This free show presented in association with The Gathering Festival and Cineworks features a program of locally produced short films, live music, and the world premiere of a 26-minute short film, The Sound We See: A Vancouver City Symphony, made by 10 young people on 16mm black and white film, with musical accompaniment by Martin Reisle in collaboration with invited street performers.
The Gathering Place; 4:00 min; 2016
Director: Neil Volkey
An introduction to the work of The Gathering Place Community Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown South neighbourhood. Commissioned as part of Cineworks’ Play It Forward program 2016, supporting Metro Vancouver filmmakers, charities and non profits.
Intersections: Message to Younger Self (x2) 2 mins
Our World – Kamx’id; 1:42 min; 2015;
Director: Jeremy Wamiss
A magical animation that celebrates the carver.
Imagine Still Creek; 5:36 min; 2014
Director: Benjamin Rosen-Purcell
A live-action animation and dream-like meditation on time and trace, shot where the Still Creek stream still flows in Vancouver and Burnaby, BC. Featuring music by The End Tree.
Not Just Black & White; 6:49 min; 2013;
Director: Lisa G
Like tourists, we visit different neighbourhoods searching for cultural diversity. Do women feel welcome in this Canadian city, Vancouver BC? Stories inspired by the Diverse Voices & Portraits project.
Vancouver Special; 5:00 min; 2005;
Director: Lisa Marr
A portrait of Vancouver through images of one of its most quietly iconic residential architectures.
Savage; 6:00 min; 2010;
Director: Lisa Jackson
Anishinaabe filmmaker and SFU grad Lisa Jackson’s remarkable “residential school musical,” a genre-mixing depiction of a young girl’s journey into a dark part of Canadian history. Winner, Genie Award for Best Short.
Streetcar; 7:00 min; 1907
Director: William Harbeck
The earliest known surviving film footage of Vancouver, shot by US filmmaker William Harbeck, from the front platform of a streetcar as it made its way through the streets of Downtown and the West End. Originally sent to the National Archives in Ottawa, this extraordinary film is preserved and made available by the City of Vancouver Archives.
The Sound We See: A Vancouver City Symphony; 26:00; 2016;
HD video transfer from b&w handmade 16mm film; live soundtrack
Music by Martin Reisle and collaborators
An intimate portrait of Vancouver from the perspectives of 10 young people, in which the changing rhythms of a 24 hour period are expressed in 24 minutes of film. The film features a live musical score, performed by Vancouver-based musician Martin Reisle, in collaboration with the filmmakers and invited street performers.
The Sound We See is a framework for exploring place through analogue filmmaking with celluloid film, established by Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo –– traveling Canadian filmmakers and founding members of Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles. Discovering and redefining techniques of past avant grade urban documentarians, the project has sparked a global ‘Slow Film’ movement with youth and their communities in Canada, USA, Netherlands, India, Germany, Vietnam and the UK. This film was commissioned by Cineworks in partnership with The Gathering Place Community Centre, with the support of a BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Grant.