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Millennial Funk
Canadian Independent Film and Video
Curated by Richard Fung, Toronto Videomaker

UHM Art Building Auditorium
Friday, October 29 - 7:30 pm
suggested donation $4 General  $3 UH Students and HGLCF members

Contact person:  Debbie Drexler, 956-8474 <drexler@hawaii.edu>

The Program centers on our pre-millennial obsession with ideas of death and passing.  It is by turns poignant and funny, sexy and politically impassioned.  Many of the works touch on physical mortality, of course, but the cross-country compendium features riffs on all kinds of emotional and social fatalities. There is even a resurrection, though not one any church is likely to endorse. And the only angel in the program comes with leather straps and a harness.

In thirteen short works the program surveys the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from Toronto to the Arctic. The approaches are varied, but all are marked by conceptual intelligence and creative precision.  Positiv, by internationally renowned experimental filmmaker Mike Hoolboom, brilliantly maneuvers between HIV autobiography and Michael Jackson's "Thriller".  Why I Hate Bees, by Sarah Abbott, is a quirky childhood tale of life, death and emergent sexuality. Gordon Wong draws on magical animation techniques to tell a story of romantic disappointment and his mothers enduring belief in the power of love. On the historical front, Dana Inkster's Africville posits a queer past for the forcibly dismantled Atlantic settlement of African-Canadians. And the nineteenth century practice of grinding buffalo bones into fine porcelain provides Dana Claxton with a striking metaphor for her meditation on destruction of aboriginal ways of life.  (program length: 93 minutes)

Supported by
Outreach Section, Canada Council for the Arts. 
Jointly Sponsored by Intersections UHM and
the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural
Foundation