While this year’s Victoria Film Festival program isn’t exactly brimming over with UVic content this year, there are a few films of note worth catching over the festival’s February 3-12 run:
• Department of Writing student Katherine Walkiewicz’s 20-minute movie, Une Mémoire Courte (A Brief Moment), which we wrote about when it was appearing at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year, will be playing as part of the “A Human Touch” shorts program, at 2:45 pm on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Odeon.
• Writing alum and busy emerging director Jeremy Lutter will be screening his short film, Joanna Makes A Friend (co-written by fellow Writing grad and childhood friend Ben Rollo) as part of the “Beyond the Playground” shorts night, at 9:45 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Capitol 6. Find out more about Jeremy from our recent blog post, or catch this recent interview with him and CVV Magazine‘s Leanne Allen and John Threlfall. (Threlfall, our Fine Arts communication honcho, will also be helping to cover the VFF as part of his side-gig as a writer for CVV Magazine.)
• Our own film production/screenwriting/cinematography/digital media staffer Daniel Hogg will be presenting his brand new short film, Standard of Living, at 7:15 pm on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Capitol 6 before the screening of the documentary, The Ailing Queen. Hogg’s film came out of a partnership between the Victoria Film Festival and the Victoria Foundation to commission short films exploring the connection between arts and other aspects of our community. Described in the VFF program guide as one of “eight films with eight different perspectives in eight different styles, all united by the idea that arts and culture are not isolated from other aspects of daily life and community living,” Hogg’s Standard of Living is part of the “Behind the Scenes: Victoria” program spread throughout the festival.
• Another “Behind the Scenes: Victoria” offering is Transportation by MFA student and noted local experimental filmmaker Scott Amos. (Amos is also very busy behind the scenes himself this year as the VFF’s communications coordinator.) Transportation plays before Foreverland at 12:15 pm Sunday, Feb 5., at the Odeon.
• Also appearing as part of the Victoria Film Festival programming, is Zurich-born director Reto Caduff. The co-director of award-winning doc A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, Caduff is coming to Victoria this year to promote his current documentary The Visual Language of Herbert Matter, about the highly influential mid-century modern design master. He will be speaking at UVic at one of our Lansdowne Lectures at 7 pm Tuesday, February 7, in room C122 of the David Strong Building.
• Finally, it’s worth noting that Department of Writing graduate advisor and associate film prof Maureen Bradley was one again on the Victoria Film Festival’s programming committee. As well as shepherding the recent Leo Award-winning student success Freshman’s Wharf, Bradley has directed over 40 short films of her own, and her award-winning productions have screened at the likes of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A member of the Directors Guild of Canada, Bradley reached her largest audience of over 12 million viewers on the CBC TV series Road Movies.