Studio 75 presents
THREE FILMS BY JULIET BELMAS
Sunday October 16 7 pm.
Studio 75 is pleased to present three films by Juliet Belmas, a Vancouver based cinematographer, writer, musician and artist. The films were made on 16mm in the early 90s and are being re-released; Studio 75's screening is a special presentation in advance of the re-release.
PALE ANGUISH KEEPS 16mm 1990; RAPUNZEL 16mm, 10 min, 1991/re-edited release 2011; A YEAR WHOSE DAYS ARE LONG 16mm, 15 min, 1992
About Juliet Belmas
Juliet Belmas, a Canadian anarchist activist, was at age 18 labelled a terrorist and jailed in a maximum-security prison for 20 years in 1984, for her role in an urban guerrilla group known as Direct Action. After her sentence was reduced on appeal she was released to art school where she wrote, directed and produced several short films about women in prison that garnered multiple awards and led to participation in numerous Canadian and International film festivals, academic lectures and panel discussions.
Belmas then went on to develop a long-standing career in cinematography in the Canadian film industry. In her spare time, she presents hands-on guerrilla filmmaking workshops.
Her look is distinguishable by a painterly cinematic style coupled with experimental production values (rear screen projection, optical printing, digital sound repetition) that add a heightened and fantastical feel to her narratives and compositions.
Critics describe her work as subtle, yet harrowing as she juxtaposes both the confining artifice of modern life and the all too real loss of liberty experienced by women in prison and life amongst the “free”. Leading Canadian writer, feminist scholar, and human rights activist, Karlene Faith, cites Belmas’ lens for furthering concerns with the individual struggle against the institutional powers of our society.
Belmas is currently writing a memoir of her experiences in Direct Action, and the prison that followed.
Note: the films will be presented as digital projections, not on the original 16mm.