Rendezvous with Madness Co-presentation: Short Bursts of Madness

We are delighted to be co-presenting a program of short films at this year’s Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. It’s on Thursday November 13th at 9:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and it’s called Short Bursts of Madness. Here are some details about the films in the lineup:

Still from Mother is God

Director: Maria Bäck | Denmark/Sweden 2013 | 30:00

Director Maria Bäck talks to her mother (whose face we do not see) on Skype, constructing an account that captures evidence of several mutable feelings.

Still from Luk'Luk'I: Mother

Director: Wayne Wapeemukwa | Canada 2014 | 19:00

A full-time mother and part-time sex worker goes missing on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics. This narratively sophisticated and righteously angry commentary on social neglect is set against a backdrop of glib patriotism.

Still from Manic

Director: Brooks Hunter | Canada 2014 | 6:00

Director Brooks Hunter examines how he has transformed from being ashamed of his mental illness at 17 to now embracing and using it to shape the way he sees and shapes the world every day.

Still from The Auroratone Project

Directors: Various | Canada 2012 | 45:00

The Auroratone Project is a commission of original short films by experimental Canadian filmmakers set to the music of participating artists from POP Montreal’s 2012 roster. Auroratones were abstract musical films used in mental institutions and army hospitals after WWII as a means of soothing post-traumatic stress disorder and general mental disturbance, invented by film enthusiast Cecil Stokes who was continuing on nearly two centuries of previous pseudo-scientific attempts to correlate colour with musical notes. For The Auroratone Project, filmmakers Leslie Supnet (Manitoba), Emily Pelstring (Quebec), Jon Rafman (Quebec), Alex MacKenzie (BC), Walter Forsberg (Manitoba), Leslie Bell (Alberta), Jaimz Asmundson (Manitoba), Cheryl Hann (Nova Scotia), Tamara Scherbak (Quebec) and Sabrina Ratte (Quebec) were approached to create original abstract films guided by the principles of Cecil Stokes’ Auroratones. Music by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Julia Holter, Tim Hecker, Cresting, Doldrums and more.

Tickets are $12 and are available online or at the door.

Reel Asian Co-presentation: Rewind, Pause, Play

For the third consecutive year, we are very proud to be co-presenting a program of short films at the Reel Asian Film Festival. This programme, entitled Rewind, Pause, Play, is playing Monday November 10th at 1:00pm at AGO Jackman Hall. Here are some details about the films in the lineup:

Still from Rainy Days

Rainy Days

Director: Vladimir Leschiov | Canada/Latvia 2014 | 8:15

An elderly Japanese man boards a ferry bound for an unknown island. As he looks out over the water, the falling rain triggers a string of memories, including a childhood experience in Fukuoka.

Still from 100 Crushes: The Tie

100 Crushes: The Tie

Director: Elisha Lim | Canada 2014 | 2:00

A father’s gift makes his transgendered child feel loved. “There was such a lifetime of words that I wanted to say to my dad. Instead I just kept saying ‘Thank you’.”

Still from Kore Kara: From Now On

Kore Kara: From Now On

Director: Ivy Yukiko Oldford | Canada, Japan 2013 | 14:35 | Japanese with English subtitles

“Kore kara” is a Japanese phrase used when talking about aspirations and looking ahead to the future. This short film documents kids in post-tsunami Japan, as they look to the future despite the disaster of 2011.

Still from Tears of Inge

Tears of Inge

Director: Alisi Telengut | Canada 2013 | 4:21 | Mongolian with English subtitles

Based on a Mongolian nomadic story, the animation takes place after a camel mother abandons her child.

Still from Kudok


Directors: Cindy Mochizuki, Emma Hendrix | Canada 2012 | 5:30

A conversation with Lennox Johnston-Yu leads us to an imaginary monster by the name of Kudok. This short is taken from an interdisciplinary performance called Mörkö, directed by James Long.

Still from 1967: A People Kind of Place

1967: A People Kind of Place

Director: Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen | Canada 2012 | 20:00

The small community of St. Paul, located 300 km north east of Edmonton, inaugurated the world’s first UFO Landing Pad on June 3, 1967, as a symbolic welcome to the whole world and inter-galactic beings to Canada.

Still from Citrus Paradisi

Citrus Paradisi

Director: Han Han Li | China/Canada/USA 2013 | 11:00 | Cantonese with English subtitles

This animation-live action hybrid revolves around highly subjective and fragmented memories of lost neighbourhoods. Touching upon the problems of gentrification and forced deportation in the old Eastern District of Beijing, the film evokes a soft feeling of melancholia.

Still from A Story of Elusive Snow

A Story of Elusive Snow

Director: Minha Park | USA 2013 | 14:33 | Korean with English subtitles

This is a story of a woman who is looking for the snow that remind her of her motherland South Korea in Los Angeles. A personal essay film about artificial snow playfully explores our desire for illusion and magic.

Still from The Home Promised

The Home Promised

Director: Betty Xie | Canada 2014 | 20:00 | Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles

When residents in an old neighbourhood face eviction, they struggle to fight for relocation. Through this process, they find a home that they never knew they had. As an emerging filmmaker, Betty Xie believes that extraordinary stories are embedded in the everyday life of ordinary people, and she is on a life-long search for the extraordinary/ordinary.


Congratulations to the winner from our October 23rd screening who won tickets to this great programme. We hope you enjoy it! Tickets are just $12 ($10 for seniors and students) and are available online or at the door. As of the date of this post, the online tickets are sold out, but more tickets will be available at The Royal at 6 pm on Friday November 7th, or an hour before the screening on November 10th!

October 2014 Audience Award Winner

Still from Frida and Dingwall Talk About Love

Thanks to everyone who attended last night, and congratulations to Amika Cooper, who can add one more award to her trophy case for Frida and Dingwall Talk About Love. We’re looking forward to seeing your next project!

  1. Frida and Dingwall Talk About Love – 19 votes
  2. Ghost Train – 14 votes
  3. Butter Lamp – 11 votes
  4. Phoney War – 5 votes
  5. Spamorama – 3 votes
  6. Stewart – 2 votes
  7. Satellite Beach – 1 vote

(55 votes total)

Watch for our next screening in January 2015. More news here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

P.S. Some of the films we showed last night are available to watch (again) online. I’ll add the links in the previous post, too, but here are Frida and Dingwall Talk About Love and Spamorama for your enjoyment!