Focus on the Personal Film
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Vancouver filmmaker Patricia Gruben’s highly original, highly personal film, a mind-expanding documentary essay in the Chris Marker/Sans Soleil mode, uses the mystical geographical concept of “ley lines” as a metaphoric means for excavating the history of her own family and exploring the process of uncovering one’s roots. Gruben’s experimental journey begins with an excerpt from The Incredible Shrinking Man, and then takes us from Texas to Germany to Tuktoyaktuk; much of it is structured around a conversation between the director and her imaginary child self. Neuron-firing musings abound: on the micro and the macro, time and space, dowsing, Hitler, a tycoon who bequeathed $2 million to a lump of dirt. “Ley Lines eschews conventional narrative storytelling in favour of associative and cumulative revelation ... A carefully shaped and resonant work of great imaginative power” (David McIntosh, Toronto I.F.F.).
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Zmena - Medzi Dvoma Svetmi
(Change - Between Two Worlds)
Canada 2016. Dir: Eva Pekarova. 3 min
In Emily Carr University student Eva Pekarova’s meditative experimental short, images of an immigrant family living in B.C. are used to explore nature, tradition, and the displacement of peoples.
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Guest in attendance: Patricia Gruben
Introduced by Denise Oleksijczuk, Associate Professor, School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University.