New Educational Series – Canaries in Colour
New Educational Series – Canaries in Colour

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Homegrown: Programme 3 

MIC Toi Rerehiko presents a selection of recent experimental and animated films by New Zealand filmmakers.

83 minutes

This selection brings you a fast-fire combination of 13 highly adventurous and thoughtful approaches to drama, animation and experimental film. From the melancholic to the deliciously satirical, this year‘s programme embodies the extraordinarily beautiful, poignant and often absurdly funny travails of human and alien conditions.

Monod Nuovo 2007

Director, Producer

7 minutes

Fleshy shadow puppet hands unfold to become new bodies that emerge and merge with one another creating creatures that appear to be either reproducing, or eating themselves.

Sleeper 2008

Director

4 minutes

A young girl walks the borderline between the real and surreal into a dangerous world of gods and creatures.

The Birth of BrainFly 2008

Director, Animator

6 minutes

A journey through and into Self, the constructed labyrinths of Ego, and the creative transcendence of the mind‘s physical limitations.

Lively, Lovely (and the rest) 2007

Director, Producer

3 minutes

This very entertaining animation recalls a turn-of-the-century peep show.

Graham 2007

Director

Producer

Kahra Scott-James
1 minute

A man turned workstation automaton struggles against the nine-to-five gambit of slow grinding time and system failures.

Driven 2007

Director

Producers

Cathrine Gjerde
,
Dione Chard
10 minutes

An unsettling drama set amongst industrial ruins as a lone night watchman is pursued by a mysterious presence.

Unorthodox My Balance Sheet 2007

Director, Producer, Screenplay

8 minutes

An atypical caricature of typical workplace ecology, where the only way out is through the paper shredder and even the lunch room is a hazard.

Bulb 2007

Director, Producer

6 minutes

Bulb follows one man‘s attempt to adjust to an ever-shifting environment where the simple twist of a bulb can have unexpected results.

If You Were Alien 2008

Director

4 minutes

A sweet, light-hearted animation that flies from the pages of a pre-war storybook. The Brunettes fly through the universe in an undersized rocket, passing ice cream clouds, giant cats and Ferris wheels.

New Educational Series – Canaries in Colour 2007

Director

3 minutes

A delightful pastiche of images overlaid with a soundtrack of futuristic birdcalls. The  pages flit and flutter like birds. Not just for bird lovers.

Swing 2007

Director

6 minutes

In a faraway fantasy landscape one small creature searches for a place to swing as buildings replace trees and cityscapes replace forests.

Entropy 2008

Director

Producers

Dane Jacobs
,
Jeremy Hay
4 minutes

Spirited away on the thread of a tune, a young girl finds friendship and hope in a mysterious young man on the moon.

Night Drive 2008

Director

Producers

Will Moore
,
Paul Wedel
4 minutes

This improvised combination of images and soundtrack follows a night-time journey of two men in a car through dark streets.

Veil 2008

Director, Producer

17 minutes

Told through a combination of live action and two-dimensional illustration, Veil beautifully allegorises the choice between certain brutal truths and ignorance.