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2011 FESTIVAL – April 21-24

All events in the ODD Fellows Hall Ballroom (2nd and Princess)
unless otherwise noted.

Schedule is subject to change.

Sunday, 10 pm Directing Actors
(at SOVA, 3rd & Queen)

with Micheal Greyeyes


This workshop is designed to help new filmmakers and experienced directors improve their communication with actors. In this practical workshop participants will have hands on sessions working with actors, mentored by veteran actor and director Michael Greyeyes. Learn about the main acting techniques, discover the vocabulary used by actors, and come away with a solid understanding of the acting process. The course will lead you through how to carry out successful auditions, approach rehearsals and help your actors give a great performance. It will be encouraged for both actors and directors to attend this workshop.

Michael Greyeyes is an actor, choreographer, and director. As an actor with seventeen years of experience in film and television, he has worked with a wide range of directors, including Bruce McDonald, Clement Virgo, Paul Gross, John Sayles, and Terence Malick. He has written for film (Triptych/Bravo) and directed the first Cree opera, Pimooteewin (The Journey) for Soundstreams Canada and Almighty Voice and his Wife (???? rating from Now Magazine) for Native Earth Performing Arts and directed a number of short films. His latest film, Seven Seconds (Super 16mm) was a product of the lift and imagineNATIVE 2010 Mentorship program recently premiered at the 2010 Festival. It will play on Saturday afternoon in the First Eyes Program. Michael Greyeyes is a professor in the theatre department at York University.

Sunday, 1 pm
Out of the Cold: Yukon Emerging Artists

Embroidered Guy; a business card flip book experiment

Meshell Melvin, Yukon, Animation, 3
Embroidered Guy, in a flip book sequence, tossed to the winds, reassembled, animated and coaxed into dancing.


Brendan Reese, Yukon, Experimental, 2
A typical Thursday in Dawson City.

The Drawing

Kenny Welsh, Yukon, Experimental, 2
A young artist struggles to draw what he thinks is his masterpiece.

Winter Plan, The Documentary

George Maratos, Yukon, Documentary, 6
A mockumentary that sheds light on the challenge of finding love in a small northern town during the long cold winter. Produced during the KIAC 48 Hour Film Competition.

Life is what we make it

Doc Hollyday & Holger Haustein, Yukon, Documentary, 15
About celebrating life, story’s and becoming the story. The magic of the North and why we don’t want to be anywhere else. and definately not without dogs.

Longest Dream

Kim Beggs, Yukon, Animation, 4
A surreal dance of dreamlike images.

The Romance of Helen Trent
Trina Buhler, Yukon, Drama, 5
The Romance of Helen Trent, created by Frank and Anne Hummert in 1933, was a radio soap opera which ran for a total of 7,222 episodes, more than any other radio soap. Rereleased as a lip-synced, one-woman, comedic-drama for the Dawson City 48 Hour Film Contest, The Romance of Helen Trent explores Helen's ongoing search for romance after age 35.


Natalie Edelson, Yukon, Documentary, 14
A portrait of a local heorine in Pescadero, mexico, whose environmental, social and spiritual vision underlines the power one person can have in creating a positive change on a local and global level.

Sunday Breakfast

Reno Lazdins, Yukon, Drama, 4
Sunday mornings without bacon and eggs is like life without you. Produced in the KIAC 48 Hour Film Competition.

Moving Pictures of Organic Topography in the Arctic

Hugues Latour, NWT, Documentary, 6
A montage of scenes from Inuvik. The land, the people, the events.

The Second Time Around
Cari Tangedal , Yukon, Animation, 5
Two mice find themselves in a hunter’s shed and come across the scattered bones of a Lynx. They begin to reconstruct the skeleton which causes the bones to awaken. The mice facilitate in the reincarnation of a new creature, who is given one more moment of life. The mice invite the Lynx back and then tuck it away again.

Ice Road To Tuk

Meg Walker, Yukon, Experimental, 4
The Arctic winter offers miracles. You can walk on water – even drive on it. Ice Road to Tuk is a spontaneous response to being a blip of humanity on the daunting Mackenzie River Delta between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. An ice highway trance in two seasons.

Soft Spoken

Evan Rensch and Aubyn O’Grady, Yukon, Documentary, 5
They say that once you learn, you never forget - but what if it’s January in Dawson City? Over the course of this endearing documentary, a young man confronts his childhood fear of riding a bicycle on a cold winter day. Co-winner of KIACs 48 Hour Film Competition.

48 Hour Sonnet

Kathryn Hepburn, Yukon, Animation, 3
Swirls of finger-paint and layered recitations of Shakespeare’s Sonnet #56 meet in this animation, which creator Kathryn Hepburn considers to be the apotheosis of her incessant doodling during English class. Co-winner of KIACs 48 Hour Film Competition.

While you were Sleeping

Emma Tius, Yukon, Animation, 1
A playful experiment in chalk animation illustrating a night that went unseen in Dawson City.


Sunday, 3 pm

Inter-irruption: The Collaborative Work of Marcia Connolly and Angela Joosse

KIAC Artist in Residence presentation


Our relationship as collaborators began through shared questions concerning the possibilities of the film form to represent the reckoning between interior and exterior rhythms, between one’s internal “metronome” and the happenings of a given situation.


During our KIAC residency we have continued to develop filmic games and experiments that encourage us to occupy and respond to the “now.” In our presentation we will show the results of our latest collaborative work including hand-processed 16mm films that delve into the wondrous and uncanny contours that make up the unique place of Dawson City. We will each also present films from our independent bodies of work: Ghost Noise by Marcia Connolly (winner of the 2010 Dawson City International Short Film Festival Lode Star Award), and Shapes Eat Shapes by Angela Joosse.

Marcia Connolly is an award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and video-journalist. In response to Connolly’s documentary on artist Annie Pootoogook, Atom Egoyan stated, “Her camera has found a beautiful way of implicating itself into Pootoogook’s community in Cape Dorset, creating an intimacy and sense of spiritual kinship which is profoundly touching and rare.”

Connolly’s independent films have shown internationally and nationally including at the Galerie Nationale, du Jeu de Palme in Paris, the Toronto International Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institute and at the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. Ghost Noise received the 2010 Lodestar Award for Best Canadian or International film at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival and Jury’s Choice First Prize at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival.

Angela Joosse makes films, videos, and site-specific installations. Her body of work centres on questions of embodiment, technology and the human-machine interface. Dear Ruth, a site-specific work she made in collaboration with Shana MacDonald, foregrounds the politics of domestic space and female practices of personal archives. Joosse’s other collaborative installations include Collect My Junk, a collage piece that examines the appearance and disappearance of common objects, and Film-Lab-Digestive-Track, an interactive textile installation that is evocative of the bodily processes of birth, generation and decay. Her recent films and videos have screened at venues including the Korean Cinematheque, Edinburgh International Film Festival, DeLeon White Gallery in Toronto, Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, aluCine Toronto Latin Film Festival, Montréal Festival des Films du Monde, and the Dawson City International Short Film Festival.

Angela Joosse is a PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. Her scholarly work has been recognized at the national and university level through a number of fellowships including the Canada Graduate Scholarship, and in 2007 she received a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her Master’s research which included four short films. Joosse is an active member of the Loop Collective of Independent Media Artists in Toronto, as well as L.O.T: Experiments in Urban Research (Collective).

Sunday, 5 pm Facing the North

Water Islands: Our Tradition of Harvesting Whales
Hugues Latour, NWT, Documentary, 25
For 500 years or more the Inuvialuit of the western Arctic have succesfully hunted beluga whales in the Beaufort Sea. This is a story of how whaling was done in the old days and how it is today.


Alan Code, Yukon, Documentary, 59
A group of young people along with a master carver from Alaska attempt to carve a 30’ dugout canoe. The redemptive power of art, culture and community.

Sunday, 6:30 pm Street Feast
(outside on princess street)
Join us outside KIAC on Princess Street for our first ever Film Fest BBQ

Sunday, 8 pm
The Big Finish


Steven Woloshen, Quebec,Animation, 3
As a member of Canada’s art collective, Painters 11, the late Jock MacDonald painted in both worlds: figurative and the abstract. Playtime pays homage to his dedication, spirit and wonderful subject matter – both real and imaginary.

Do I Come On Too Strong?

Brenda Kovrig, BC, Comedy, 4
In the comically jazz-styled one-song musical DO I COME ON TOO STRONG a lonely and frustrated woman, immersed in her daily chores, laments on the challenges of finding a man.


Ryan Mullins, Quebec, Documentary, 13
The cinema has always been a place you could go, if only for an evening, to escape your troubles... even in Africa. The Volta Cinema was such a place for the people of the small town of Hohoe and beyond.


Eilif Bremer, Norway , Drama, 16m
The surfer Kiki lives in a caravan on a beach in Lofoten. He loves to surf, use snuff and eat fish balls. He has just returned from a long journey around the world, but things do not appear to be quite as he had expected. Kiki must make some important choices and fight a hard battle to get his old life back.

Perfect Detonator

Jay White, BC, Animation, 10
Cute pastel animal-people endure hard labour to keep the machinery of a dystopian world running. Everything is going according to plan until the yellow mouse listens to his heart, and changes their world forever.

Never Happen Here:
The Whitehorse 9/11 Story

Max Fraser, Yukon, Documentary, 45
On 9/11, the safe peaceful world of a remote northern town was shattered when a ‘hijacked’ 747 approached with fighter jets on its tail. Already shaken that day by images of the tragedy in New York, thousands of parents raced in panic to find their children after hearing RCMP say on the radio that schools have been evacuated. Until 9/11, the people of Whitehorse thought that kind of thing could ‘never happen here.’ Almost ten years later, questions are still asked about why a hostile Korean airliner was diverted to Canada and not land in Alaska. This documentary reveals new information about the mysterious flight of KAL 085, a strange but true story. A northern point of view documentary with national and international dimensions.

Sunday, 9:30 pm Awards Presentation
Stick around for a libation and the prsentation of the MITY, Lodestar and Audience Awards!

Sunday, 10:30 pm Video Dance Party
DJ Whitebread spins some tunes and videos to dance the night away an celebrate the end of another fest!

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