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School for the Contemporary Arts fonds Razutis, Al
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Northern Lines

Also held by "Moving Images Distribution" in 16mm format: "Freight trains, shot from directly above, weave complex patterns of form,colour, and motion in this beautifully controlled film painting. A fresh vision of the industrial landscape. Awards: CNE Certificate of Merit; Jury Award (INSTITUT QU?âB?âCOIS DU CIN?âMA), [14th] Canadian Student Film Festival." 13 min., 1982 []


Also held by "Moving Images Distribution" in 16mm format: "Disposable is an experimental narrative in black and white with post colour tinting. It metaphorically contrasts North American "disposable"cultural forms such as video, Polaroid, and graffiti with more enduring cultural traditions in Europe. With a juxtaposition of music from Nega-vision and Beethoven, and pop absurdist dialogue, the film satirically comments on America's consumerism and amnesia about history. Award: Best Film, Berlin Short Film Festival" 14 min., 1984 []

Beautiful Day in a Negative World

"Stumbling through the last minutes before a nuclear attack‚ " [Russell Stephens, "Move over, Fassbinder," The Peak, 13 June 1979, p. 6]. "What would you do if you woke up to a hangover and incoming Soviet missiles?" [Program for 1978/79 SFU Student Workshop Films showing, 15 June 1979]


"What happens when you cannot think of an idea for a script? You write about a chameleon." [Program for 1978/79 SFU Student Workshop Films showing, 15 June 1979]

In Black and White

Also held by "Moving Images Distribution" in video and 16mm formats: "This work asks the viewer to re-examine the right of the police to harass adults because of their sexual preferences. A careful, precise film which raises the question in a reserved and understated style." 10 min., b/w, 1979 [http://www.movingimages ca/catalogue/Experimental/Experimental_m.html#RTFToC38b]. "Television, washroom sex, and state repression." [Program for 1978/79 SFU Student Workshop Films showing, 15 June 1979]


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.

The Tales of Rabbi Nachman

"An ancient Jewish tale of a prince and a rooster." [Program for 1978/79 SFU Student Workshop Films showing, 15 June 1979]. No answer print for this film as per late July 1979 documentation in general correspondence section of F-232 collection file.

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. []