I cannot properly express how proud I am of this year’s selections. It’s been rough getting Eye Myth off the ground for the new season but when in doubt, we looked to our selections and thought, “the work speaks for itself”. Each one of these films seeks an identifiable yet deeply personal truth and each one has wrought their human compulsion with deep beauty and transcendent imagery. From the simple figure of Tanin Torabi gliding through Tehran in The Dérive, to the frightening, flashing play of colour in Eva Depoorter’s Belgiac, each work is its own island of truth.
To understand truth within yourself is to come into the nightmare of self-consciousness.
It is the experience of naked fear, and of exposure. That exposure is what the conscientious artist seeks and harnesses. They use it to conquer the unknown within themselves.
Our complete fest schedule will be available in the coming days.
Eye Myth Art + Experimental Film Fest will take place on March 30th, 2018 at Double Double Land in Toronto, Canada. Show starts at 7:30pm.
Belgiac – Eve Depoorter – 13 minutes and 9 seconds
A visceral slash and cut of pulsating imagery typifies Belgiac: a film about what happens when nostalgia overwhelms rationality.
Colors Inside – Ulya Aviral – 7 minutes and 23 Seconds
Triggered by an unnamed trauma, a young woman experiences a fantasia of nightmares and hallucinations in the supposed safety of her childhood bedroom.
Voyeur/Exhibitionist – Jae Woo Kang – 12 minutes and 16 seconds
A visually stunning exploration of how the relationship between voyeur and exhibitionist is expressed through both individual experience and the medium of film.
The Dérive – Tanin Torabi – 7 minutes and 39 seconds.
A piece of elegant rebellion from Iran: a young woman dances gently through an old bazaar in Tehran in one continuous shot.
Moving Pictures – James Mor – 8 minutes and 14 seconds
Quirky visuals abound in this short where an artist suddenly finds his work has gotten away from him… literally.
I Can Hurt Myself, I Can Accomplish Things – Aniello De Angelis/Thomas David Lloyd – 23 minutes and 24 seconds.
Sweet, funny, silly, and self-reflexive, this film reinvents the old tropes of the romantic break-up story in surprising ways.
New York as Nightmare – Philip Brubaker – 10 minutes
A video essay exploring the changing ways New York is portrayed on film, reflective of Giuliani-era reforms.
Prism – Jillian Noyes – 2 minutes
Inspired by our favourite artist, Stan Brakage, Prism deals in the realm of light. Fractals sway and flicker as image cohesion dissolves into an abstract play of colour light, and shadow.
Paris Suite – Chris Rall – 6 minutes and 54 seconds
As mesmerizing as it is abstruse, Paris Suite is a decidedly loud and vivacious work that moves seamlessly between electronic abstraction, and nostalgic representation.
Johnny on the Moon – Eva Irving – 30 minutes
Two young men escape into their imaginations in the wilderness of Northern Ontario,
but with the passing of time, the lines between reality and make-believe blur together, and the boys are confronted with unspeakable memories.
Episodes – Joshua Achatz – 18 minutes and 49 seconds
A deeply felt and hard wrought exploration of mental illness, and profound heartache, Episodes grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go.
Menarche – Guilherme Candido – 17 minutes and 30 seconds
Imagination takes over when a little girl is forced to stay inside her family home in this gentle film from Brazil.
Portuguese with English subtitles
Gills – Jaimie Kim – 1 minute and 42 Seconds
Extremely short yet affecting, Gills uses 16mm film to express the yearning for physical touch that accompanies the death of a loved one.