Volatile Works

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Volatile Works
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Volatile Works
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active since 2003
Website volatileworks.org
Members Lou
MDB
Pomgrenade
Urchin
Witkacy

Volatile Works is a five member film and new media art collective in Montreal, Quebec established in 2003.

Activities[edit]

The Volatile Works collective has produced works in diverse mediums, genres, and styles, with an emphasis on do-it-yourself forms of production. Their works have appeared in over 140 film and new media art festivals in over 28 countries around the world.[1] The collective organizes regular short film screenings, and has collaborated with other collectives and musicians on community-based screenings, workshops in activist video, 16 mm & Super-8 projections, and music videos. Their media include digital video, Super-8, 16mm, animation, web art, sound, installation art, and live performances. In 2007, they were named "Noisemakers" by the Montreal Mirror.[2]

From La Revue de la Cinémathèque Québécoise (Sept-Dec. 2007), by Domique Dugas: "Volatile Works is composed of five very strong and distinct signatures, from Witcaky's experimental films that cross avant-garde accents with surrealism, to DeGiglio-Bellemare's B-movie and horror film explorations[3] seasoned with agitprop perspectives, to Pomgrenade's anti-militarism and politically engaged cinema." (Translated from the French).[4]

Collective screenings[edit]

  • Curated screening at the invitation of Versionfest >05: Volatile Shorts Film Program (Chicago, USA), April 2005
  • Collective screening at the invitation of the Cinémathèque Québécoise: Volatile Works Does the Cinémathèque! (Montréal, Canada), November 23, 2007
  • Retrospective screening at the invitation of Fantasia Festival (Montréal, Canada), July 11, 2007
  • Curated screening at the invitation of New York Experimental: Volatile Works Collective Does New York! (New York, USA), March 24, 2007
  • "Live" projections with musicians at the invitation of the Rendez-vous du cinéma Québécois: Soirée Tryptique avec Volatile Works, Karl Lemieux, et Pierre Hébert (Montréal, Canada), February 22, 2008

Collective awards[edit]

  • 2005: Awarded the special flEXiff Award for five of its films at The First and Last Experimental International Film Festival, Sydney, Australia: House, Kuleshov's Cabinet, NatoNosferatu, Resettlement [floating home], and Zombie Business.
  • 2007: Awarded the special MUFF Award for four of its films at the Second Montreal Underground Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Ikuma Siku,Kuleshov's Paradox, Lust, and Uncanny.

Individual awards[edit]

  • 2005: Zombie Business (Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare - 3rd Place, Best Québécois DIY Shorts, at the Fantasia Film Festival, Montréal, Canada.[5]
  • 2005: Zombie Business (Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare) - Best Director Award (Shorts category), at the International Festival of Horror, Cincinnati, USA.[6]
  • 2005: Donkey Harvest (Allan Brown) - Best of the Fest, at the Bearded Child Film Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA.[7]
  • 2006: Donkey Harvest (Allan Brown) - Coppa Cannibale Award, at the 19th Stuttgart Filmwinter, Germany.[8]
  • 2006: Donkey Harvest (Allan Brown) - Meilleur Ambiance/Prix du Public, at Vitesse Lumière, Québec, Canada.[9]
  • 2011: Main Attraction (Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare) - Special flEXiff Award, at The First and Last Experimental International Film Festival, Sydney, Australia.[10]
  • 2011: Kinetosis (Allan Brown) - Festival Prize Winner, at the Alternative Film/Video 2011 Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anne-Marie Marko. "Noisemakers: Genre Jumpers". film reference. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  2. ^ Anne-Marie Marko. "Noisemakers: Genre Jumpers". film reference. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ http://twitchfilm.com/interviews/2011/08/fantasia-2011-interview-with-mario-degiglio-bellemare.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Dominique Dugas. "Volatile Works Does la Cinémathèque". film reference. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436983/awards.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://www.volatileworks.org/news_archive08.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://www.volatileworks.org/news_archive06.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://www.volatileworks.org/news_archive09.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://www.vitesselumiere.org/archives/archives_2006.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://cinewest.org/welcome/?cat=102.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.alternativefilmvideo.org/index2011EN.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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