Establishing Shots – May 21-May 27, 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.

Museum Town

“The film is a deceptively breezy retrospective on Mass MoCA’s unlikely success; it illuminates how and to what extent art and cultural institutions can help revive communities under duress.” Beatrice Loayza, Hyperallergic

“Featuring beautiful music and gorgeous, sweeping cinematography that demonstrated the sheer immensity of the cavernous space and its installations, Museum Town isn’t just about how art can save a place from economic and social ruin…” Sezin Koehler, Black Girl Nerds

The Quest for Tonewood

“Stradivari would listen to his client’s voice. He knew that the most cherished and liberating timbre for any musician is the sound of their own voice. All music is about reiterating the voice in your own body. The violin is an extension of the soul. So Stradivari would listen to the distinct tonality of the client’s voice, and consider the language –a German sounds different, musically, than an Italian– and make an instrument that emulated the timbre. That is also what I want to do, when I start the work on the violin of my dreams.” Gaspar Borchardt, subject of The Quest for Tonewood

Our VIFF+ members are currently enjoying free access to more than 30 films and talks on VIFF Connect. Joining the collection this week are Jia Zhangke’s Ash Is Purest White and Sasie Sealy’s Lucky Grandma. Memberships start at only $12 a month.

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