JUNE 3 | 8:30 PM | Dave Barber Cinematheque
A program which examines the bizarre ways desire is contoured by the perverse ubiquity of the internet. Follow us down a rabbit hole of man candles and the cultish devotion they inspire, self-portraiture in zoom limbo, the feedback loop of AI influencers, world exploration through a desktop, and findom in the suburbs.
Estuary, dir. Ross Meckfessel
2021 | US | 11.5 | 16mm | Manitoban premiere
When you question the very nature of your physical reality it becomes much easier to see the cracks in the system. Estuary charts the emotional landscape of a time in flux. Inspired by the proliferation of computer generated social media influencers and the growing desire to document and manipulate every square inch of our external and internal landscapes, the film considers the ramifications of a world where all aspects of life are curated and malleable. As time goes on all lines blur into vector dots.
zoomzoomzoomzoomiwantuinmyzoom, dir. Sam Sarty
2021 | CA | 4.5 | video | World premiere
Working from home 2021-2022 a company zoom account automatically records after a meeting is started. a collection of brief moments with self before other participants entered the zoom room.
GeoMarkr, dir. Chloé Galibert-Laîné
2022 | FR | 22.5 | video | Canadian premiere
After spending years travelling the world with his camera, Chris Marker embraced the online world as a new stage for his filmmaking explorations. Years later, in lockdown, thousands of gamers started playing GeoGuessr, an online game that invites its players to roam the world through their computer screens. This experimental, polyphonic video essay explores the past and present of mediated world exploration practices.
Mountain Lodge, dir. Jordan Wong
2020 | US | 7 | video | Canadian premiere
The Candle. The Myth. The Legend. Mountain Lodge. A horny desktop film about a candle.
Alpha Kings, dirs. Faye Tsakas + Enrique Pedráza-Botero
2022 | US | 15 | video | Canadian premiere
A group of young men in Montgomery, Texas forgo college to support themselves as “Masters” in the world of online Financial Domination, where thousands of paying clients consent to relinquishing control over their finances.Through the course of one night, Alpha Kings explores the dichotomy between these “Masters” alpha-male online personas and their true private selves, drawing on themes of desire, masculinity, sexuality, power, and performance.
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Images from: Ross Meckfessel's Estuary, Chloé Galibert-Laîné's GeoMarkr, and Faye Tsakas + Enrique Pedraza-Botero's Alpha Kings