Phillip Barker is a writer and director of film, an installation artist, and also a production designer for film and theatre. His own films have won many awards including the Centre Pompidou Award at the Venice iSFF, Most Creative Film Award at the 42nd Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma, Montreal, and Best Short Film awards at the Atlantic Film Festival, the 14th iFF, Bratislava, and received the Melbourne Prize for experimental film at Melbourne international Film Festival, Australia.Following this retrospective screening, a masterclass will take place transporting us in depth into his unique world. A discussion on how he views/directs his cinema, hosted by Serge Abiaad. This retrospective is accompanied by a 200 page book of his work helmed by writer and director Mike Hoolboom and will be available after the event.7 films | 89 min
I Am Always Connected is about the inseparable connections between the mind and the body, light and dark, and the camera and its subject. The film was shot in three takes on Super 8 film by a crew of 5 people on a small country road near Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.
| 5 minutes | 1984
A Temporary Arrangement began as a simple experiment: to study the human form suspended in water, floating down a river. We made a 12 foot camera tower lashed to two canoes.
| 12 minutes | 1984
The notion that a camera can capture a subject’s soul is explored through this story about a photographer and a film processor.This non-dialogue film is based on the myth The Soul Cages that tells of a mortal man who risks his life by swimming underwater to free the souls of drowned sailors. Captured by a spirit, the souls are held in clay pots at the bottom of the ocean.
| 22 minutes | 2000
Regarding is a film inspired by scene # 50 from The Red Violin (François Girard). In this free adaptation, the violin has been changed into a camera, an object that ignites a young woman's passion for fame. The dialogue and music from the film was re-mixed with kind permission from Rhombus Media.
| 5 minutes | 2002
A young woman, sicker than those who dare eat the food at the all-night diner she's perched in, catches an eerie reflection of herself as a child, inspiring a topsy-turvy cataclysm, hermetically sealed within a huge wheel rolling through a movie studio, in Phillip Barker's astounding mind-fuck that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the greatest manifestations of worlds in collision are etched upon the rivulets of an artist's cerebellum and subsequently fed through cinema's sausage tube of...
| 13 minutes | 2012
The crew of a salvage ship retrieve more than debris from the bottom of Lake Ontario. Suppressed memories of an old shipmate rise to consciousness and inflame the imagination of the captain's wife.
| 14 minutes | 2015
A Shadow Nette is a type of traditional fishing harness worn by fishermen to project their silhouettes onto the water. They project gestures of virility, archetypical poses that show their strength and ability.
| 18 minutes | 2017
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