For six young filmmakers, the culmination of four years of undergraduate study at NSCAD University gets projected on the big screen Monday night, April 20th.
“It’s been so busy and stressful. We’ve all practically been living at the Academy Building,” says Daniel Crowther, a graduating NSCAD student originally from Aurora, ON. “It just builds and builds as the semester ends.”
The NSCAD Film Screening is a double bill, starting with the thesis films by six fourth-year students and one master’s student, and continuing with the shorts by Film 1 +2 (third-year) students.
All the students take their lead on their own projects, but rely on the other students to assist them—a true collaborative experience.
“We get a very intimate, hands-on knowledge of every area of filmmaking. We direct one film, but may shoot someone else’s project or do sound,” explains Daniel, who has plans to move to British Columbia following graduation, and apply for his master’s degree in film. “You get very, very close with your classmates, so the screening will be a celebration but difficult at the same time.”
It’s a big night too for Sol Nagler, one of their professors.
“The thesis films this year are very mature. There are some quiet films here mixed in with a few comedies. Each film definitely is an expression of a unique voice and technically they’re all quite beautiful,” says Prof. Nagler. “I’m very proud of what they’ve done.”
NSCAD Film Screening Night. Monday, April 20 at Park
Lane Cinemas. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Thesis films at 6 p.m., Film 1 + 2
at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation at the door is $10 or $15 for both.
With appreciation to Telefilm Canada, Cineplex Entertainment, and Film
& Creative Industries Nova Scotia for making this screening
Cahun & Moore: Unframed by Sam Decoste (MFA 2015)
Cahun & Moore: Unframed offers a brief glimpse into the activism of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. Animated sequences along three gallery walls depict these two artists preparing the “poem-missives” they covertly distributed to German soldiers during WWII. Along the back wall of one projection Cahun’s multiple self-representations question accepted categories of gender identity and reveal the self as a series of constructions.
|Still from Daniel Crowther's 37:7. |
37:7 by Daniel John Crowther (BFA 2015)
A gritty nocturnal portrait of the impenetrability of the self during times of intimacy and destitution.
|Still from Keith Whyte's Salt Stains.|
Salt Stains by Keith Whyte (BFA 2015)
Ethan, a young man fed up with life in the city packs up and leaves to live with his cousin on the coast. Upon arrival Ethan meets an older fisherman who reluctantly takes him back to his grief stricken home, where they are still mourning the loss of a son lost at sea. Confronting their isolation, the two learn to face the ghosts of their past.
Gurney for Two by Haley Durkee (BFA 2015)
Eighteen-year-old Rachel has just moved to a new city to start university. It happens to be the same city in which her older sister Erin resides, and the pair plans to reunite over dinner. Erin’s sort-of-ex-boyfriend returns from abroad, Rachel’s soon-to-be-ex-friend gets croissant-level flaky, the sisters’ rare health conditions start spiraling out of control, and suddenly a simple meal becomes impossible to put together. Gurney for Two deals with interpersonal relationships, invisible disabilities, and coming of age through the female perspective.
|Still from Isabelle Weetaluktuk's Dérive.|
by Isabella Rose Mary Rowan Weetaluktuk (BFA 2015)
Dérive is a psycho-geographical phenomena. If you let yourself wander in the street, the architecture of the streets and city will guide your way. One might follow a subtle street curve, or avoid a set of stairs. But how might those who occupy the streets change your adventure?
A Country Surrounds Us by Geoffrey Vincent (BFA 2015)
Frankie visits her Grandma who lives alone outside of the city. As both struggle to transition into new phases in their lives, they experience difficulty connecting with each other while trying to manage their separate anxieties.
|Still from Megin Peake's Rowan.|
by Megin Peake (BFA 2015)
This film explores the irrational way we sometimes hold onto our past fears. These fears can begin to become part of our identity, so that we have trouble letting go of them, preventing us from developing as people. In Rowan, one person faces her fear of the sea and all its vastness. We travel with her in a poetic journey as she finds the courage to her fears and eventually become one with the ocean.
- Alia by Raghed Charabaty
Haunted by the memory of civil war, an old Lebanese man revisits the last few moments of a fateful bus ride that leads up to the murder of his beloved.
- Rails of Confide by Lauren Dial
An engaged couple is reunited with an old friend while aboard a lost train in the middle of nowhere. Through secrecy and confession, the three friends soon to realize their discontentment with their lives but hesitate when come time to admit their true feelings.
- Arty by Nathan Boone
Life. Death. Comic Books. The story of Arthur Lawrence Greenberg.
- A Relic Doctor by Devon Thomson
Martin Borya is driven mad by remnants of a lost technology. His daughter, afraid for him, implores a passing Relic Doctor to help. If Martin cannot be cured, he risks fading from the world entirely.
- Soar by Megan Dockrill
A process based film that concentrates on the method and practice of filmmaking through experimentation of subject matter. It is a way of documenting how a class works together when tasked with a project, while using flying in the subconscious as a metaphor for our
success or failure as a group.
- Shoreline by Yalitsa Riden
"Go on, I'll be right here."