LIFT co-presents “Alternative Landscapes” at Planet in Focus


The Liaison
of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT),


The Liaison
of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT),

along with Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Toronto, Worldwide Short Film Festival, and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, co-presents at the 2011 Planet in Focus: International Environmental Film and Video Festival.


Alternative Landscapes:
Shorts Program

 This collection of nine
experimental short film and video works explores how artists working in various
disciplines interpret the landscapes around them. From the sculptural lakes,
volcanoes and caves crafted from cellophane, kitty litter and candle wax in LINT
, to the contemporary dance
choreography in Melt
, digital
video compositing in The Want
and The
, poetry in Nanameshkueu, manipulated Super 8 footage in Daybreak and musical collaboration in Sirmilik, this program celebrates the works that challenge
traditional aesthetics of landscape.



Director: Isabell Spengler

Germany / 2009 / 9 min /

Reworked hinterland sounds breathe
life into synthetic sculptural tableaux of natural worlds.


Winter Light  (Vinterlys)

Director: Skule Eriksen

Norway / 2011 / 24 min /
Documentary / Norwegian with English subtitles

Winter Light captures the stillness and subtle beauty that
pervades everyday life on a Norwegian archipelago as the low autumn sun sinks
below the horizon for the duration of the winter months.



Director: Noémie LaFrance

Canada, USA / 2010 / 10 min /

 A sensual, dramatic and
delicate expression of the body in exile surrendering to the effect of heat; a
spiritual mutation, where the body as matter transforms from solid to liquid to
light in a quiet and highly-charged atmosphere.



Director: David Geiss

Canada / 2010 / 8 min /

 An elegiac meditation on the
sights, sounds, form and function of a 1924 bascule-style drawbridge destined
for demolition.


The Want

Director: Annie Si-Wing Tung

Canada / 2010 / 6 min /

 A dreamlike exploration of the
built environment, where natural and industrial elements become interlaced and
progress is no longer clear.


Nanameskueu (Tremblement de

Director: Réal Junior Leblanc

Canada / 2010 / 3 min /
Experimental / Innu with English subtitles

 Leblanc’s poetry inspirits a
colourful dual-screen collage of the faces, trees, waves and moon around him.



Director: Jason Britski

Canada / 2011 / 10 min /

 Inverted Super 8 and video
footage paints a hauntingly beautiful portrait of Saskatchewan’s northern


The Park

Director: Ulu Braun

Germany, Finland / 2011 / 5
min / Experimental

 Intricate video compositing
techniques combine familiar features of our social and architectural
environments into a panoramic exploration of the space between urban and
natural landscapes.


National Parks Project:

Director: Zacharias Kunuk

Canada / 2010 / 10 min /

 Against the arresting backdrop
of Nunavut’s blue skies and majestic glacial expanses, filmmaker Zacharias
Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
explores how climate change is impeding the local Inuit community’s ability to
predict weather patterns. Sirmilik
the music of Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of
Hustle) and Yellowknife throat singer Tanya Tagaq.



Saturday 15 October 2011 –

Non-members: $12.00 General
Members: $12.00 General

Royal Ontario Museum 
100 Queens Park 
Toronto ON Canada