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Saline

Anne-Marie Bouchard / 2022 / 3 min. / Canada / FSD / Canada

Synopsis

Formed by visual and sound loops, this work explores organic textures related to images shot in Gaspésie in 1966. My grandfather's nervous camera, combined with his fascination for certain innocuous movements, resonates with my artistic practice. An organic algae-based film creation workshop gave me the pretext to play with these images, allowing me to work with the film in an organic and ecological way, but also playful. The workshop offered by TAIS - Toronto Animated Image Society gave me the excuse and the impetus to create this short experiment. Vladimir Konic imagined during a period of confinement, a method to create and digitize a film made from algae. The textures and colors created with these organic inks and films grabbed me. Their combination with recently digitized family archive images came about naturally. What could be more natural than combining images of Gaspésie with textures of algae? The process combines analog and digital technologies, 8mm film and organic film. The soundtrack comes from unused scraps from other projects.

Cast & Crew

  • Cinematographer : Robert Charbonneau
  • Editor : Anne-Marie Bouchard
  • Sound : Anne-Marie Bouchard
  • Sound mix : Anne-Marie Bouchard
  • Sound editor : Anne-Marie Bouchard
  • Music : Lyne Goulet (Verres et carillons)
  • Production : Anne-Marie Bouchard

Genre

Experimental

Topics

Environment

Biography

Anne-Marie Bouchard lives and works in Québec City. She directed several experimental videos and installations. Her work is about exploring the mysteries and wonders of the world and questioning the way we perceive and analyze it. To sense, to feel, to be immersed, and to question: her cinema is poetry.

Her work has been shown in festivals like Chicago International Music and Movies Festival, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (Montréal), Les Instants Vidéo de Marseille (France), Cinema on the Bayou (Louisiane), San Diego Underground Film Festival, International Film Festival Ireland, Traverse Video (Toulouse, France), Les instants vidéo (Marseille, France), amongst others.

Festivals

- 2022 -
In competition | Rencontres Internationales Traverse, France
In competition | Bogotá Experimental Film Festival, Colombia
In competition | Courts d'un soir, Canada
In competition | Les Percéïdes / Grande rencontre des arts médiatiques en Gaspésie, Canada
In competition | Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec, Canada
In competition | Ortometraggi Film Festival, Italy
In competition | DOBRA - Int’l Experimental Film Festival, Brasil
In competition | Darkroom Film Festival, UK
In competition | WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Canada
In competition | ULTRAcinema, Mexico
In competition | Antimatter Media Art, Canada
In competition | Engauge Experimental Film Festival, États-Unis
In competition | Canberra Short Film Festival, Australie
In competition | Festival tous Courts, France

Awards

Prix France 3 | Festival tous Courts, France

Director's statement

Experimental video artist, I work with video and film as visual and audio matter. I question the way we are constructed as individuals, the way we grasp and perceive the world through the constant narrative we tell ourselves. Reality has no narrative at first, it is just there - until we, humans, attempt to make sense out of it with language and linearity. I seek to think differently, to express the world through another process. I organize my work in a poetic structure, where I appeal first to the senses, then to the intellectual associations of a non-narrative editing form. My work is about exploring the mysteries and wonders of the world and questioning the way we perceive and analyze it.

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