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Double Negative Collective: Parataxis

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 16, 2009

Text logo for the Double Negative Collective

Dec. 17
9:30 p.m.
Cinema Parallele
3536 Boul. St-Laurent
Montreal,  QC

Hosted by: Double Negative Collective

The definition of “parataxis” is to slam two distinct phrases of language together without any connective tissue. “Parataxis” in cinema achieves the same goal, but with images instead of words. The Double Negative Collective presents a dozen short films by Montreal filmmakers that make surprising connections through the juxtaposition of diverse images and sounds

One of the films, j. directed by Alexandre Larose & Solomon Nagler, was reviewed by the Underground Film Journal when it was included on the DVD anthology A Rebours released by Cinema Abattoir. The film is indeed a beautiful and haunting work that weaves together stark B&W images, possibly from old films, that may or may not tell a story.

Here’s the full lineup of films screening:

Perceptual Subjectivity, dir. Philippe Leonard
Columns in the Sea, dir. Nancy Baric & Nicolas Renaud
A L’est Des Vents, dir. Emilie Serri
Lacuna, dir. Shannon Harris
Through Three Eyes, dir. James Schidlowsky
1 to 8, dir. Amy Schwartz
j., dir. Alexandre Larose & Solomon Nagler (Read the underground movie review)
Hydromorphone 8MG, dir. Francois Miron
Over No Things, dir. Yen-Chao Lin
Oparine, dir. Stephane Calce
Universe of Broken Parts, dir. Richard Kerr
Strips, dir. Felix Dufour-Laperriere

Watch A Universe of Broken Parts by Richard Kerr:

Still from A Universe of Broken Parts:

Shadow of a boy playing basketball in a dark alley