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with Van Cooper

For a long time Final Cut Pro 7 was at the top of the heap for many professional and indie filmmakers when it came to cutting together their shows, but with Apple’s decision earlier this year to stop supporting FCP7 in favor of FCPX disappointing and alienating many long time supporters, what’s an editor to do? If it’s time to learn a new piece of software do you go Avid Media Composer 6, FCPX or Premiere CS6? What are the pros and cons of each system and is one better suited for certain kinds of work than the others? Join Apple Certified Pro Cooper for a workshop comparison of all of these systems and go under the hood of FCPX with someone whose actually knows the nuts and bolts! Bring your questions, fears and war stories and we’ll see if we can settle once and for all who is king of the NLEs.

Van Cooper, an industry recognized specialist in post production and an accomplished editing teacher, gives an in-depth comparison of the three most widely used editing applications available today. Adobe PremierPro and the Creative Suite family of applications, Avid Media Composer and its interoperability with ProTools, and Apples Final Cut Pro and its accompanying applications.


Funding for this workshop provided by the Yukon Film and Sound Commission.


The Will
Delany Alfred, Yukon, 6m
In this film Delany is a youth in urgent need of heat, who remembers something very important that his Grandfather told him.

The New Gold Rush
Brendan Preston, Yukon, Documentary, 5m
A crew of young Yukon gold stakers go on a job that lasts longer than expected.

Lee Carruthers, Yukon, Documentary, 17m
Two people and a Tahltan Bear Dog endure an arduous hike to Mount Edziza, located in the Tahltan traditional territory of northwestern British Columbia. Edziza is a spectacular dormant volcano considered sacred by the Tahltan First Nation people. The area is currently under threat of destruction by shale-gas and other mineral production activities.

Running with Paper
Helen O’Connor, Yukon, Experimental, 3m
A dreamy run through the boreal forest wearing nothing but paper, artist Helen O’Connor takes a metaphysical journey through the northern landscape. The film conveys the artist’s spiritual connection with art making, papermaking and the natural world she lives in.

How Mice Go Bad
Aud Fischer, Yukon, Comedy, 5m
Abused as a youngster, little mouse Vivian, becomes very violent, the terror of mousery. Two weeks in mousy jail, with only a rabbit for company, she realizes the error of her ways and becomes a gentler member of mouse society.

Healing in Babalmé — A story of hope in a marginalized place
Othmar F. Arnold, Yukon, Documentary, 7m
Healing in Bablmé tells the story of a humanitarian worker’s lived experiences during a malnutrition crisis in Chad, where a pastoralist community on the edge of the Sahara desert mobilizes its own resources to overcome the effect of marginalization.

Somehow the gold isn’t all

Florian Boulais, Yukon, Experimental, 8m
Who was I ?
Who did I become?
What did this place do to me ?
What did the people do to me ?

Launching of the George Black Ferry
Karen MacKay, Yukon, Documentary, 5m
The process of a spring ritual in Dawson City, 2010–2012.

Ange Bonnici, Yukon, Experimental, 5
Winter is long, dark and cold. Things get weird but is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Clea Roberts, Yukon, Drama, 2m
In the spirit of the zen practice of forest bathing, two women who hacve taken very different paths in life go for a walk together in the woods

Forbidden Love
Kristen Smarch, Yukon, Comedy, 7m
A coming of age story about a dilemma a young man, Hughy, who is forced to choose between his mothers wishes for him to attend bible school and his dream of becoming a DJ. Created by the Kwanlin Dun House of learning students in Yukon College’s HACES program.

Snowshoeing 2012/13
Casey Parker, Yukon, Experimental, 4m
Snowshoeing throughout the Dawson area and Tombstone Territorial Park.

Goodnight Little Hellbird
Meg Walker, Yukon, Experimental 3m
A piano player explores deep sea diving as act to end, once and for all, the argument with her father about whether a real, fiery hell exists. No one knows for sure if the found footage and low-tech acting combine into a film of revenge or resolution.

Tous ce que les homes savent
(Everything Humans Know)

Andrée Bélanger, Yukon, Animation 8m
L’un après l’autre, des animaux se retrouvent dans des situations qui les dépassent. / One after the other, animals find themselves in overwhelming situations.

LNB News
Tish Lindgren, Kylie Van Every, Yukon, Comedy, 3m
All the news that’s fit to film.

Klondike Garden Rush
Trina Buhler, Yukon, Docmentary, 6m
This film follows 14 gardens and the growers who take advantage of the fleeting, light filled growing season that is experienced in the Klondike region of the Yukon. A veritable visual cornucopia of gardens and their ultimate bounty and richness.

21st Century Bushwoman Talkin’
Sally Wright & JP Pinard, Yukon, Documnetary, 11m
The filmmaker tells her story of why and how she built her 20 foot diameter stack wall house in the middle of the Yukon wilderness.


Screening and Q&A

Brian Lye

Brian Lye is a Vancouver-based filmmaker and artist who uses imagination and humour to reflect on life experiences. Outside of Canada, he has lived worked and studied in Japan, Uganda, Australia (where he attended the Sydney Film School), and the Czech Republic (as a guest student at the Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). His films have been included in numerous national and international festivals including: the Vancouver International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. He was the winner of The Ellen, Filmmaker to Watch Award, at the Aspen Shortsfest in 2011. He loves shooting on film.

Brian is happy and grateful to be here, it is his first time in the Yukon. While in Dawson City - Brian will make a short film, play with animation, and prepare for an upcoming collaborative documentary on the Uganda Skateboard Union, a group he co-founded in 2007.


Christina Battle

Working with film, video and installation, Christina’s works are often inspired by the role of non-official archives, our notions of evidence and explore themes of history and counter-memory, political mythology and environmental catastrophe. In this informal presentation she will present a talk & screening introducing her recent work.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Christina holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Alberta and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked within Toronto’s vibrant artist-run culture as jury member, arts administrator, technical coordinator, committee member, board member and curator for various organizations including the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Gallery 44, The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and The Images Festival. As an educator she has worked with students at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries including: The Images Festival (Toronto), The London Film Festival (UK), The International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto), White Box (New York), The Foreman Art Gallery at Bishops University (Sherbrooke, QC), MCA Denver, The Aspen Art Museum and in the Whitney Biennial, Day for Night (New York, 2006).



Something Strangely Familiar

aAron Munson, Alberta, Experimental, 3m
‘It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from there.’ – Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
An apocalypse in ink, soap and 35mm film, shot in high definition video.

Dva gazetchika
Vladimir Sakhnov, Russian Federation, Drama, 17m
The film Two Journalists is based on a story by Anton Chekhov. It presents a a satirical look at journalism. This is the story about the journalists that are ready to do anything for a sensation.

Lessons in Process
Philip Hoffman, Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 30m
An experimental documentary about a film making workshop given by Canadian filmmaker/teacher Phil Hoffman, at the famed Internacional de Cine y Television, at San Antonio de Los Banos in Cuba. The film is a meditatian on generations and legacies that touches on matters of responsibility and participation in the creation and circulation of images. A celebration of tradition, a self-examination, and an elegy.

The Missing Looks
Damián Dionisio, Argentina, Drama, 11m
Argentina, 1976. Claudio is forced to live with his family in hiding, due to his political ideals. The house in which they live is discovered by the military. No time to flee, Teresa try to shelter his daughter in a fantasy world to avoid the girl seeing the horror they are about to live.

The Man That Got Away
Trevor Anderson, Alberta, Musical, 25m
A musical documentary that tells the true life story of Trevor’s great-uncle Jimmy in six original songs.


I will get up and go now

Andrew de Fraitas, Québec, Experimental, 3m
I Will Get Up And Go Now represents a short text drawn from conversations between poet Karen Hayes and Mo Codd, a man living with dementia. All of the words are Codd’s own, whilst Hayes simply recorded and assembled the fragments. Following these words, the film treats memory as if it were physical space — leading the viewer from a domestic setting outdoors, through streets and fields towards a vast openness, devoid of others.

The Man Who Lived on His Bike
Guillaume Blanchet, Québec, Comedy, 2m
I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad. After 382 days spent riding through the streets of Montreal, being sometimes quite cold, sometimes quite hot – and sometimes quite scared, I dedicate this movie to him.

Aidan Cartwright, NWT, Animation, 5m
A short animation the explores the narrator’s history of hunting and how it relates to his present.

Magnetic Reconnection
Kyle Armstrong, Alberta, Documentary, 13m
An experimental short form documentary contrasting the northern lights with the harsh landscapes and decaying man made remnants littering the northern Canadian town of Churchill. The film touches upon the power of nature over man and the futility of struggle against the natural processes of decay.

Siobhan Devine, BC, Drama, 10m
OMG is an inter-generational short film about 14-year-old emo-goth Kaylee who thinks she is the top of the food chain when it comes to being misunderstood. After a monster fight with her parents over her texting habit Kaylee runs away to her understanding grandma’s house. All is going well until Kaylee’s cell phone battery runs out.

Old Growth
Tess Girard, Ontario, Documentary, 5m
In the frigid isolation of winter, an elderly man braves the elements to hew his cord of wood with nothing but an axe and a wheelbarrow. This meditative documentation is an elegy for nature’s sacrifice to fuel man’s existence.

Eva Weber, UK, Documentary, 3m
Journeying 400 kilometers above the polar circle to Karigasniemi village in Utsjoki, Finland, filmmaker Eva Weber captures the reindeer herding that has been the livelihood of the arctic’s indigenous Sámi people for countless generations.

Malin Skjöld, Sweden, Documentary, 15m
As a consequence of the increasing demands for fashionable hats, the beavers were exterminated both in Europe and North America since the finest hats were made of pelt from the beaver.

Première Neige
Michaël Lalancette, Québec, Drama, 13m
A disconnected family find themselves at a hospital. The father is in urgent need of a kidney transplant and all of the family members are compatible donors. This situation brings back old conflicts between them, all to settle with an odd reconciliation.

Her Next Plan
Lulu Keating, Yukon, Drama, 23m
In this, the 2nd installment of the saga of Dawson City’s popular couple, Stephanie and Brian, they are desperate to be alone. As they drive up the Dempster Highway to get away from it all, they get more than they bargained for!

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