LAIR: Exhibition Presentation

September 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shiro Yagi, a new experimental film by Cindy Mochizuki

Shiro Yagi is an experimental animated film that is inspired from the last sheet of existing music of the artist’s maternal grandfather, Sueo Mori. Mori was a poet, composer and high school teacher based in Yokohama, Japan.  The composition and poem was written in 1927.  The film explores the re-connection of memory through conversations, between the director and her mother that ensued after Mori’s musical and literary practices were re-discovered from the piece of ephemera.

The film is set in a fictional ‘land of sleep’, where a mother and her two children encounter the haunting music of their late grandfather.  The narrative is juxtaposed with the actual interview with the artist’s mother that calls into question the reliability of memory against time.

Shiro Yagi features sound design by  Antoine Bédard with new compositions by mimi’s ami and Takeo Yamashiro. The layered aesthetic treatment of the animation explores the 1920’s genre of early Japanese cinema and storytelling techniques kamishibai (Japanese paper theatre), and tatebanko (miniature paper dioramas).   The stop motion set is created by moveable panels of paper and have integrated lighting designed by James Proudfoot. The animation also includes rotoscoped treatment of video, super 8 footage, and photographs.  The film is narrated by Maiko Bae Yamamoto and James Long.

The production of this film has received financial assistance from B.C. Arts Council. National Association of Japanese Canadians, NFB Filmmaker’s Assistance Program and Cineworks LAIR Residency.

This will be the full length premiere of Cindy Mochizuki’s Shiro Yagi, a new animation performance created during her time as Cineworks’ 2012 Local Artist in Residence.

Screening will occur on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Cineworks Studio (1131 Howe St, Back Lane entrance)

Join us for Refreshments!

8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free


Know Your Copyright

September 6, 2012 § Leave a comment


Are you an artist working in film/video? Are you or your collaborators working with samples, video clips, and/or making parody works or mash-ups?  If you are, you should ask yourself whether what you are doing is legal.

Changes to the Copyright Act have finally arrived in Canada. Come to this lunchtime session where we will demystify copyright and copyright changes that could affect your work and artistic practice.

Join us for this FREE presentation on the recent legislative changes (including Bill C-11) to your film and media arts by Vancouver-based lawyers Martha Rans and Lindsay Bailey.

Presenter Biographies:

A true believer in giving to the community and a passionate advocate for the arts,Martha Rans is a lawyer who has provided advice to artists in all disciplines for over 20 years. Following close to a decade as a labour lawyer and human rights mediator/specialist, in 2003 she established her own practice providing advice on employment, labour, human rights, privacy, intellectual property, governance, and charity law to non profit organizations, co-ops and social innovators of all kinds. In 2005, she co-founded the Artists’ Legal Outreach legal advice clinic in BC ( A recognized expert in copyright and its impact on artists she appeared before the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11 in March 2012. She teaches copyright to the next generation of artists and designers at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

With a background in art history, pursuing a legal career as an arts and entertainment lawyer seemed like the natural progression for Lindsay Bailey. Lindsay worked at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto, Ontario practicing business law with experience working with media, technology and entertainment clients requiring a range of business and intellectual law property services. During her years in Toronto, Lindsay volunteered at the Artists’ Legal Advice Service (ALAS) providing summary legal advice to artists of a range of practices. Since her years in Toronto, Lindsay has been instrumentally involved with Femmarte, a private art fund committed to supporting the careers of contemporary female artists practicing in Canada today, an organization for which she now sits on the Board. Lindsay returned home to British Columbia to build her practice here as an arts and entertainment lawyer and today through LBLC – Lindsay Bailey Law Corporation –  she works with a range of clients from diverse practices in all cultural industries. As part of her ongoing commitment to staying involved with and giving back to the local arts communities, Lindsay sits on the Board of the Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society. She has become further involved with the local arts and film communities as a film producer of a local documentary, having produced the TV-length Generation Social: The Vancouver Network for broadcast by CBC in August, with another in development.

Know Your Copyright

Friday, September 28, 2012

W2 Performance Space (141 W Hastings, Inside the SFU Atrium, W2 Café, downstairs side door)

11:00am – 1 p.m.


First come first serve seating.

Organized by Cineworks & W2 and Co-presented by Western FrontVIVO Media ArtsMoving Images, and BC DOC.


September 6, 2012 § Leave a comment


“Swarm is an annual festival of artist run culture organized by the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres. Initiated by PAARC in 1999, Swarm began as an event to mark the launch of Vncouver’s artist-run centre programming season, bringing together events from some of the city’s most vital and innovative contemporary art spaces on a single frenetic evening. Swarm soon grew to a multi-night event, incorporating more and more of the city’s ephemeral artist-run initiatives: small DIY spaces, studios-turned-galleries, roaming public projects, artist collectives, and hybrid projects.” For more information visit Swarm

Small Works: Studies & Tests from Shiro Yagi

A film in production through the LAIR residency at Cineworks, Shiro Yagi,  is a 6 minute experimental docu-animation by interdisciplinary artist, Cindy Mochizuki. Select smaller works from the production which include animation loops, paper cut-outs, drawings, 35 mm home video footage and archival photographs will be exhibited in the context of memory work and the intricate processes and stages of trial and error that are often unseen before a film is actually conceived.

SWARM on Friday, September 7, 2012, at The Annex (235 Alexander St)

8 – 11 p.m.

Come on by for BBQ + Refreshments!

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