CineVic Screening @ VFF
February 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm$13.33
CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers is pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the Victoria Film Festival. Please join us for a presentation of local short film highlights from our programming over the past year, including: Film Slam, One Take Super 8 Event, CINE⚡SPARK, and our own Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival.
OUR CHANGING WORLDS
Steven Thomas Davies | 2020 | Victoria | 9 minutes
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tla’amin host Michelle Washington collects Indigenous wisdom and perspectives of pandemics via split screen video conferencing. Screened at Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival 2021.
Steven Thomas Davies is a Coast Salish (Snuneymuxw/European-Canadian) filmmaker who was born and raised in the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking Peoples (now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt), W̱SÁNEĆ, and the Salish Sea. He makes films and media art that centre spiritual, cultural, and political themes, to reconnect with Indigenous histories and epistemologies to educate himself and share with others.
FINDING THE BALANCE
Steve Sxwithul’txw | 2020 | Victoria | 15 minutes
First Nations on southern Vancouver Island are working to protect their territorial waters, and these young divers are leading the way. Screened at Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival 2021.
Steve Sxwithul’txw is a proud member of the Penelakut Tribe located just off Vancouver Island Canada, but was raised in the Cowichan Valley by his mother along with five siblings. Steve’s first short film was called Leave it on the Water, which screened at Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival in 2019. He is currently directing & producing his own series called Tribal Police Files which is now on its third season on APTN, and he is also the lead for the development of the Indigenous Walk of Fame which will honour excellence in the genres of TV, Film, Arts, Music and Sports and will be located in the City of Victoria.
3 OUT OF 9
Ian Sebelius | 2021 | Victoria | 3 minutes
A collage of moving images documenting a family get-together to celebrate Charene Sebelius’s birthday. Created for the One Take Super 8 Event 2021.
Ian Sebelius has a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Mexico City’s UAM-Xochimilco. He has worked as a video editor and videographer for TV channels and also as a freelancer. He is currently working on @efecto-tv and efectotv.net
Kemi Craig & Joshua Ngenda | 2021 | Victoria | 3 minutes
Pop! is a short film that explores the space of anticipation, amplifying the connections between the experiences of the bodies onscreen and the physical responses to the bodies of those in the audience. Created for the One Take Super 8 Event 2021.
Kemi Craig is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in the traditional Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories. A woman of African descent raised in the Cherokee and Catawba Territories, her work centers on experiences of raced and gendered bodies using movement, film, video, found materials and storytelling. In her work she embeds community engagement and critical spectatorship to explore how we shape and interpret narratives that inform our past, present and future.
Born in Secwépemc territory and raised between Bassa territory in suburban Liberia and Coast Salish territory in Southern British Columbia, Joshua Ngenda is a self-taught artist of Kissi, Kpelle, and mixed settler-European ancestry. Practicing mainly in analogue photography, his work blends street, portrait, and experimental forms. He currently calls home the unceded territories of the WSÁNEĆ and the Lekwungen speaking peoples of southern Vancouver Island.
ᒥᑭᓯᑲᐦᑕ :: mikisikahta :: BEAD IT
Eli Hirtle | 2021 | Victoria | 3 minutes
An exploration of nêhiyaw beadwork practices through connections to body, land, and spirit. Filmed on the lands of the lək̓ʷəŋən people. Music by Matthew Cardinal. Created for the One Take Super 8 Event 2021.
Eli Hirtle is a nêhiyaw(Cree)/British/German filmmaker, beadworker, youth mentor and curator based on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, BC, Canada. His practice involves making films about Indigenous cultural resurgence and language revitalization, as well as investigating his nêhiyaw identity through beadwork. Current areas of interest are learning how to speak his ancestral language of nêhiyawêwin and mentoring emerging Indigenous artists.
Michelle Frey | 2021 | Victoria | 3 minutes
A sketch, an experiment of sorts, unfettered…a river. Embracing flux, chaos and unpredictability. Created for the One Take Super 8 Event 2021.
Michelle Frey is an audio director/sound designer/ and VO artist exploring filmmaking, photography and experimental film under “a Penny Fish Production”. Upstream is her third experimental film. She is currently writing a, not so experimental sci-fi adventure series.
Suzanne Moreau | 2021 | Victoria | 3 minutes
A cross between a home cat video and the musical Cats!. Think ‘Victor, Victoria’ fluidity but for cats — people playing cats playing people playing cats — with a cameo by a cat playing a cat. Created for the One Take Super 8 Event 2021.
Emerging filmmaker Suzanne Moreau has wrangled cats and herded humans in film since taking CineVic’s Incubators program, where she was mentored by independent film experts in all aspects of the art – screenwriting through cinematography through distribution. Since then she produced, assistant directed and/or costume- or set-designed six other indie filmmakers’ short films; and written, designed, directed, and produced three of her own short films. Her script Blood Buddies was selected for the Top 5 Pitch Event for CINESPARK 2021, the screenplay section of Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival. The bitter-sweet coming of age film was produced in summer 2021 and is currently in post-production to be released in 2022.
Jim Knox | 2020 | Victoria | 14 minutes
A woman with Down syndrome goes looking for her brother — the condition she finds him in, and her attempt to help him, make her question what words like ‘home’ and ‘care’ really mean. Screened at Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival 2020.
30 years ago, Jim Knox was offered the day off from school if he’d volunteer at the Special Olympics. He is now the writer and director of Bubba Lou.
JACK BE QUICK
Sarah Nicole Faucher | 2020| Victoria | 4 minutes
A hired killer waits to meet his client for an assignment only to discover, too late, that he is the intended target for past wrongs. Screened at Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival 2021.
As a hearing-impaired child, Sarah Nicole Faucher gained invaluable insights into the human condition as she lip-read her parents’ conversations who were involved with Canadian Military Intelligence during the Cold War. This is her very first short film.
Deanna Milligan | 2020 | Victoria | 16 minutes
A 1990s art student digs deep to find her true artistic voice, expressing it in a bizarre and gory way, shocking and delighting those who underestimated her talents. CINE⚡️SPARK 2019 winning pitch by writer Claire Robertson; Audience Choice award winner at Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival 2021.
Deanna Milligan is an award-winning actress and filmmaker with over 25 years of experience in the film industry. She produced the narrative short film Do We Leave This Here which screened at VIFF, NWFF, Glasgow Short Film Festival, and Dead Centre. Her first short film Cascadia screened at the Lucid Dreams Festival and Sick Chicks Flicks. Deanna created the documentary web series Hands On which explores women artists who work with their hands. Her short film Snug premiered at the YIFF in 2019.
Anik Desmarais-Spencer & Sonya Chwyl | 2021 | Victoria | 4 minutes
A young man rents out a boat to a series of eccentric strangers. Created in 48 hours for Film Slam 2021; selected for The 48 Film Fest screening in 2022 in Toronto.
Sonya Chwyl and Anik Desmarais-Spencer have been writing and directing together since 2019 when they made their first short Baby Teeth. Based out of Victoria, BC, they have worked in a variety of roles on set, most often as a creative team.
HAIR TODAY, GREY TOMORROW
Clayton Neuwirth, Octavian Kaul, Eric Yue, Lance Birley | 2021 | Victoria | 4 minutes
A man must come to grips with the physical effects of aging. Created in 48 hours for Film Slam 2021; selected for The 48 Film Fest screening in 2022 in Toronto.