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ArtDox

Above production still from FIG TREES (John Greyson / Canada / 2009 / 104')

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

While documentary is in itself an art form, often called "informational art," documentaries that focus on other art forms or artists working in various art milieus are uniquely positioned as works that examine art via art.

In recent years many such "art docs" have been produced in Canada, yet these films and videos remain mostly relegated to specialized festivals or special sections within festivals - ultimately diminishing their audience reach and their impact toward an understanding, appreciation and support of independent media arts and visual arts in Canada and elsewhere.

Outside of a short-lived festival circuit and inclusion within the academic spaces of cinema and art classes, a film like Marielle Nitoslawska’s Breaking the Frame, for instance, has a limited public presence. Other works that celebrate "activist artists" like ART IN ACTION (Magnus Isacsson and Simon Bujold) do not even enjoy much of a festival run, and outside of grassroots and activist screening initiatives, face equal limitations when making their presence felt in the social imaginary.

Yet Canada is also bestowed with a vibrant and robust network of art galleries, artist-run centres and art spaces that exhibit every kind of art all year round, from coast to coast to coast. While some of these spaces do show film and video installations, experience suggests that there is a disconnect where documentary is concerned.

Documentary was traditionally thought to only have resonance on television, but feature-length documentaries at commercial cinemas and film festivals have shown that there is a demand outside of broadcast media for the genre. Cinema Politica strives to offer an alternative network to commercial, broadcast and festival dissemination models, by showing film and video outside of this system, usually at campuses and at alternative community venues. One option we have only recently considered and that we have determined is an overlooked space for the genre, is galleries and art spaces in Canada.

To grow appreciation and support for non-fiction media arts, through our ArtDox program we work with several galleries across Canada to both screen and collaborate on community screenings of documentaries about art or artists. We are also enlisting the support of campus art and cinema departments in order to help publicize the screenings, and to help get arts students out to attend events.

Finally, we are working with galleries and art space organizers as well as artists to organize artists talks around the screenings.

ARTDOX PROGRAM 2013-2014        

boneBONE WIND FIRE
A film that captures the view through the artists' eyes.                                                                                                                                             

gazaBORN IN GAZA
A poetic, visually stunning tribute to the children who work, play, dream and survive in the world's largest open air prison.

breakingBREAKING THE FRAME
A critical meditation on the relation of art to the physical, domestic and conceptual aspects of daily life and on the attributes of memory.

dressA DRESS REHEARSAL FOR AN EXECUTION
A look at the role of documentary photography as art form and as social commentary.                                                                  

casaEN LA CASA, LA CAMA, Y LA CALLE
This inspiring doc follows a Nicaraguan womens' rights group, Puntos de Encuentro, as it works to end sexual violence at home, in bed and in the streets.

fatherFATHER
An award-winning, stunning mixed animation film about the complex and troubling relationship between child and father.

insurgenceINSURGENCE
A collective interpretation of Quebec's Maple Spring, this super-charged doc will have you reaching for your red square and gas mask. 

KrebKREB
An animation that mixes industrial detritus with everyday despair, delivering a story of eventual escape and redemption.

ma vieMA VIE RÉELLE
Drugs, delinquency, dysfunctional families, abandonment, poverty: "real life" is tough for young people in Montréal-Nord.

marsMARS AT SUNRISE
A stunning work of political fiction inspired by the real-life of a Palestinian artist.                                                  

overOVER MY DEAD BODY
A portrait of an artist facing death told through his danceworks, beautifully composed images, scenes from the hospital and operating room, interviews and text.

she saidSHE SAID BOOM: THE STORY OF FIFTH COLUMN
Uniting music, film and zine culture to challenge conventional art practice, gender roles and femininity.

solSOL
A quiet meditation on the devastation of Inuit suicide, SOL manages to confront the legacy of colonization and demands justice for Canada's Indigenous peoples.

suzy lakeSUZY LAKE: PLAYING WITH TIME
An inspiring documentary on photography Suzy, one of the foundational feminist artists to evolve out of the heyday of the 1960's.

StereotypeTHIS IS A STEREOTYPE
A film project motivated from an art exhibition by Cannupa Hanska Luger about the various misconceptions of the Native American.

timetravellerTIMETRAVELLER
This project re-orients the subjectivity of indigenous lived experience & fantasy through movie-making in a virtual environment. 

 

THE PARTNERS

The ArtDox program is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts & Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec.

ccaTHE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
canadacouncil.ca
The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated and circus arts – fostering and promoting the arts in Canada since 1957.

 CALC LogoLE CONSEIL DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES DU QUÉBEC
calq.gouv.qc.ca

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec supports, throughout Québec, creation, experimentation, production and dissemination in the realms of the visual arts, the arts and crafts, literature, the performing arts, the multidisciplinary arts, cinema and video, the digital arts and architectural research. The Conseil also seeks to broaden the influence of artists, writers, arts organizations and their works in Québec, Canada and abroad.

screenings

Thursday
Mar 12
06:30 pm
Hernán Zin / ES / 2014 / 65 '
A poetic, visually stunning tribute to the children who work, play, dream and survive in the world's largest open air prison.
Monday
Mar 09
07:00 pm
Hernán Zin / ES / 2014 / 65 '
A poetic, visually stunning tribute to the children who work, play, dream and survive in the world's largest open air prison.
Tuesday
Mar 03
06:00 pm
Hernán Zin / ES / 2014 / 65 '
A poetic, visually stunning tribute to the children who work, play, dream and survive in the world's largest open air prison.
Friday
Nov 21
07:00 pm
Sol
Susan Avingaq & Marie-Hélène Cousineau / CA / 2014 / 76 '
A quiet meditation on the devastation of Inuit suicide, SOL confronts the legacy of colonization and urgently demands justice for Canada's Indigenous Peoples.
Wednesday
Mar 05
05:30 pm
Groupe d'action en cinéma Épopée / CA / 2013 / 137 '
A collective interpretation of Quebec's Maple Spring, this super-charged doc will have you reaching for your red square and gas mask.
 

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