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Nothing Special

"(6 1/2 minutes) 16mm colour educational film. A chldren's film posing moral questions in the Eastern tradition." [1977/78 SFU Film Workshop Productions program]

Programmed Response

Also held by "Moving Images Distribution" in 16mm format: "Programmed Response deals with elements of the urban environment that condition our responses. It focuses on the idea of Pavlovian conditioning and repetition - the repetition of street lights and bus door mechanisms, as well as aspects of media culture, such as classical narrative film, that program responses." 8 min., 1978 [http://www.movingimages.ca/catalogue/Experimental/Experimental_i.html#RTFToC31a]

Place

According to Tony Giacinti, the filmmaker, the opening scenes of "Place" show footage of Robson Street (between Burrard and Thurlow) in the midst of being torn apart to make way for commercialization. Giacinti lived in the "Manhattan" apartment at the time. It was an experimental film, as influenced by the experimental filmmakers then teaching the workshop (e.g., Al Razutis). The film won in the "Experimental" category at the 11th Canadian Student Film Festival in Montreal in 1979.

A review of the film stated that "'Place' develops its own language of experimental editing and sound manipulations in order to explore the personna [sic] of an apartment block. In Tony's film objects and people, moving unseeing to each other in space and time, are brought together to create a strange statement about our perception of an observable reality." (Russell Stephens, "Move over, Fassbinder," The Peak, 13 June 1979, p. 7). The film was described as "Man and his Mask; the persona of the place in which we live" in the program for the 1978/79 SFU Student Workshop Films showing on 15 June 1979.

Two for Tea

"A surreal social commentary on contemporary lifestyles. Winner of the 1979 B.C. film festival." [Program for 1978/79 SFU Student Workshop Films showing, 15 June 1979]. Also held by "Moving Images Distribution in 16mm format: "Two for Tea evolves in a text/counter-textual structure that relates tothe narrative/anti-narrative debate of avant-garde film practice, and the issues raised regarding the positioning of the subject in an open or closed text ... The film begins with what appears to be a narrative on the banality of suburban life. Two women share mid-afternoon tea, a common practice in this South Vancouver suburb. This mannered feminine ritual also reveals the women'sexperience as a kind of a trophy ... They politely sip their tea, oblivious to the violence in the world around them or to the specific violation of those of their own gender. By framing the woman's "place" as private rather than public,the film explores this feminine social determination. A TV is used as a formal device to deconstruct the narrative's logical, linear coherence and closure.The surreal aspects of the later sequences invite the spectator to take an active part in the production of meaning. (M.I.)" 1979, 12 min. [http://www.movingimages.ca/catalogue/Experimental/Experimental_i.html#RTFToC31b]