Establishing Shots – Apr 9-15, 2021

Every week, Establishing Shots offers some further enlightenment on the films that will be screening in-cinema at the VIFF Centre and online through VIFF Connect.

On the heels of last week’s Transgender Day of Visibility, we welcome Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt’s No Ordinary Man back to VIFF Connect. Delving into the complex identity of jazz musician Billy Tipton, the film has been praised by Indiewire’s Jude Dry for being “an elegant riff on a classic progression that arrives at something transcendent.”

Chin-Yee and Joynt’s film isn’t the only VIFF audience favourite returning for an encore. Also back is Martha: A Picture Story, Selina Miles’ profile of the pioneering photographer whose 1984 book, Subway Art, remains the bible of graffiti. The documentary also features testimonial from OSGEMEOS, the twin Brazilian graffiti artists whose crowning achievement is right here in Vancouver.

The Capture Photography Festival put public art back in the headlines last week. We’re excited to participate in this year’s Capture by celebrating the ongoing collaboration between photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of their collaboration on Manufactured Landscapes, we’re screening that landmark film along with the ensuing Watermark and Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.

Our VIFF+ members receive free access to dozens of films and talks. Joining our VIFF Collection titles this week are three wonderful documentary portraits of extraordinary women: John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Finding Vivian Maier, the legendary Albert Maysles’ Iris and Alison Reid’s The Woman Who Loves Giraffes. Monthly memberships are only $12.

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