My latest short underground political flick Marie Tyrell is screening at the Vancouver Public Library on Friday, Sept 22, as part of the Necessary Voices series. There's little time to get word out. Lots of people worked very hard on it and the results are amazing... they should be seen by more people!
Marie Tyrell will be a part of the Sonar: Advanced Music and Multimedia Art festival in Barcelona, Spain, from June 15-17 2006. It will be in a section called Sonar: A La Carte in the multimedia stations pictured above!
Since Barcelona is such an awesome town, I'm incredibly happy to have the film show there.
Damn, I wish I could afford to go!!!
Camille Baker reviews Marie Tyrell in Furtherfield.Org, a net.art journal.
Baker writes that the interactive DVD's "... approach perhaps harkens back to the Fluxus or Structuralist Movements in experimental film making of the 60 and 70’s, where the materials for making the film were exposed, to thus, become the film content. In this case, Harrison not only used the technological materials as the product, but all the parts in the process from the funding, to the text adaptation, to the filming of political protests, to the historical fodder for the story, etc. as the materials as well."
Penelope Mulligan reviews Flick's interactive DVD Marie Tyrell & the Cineworks cinematic salon in this month's Discorder:
"It’s probably the most audacious use of the Extra Features shtick since the advent of DVDs."
See it in Strut, Fret, and Flicker.
This is to let you know about the VANCOUVER PREMIERE screening of MARIE TYRELL, my latest production. All the info is below.
Check the website for images, trailer and so on...
1974 meets 2006: Underground Vancouver filmmaker Flick Harrison
adapts D.M. Fraser’s tour de force, Marie Tyrell
Marie Tyrell is a humanizing portrait of a woman on death row, from inquisitive teen to uncompromising revolutionary leader. Like the 1974 short story by legendary local author D.M Fraser, Harrison weaves multiple perspectives, splintered time and forceful poetic language into a startling examination of the politics of dissent.
*BEST NARRATIVE FILM – Northwest Film and Video Fest*
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(updated after a nap and some tweaks)
The Media Arts world reminds me a lot of the cinema world, in the sense that hardcore theory, artists, and commercial producers are in the same room together. The theorists want to argue, the artists want to make you go hmmm, and the bizzy folks just want to show off how awesome they are! That's what made the collection of speakers and topics today at IDMAA at Emily Carr University in Vancouver so interesting.
The first presentation I really absorbed was Stephanie Tripp's discussion of the non-human raconteur. She basically placed randomization / machinic narrative tools of the new-media area on a spectrum with Surrealists, John Cage and so on. The idea that non-human actors collaborate with the author of a work by introducing uncontrolled factors. Reminded me of Chris Ghallager's Atmosphere, in which he specifically mocks intentionality by making the viewer guess what motivates the endless panning action of a camera. At the end, we discover that the pans are made by a sail attached to the camera, blowing in the wind. Ha ha, and so much for intentionality, but what I think is that the intentionality is there in the construction of the random event, and so the attempt to undermine our faith in intentionality with non-human intervention in the narrative is ultimately just a parlor trick that, for me, falls flat.
Flick Harrison is a self-made nobody, a renegade artist, an underpreneur, a premiere Vancouver poorfessional, and a member of "Something Collective." His film, theatre, video, acting, writing and camera work has been seen by millions, been nominated and won awards internationally, and slipped into, under and through almost every Canadian funding niche. Chretien's chief strategist Warren Kinsella called Flick "offensive" and "unfair," the Globe and Mail called him "hilarious," and the Georgia Straight called his work "gorgeously sophisticated." His work includes teaching media art to kids, engaging community through art, designing projections for theatre and dance, and international journalism and criticism. Read the rest of this entry »
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More info @ 886-2780 or [email protected]
MONDAY NOVEMBER 20
at the Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek
Presented by filmmaker Flick Harrison
The Autonomy Complex
~ a video trilogy ~
Flick Harrison's video trilogy is a Canadian nationalist sitcom, an international socialist documentary, and a personal anarchist experiment. Together they form a sweeping picture of political complexity and the tricky balance between freedom and equality: a propaganda of confusion.
Freeworld is set in the year 2023 after Canada is annexed by the USA. Hiroko Doko, arrested for fleeing the draft, is sent into the wilderness with Hedwing, a determined slacker, to capture a loony robot.
Camels Turbans Guns is a documentary made in Pakistan in 1998, just after the mutual nuclear-test showdown with India. It explores the tribal, stone-hut lifestyle of the Baluchi nomads (embroiled today in an armed uprising). Still fiercely independent, they face an encroaching triple-threat of organized Islam, foreign aid and American military
Based on a short story by DM Fraser, Marie Tyrell is an experimental drama about an activist on death row, told through her lover's songs, her teenage diaries, and her prison psych report. Also an interactive documentary, it allows an interrogation the politics and the film's own production. With original footage of Noam Chomsky, Svend Robinson, Scott Ritter, the Woodwards squat, Larry Campbell, and Stephen Osbourne.
Forgot to blog this Georgia Straight interview back when it came out - so here it is.
I discuss the Big New Vancouver International Film Centre (VIFC) and its lack of Canadian programming.
This article was sparked (I believe) by an anonymous email that included me in the CC line. Apparently I am the go-to guy for independent cinema rabble-rousing in this town, which isn't a bad thing. Pieta Wooley refused to interview the mystery person anonymously by email, but here's what she got out of me, on the record:
It's an interesting issue, this is the first time my attention's been drawn to it. I'm interested to know why this Sam Sam entity chose me as the kaka-disturber... But I'll take the bait!