The Iris Film Collective Responds to “The Image Before Us”

This program of work by Iris Film Collective includes sixteen short films screening in a number of formats, including super 8 and dual-channel 16mm. Made in and around B.C., this collection constitutes a multiform experience of place: recreational life in Opening Day; an alternate tour of abandoned monuments and plazas that Expo left behind in Legacies; a fence impenetrable but revealing in 86 SE Marine Drive. Colin Browne’s 1986 essay film The Image Before Us, which inspired The Cinematheque’s “Image Before Us” series, asks what aren’t we seeing in the movies about Vancouver. This program also hints at something beyond the frame that cannot be filmed or heard, something inexpressible in words, images, or sounds alone.

Curated by Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty and Amanda Thomson

86 SE Marine Drive (lisa g/2016. 3 min.)
Opening Day (Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty/2016. 3 min.)
Why Bring Your Toddler to Vegas? (Ariel Kirk Gushowaty/2016. 3 min.)
Catharsis (Sydney Southam/2016. 3 min.)
Slow Motions (Ryder Thomas White/2016. 3 min.)
Before After Again (Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, Michele Simone Smith/2015. 7 min. Dual-channel 16mm)
Ice Cream (Sydney Southam/2010. 5 min.)
Effulgence (Alex MacKenzie/2014. 5 min.)
Winter (lisa g/2014. 7 min.)
Legacies (John Woods/2012. 3 min.)
Flood (Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty/2015, 6 min.)
Sleeping Mountains Lie (Amanda Thomson/2014. 3 min.)
1:64,000,000,000 (Ryder Thomas White/2015. 2 min.)
Totem (Alex MacKenzie/2015. 5 min.)
Good Birthday Night (Amanda Thomson/2017. 3 min.)
Night Walk (John Woods/2014. 6 min.)

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Iris Film Collective is a Vancouver-based group of independent artists creating and exhibiting film-based works — single channel, expanded, sculptural, installation — with the goal of increasing the visibility and accessibility of experimental media art. The collective is interested, above all, in ciné film — actual celluloid — at a time when this medium is shifting to a post-industry model.

Guests in attendance.