Posted by: bluesyemre | November 19, 2020

The Curve (Employing a range of cinematic techniques, 3 directors craft stylish and thoughtful reflections on the COVID-19 experience)

The Curve is the pulse of our nation, beating in its own time during this unprecedented time. Our creators, with their talent and creativity, are bringing to life the voice of Canadians touched by Covid-19, both near and far.

The Curve is an online destination where these experiences will be expressed in animation, documentary and digital storytelling formats.

In the Garden on the Farm (Written and directed by Kristin Catherwood)

As social-distancing measures set in during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristin Catherwood moved back to her family’s farm to stay with her widowed father. Spring brings the usual urgency to plant the year’s crops, and Kristin starts thinking about planting her vegetable garden—a garden that brings deep memories of her mother and grandmothers.

Thursday (Written and directed by Galen Johnson)

Thursday, shot from filmmaker Galen Johnson’s high-rise apartment during COVID-19 “lockdown” in Winnipeg, captures people going about their daily routines in the city’s eerily empty streets, yards and parking lots, on their balconies and on the riverbanks. The extreme distance and the diminutive scale of humans is paired with sound close-ups—a combination that embodies the strange, heightened intensity of feeling of the time, knowing an era-defining tragedy is happening yet being so physically removed.

K’i Tah Amongst the Birch (Written and directed by Melaw Nakehk’o)

Filmmaker/activist Melaw Nakehk’o has spent the pandemic with her family at a remote land camp in the Northwest Territories, “getting wood, listening to the wind, staying warm and dry, and watching the sun move across the sky.” In documenting camp life—activities like making fish leather and scraping moose hide—she anchors the COVID experience in a specific time and place.

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