You are invited to a spectacle that defies the notions of time, narration and editing. We have gathered together more than a dozen unique films that attempt to renew or to widen the film experience. Celluloid Experiments is an audiovisual trip that is both hypnotizing, intriguing, entertaining, unpredictable and sometimes psychedelic.
Parer des Briques is the last creation of Éloi Ménard, member of the local collective TIND (This is Not Design), where the music serves perfectly the rhythm, the textures and the editing of this short feature evoking pioneers such as Stan Brakhage and Dziga Vertov. Frédéric Desreumaux’s Zombie is an homage to George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, re-edited in 12 minutes, with supplementary sounds and musical excerpts added to the original dialogues. Al & Al’s Perpetual Proposal In The Land Of Milk And Honey is a dreamlike experience about science, spirituality and eternity. Michael Le Meur’s Spiral is an enigmatic, enchanting and cosmic film, generated by 3D animation. Daniel Askill’s We Have Decided Not To Die exploits slow motion with a 500 pictures per second ratio to create a parallel world where people literally float in time and space. Sometimes, from the French collective Pleix, depicts the explosion and deterioration of an office tower, dispersing fragments through the city in a majestic slow-motion symphony.
Mituvski and Kalev’s Get the Rabbit Back is a surrealist work filmed in a plan sequence. Virgil Widrich’s Fast Film capture over 65,000 images extracted from the 300 Hollywood classics movies, then folded them into a variety of shapes to depict both movie history and one of the wildest chase ever. Stefan Le Jay’s Le Baiser proposes an upside-down reflection about editing and directing movies. Balint Kenyeres’s Before Dawn and Johan Kramer’s 11:59 are respectively shot in real time and in an single plan sequence. Tim Femlbaum’s Für Julian relates an abduction from two distinct points of view. Dominic Hailstone’s The Eel depicts the disturbing mutation of an eel. Finally, Chris Cunnigham’s Rubber Johnny is the latest nightmarish tour de force from this unique artist, effectively applying the music of Aphex Twin.
Also, three shorts from Montreal's Francis Théberge, another member of the TIND (This Is Not Desing) collective:
Souvenis Statique, Moments de folie Atomique et Life After Death.
Those who arrive early will experiment Avi Paul Weinstein's special visual universe. In a perfect world, all music videos should look like these.
Celluloid Experiments is programmed and edited by Marc Lamothe, based on suggestions from Danny Lennon and Mitch Davis.
—Marc Lamothe (translated by Marc Lamothe)