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By Posted on: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

SJIWFF Podcast Ep. 2: Penelope Smart on “Land of Mirrors: ongoing experiments in Newfoundland” and Her Vision for Eastern Edge Gallery


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.



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By Posted on: Monday, January 18th, 2016

Ann Shin on “My Enemy, My Brother”

Interview by Eva Crocker

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.


Ann Shin

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.


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