Heidi Phillips vs. Scott Fitzpatrick
Published April 17th, 2013
Two of Winnipeg’s heavy-weight filmmakers go toe to toe tomorrow night (Apr. 18), in what will undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated Winnipeg underground film events of 2013!
In Heidi’s corner is collaborator and sound-art strong-arm Michel Germain. Don’t let him fool ya folks! Those nimble fingers can create some of the strangest and technically innovate sounds in the Winnipeg sound art scene.
Read more below!
Originally published by the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque, Spring 2013.
MISSION 22! AN EVENING OF EXPANDED CINEMA
LIVE FILM PERFORMANCE
Heidi Phillips, Michel Germain and Scott Fitzpatrick
Thursday, April 18 at 8:00 PM
Venue: Negative Space, 253 Princess Street
In a collaboration between Heidi Phillips and Michel Germain Forsaken alters images rescued from Klass “A” Auctions before the family run auction house burnt down in Saskatoon. Deep Sea Adventure, Mission 22 Orbits and My Next Door Neighbour are just some of the amazing titles amongst the 40 films. Phillips alters images by using various techniques including by-packing positive and negative to reprint using a contact printer (from Phil Hoffman’s film farm), a method gleaned from Owen Land, a well known avant-garde American filmmaker. Muscle men, machinery, and building climbers become foreboding figures in this darkly apocalyptic film performance. The optical sound reader from the film projectors is adopted to read the image as sound. Germain will manipulate these tones to create a live soundscape for the work.
Shade and Wingdings: The Musical!
Two expanded cinema works by Scott Fitzpatrick, both handmade on 16mm film using experimental, non-photographic animation techniques. Basic hues keep time and improvise a choreographed dance; unexpected conversions rates relate font-size to audible tone (in search of a tune) interested in colour and sound respectively, Shade and Wingdings: The Musical! are exercises in total cinematic reduction.
Heidi Phillips is an experimental filmmaker and installation artist from Manitoba with an affinity for the tactility of the filmic medium. Phillips’ often uses thrifted super 8 films, contact printing and darkroom experiments to push her work into new places. Phillips’ old school process frequently becomes part of the content, as grainy scratched films are merged with images lifted from found footage to create mesmerizing, transcendent works.
Michel Germain is a musician, audio artist and technician based in Winnipeg. His work ranges from improvised, electronic music and rock n’ roll performance to sound design for film, video and installation projects.
Scott Fitzpatrick is a visual artist whose film and video work has screened at underground festivals and marginalized venues worldwide. He studied film theory and production at the University of Manitoba, and began conducting lo-fi moving image experiments in 2010. Though primarily a filmmaker; he is also invested in photography, re-photography and collage.