Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Free public event. No registration needed.
Date: Wed, April 18, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver.
Co-presented by National Film Board of Canada and SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs.
National Canadian Film Day
Joins in a celebration of Canadian film with a program of short films titled BC short films through the Decades.
The Image Before Us
Directed by Colin Browne, 1986, 22 mins
This film uses archival footage, much of it rare, to illustrate how a city's image can be constructed with selective use of film images. Filmmaker Colin Browne scoured archives throughout North America to find footage about Vancouver. What he found was an amazing collection of promotional films which featured this city as a playground for well-heeled travellers and a bustling city for eager investors. The Image Before Us is not about Vancouver but about representation, about how an image that represents one thing may well be serving another. Ordinary people at home or at work are rarely shown. These films deceive by concentrating on the rich, frolicking in the city's beauty spots, while concealing the daily realities of the majority of its citizens. A fascinating study of media manipulation.
Directed by Phillip Borsos, 1979, 13 mins
A blacksmith is seen labouring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a twentieth-century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow. The scene then shifts back to a nineteenth-century nail factory. These diametrically opposed scenes emphasize the changed relationship between the individual and his work.
Hoppy: A Portrait of Elisabeth Hopkins
Directed by Colin Browne, 1985, 28 mins
Although a latecomer to the professional art scene, Elisabeth Hopkins has achieved success. In this film, the eighty-eight-year-old Canadian artist is seen, and heard, as she talks and paints her way through an interview. Fiercely independent, she lives alone and enjoys it. Scenes from her paintings, wittily underscored by a creative soundtrack, mix easily with scenes of her life on Galiano Island off the southern coast of British Columbia, and at the Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto, where her paintings are eagerly snapped up. Elisabeth Hopkins has not allowed age to diminish her pleasure in life.
Directed by Stephen McCallum, 1990, 12.5 mins
An animated adaptation of a short story by Canadian West Coast writer Ethel Wilson, From Flores tells the story of a shipwreck. A small fishing boat heading down the isolated west coast of Vancouver Island with four people aboard runs into a storm. Through panic and bad judgment the boat crashes onto a reef and sinks, leaving no survivors. The tragedy of the story lies with the people left behind, those who waited with expectation.
Directed by Dora Hopkins, Zoe Hopkins, 2009, 3.5mins
This short impressionist documentary looks at the creation of a Button Blanket by integrating the performance of a traditional dance with the art of the West coast Heiltsuk people.
Mountain of Sgaana
Directed by Christopher Auchter, 2017, 10 mins
The Mountain of SGaana spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter’s dream-like gem brilliantly entwines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, which are brought to life by a rich, evocative palette and stylized effects. As a young fisherman cruises along a rugged shoreline, a tiny mouse in Haida regalia appears and starts to knit a blanket. A story unfolds on the blanket as it grows longer, illustrating the ancient tale of Haida master sea hunter Naa-Naa-Simgat and his beloved, Kuuga Kuns. When a sGaana (the Haida word for “killer whale”) captures the hunter and drags him down into a supernatural world, the courageous Kuuga Kuns sets off to save him. Will the lovers manage to escape the undersea Mountain of SGaana, or will they, too, become part of the Haida spirit world forever?