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: Elizabeth Lazebnik
April 26, 2020
A surreal reflection of the state of life in an apartment during the pandemic.
director: Richard Fung
Riad Dades Birds, Douar Ifri, Morocco
March 21, 2020
With a travel ban in place, Richard and his partner Tim, are stranded as the only guests in a small riad in the Dades Valley in southeast Morocco.
director: John Greyson
A poem about sex work in the age of COVID to the music of Handel. Let me weep over my cruel fate, and let me sigh for liberty.
director: Haya Waseem
April 5, 2020
Wishing she could be with her family in Lahore, Waseem directs her 11-year-old sister to record their traditional lunch.
director: Valerie Buhagiar
Many times I've tried to get rid of the ghost in my house and now that it’s gone, I want it back, for company.
director: Ho Tam
Vancouver, British Columbia
April 20 – May 10, 2020
Affirmation and reaffirmation are necessary actions in these strange times.
director: Gariné Torossian
April 14, 2020
With no access to nature we make our own garden in the walls of our apartment.
director: Ann Marie Fleming
East Vancouver, British Columbia
April 11,12 2020
Pacific Time performative pandemic gratitude meets Horton hears a Who.
director: Celeste Koon
April 18, 2020
Celeste escapes from the pandemic and into the world of her imagination filled with dinosaurs and chocolate cake.
director: Francisca Duran
Toronto, Ontario, and Galicia
March 12 - May 12, 2020
A collection of dreams and correspondences gathered in Toronto during the first 2 months of the pandemic.
director: Sadaf Foroughi
May 5, 2020
120 frames of cut up truth.
director: Robert Dayton
Surrey, British Columbia
April 25, 2020
Never having truly faced himself or his feelings, a man obsesses over his new bedroom looking for an escape. A quiet comedy.
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