RYAN ERMACORA AND JESSICA JOHNSON'S UNEASY PANORAMAS
Tuesday 15 January 2019
Doors 6:30 PM | Screening 7:00 PM
$7 General Admission | $5 Students/Underemployed
Jackman Hall (317 Dundas St W.) - McCaul Street Entrance
Co-presented by Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival
Since 2015, filmmakers Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson have worked collaboratively and independently on a series of lush and enigmatic non-fiction shorts that engage with interrelated questions of landscapes and duration. Working in the lineage of icons Sharon Lockhart and James Benning – filmmakers that privilege the contemplative over the chaotic – Ermacora and Johnson most often turn their camera to the sylvan unceded territories of interior British Columbia.
In films like Einst, Empire Valley, and E&N the filmmakers offer wordless examinations of places and gestures, while other works like Ocean Falls and Johnson’s Scotland-shot Hazel Isle incorporate interviews to produce intimate portraits of people in their lived spaces. Visually stunning, with an enveloping beauty enhanced by the filmmakers’ commitment to shooting on film, the tranquil nature of the films belie a troubled temporal and spatial palimpsest.
Empire Valley (Ryan Ermacora, 2018, Canada, 13 min, Digital)
Ocean Falls (Ryan Ermacora/Jessica Johnson, 2015, Canada, 13 min, Digital)
E&N (Ryan Ermacora/Jessica Johnson, 2015, Canada, 4 min, Digital)
Einst (Jessica Johnson, 2016, Canada, 12 min, Digital)
Hazel Isle (Jessica Johnson, 2018, Canada, 14 min, Digital)
Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson in attendance!