist Steven Woloshen has been creating animated moving images by using hands-on, tactile methods for creating images directly onto film, without the use of cameras. Found footage, ink, bleach, etchings, and a wide array of other unconventional tools form his unique visual syntax, guiding his conceptual and formal explorations into music and rhythm, language and perception, archive and memory, and familial relationships.

Cameraless filmmaking, in Woloshen’s hands, dives into possibilities of film images we do not see in typical movie-going experiences. Animation is his mechanism to peel back layers of moving image to reveal feelings and thoughts--serious and playful, colourful and textured--beneath typical cinematic expectations. His deft use of colour, line, texture, and rhythm create abstractions that offer audiences another kind of immersion into an animated space.

AFX is proud to present a retrospective screening of Woloshen’s works that invite us into this space. After our screening, Woloshen will be on hand to discuss his work with the audience. And if this work inspires you, be sure to check out his cameraless animation workshop on Saturday, here at the festival!

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Installation Cocktail Social
May
10
4:30 PM16:30

Installation Cocktail Social

A relaxed, celebratory cocktail ‘hour’ to toast the artists of AFX’s inaugural installation exhibition, Under the Rug, curated by Sam Decoste. All installation works will be on view and open to the public. Meet the artists and the curator, enjoy live music from The Dawn Airs (Benn Ross and Seth Huntley), and take in the animated loops created during Dots and Loops Open Studio sessions at Wonder’neath for some inspiration.

Indulge in delicious vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian foods from around the city as you try your hand at stop motion animation. Food $5. Cash bar. Evening screenings to follow. Drop by!

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Networking Lunch
May
10
1:00 PM13:00

Networking Lunch

Want to network with your animation peers, but you’re not into the networking vibe? This casual brown-bag lunch event will help you groove with some like-minded animation lovers while you take your lunch break. A great way to make some new friends and find out what else is going on in our corner of the animation world!

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Collaborative Story Development Workshop
May
10
11:00 AM11:00

Collaborative Story Development Workshop

Carbon Arc Cinema Boardroom

Lunch Break 1-2:30PM

FREE | Registration Required: movies@carbonarc.ca

Led by Dylan Edwards, Independent Animator and Head of Development at Copernicus Studios

How is a story created? It’s common to get lost in the weeds when bringing an image from your mind into the real world and capturing it on the page. Anyone can have an idea - the real work is in the execution. Developing a story from concept into a complete narrative is a big job and making it good is even more challenging. A tried and true method for crafting excellent stories is the writer’s room, where many minds work together.

In this workshop we will work in groups to create a fully-realized story outline from a rough concept. Participants don’t need to prepare anything and all supplies will be provided. The only thing you need is an active mind and a collaborative spirit.

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Torrey Pines
May
9
8:30 PM20:30

Torrey Pines

Clyde Petersen | USA | 2016 | 60m | PG

$10

A queer punk coming-of-age cross-country adventure taking place in Southern California and set in the early 90s. Based on the true story of Petersen who was raised by a schizophrenic single mother fueled by hallucinations of conspiracy theories and family dysfunction, the story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events recalled by twelve-year-old Petersen.

Short Before Feature

The Science of Surfing

Ryan Rumbolt, Animated by Juan Pontaroli, Jose Moreno, Ryan Rumbolt, Christine Le, Arm Sattavorn | Nova Scotia | 2019 | 4m

We all know that surfing requires incredible skill, but there's also a lot of science involved. This video explains just that.

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Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

Kaku Arakawa | Japan | 2018 | 70m | PG

Japanese with English Subtitles

$10

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In 2013 film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But Miyazaki, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The documentary even faces the danger of being cancelled. Go behind the scenes as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create a new short film.

Short Before Feature

Sincerely Yours, Mrs. Taylor

Sam Decoste | Nova Scotia | 2017 | 5m

Inspired by a letter to a national media outlet, Mrs Taylor tells us about her grandmother's experience during the Halifax Explosion.

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Under the Rug: The Invisibility of Art Labour Installation Exhibition
May
9
to May 11

Under the Rug: The Invisibility of Art Labour Installation Exhibition

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Running throughout the festival, with two focused viewing times:

Opening Reception Thursday May 9 5-6:30PM

Installations Cocktail Reception Friday May 10 5-6:30PM

FREE

Under the Rug: The Invisibility of Art Labour

Under the Rug is an animation exhibition that reflects on the often laborious process of creating art, and the disconnect between art's consumption and creation. The show features the work of performance and multimedia artist Annie Onyi Cheung, visual artist Angela Henderson, film and theatre artist Tara Taylor and interdisciplinary artist Tom Elliott. Each artist has created an animated response to the theme through the lens of their respective practice. Their individual installations can be seen throughout the festival grounds: in the boardroom, the hallway, the coat room and the screening room, making the exhibition a part of instead of an addition to the festival.

Carbon Arc Cinema Auditorium

Annie Onyi Cheung Slow Suspending

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ln Slow Suspending Annie reinserts herself into her work as her animated body summersaults, rolls, and bounces from the edge of each frame. This piece is a reflection on the anxiety and endless preparation involved in creating work. The invisibility of her art labour is both the odd and contradictory work of turning inward, protective, sheltering, insulating, incubating, and the quiet solitary time she spends pushing herself uphill to a better vantage point in her practice.

Carbon Arc Water Fountain

Angela Henderson Thresholds (A Lapidarium)

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Angela’s installation responds to the theme of hidden labour in artist’s work by animating labour through accumulation. Her sculptural installation is two-fold: in the upper projection, a terrazzo stone taken from a nearby demolition site is traced, frottagged and brought laboriously into view in the time it takes for the lower level projection of this same finished image to complete its animated sequence. The surface is rubbed and gradually becomes visible through layers of graphite, builds and is then erased, looping repetitively. A different measure of labour is shown below as the stone fragments slowly, continuously appear and restart.

Cinema Cloak Room

Tara Taylor Nan T

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A homage to Tara's grandmother, Nan T dances between the literal and abstract meaning of the word rug. Animated imagery of Nan T crocheting a rug combined with photos documenting the animation process are projected onto sculpted shapes. Blending imagery of these two stories allows viewers to envisage the labour behind the scenes as they are immersed in the nostalgic world of Nan T. How often do we enjoy artwork without giving any thought to the labour that went into creating it?


Cinema Boardroom

Tom Elliott So Much Doesn't Happen

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So Much Doesn't Happen rests on the premise that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism. Tom's work is a kind of poem that playfully suggests the invisibility of art labour through animated text and sound interventions that happen around a set of boardroom tables. The connections and disconnections between these interventions and the realities we experience create a tension that viewers may find mildly agitating.

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AFX8 - The Animation Festival of Halifax
May
9
to May 11

AFX8 - The Animation Festival of Halifax

May 9-11 2019

Three days celebrating the art and industry of animation in Halifax and beyond! 

Festival Passes and individual tickets on sale now. All shows will have a limited number of 'rush tickets' at the door.

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Note that since our advance tickets are virtual, you will be added to a list at the door. Bringing proof of purchase, such as your order number or email notification which you'll receive after purchase, is helpful but not required. (You will receive your pass at your first festival event.)

Doors open 30 minutes before events start, however our lounge will be open all day. During the festival please arrive at least 20 minutes before your event start time. Your pass only guarantees a seat until 20 minutes to start time, at which point your seats will be offered to customers looking for single tickets.

Note also that we stop letting folks into screenings 15 minutes after shows start so as not to cause too much distraction.

Contact Siloën at movies@carbonarc.ca with any questions or concerns.

Our new festival website: www.anifx.ca

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May
3
2:30 PM14:30

Dots and Loops: Animation Open Studio

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Wonder'neath Art Society

2891 Isleville Street, Halifax

(above Russell Foods)

Friday May 3 2-4:30PM & 5-7PM

Saturday May 4 2-4:30PM & 5-7PM

FREE All ages

Supplies and equipment provided!

Led by North End Halifax artists Becka Barker and Jessica Winton.

The Animation Festival of Halifax teams up with Wonder'neath in the North End of Halifax to present four hands-on animation events over two days.

Join us at the Wonder'neath Open Studio to learn about basic principles of classical and replacement animation as you create your own simple animated loop!

At the end of each session we will connect all the loops together to exhibit them at the official AFX Festival Lounge!

Wonder'neath Open Studio thanks the 4Cs Foundation for their generous assistance in keeping these events FREE and open to the public.

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A Polar Year
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

A Polar Year

Samuel Collardey / France / 2018 / 94m

Danish and Greenlandic with English subtitles

Second Screening Added. Now playing at 7 + 9:15pm

As both the director and the DP, Samuel Collardey takes us into a Danish teacher’s first year in Tiniteqiilaq, a tiny fishing village in Greenland. Danish Anders Hvidegaard struggles to fit in until he begins to bond with a young Tunumiit boy, Asser, and slowly immerses himself into the indigenous culture and its daily rhythms. With breathtaking cinematography and mostly vérité scenes, A Polar Year is a standout documentary that playfully, and smartly, blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction filmmaking.

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Ziva Postec: The Editor Behind the Film Shoah
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Ziva Postec: The Editor Behind the Film Shoah

Catherine Hébert / Canada / 2018 / 92m

In French, English, German, Hebrew, Czech, & Polish with English subtitles

In 2018, Claude Lanzmann, the maker of one of the most monumental cinematic works of all time, died. Although she spent decades in the titan’s shadow, Shoah editor Ziva Postec was an indispensable part of the project. She dedicated six years of her life, from 1979 to 1985, to constructing the right pace and sequence for 350 hours of footage documenting the “extermination process.” Postec recalls the gargantuan, painful and necessary task for Catherine Hébert’s camera, revealing the film’s profound impact on her personal life. Supplemented with previously unseen images from the making of Shoah, Ziva Postec is a moving portrait of an artist who went largely unnoticed, eclipsed by the towering presence of her male colleague.

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Birds of Passage
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Birds of Passage

Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra / Colombia, Mexico, Denmark / 2019 / 125m / 14A

Spanish and Wayuu with English subtitles

The origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 70s. When greed, passion and honor collide, a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake. From the creators of Embrace of the Serpent.

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Styx
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Styx

Dir. Wolfgang Fischer / Germany, Austria /  Thriller, Drama / 2018 / 94m / unrated

English & German with English subtitles

Premiering at the Berlinale, where it opened the Panorama Special section, STYX is a work of unrelenting intensity and technical brilliance. ER doctor Rike embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision.

Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is riveting as a woman pushed to her physical, psychological and moral limits.

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Never Look Away
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Never Look Away

Dir.  Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck / Germany / 2018 / 188m / R

German with English subtitles

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of a young art student, Kurt who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.

Award winning write/director of The Lives of Others, Von Dommersmarck discovered the life of renowned artist Gerhard Richter and had the inspiration for an epic film that would include art, creativity and a journey of modern German History from World War II to the Berlin Wall and the meeting of East and West. The result is outstanding.

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Non-Fiction
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Non-Fiction

Olivier Assayas / France / 2018 / 108m / R

French with English subtitles

A film by OLIVIER ASSAYAS with Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne

French auteur Olivier Assayas probes the promises and pitfalls of art in the age of digital communication, in this comedy about a Parisian publisher (Guillaume Canet) and his successful-actor wife (Juliette Binoche) adapting to the new-media landscape.

Digital disruption is all around us these days, and Olivier Assayas, who structured much of his recent film Personal Shopper around cellphones and texting, returns to this theme in his highly intelligent new examination of what this technology means to our lives. Non-Fiction is both a delicious comedy of manners and an inquiry focused on a group of middle-aged, middle-class French men and women, and how they are affected by the hyper-connectivity of today.

Alain (Guillaume Canet) is a self-assured and successful book publisher struggling with the ins and outs of both his professional and private life. His relationship with his wife, Serena (Juliette Binoche), has gone slightly stale, and he has to deal delicately with one of his long-time authors (Vincent Macaigne), who has written a new manuscript and is pushing for its publication. Complicating this is Alain's enthusiastic embrace of digital and social media, which has led him to hire an impressively ambitious young woman as the "head of digital transition" in his company. As Alain pushes his new-media agenda forward, he encounters, variously, support and resistance from friends and colleagues.

Assayas's often-hilarious social critique is powered by a series of conversations about what this technological transition has meant for all of us - what is gained and what is lost. Non-Fiction offers a subtle probing of what lies behind those conversations themselves, as well as behind the actions and behaviour of its ensemble of characters, all of whom are undergoing crises of values and beliefs.

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Capernaum
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Capernaum

Dir. Nadine Labaki / Lebanon / 2018 / 123m / R

Arabic with English Subtitles

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s CAPERNAUM (Chaos) tells the story of Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life.

CAPERNAUM follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year old “adult”: fleeing his abusive, negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, taking care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son Yonas, being jailed for a violent crime, and finally, seeking justice in a courtroom.

CAPERNAUM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures. When the non-actors’ instincts diverged from the written script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them.

While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, CAPERNAUM is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although it is set in the depths of a society’s systematic inhumanity, CAPERNAUM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action.

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Border
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Border

Dir. Ali Abbasi / Sweden / 2018 / 110m / R

Swedish with English subtitles

A customs officer develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can't identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the truth about herself.

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Roma
Feb
17
to Feb 18

Roma

Dir. Alfonso Cuaron / Mexico / 2018 / 135 mins / 19+

Spanish with English subtitles

Nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. Another 131 wins & 139 nominations.

Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron’s thrillingly diverse career encompasses everything from Gravity to Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to Y Tu Mama Tambien. Roma is his masterpiece. An evocation of middle-class household in Mexico City in 1970 (Cuaron would have been nine years old at the time). This scintillating black and white film focuses on Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a live-in maid, who tends to the two children, cleans and cooks, and observes, discreetly, as her employers’ marriage falls apart. But Cleo’s own love life is just as fraught…

Spanning about a year, Roma conveys not only tender and sometimes painful memories of the domestic space, but also suggests wider tensions in the social sphere. Innocent pleasures - going to the movies, a trip to the country, an initially curious reference to martial arts training - take on a darker hue as we learn more about the turmoil roiling within the country. These themes are developed with subtly and grace, leading to a climax that is both heartbreaking and deeply compassionate. Roma is one of those unforgettable films that reveals the depth and preciousness of ordinary lives.

"A richly textured masterpiece, Roma is cinema at its purest and most human." Tomris Laffly, Time Out

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Rafiki
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Rafiki

Dir. Wanuri Kahiu / Kenya / LGBTQ, African Diaspora, Drama / 2018 / 83m / Not Rated

In English & Swahili with English subtitles

Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality.

Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” - but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!

"[B]y framing an effervescent lesbian romance against a backdrop of political allegiance and the societal taboos surrounding LGBTQ rights, Rafiki finds its voice – and deserves to shout it, loud and clear." -Ella Kemp, Dazed

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