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: 

Jiajia Li's A Spring Morning directed by Andres Porras - April 2nd, 2020


//About Jiajia Li: 

Classically-trained flutist Jiajia Li is being praised as "one of the city's finest and most adventurous flautists”. She was the 2019 recipient of the classical music residency at National Music Centre; 2016 recipient of Canada’s “Juno” music award micro grant; and the prize winner of “Prinzessin Margaret von Hessen” competition (Germany) in 2011. Jiajia’s music cuts across a wide range of modern musical experimentations and traditions. Tapping into contemporary music, improvisation and electronic music, Jiajia’s performances have run the gamut from concert hall appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to improvised shows with the experimental concert series Bug Incision. Most recently, Jiajia has been collaborating with dancer/choreographer Barbara England, resulting in the creation of the new works “Eight Lucky Foods” (2019) and “Feng Huang” (2020). Jiajia has appeared in festivals including Sled Island, Calgary New Music Festival, and The Works. MORE INFO 

//About Andres Porras: 

Andrés Porras is a freelance videographer, photographer, and writer based out of Calgary, Alberta. He's creatively driven to work with analog mediums because of the tangibility and rawness that they provide. He's shot several projects on Super 8 film and has had his work featured in publications such as Analog Cookbook and Seites. He's currently working on a docu-narrative that tackles the experience of migrants in South America. 

Co-presented by CJSW 90.9

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Locutus' SLVRY directed by Eric Stroppel - April 3rd, 2020  

//About Locutus: 

Locutus is a three-piece heavy instrumental band consisting of bass six, bass and drums. They drift from atmospheric to precise; from brutal to uplifting. Locutus are effects heavy and create lush soundscapes that often contrast anthemic melodies with hopeless cavernous tones. A unique experience that transcends the metal genre. 

//About Eric Stroppel: 

Eric Stroppel is an emerging artist working in the Calgary film community.  As a filmmaker, Eric is looking to not only explore but also experiment further within the unique medium of analog film. Although he has only worked with analog film during his time at SAIT for the Film and Video Production Program, he strongly supports the continuation of it as an art form, which can be shown by my time volunteering and serving as a board member at CSIF. Eric's current goal is to use this piece as a stepping stone to working with artifact film for further future potential projects. 

Co-presented by Mission Tattoo Parlour

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Vanity Pope's Recurrence directed by Chelsea Yang-Smith- April 4th, 2020

//About Vanity Pope: 

Vanity Pope hails from Calgary, Alberta located on Treaty 7 Territory. With a lust for the unnerving and the desolate, Vanity Pope recontextualizes the politics of punk into the sound world of dream-like melodies and metallic dissonance. With an edge for upsetting the status quo, Vanity Pope advises you to get in the groove while checking your bullshit ~ demanding safer, braver, better spaces. 

//About Chelsea Yang-Smith 

Chelsea Yang-Smith is a visual artist currently based in Calgary, Alberta. Using digital and analogue photographic processes, she examines emotional intimacy and vulnerability through an autobiographical lens. It is through her large-format works depicting ‘sad girl text art’ and the Albertan landscape that she captures the experience of heartbreak and tender resolution. Yang-Smith holds a Bachelor of Design in Photography from the Alberta University of the Arts (2016) and is a former Photography Practicum of the Banff Centre for Arts + Creativity (2017). She actively works as a freelance photographer in Calgary, in particular shooting for local clients such as Sled Island, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery, the City of Calgary, BAMFF Studio, and Quickdraw Animation Society. 

Co-presented by Femme Wave 

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