Arts Commons Presents
what do you call, WE, and Lily Gets a Pet
Three humorous and playful films take the stage for Calgary International Children’s Festival
Location: On the Arts Commons three video monitors:
- +15 pedway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
- West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
- Near Ca’Puccini Café and the stained glass window
Dates: April 3, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Artist Reception: Happenings #8 in the theme of Contemporary Craft on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons
Arts Commons Broadcast Lab (formerly Gallery of Alberta Media Arts) is proud to present three short films that capture the passion of movement, showcase a group of young storytellers, and bring a smile to your face with playful puns. The films run continuously day-and-night on three public video monitors throughout the centre and are available to everyone entering Arts Commons, for free.
Mary-Anne McTrowe’s what do you call is a light-hearted reading of jokes, with set-up questions quickly stacked on top of each other with little time for the viewer to guess each punch line before the next question. The punch lines are then delivered next in quick succession, in what amounts to a list of mostly one-word puns with no context. They are still pretty funny, though.
Rosanna Terracciano’s WE is inspired by the filmmakers love for flamenco dance and movement. In a short window of time, Terracciano captures the human form as an embodiment of motion and passion.
The Bum Family’s Lily Gets a Pet centres around Lilly, a giant orange monster in search of a friend. Her search lands her in a pet shop, where she falls in love with Fluffle, but a pet shop is no place for a large orange monster and she is kicked out. How will she reunite with Fluffle so she can be happy?
Mary-Anne McTrowe was born and raised in Southern Alberta, where she earned her BFA from the University of Lethbridge in 1998 and her MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2001. Her work has spanned a number of different media, her practice focussing on the question of how things that are familiar to us can be made unfamiliar; how a change in context can render something temporarily strange and perhaps even unrecognizable.
Rosanna Terracciano is an independent artist who creates dances and short films. She has been presenting her ideas to audiences for over a decade, as one of only a small handful of Canadian artists experimenting with traditional models of flamenco dance from a contemporary perspective. Her solo dance works and short films have been presented at the Bienal de Flamenco Sevilla, Flamenco Empirico (Barcelona), Coetáni Experimental Flamenco Festival (Athens), Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, Festival of Short Flamenco Films (Madrid/Brazil) and Prairie Tales (Alberta).
The Bum Family is a group of Calgary-based cousins who create animations and art in the name of anarchy and humor. Maezy (age 13), Medina (age 11), Zaiyah (age 9), Berlin(age 13), Ocean (age 10), and Sol (age 6), created Lily Gets A Pet using cut-outs and children’s logic during a 48 hour animation challenge at Quickdraw Animation Society. The Bum Family is currently working on a short film for Sesame Street that will air during Season 47.