For this episode of the SJIWFF Podcast we talked to Amanda Bulman about her recent WIFT-Atlantic and PUnk Films 1K Wave Award win and film the award will allow her to make. Amanda’s film is a documentary that looks at reasons people stop making art and what it takes to get them back into practising their craft after a hiatus. In this podcast she also talks about how she began doing stand up comedy and her experience of the thriving comedy scene here in St. John’s.
TW: Rape, Sexual Violence Towards the end of this episode we talk about Rape is Real and Everywhere, A Comedy Show, a show where stand up comedians who are also rape survivors talk about their experiences of sexual violence.
FRAMED West film making camp is underway in Corner Brook this week!
The camp is being led by award-winning filmmaker Allison White, who was selected by Film Market Access (FMA) and First Weekend Club (FWC) as the winner of an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Festival de Cannes /Marché du Film to present her current production project. White will be heading to Cannes days after the camp wraps up, you can read more about her win here.
Camp participants will film “Good Grief” a new comedic short film, written by Emily Bridger.
The film will play this Saturday, April 30th at the Theatre at Grenfell at 7:00pm, the event will also be the launch SJIWFF’s 2016 Films On The Go Tour.
In celebration of National Canadian Film Day, The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF), the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (NIFCO) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are partnering to show the feature length documentary Ninth Floor and the animated short film If I Was God.
Mina Shum , director of Ninth Floor, will be Skyped in for a Q&A after the film.
Director: Mina Shum
Run time: 1h 21 min
In 1969, to protest the administration’s mishandling of racist accusations towards a professor, students at Sir George Williams University occupied a ninth floor computer lab.
If I Was God
Animator: Cordell Barker
Run time: 8 mins
In this short animated film, a Grade 7 boy’s mind starts to wander while dissecting a frog in Biology class. What would you do if you suddenly found yourself charged with God-like powers? Would you use them for good? For bad? Perhaps a little of both? The possibilities seem endless. Oh to have the power to toy with life and death, to create monsters who can punish those who torment him daily, or better yet, to create that one perfect day with Lily, the love of his 12-year-old life!
If I Was God is the latest offering from two-time Oscar®-nominated animator (The Cat Came Back, Strange Invaders) and long-time NFB collaborator Cordell Barker.
For this episode of the SJIWFF Podcast we spoke to Renee Sharpe about an event called Band Off that she put together. Band Off was invitation to people who haven’t felt encouraged to pick up an instrument and make loud music to do just that. Band Off was also an opportunity for people who’ve been in punk bands forever and have access to gear to help make room on stage for marginalized people.
Renee hosted a potluck where people put their names in a hat and were randomly placed in bands. The bands had two weeks to learn two covers and write one original song. Two weeks later the bands played a show at Renee’s house which was recorded by Elling Lien from Unpossible.
Renee and Unpossible are collaborating to put together another Band Off and everyone is invited. Names will be drawn on May 13th, 2016 at a potluck at Eastern Edge Gallery.
Follow the link for more information about the next Band Off:
At the beginning and end of this episode you hear the band Uptight, featuring Jess Barry, Catherine Roberge, Colin Moore and Robin Follett, playing the Band Off show.
I spoke to Daze Jefferies about her found poetry, experimental music and visual art.
Daze also talked about how feminism infiltrates every aspect of her life, how despite the diverse range of trans experiences certain types of trans narratives are more visible than others and the importance of creating a queer and trans archive in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Follow the link to read Daze’s Poetry:
Image by Daze Jefferies.
Intro music is a sample of “Yours for a While” by PMS & The Mood Swings.
I spoke to Heather Jarvis and Laura Winters about the Safe Harbour Outreach Project and issues that effect sex workers in Newfoundland.
We talked about the difference between sex work and sex trafficking and the danger of conflating the two, as well as some of the ways that stigma around sex work is perpetuated and the diverse ways it impacts people’s lives in our province. Heather and Laura also unpacked laws around sex work in Canada and explained why we need to advocate for a legal system that focuses on harm reduction.
Photography by Chloe Edbrooke. Drawing of Inner Hebridean island by Penelope Smart.
We spoke to Penelope Smart, the new director of Eastern Edge Gallery about what it means to be a curator in an artist run space, the history of Eastern Edge and what excites her about contemporary art, including Eastern Edge’s current exhibit, “Land of Mirrors: ongoing experiments in Newfoundland”.
The show features work by Michael Flaherty, Will Gill, Philippa Jones, Jerry Ropson and Jason Wells. In this interview Penelope talks about how each of these artists explores the idea of Newfoundland imaginary.
“Land of Mirrors: ongoing experiments in Newfoundland” opened on January 23rd and will be up until March 2nd.
Ann Shin’s short documentary, “My Enemy, My Brother” which was shortlisted for an Oscar, screened at the 26th annual SJIWFF this past October. I spoke to her about the remarkable story behind her film, the challenges of telling the past in the documentary genre and webseries as a vehicle for opening-up the filmmaking process to the viewer.
SJWIFF: Could you tell me a bit about “My Enemy, My Brother”?
AS: “My Enemy, My Brother” is a film about two regular guys from Iran and Iraq who get caught up in events out of their control, their countries go to war and they are conscripted. One is a thirteen year old soldier, a child soldier and the other is eighteen or nineteen. They happen to meet on the battlefield and the child soldier risks his life to save other soldier even though they are enemies. By a twist of fate they meet again in Canada, decades later, under unlikely circumstances.
Ruth Lawrence directed and co-wrote “Buy the Boards”, a comedic webseries about a board shop. I talked to her about making her first webseries, writing with her son and filming “Buy the Boards” during Dark NL.