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François Miron: Films Experiementaux

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This DVD compilation brings together thirteen films by iconoclastic Québecois filmmaker François Miron, made over the course of 24 years. Without belonging to any artistic school, Miron has forged a unique style, one that combines a great variety of techniques and materials, including found footage, live action, animation, collage, and flicker. In bravura and often hallucinatory feats of optical printing, Miron cracks open images of American pop culture, consumerism, and conservatism, subsuming them in an experience of sensory overload.

“Like Paul Sharits, François Miron sees film as a laying bare of the drama of celluloid. This drama is not psychological, but that of the violence of spatial and temporal ruptures in the film material, an experience more sensorial than emotive. With Miron, this cinema takes form convulsively, out from the clash of two levels at work: the meaning of the images and the film sui generis.” – Etienne Desroisiers

4 x Horizontal 4 x Vertical (1985-86, 16mm, 9 min)
Chirurgie Optique (1988, 16mm, 10 min)
The Gap in the Curtain (1989, 16mm, 4 min, silent)
Kick That Habit Man (1989, 16mm, 3 min)
What Ignites Me, Extinguishes Me. (1990, 16mm, 9 min)
The Square Root of Negative Three (1991, 16mm, 8 min)
The Evil Surprise (1994, 16mm, 15 min)
The Ultraworld (1997, 16mm, 17 min)
La poursuite de l’art (1999, 16mm, 10 min)
Resolving Power (2001, 35mm, B&W,18 min)
Hymn to Pan (2007, 16mm, B&W, 5 min)
Crepitus (2008, 16mm, B&W, 5 min)
Hydromorphone 8mg (2009, 16mm, 3 min)

Includes bonus material and a 26-page booklet with illustrations and text in English and French. DVD + Booklet Curated by Etienne Desrosiers 
Languages: English and French

François Miron began makings films in 1982, working exclusively with emulsion (as in film NOT video) the body of his early work consist of several short experimental films, all created using a powerful film image manipulation technique that he has mastered: optical printing, in 1990 he received an MFA in filmmaking from The School of The Art Institute Of Chicago where he went under a full merit scholarship, all of his films have been screened in festivals and all sorts of venues throughout the world, his work received countless awards and true underground acclaim, aside from this, the director creates and shoot music videos, photography and since 1993 he has been teaching optical printing, filmmaking, and technical aspects of films at the Mel Hoppenheim School Of Cinema in Montreal.

The filmmaker has had full retrospective of his work in San Francisco, Humboldt, The Parc Cinema in Montreal and recently at the Cinematheque Quebecoise in Montreal. In 2007 he completed production on "The 4th Life" a 35mm. feature film project written with James Galwey, the film has had international festival release and Canadian theatrical release. In 2008 he won a Juno Award for his photographic work for Arcade Fire for the cover of the Neon Bible CD which was extracted from images that he shot in 16mm B/W and color reversal film, the same year he won the Prix a la creation artistique from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for his film “Hymn to Pan”.

Visually intoxicating…” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Reader (Chicago)

“A hysterical compendium of the history of experimental cinema.” – Etienne Desrosiers

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