"The Time That Remains" will be shown at Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (Soda_Jerk)
Underground film is independent, experimental and edgy.
The first-ever Winnipeg Underground Film Festival runs this weekend, and it feels like a natural fit for a city that produces its fair share of avant-garde filmmakers.
Organized by Open City Cinema, the three-day fest offers some beautiful, boundary-busting, what-the-hell-was-that work.
● There are short films, and then there are the entries in the <90 Second program. 70 micro videos and films will explore just how much cinematic energy can be packed into a minute and a half.
● While there is a ton of local talent at WUFF, the festival also brings in national and international video and film, including programs of work by Montreal media artist Sabrina Ratté, San Francisco filmmaker Paul Clipson, and Jess McLean, an artist based in Iowa City.
There's a roundup of wild, weird experimental animation (which features global animators as well as local stars Mike Maryniuk and Leslie Supnet) and a screening of the award-winning underground feature film Two Years at Sea by U.K.-based Ben Rivers.
● Also expect some multimedia stuff, including live collaborative performances by Solar Coffin and Ghost Twin, and a VHS dance party with DJ Rob Vilar and DJ Rhayne Vermette (who are both active in the film community).
● What really grabbed me was the Cinema Studies program.
I got a sneak peak at these subversive found-footage remixes, which use digital technology, film theory and a robust testing of the "fair use" principle to comment on the values of Hollywood movies and mainstream pop culture. (Think of them as brainiac versions of those ever-popular YouTube movie mash-ups.)
San Francisco-based Bryan Boyce wittily imagines Taxi Driver by way of Walt Disney. His mock trailer, which receives a joking MPAA rating of "Wholesomely Disturbing," combines Scorsese's seamy sex and violence with Disney's woodland creatures and general jollity. The effect is funny but also strangely unsettling: You'll never see Steamboat Willie the same way again.