Created by Canadian veteran film programmer Stacey Donen in the hopes of finding inspiration and enlightenment from our shared human experience of isolation under COVID-19, Greetings from Isolation has invited a broad range of Canadian filmmakers to participate in a capsule collection film project.
The project will include new and original works filmed while living in isolation from Matthew Rankin (The Twentieth Century), Sadaf Faroughi (Ava), Brett Story (The Hottest August) Ann Marie Fleming (Window Horses), Richard Fung (Sea in the Blood), John Greyson (Lilies), Larry Kent (Bitter Ash), Barbara Sternberg (Like a Dream That Vanishes), Peter Lynch (Project Grizzly), Gariné Torossian (Girl from Moush), Alan Zweig (Hurt) and Yuqi Kang (A Little Wisdom) among others. The collection of films will be released online beginning in May, 2020
Currently there are around around 100 participating Canadian filmmakers creating short films across genres, including fiction, documentary, essay, and video diary, with more filmmakers expected to come on board in the coming months. Each filmmaker will use their own phone or personal camera and anything else that is available to them in their living space, with no budget attached.
“A few weeks ago, I began my involuntary new life as an at-home kindergarten teacher with my 5 year-old Sophie, who incidentally thinks I am pretty boring. With the few minutes of the day not building forts, struggling with origami, or watching Buster Keaton movies, I reached out to a group of my filmmaker friends to gauge their interest in participating in this project,” said Stacey Donen. “What’s happening around us is unprecedented, momentous, and frankly hard to believe or understand. All around the world we find ourselves forcibly separated from one another. With our extraordinary new everyday routines, connecting with one another is more important than ever.”
director: Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Keg River, Alberta (57°57′N 117°28′W)
A day in the life of a young Cree girl isolated deep in the boreal forest of northern Alberta.
director: Curtis L. Wiebe
Two friends try to socialize online during the pandemic in this odd couple puppet movie.
director: Lindsay McIntyre
Airports all over the world from when we were allowed
Winter 2016/2017/2018/2019/ Summer 2020
We sit and wait in suspension.
director: Jacquelyn Mills
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
What keeps us afloat during these times? For Jacquelyn it’s swimming in the ocean observing creatures, sounds, colors, shadows and the light below.
director: Milos Mitrovic
A lonely comedian prepares for a virtual stand up act.
director: Leslie Supnet
Winnipeg, Manitoba and The Internet
July & August 2020
Home movies of families visiting the Philippines - appearing and disappearing are used a metaphor for Leslie’s heightened dreams during the pandemic.
director: Fabián Velasco
August 1, 2020
A man in isolation passes time by taking any bit of entertainment he can from the outside world.
director: Sophy Romvari
A short experimental film that explores the loss of identity that can occur when one submits oneself completely to technology.
director: Corinne Dunphy
Antigonish, Nova Scotia and Iqaluit, Nunavut
March and August 2020
A reflective visual diary of familiar memories from the lingering days of the pandemic.
director: Peter Lynch
A personal story about the cataclysmic life-altering events experienced during life under COVID 19.
director: Windolph Family (Janine Windolph)
July 26, 2020
Food brings a family together.
director: Robin McKenna
Near Wasauksing Marina, Georgian Bay, ON
June 24/25, 2020
When the busy-ness and distractions are taken away, and we're left with silence and stillness - what could we gain by looking more closely at where we are at?
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