2020 Film/Music Explosion!

Since 2003, the Film/Music Explosion! has opened each night of the Artifact Small Format Film Festival. The Film/Music Explosion! is an opportunity for local filmmakers to create a Super 8 film based on a song. Each film is accompanied by a live performance of the song during the festival. This year we have partnered with some of Canada's most innovative musical organizations to bring you the best up and coming local artists: 

Chief n' Council's Holy Ghost directed by Tyler K. Longmire - March 7th, 2019

Co-presented by CJSW 90.9

//About Chief n' Council: 

Chief n’ Council come from the prairies of Siksika Nation, Alberta. Their music is presented as a mix of alternative and rock heavily influenced by a rural lifestyle on the Rez. With roots from Treaty 6, 7 & 8 Chief N’ Council bring a glimpse of their world through a combination of drums, sage, sweetgrass and guitar. MORE

Harmony Guzheng Ensemble's Fighting Against Typhoon directed by Vicki Van Chau - March 8th, 2019 

Co-presented by CJSW 90.9

//About Harmony Guzheng Ensemble 

Harmony Guzheng Ensemble is a Calgary based non-profit music organization for Guzheng lovers. It is led by Shirley Wong, a former GuZheng instructor of Hong Kong GuZheng Performers Association. It was established in 2008 with seven performers and has now developed to more than thirty individuals. This group has been consistently demonstrating and promoting Guzheng music in multi-cultural events, community activities as well as hosting their own Guzheng concerts conducted every two years. Harmony Guzheng Ensemble presents classical, modern, oriental, and western music to the audience, as well as the musical styles of different parts of China. MORE

//About Vicki Van Chau:

Vicki Van Chau is a Chinese-Canadian artist born and raised in Calgary. She graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in Media Arts + Digital Technologies, and is currently the Programming Director at EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society and the President of the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society.

Cartel Madras's Housey (Thirsty Thots to Tha Front) directed by Gillian McKercher - March 9th, 2019

Co-presented by Sled Island 

//About Cartel Madras: 

Cartel Madras is a radical hip hop crew made up of Contra and Eboshi, two female Indian rappers, and DJ Egglad. Their sound fuses the stylings of Dirty South rap, house and trap to bring an energy that is femme, sexy and uncompromisingly aggressive. (via National Music Center). MORE 

//About Gillian McKercher:

Gillian is a Calgary­‐based filmmaker and an Alberta Foundation For the Arts Young Artist Prize winner. She completed a BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary while she practiced filmmaking at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. After she worked concurrently in film and engineering, she decided to focus on cinema and has since directed music videos, short documentaries, and interdisciplinary pieces. Her most recent work is the feature film Circle of Steel, which has shown at festivals throughout Canada and the United States, and won an Audience Favourite Award at the 2018 Calgary International Film Festival. Her experimental film work on Super 8 and 16mm film is often incorporated into her projects, and heavily informs her aesthetic.

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