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Nocturne: Matthew Rankin Retrospective + Threads Doc

  • Carbon Arc Cinema 1747 Summer Street Halifax, NS Canada (map)

Carbon Arc is taking part in Nocturne: Art at Night this Saturday October 13 with six hours of FREE screenings!

Carbon Arc Cinema presents Threads at 7:25pm with a retrospective of Winnipeg filmmaker, Matthew Rankin screening the rest of the evening.

Short films play continuously with the theatre doors open and lights gently on welcoming audiences to come and go. Stop by to enjoy the fun, and beautifully bizarre worlds of Matthew Rankin along with the inspirational short documentary, Threads.

Threads, set in Bangladesh, tells the story of how an 86-year old artist transforms an ancient tradition of quilting into a contemporary art, empowering thousands of women and their families over three decades.

As a young girl in Calcutta, Surayia had the seemingly impossible dream of being an artist. Over the course of her long life, she found her destiny in art and community, opening opportunity for thousands in Bangladesh and bringing an ancient quilting tradition into the present. Surayia's story-telling designs have been presented to royalty and dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

The idea to create the documentary Threads came together in conversation over coffee at a restaurant in Halifax, NS.  

Winner of Best Short Documentary, Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, and two other Audience Choice Awards for Best Short Film and Best Short Documentary

Threads screening sponsored by the Bangladesh Community Association of Nova Scotia.


Matthew Rankin’s outstanding 65 minute program of Canadian short experimental films first screened at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival this spring. Carbon Arc Cinema wanted to bring the program back to Halifax for more to enjoy.

Winnipeg native, Matthew is an animator/inventor/historian/filmmaker and an advocate for handmade film. His films blend live-action with classical and avant-guard hand animation techniques that include stop-motion, hand-painting, scratching, bleaching, light painting, and manipulating film stock. His fantastical films transform the cinematic language of abstraction into narratives, guided by eccentric characters in heightened emotional spaces. Matthew’s films have the ability to transcend reality while remaining rooted in historical facts; described as a “Heritage Minute on acid” at TIFF 2017. Matthew is the 2018 Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Animated Short for Tesla World Light. Currently he is in post-production on his debut feature The Twentieth Century, a Canadian historical biopic about the early life of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Shorts Include:

This is an Official Message of Encouragement | 2015

Mynarski: Death Plummet | 2014

Sharhé Halé-Shakhsi: M. Rankin | 2008

I Dream of Driftwood | 2007

Negativipeg | 2010

Discount Everything | 2014

Cattle Call | 2008

Hydro Lévesque | 2008

Tabula Rasa | 2011

The Tesla World Light | 2017


Earlier Event: October 12
Later Event: October 19
Summer 1993