Directors in Focus
Backbone / Four Short Films by Richard Martin
Backbone: Vancouver Experimental Cinema
dir. Richard Martin, Canada, 2013, digital, 58 min.
Courtesy of Moving Images Distribution
“Backbone is a one hour documentary examining the
films, filmmakers and history of Vancouver Experimental Cinema made between
1967 and 1981. Experimental filmmaking was a significant part of Vancouver’s
art scene in the 70s, a fertile period marked by outrageous innovation,
unbridled experimentation and outright subversion. This movement flourished for
many years, thanks to a visionary and colorful collection of artists, curators,
venues and institutions. Some of the films made in this period still see
distribution while others remain in vaults and personal archives. Many of the
works inform us of an art movement that set the stage for contemporary artists
and filmmakers. Re-examining films such as BackBone (Tom Braidwood, 1972) and In Black and White (Michael McGarry, 1979) illuminates this
rich past, while expressing a timeless vision that maintains their artistic and
social relevancy today. The commentary by the artists serves to put the work
into a critical context. The filmmakers included represent a diverse group of
artists. Some, like David Rimmer, Al Razutis and Chris Gallagher, still engage
in experimental media art. Others, like Patricia Gruben, Sturla Gunnarsson and
Tom Braidwood shifted to work in academic realms or the world of independent
features - All share a unique relationship to cinematic expression and the
world of Vancouver film art.”
Four Short Films by Richard Martin
dir. Richard Martin, Canada, 1979, digital, 7min.
dir. Richard Martin, Canada, 2005, digital, 8min.
dir. Richard Martin, Canada, 2010, digital, 7.5 min.
dir. Richard Martin, Canada, 2010, digital, 9 min.