The Vanishing selected for the Short Film Festival of Biodiversity in Porto Real, Portugal

I’m happy to announce that my experimental short The Vanishing has been selected for the inaugural Short Film Festival of Biodiversity in Porto Real, Portugal.  The main purpose of the Short Film Festival of Biodiversity is the “promotion and diffusion of natural ecosystems and biological heritage through cinematographic and audio-visual works selected according to quality criteria.”

An Accident of Being selected for the 2017 Roma DOC Film Festival & the Beijing International Short Film Festival

I’m very happy to announce that my short experimental film An Accident of Being has been selected for this year’s Roma Cinema DOC in October 2017 & the Beijing International Short Film Festival  in November 2017.

Why am I here rather than there, this rather than that? An accident of being makes me human and not the blind gelatinous subjectivity of the jellyfish. Human mentality is archeological; way down below the level of consciousness, in the deep blackness of the reptilian past, no traces of our coming into being remain. Yet, in ways beyond my knowing we are all, as Freud suggested, jellyfish propelling ourselves onward into death, whether human, sea creature, bird, insect, or plant. Death is inevitable; but not yet. In the meantime, our lives are holy, blessed, beautiful, whether we are human or more-than-human.

Roma Cinema DOC is a monthly film festival based in Italy that features the best short films, documentaries, and web series from around the world. Every month, Judges award the best films of each category. Every winner is given the distinction of an Official Finalist of the annual event in which Judges and Audience will award the best films of each category. The 2nd Roma Cinema DOC event will take place in October 2017.

2017 Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition

I’m delighted to announce that my short experimental film The Vanishing was selected as a semi-finalist at the 2017 Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Held in October and November 2017, the Kaohsiung International Short Film Competition is dedicated to discover new filmmakers and to enhance cultural exchanges through short films.

The Vanishing is a short experimental art film whose theme is the extinction and disappearance of bird species. The film is not a documentary, but a metaphorical imagining of the vanishing of birds worldwide. It opens with swirling clouds and a white sun rising over a stark mountain landscape; the sky blackens, then we see treetops, clouds behind, and two suns, a black one rising and a golden one setting.

Next, a lightning storm, and small birds twittering and flying in tree branches as the sun moves past. All of this is somewhat abstract; viewers can identify these things but they are all strange-looking and somewhat eerie – the mood is one of disquiet and slight anxiousness. The film ends in a void, with fire and smoke drifting across the screen.

60 Seconds or Less Video Festival

I’m very happy to announce that my film The Fire Ceremony II: Metamorphosis has been selected for the 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival in Maryland, US.

60 Seconds or Less…and now more! In addition to showcasing great works that are 60 seconds or less, this year the Festival is also screening short films that are longer than 60 seconds, but no longer than 30 minutes. The 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival embraces short-form videos in all genres. Sponsored by Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, the festival offers awards and screening opportunities for an international audience.

Quantum Dreaming selected for the Roma Cinema DOC

I’m very happy to announce that my short film Quantum Dreaming has been selected for the 2017 Roma Cinema DOC, a monthly film festival based in Italy featuring the best short films, documentaries, and web series from around the world. Every month, Judges award the best films in each category. Every winner is given the distinction of Official Finalist in the annual festival event which will take place October 2017 at Cine Detour, Via Urbana, 107, 00184 Rome.

Awash a Semi-Finalist at El Ojo Cojo International Film Fest in Madrid

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My film Awash has been selected as a Semi-Finalist at El Ojo Cojo International Film Fest in Madrid from Nov 4 – 12, 2016. El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival showcases fiction, documentaries and animation shorts and full-length films, in order to promote intercultural dialogue, featuring quality films that are not usually in the Spanish commercial market, and “raising awareness of the various facets of reality, trying not to fall into clichés.”

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Soundtrack Hydroscope by Gallery Six, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial- Share Alike 4.0 International License. Remixed Lisa MacLean.

The Fire Ceremony II: Metamorphosis Semi-Finalist at the Best Short Fest

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My film The Fire Ceremony II: Metamorphosis, with soundtrack When I Die feat. michael dent (Youth “Don’t Feed the Trolls Rainbow mix”), by Jeremy Gluck and Michael Dent, remixed L. MacLean, licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License, has been selected as a Semi-Finalist at the Best Short Fest in Lanark County, Ontario.

BEST SHORT FEST is proud to bring the world’s best short films to the big screen at the historic community theatre in Lanark County, Ontario – less than an hour from Ottawa, and the United States (New York state), and 3.5 hours drive from Toronto.

After over 30 years as a live performance venue, since 2003 the theatre has regularly screened the best international films in partnership with the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, and BEST SHORT FEST continues this tradition, showcasing the talents of independent filmmakers from far and wide.

See the trailer here.

Awash at the TrixXxieFest Film Festival

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Update:  “Awash” opens this year’s TrixXxieFest. The film opened the festival and was very well received by the audience. There were many photographers in attendance and the video was much discussed at the reception. See more here: https://roles4women.com/

I’m happy to have my short film Awash presented at the 2016 TrixXxieFest Film Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Soundtrack Hydroscope by Gallery Six, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial- Share Alike 4.0 International License. Remixed Lisa MacLean.

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Awash is part of a series entitled Urban Pastoral focusing on Vancouver’s seaside landscapes. In this work my interest is in the ways pastoral green spaces such as parks, gardens, nature walks, forest preserves, and others reconnect humans with nature and how such spaces might change with global climate change, high waters, and heat. A constellation of forces, including economic pressures, rising sea levels, extreme weather, and shoreline erosion, is affecting coastal areas worldwide. In Vancouver, the consequences of these changes for our society are beginning to register in the collective consciousness with recent reports that our city is one of the top ten around the world threatened by high waters.

We begin along Vancouver’s foreshore beaches, where people play and relax. Gradually the waters rise and waves swamp the picnicking and play areas; the inundation begins and fires flare. Alien creatures appear in our waters. The video ends with us swimming with the fishes through a tropical kelp forest.

The video’s unnatural coloration and technological processes (such as infrared photography) suggest our mutating relationship with nature and its consequences. Images of natural beauty console us that everything we love about our everyday environment is not being lost, while the slight psychic dislocation caused by the technological interventions – curious colour palette and image inversions – hints at decay and dissolution.

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TrixXxieFest is a pop-up Festival featuring short films, videos and performances to inspire, challenge and amuse – powerful voices from around the world and here at home. This year’s festival is happening from Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th, 2016 at The Cox and Palmer Second Space at the LSPU Hall in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland. The weekend will be a jam-packed two days of live performances, installations, screenings, parties and a punk rock show. This year’s event features an International program of film and video shorts highlighting experimental video, film-making, animation, and short documentary.

See the schedule here.

Read more about the festival here.