FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 8

The Mountain of SGaana

This magical tale entwines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art. A young fisherman cruises a rugged shoreline as a tiny mouse in Haida regalia appears and starts to knit a blanket. A story unfolds on the blanket, illustrating this ancient story. When a SGaana (the Haida word for “killer whale”) captures master hunter Naa-Naa-Simgat, and drags him down into a supernatural world, the courageous Kuuga Kuns sets off to save him. Will they manage to escape, or will they become part of this deep sea spirit world forever?

Themes: nature, legend, love, environment, folklore

The Mountain of SGaana

This magical tale entwines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art. A young fisherman cruises a rugged shoreline as a tiny mouse in Haida regalia appears and starts to knit a blanket. A story unfolds on the blanket, illustrating this ancient story. When a SGaana (the Haida word for “killer whale”) captures master hunter Naa-Naa-Simgat, and drags him down into a supernatural world, the courageous Kuuga Kuns sets off to save him. Will they manage to escape, or will they become part of this deep sea spirit world forever?

Themes: nature, legend, love, environment, folklore

The Pocket Man

No dialogue.

A little man lives alone in an old suitcase on the sidewalk. With so much foot traffic, it’s not the safest place for a home. One day this little man meets a much bigger man, and each having something unique to offer, they end up helping one another. A friendship like no other is born.  

Themes: friends as family, disability, new perspectives

Threads

No dialogue.

In her latest animated short, the Academy Award-winning director Torill Kove (The Danish Poet) explores the beauty and complexity of parental love, the bonds that we form over time, and the ways in which they stretch and shape us.

Themes: family, love, letting go, trust

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing

Two unlikely friends, a lemming and an Arctic hare, spend the day ice fishing. The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic. By contrast, the rabbit is well-meaning, but impatient. Ukaliq and Kalla is an Inuit tale about the importance of being kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes.

Themes: friendship, hunting, The North, patience, environment

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing

Two unlikely friends, a lemming and an Arctic hare, spend the day ice fishing. The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic. By contrast, the rabbit is well-meaning, but impatient. Ukaliq and Kalla is an Inuit tale about the importance of being kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes.

Themes: friendship, hunting, The North, patience, environment

Virtual Activity: Blind Vaysha - VR

Would you like to see the past and future at the same time? It’s a physical and visceral experience which disrupts the ability to remain a passive viewer. Now’s your chance. In this animated, metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom, based on the eponymous short story by Georgi Gospodinov, Academy Award® nominated director Theodore Ushev (The Blind Vaysha, 2015) reminds us of the importance of being in the present moment. Vaysha’s left eye sees only the past and her right sees only the future. Like a terrible curse, her split vision prevents her from seeing the present. Trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities, she is known as the “blind Vaysha.”

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Virtual Activity: Blind Vaysha - VR

Would you like to see the past and future at the same time? It’s a physical and visceral experience which disrupts the ability to remain a passive viewer. Now’s your chance. In this animated, metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom, based on the eponymous short story by Georgi Gospodinov, Academy Award® nominated director Theodore Ushev (The Blind Vaysha, 2015) reminds us of the importance of being in the present moment. Vaysha’s left eye sees only the past and her right sees only the future. Like a terrible curse, her split vision prevents her from seeing the present. Trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities, she is known as the “blind Vaysha.”

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Virtual Activity: Cardboard Crash

Every time we get behind the wheel, we make decisions with life and death implications. Brake or swerve? Quick! Decide! Cardboard Crash is an interactive VR experience that explores whether we’re ready to hand over such ethically fraught decisions to artificial intelligence (AI). In this self-driving vehicle, the passenger is expected to make a split second decision when confronted with an imminent collision. There is plenty of data, but no easy answer.

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Download the App here!

 

Virtual Activity: Cardboard Crash

Every time we get behind the wheel, we make decisions with life and death implications. Brake or swerve? Quick! Decide! Cardboard Crash is an interactive VR experience that explores whether we’re ready to hand over such ethically fraught decisions to artificial intelligence (AI). In this self-driving vehicle, the passenger is expected to make a split second decision when confronted with an imminent collision. There is plenty of data, but no easy answer.

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Download the App here!

 

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