National Canadian Film Day 150: Taking Shelter

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National Canadian Film Day 150: Taking Shelter
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National Canadian Film Day 150: Taking Shelter says
6:20 PM - Jonathan Culp's TAKING SHELTER
8:00 PM - CUBE (the film will be followed by a Q&A with special guests)


“Prepare to face the power of the ultimate dimension!”

Breaking out of their imaginary purgatory and into temporal space, a disagreeable crew of aliens invade Canada, subjecting everyday life to the rules of cinema as a strategy for colonial domination.

Fragments of 434 Canadian feature films from 1970-1989 are folded into this found-footage feature, many of them scandalously rare, dominated by the much-maligned phenomenon of the ‘tax shelter’ or Capital Cost Allowance production. Under this policy, staid social realist traditions were assimilated and/or displaced by tentative, “commercial” stabs at genre, kinesis and effect. Taking Shelter is an overdue overview of a transformative moment in our national cinema.

The strong narrative line of the video both stands on its own and unpacks its subject on two levels: the literal content of the films it repurposes, and the political/industrial context from which they emerged. The story line is advanced through various techniques of role compositing, including prominent contributions from dozens of familiar Canadian actors.

Merging the innovations of found-footage pioneers like Conner and Lipsett with the anarchic pop omnivorousness of You Tube mashup culture, Jonathan Culp’s Taking Shelter is a groundbreaking experiment in freestanding collage cinema - no voiceover or titling, no non-diagetic commentary, just repurposed image and sound. It jolts the formative years of Canadian feature filmmaking into the present with all the trimmings of the Hollywood productions these films yearned to emulate - funny, thrilling and affecting.

" a Canadian movie classic all its own" Peter Howell, Toronto Star
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto

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