For Jason Logan, master inkmaker, pigmentation is a living element. He forages the woods, the back streets and the shoreline for raw hues of red, blue, and black, materials that he can scratch, pummel, and boil to make inks that might be original and unique, or might draw down on traditions that stretch back thousands of years. Who knew you can milk molluscs for a particular scarlet dye? Well, the ancient Romans did, and nearly wiped out the snail population such was the demand. In another vignette, an artist repurposes black ink preserved in an octopus fossil dating back 95-million years. Logan and MacLeans’ film critic-turned-director Brian D. Johnston share a nose for these fascinating factoids… the sort of detail an editor might call “colour”. With radiant cinematography by Nicholas de Pencier, this artisanal doc proves a real eye-opener.
The Colour of Ink might be one of the most effortlessly beautiful documentaries I’ve ever watched… If I was an art teacher, I would make The Colour of Ink part of my curriculum every year.
Sarah Milner, Slash Film
Brian D Johnston
Jason S Logan, Koji Kakinuma, Margaret Atwood
In Spanish, English and Japanese with English subtitles
Friday April 07
Saturday April 08
Sunday April 09
Monday April 10
Indigenous & Community Access
Anita Lee, Ron Mann
Sherien Barsoum, Brian D. Johnson, Lea Marin
Brian D. Johnson
Nicholas De Pencier
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