CineSiege 2005

October 25, 2005
The Bloor Cinema – Toronto

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CineSiege 2005 is a juried showcase screening of outstanding productions of 2004-2005 by talented young filmmakers in AMPD’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts.

cinesiege2005The program will feature seven short films: riveting dramas, cutting-edge experimental works and provocative documentaries, selected by five external jurors. The CineSiege picks were chosen from a shortlist of 22 productions, which were in turn nominated from the overall pool of 179 films made at York in 2004-05. Jurors will be on hand to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

Jurors:

Kevin McMahon, documentary filmmaker; co-founder, Primitive Entertainment
Emily Morgan, VP Programming, Alliance Atlantis
Ingrid Randoja, movie critic; deputy editor, Famous
Lisa Steele, new media and video artist Sudz Sutherland, filmmaker

Program total running time: 150 min.

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of Cine Space Film Studios

Jury

Kevin McMahon

Kevin McMahon

Over the past decade, Kevin McMahon has built a reputation as one of Canada’s finest documentary directors and writers. A co-founder of Primitive Entertainment, McMahon’s credits include a long list of national and international award-winning non-fiction films on subjects ranging from Niagara Falls (The Falls, 1991), the nature of intelligence (Intelligence, 1998) and the insidious role of public relations in the media (Truth Merchants, 1998), to the legacy of Marshall McLuhan (McLuhan’s Wake, 2002), the Canadian fishing industry (Cod: The Fish that Changed the World, 2003) and the reclaiming of Haida cultural history (Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii, 2004).
Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan is vice president, programming for IFC – The Independent Film Channel, Showcase Action and Showcase Diva. Prior to joining Alliance Atlantis four years ago, her career included programming The Movie Network and launching the classic pay-TV service Moviepix. In 1995 she moved to Australia to launch a successful start-up pay-TV company. Upon her return to Canada she consulted as a broadcasting policy advisor for Canadian Heritage. She has also considerable experience in the development of dramatic programming.
Ingrid Randoja

Ingrid Randoja

Ingrid Randoja began her career as a movie critic in 1990, freelancing for Toronto’s NOW magazine. She served as NOW’s film editor from 1995 to 2001, and is currently deputy editor of the Canadian entertainment and lifestyle magazine Famous. Her film reviews have appeared in many other publications, including eye Weekly, Sight and Sound, Take One and Montage. Her broadcast credits include CTV’s Canada AM, @ The Movies, CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera, CBC Newsworld and Talk 640 AM.
Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele

One of Canada’s best known new media and video artists, Lisa Steele has risen to international prominence through her prolific solo and group exhibitions and curatorial projects over the past 30 years. A founding member of Toronto’s V tape, she has played a seminal role in the development of video in Canada. She is the recipient of the 1993 Bell Canada Award for Excellence in Video Art and, with Kim Tomczak, the 2005 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Her work is found in the collections of many leading art museums, including MOMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the National Gallery of Canada.

 

Nominees

Wired Wired
15 min.
Director / Cinematography / Editor : Lisa Kennedy
Music : David Stein & Robert Kingsbury
Sound : Robert Kingsbury, Chris Nash, Lisa KennedyA handmade film project screened as a double projection and made so that it can be shown in multiple set-ups.
Take ‘Er Easy Take ‘Er Easy
29 min.
Director : aaRon van Borek
Cinematography : Arwa Degroot, Jorge Rangel
Editors : Jacqui Okum, Jacob Templin
Sound : Lisa Cannon, Mark Toller, Sandy FalconiA hybrid essay-documentary that focuses on North American society’s obsession with comfort, consumerism and individuality, and the connections between them.
Ruby Read Ruby Read
12 min.
Director / Screenplay : Lara Mrkoci
Producer : Lisa Cannon
Cinematography : Jacqui Okum
Editors : Jacqui Okum, Lara Mrkoci
Music : Andrew Barker
1st Assistant Director : Pete AdamsNever underestimate the curiosity of an eight-year-old girl
Rana Rana
10 min.
Director, Screenplay : Igor Drljaca
Producer : Pearl Ball Harding
Cinematography : Roland Echavarria
Editor : Albert ShinFamily lies and secrets come to the forefront in the midst of the Bosnian war.
Punctum Punctum
2:37 min.
Director / Screenplay / Cinematography / Editor / Sound : Ya-Yin KoA woman’s fear of a particular flashing light.
Outrun Outrun
15 min.
Director / Screenplay : Zdravko Jovanovic
Editor : Andrew Cromey
Sound : Andrew Cromey, Zdravko JovanovicAn examination of the complexity of being forced to leave one’s country and accept new surroundings and a new culture, and how it shapes an individual, as well as the difficulty of going back and staying true to one’s own roots.
Offscreen Offscreen
5 min.
Director / Editor : Evelyn Tchakarov
Cinematography : Lisa KennedyA tour de force of love, sex and filmmaking, but without sex.
Misspelled Weather Misspelled Weather
12 min.
Director / Screenplay : Raha Esfahani
Producers : Raha Esfahani, Matthew J. Lloyd
Cinematography : Matthew J. Lloyd
Editors : Matthew J. Lloyd, Raha Esfahani
Sound : Darby McInnisA spelling competition can be an opportunity to win an award in the everyday life struggle.
Marianne Marianne
7:20 min.
Director : Will Beauchamp
Cinematography : Russell Bell
Editor : Lindsay Petric
Sound : Brodie SpaullBehind the façade of a modest hot dog street vendor, there is a hero.
Lonnie Johnson: Blue Monday Lonnie Johnson: Blue Monday
12 min.
Director / Editor : John M. McNab
Videography : Lisa KennedyA documentary about blues guitar legend Lonnie Johnson, who spent the last five years of his life living in Toronto.
Klapp Trapp Klapp Trapp
10 min.
Director / Screenplay / Producer : James Martin
Cinematography : Roland Echavarria
Editors : Stephen Broomer, James Martin
Sound Designer/Mixer : Stephen Broomer
Production Designer : Michelle Blore
Music : David FedermanWhile trying to avoid an angry bill collector, a lonely man is magically transported into a mysterious void where he meets the love of his life.
In A Perfect World In A Perfect World
17 min.
Director / Sound : Chelsea McMullan
Cinematography : Matthew J. Lloyd
Editor : Mark Talher”Maybe in a perfect world we’d all be naked and nobody would care what anyone looks like, but it’s not a perfect world.” – Kylie McMullan
Homo High School Homo High School
15 min.
Director / Screenplay : Jonathon Rivait
Cinematography : Tess Girard
Editor : Ryan Neill
Sound : Katie QuanzSchool’s out (of the closet).
The Good Mother The Good Mother
12 min.
Director / Screenplay : Rachael Schaefer
Cinematography : Michael Schwartz
Editor : Gordon Burkell
Sound : Katie QuanzWhen a mother sends her son off to kindergarten for the first time she becomes obsessed with another child in his class, which leads her to learn who her son truly is.
Good China Good China
17 min.
Director / Screenplay : Chelsea McMullan
Cinematography : Alejandro Coronado-Cortez
Editor : Luo Li
Sound : Luo Li, Jorge Rangel, Alejandro Coronado-CortezA man finds it difficult to leave his apartment while dressed as a woman.
God’s Goodness God’s Goodness
24 min.
Director : Marc Betsworth
Screenplay : Katherine Collins, Marc Betsworth
Cinematography : Pasha Patriki
Editor : Ryan Neill
Sound : Matt DaviesA terminal disease can sometimes become the beginning of a new life.
Four Seasons Four Seasons
15 min.
Directors : Maria Paraskevopoulou, Alejandro Coronado-Cortez
Cinematography : Shannon Hanmer
Sound : John McNab”The whole world’s a prison….. my only freedom is to choose my prisons”
Fly Fly
5:45 min.
Director / Editor / Sound : Luo Li
Cinematography : Alejandro Coronado-Cortes, Luo LiThrough ink, paintbrush and several experimental filmmaking techniques, the film presents the impression of the flight of birds, and draws a connection between the subject and Chinese calligraphy.
The Fall of the Tree The Fall of the Tree
10 min.
Director / Screenplay / Cinematography / Editor : Nicolas Pereda
Based on a short story by : Fabio MorabitoA man spends an afternoon decorating a Christmas tree with the mother of a childhood friend.
Day of John Day of John
15 min.
Director / Screenplay : Chris Nash
Producer : Albert Shin
Cinematography : Ioana Vasile
Editor : Neil CavalierFor high school teacher John Travis, the worst year of his life started when his most promising student asked him to drive her to an abortion clinic – in plain view of the parent of another student. Sometimes the only way to see a way out is from the bottom.
Benediction Benediction
11 min.
Director / Cinematographer / Editor / Screenplay / Sound : Tess Girard
Producers : Tess Girard, Bill Taylor
Script Editing & Consultation : Bill Taylor
Music : Neal Byrne and The Album LeafAn exploration of fleeting existence. Illustrated through a personal story, a filmmaker’s final attempt to pay homage to those things left and leaving.
Autobiographical Film Autobiographical Film
10 min.
Director / Screenplay / Editor : Brett Potter
Cinematography : Brett Potter, Ryan Lintott, Andrea Johnston
Original Music : Danny GeorgiThe story of a small boy growing up in a small town on a small planet.

Jury’s Selections

Ruby Read Ruby Read
12 min.
Director / Screenplay : Lara Mrkoci
Producer : Lisa Cannon
Cinematography : Jacqui Okum
Editors : Jacqui Okum, Lara Mrkoci
Music : Andrew Barker
1st Assistant Director : Pete AdamsNever underestimate the curiosity of an eight-year-old girl
Misspelled Weather Misspelled Weather
12 min.
Director / Screenplay : Raha Esfahani
Producers : Raha Esfahani, Matthew J. Lloyd
Cinematography : Matthew J. Lloyd
Editors : Matthew J. Lloyd, Raha Esfahani
Sound : Darby McInnisA spelling competition can be an opportunity to win an award in the everyday life struggle.
Marianne Marianne
7:20 min.
Director : Will Beauchamp
Cinematography : Russell Bell
Editor : Lindsay Petric
Sound : Brodie SpaullBehind the façade of a modest hot dog street vendor, there is a hero.
In A Perfect World In A Perfect World
17 min.
Director / Sound : Chelsea McMullan
Cinematography : Matthew J. Lloyd
Editor : Mark Talher”Maybe in a perfect world we’d all be naked and nobody would care what anyone looks like, but it’s not a perfect world.” – Kylie McMullan
God’s Goodness God’s Goodness
24 min.
Director : Marc Betsworth
Screenplay : Katherine Collins, Marc Betsworth
Cinematography : Pasha Patriki
Editor : Ryan Neill
Sound : Matt DaviesA terminal disease can sometimes become the beginning of a new life.
Fly Fly
5:45 min.
Director / Editor / Sound : Luo Li
Cinematography : Alejandro Coronado-Cortes, Luo LiThrough ink, paintbrush and several experimental filmmaking techniques, the film presents the impression of the flight of birds, and draws a connection between the subject and Chinese calligraphy.
Benediction Benediction
11 min.
Director / Cinematographer / Editor / Screenplay / Sound : Tess Girard
Producers : Tess Girard, Bill Taylor
Script Editing & Consultation : Bill Taylor
Music : Neal Byrne and The Album LeafAn exploration of fleeting existence. Illustrated through a personal story, a filmmaker’s final attempt to pay homage to those things left and leaving.

Award Winners

Best Alternative Film
Awarded To – Luo LiFly
Fly
5:45 min.
Director / Editor / Sound : Luo Li
Cinematography : Alejandro Coronado-Cortes, Luo Li
Best Cinematography
Kodak Award for Best Cinematography
Awarded To – Matthew J. LloydMisspelled Weather
Misspelled Weather
12 min.
Director / Screenplay : Raha Esfahani
Producers : Raha Esfahani, Matthew J. Lloyd
Cinematography : Matthew J. Lloyd
Editors : Matthew J. Lloyd, Raha Esfahani
Sound : Darby McInnis
Best Documentary Film
Awarded To – Chelsea McMullanIn A Perfect World
In A Perfect World
17 min.
Director / Sound : Chelsea McMullan
Cinematography : Matthew J. Lloyd
Editor : Mark Talher
Best Editing
Awarded To – Jacqui Okum, Jacob TemplinTake ‘Er Easy
Take ‘Er Easy
29 min.
Director : aaRon van Borek
Cinematography : Arwa Degroot, Jorge Rangel
Editors : Jacqui Okum, Jacob Templin
Sound : Lisa Cannon, Mark Toller, Sandy Falconi
Best Fiction Film
Awarded To – Marc BetsworthGod’s Goodness
God’s Goodness
24 min.
Director : Marc Betsworth
Screenplay : Katherine Collins, Marc Betsworth
Cinematography : Pasha Patriki
Editor : Ryan Neill
Sound : Matt Davies
Best Screenplay
Awarded To – Katherine Collins, Marc BetsworthGod’s Goodness
God’s Goodness
24 min.
Director : Marc Betsworth
Screenplay : Katherine Collins, Marc Betsworth
Cinematography : Pasha Patriki
Editor : Ryan Neill
Sound : Matt Davies
Best Sound
Awarded To – Nicolas PeredaThe Fall of the Tree
The Fall of the Tree
10 min.
Director / Screenplay / Cinematography / Editor : Nicolas Pereda
Based on a short story by : Fabio Morabito