GAMA Screening February – April 2012

ORIGINALLY PROGRAMMED & POSTED FEBRUARY 2012
www.amaas.ca & www.epcorcentre.org
Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) – February 3 to April 29, 2012

Exposed: three films by John Price

EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is proud to partner with the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers to present a selection of films by John Price as part of the $100 Film Festival.

CSIF programmer, Melanie Wilmink curates three films from well‐known independent filmmaker John Price who has produced experimental documentaries, dance and diary films since 1986. Price works with a wide range of motion picture film techniques and camera formats to produce images that communicate a powerful subtext.“These works by John Price are magnetic,” says curator Melanie Wilmink. “Perhaps it is the beautiful photography, perfect compositions and frozen memories that draws us to his films, but I believe that the attraction is rooted in the way that Price collages those images together. Each of these films illustrates kids playing, hunters hunting, boats floating, or beachcombers enjoying the sun, but also innocence transformed through violence, isolation, and human impact on the environment. They are a childlike exploration of the world, through the eyes of the camera and its subjects, that sees everything as magical, dreamlike, and surprising.”

Join our reception celebrating GAMA and the $100 Film Festival on March 10, 2012:
Cafe Koi
#100, 1011 – 1st Street SW
Calgary, AB
10pm onwards

Film Selections
gun/play (2006) | 0:08:45 | sound
After shooting a strange episode that occurred spontaneously on a secluded beach, I realized that there were two other rolls shot years earlier that might work as a triptych. A subconscious reaction to the escalating gun violence in the city.

sea series #7 (2010) | 0:03:39 | silent
Watching a ferry disappear into the horizon on a frigid winter day.

sea series #10 (2011) | 0:10:00 | silent
According to a group of Christian fundamentalists in the US, on May 21, 2011 Jesus would return to earth and the hand of God would reach down and gather his ‘chosen ones’ up to heaven. The rest of us were supposed to perish in an apocalypse of fire and flooding. I thought that the beach might be a good spot to witness the spectacle. Shot in an afternoon at the Pickering nuclear generating station outside of Toronto and processed in part with water derived from the lake, the film was inspired (or provoked) by reports of what had happened across the sea.

Artist Biography: John Price
John Price is an independent filmmaker who has produced experimental documentaries, dance and diary films since 1986. His love of analog photography led naturally to extensive alchemical experimentation with a wide range of motion picture film emulsions and camera formats. Engagement with these modes of creation connected the way an images texture communicates subtext and is a key feature of his work and the work he shoots for others.www.filmdiary.org

Curator Biography: Melanie Wilmink
Melanie Wilmink is the Programming Coordinator for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and $100 Film Festival. She received a BFA from the University of Calgary and has worked with various arts groups in a variety of mediums over the past few years, with a specific, addictive, leaning towards handmade analogue formats like film,photography and printmaking.

Location: On EPCOR CENTRE’s three video monitors:

+15 near CKUA; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
Near Baraka Café and the stained glass window

The Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) is an initiative to provide support and ongoing prominent screening space for Alberta media artists and curators. A special thank you to the following organizations for their support: Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society and Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.

CSIF & the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of:
the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society
Calgary Arts Development
the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Canada Council for the Arts
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society

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