Can you be seduced in two minutes or less? -- Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction on Bravo!
October 4, 2006
BRAVO! FACT PRESENTS – SHORTS IN MOTION: THE ART OF SEDUCTION
World Television Premieres
October 27 and November 3 at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
What’s seductive, lasts two minutes, but may leave you with a smile? Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction, a two-part anthology of 10 two-minute short films from filmmakers across Canada, makes its television premiere in two special instalments of Bravo!FACT Presents on October 27 and November 3 at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.
Directors, including Mark McKinney, Guy Maddin, Denis Villeneuve and k-os, were challenged to experiment with the idea of public space and sound in an immediate and personal way. On Bravo!, the eclectic films will air uncut, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, directorial interviews and video diaries. Certain Citytv and A-Channel stations will air a single episode featuring a selection of the films.
Bravo! – October 27 and November 3 at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
Citytv Toronto, Vancouver – October 28 at 7pm ET/PT
A-Channel Barrie/Toronto, London, Ottawa and Victoria – November 3 at 8pm ET/PT
Proving seduction can be equally alluring online, visitors to www.shortsinmotion.com can also share their stories in a confessions area, a labyrinth of secrets and truths combining audio, video and text; take a quiz to discover their seduction style; access tongue-in-cheek seduction assistance guides; enjoy podcasts inspired by the short film; and much more.
A jovial shirtless man attempts to rouse a contingent of lethargic dancers to life in Nude Caboose. His hijinks really get the deadbeats bustin’ out until something unusual catches his eye. Dance floor seduction distilled into a fateful moment! Directed by Winnipeg-based Guy Maddin and produced by Jody Shapiro.
Strip Show takes us inside two minutes in the life of Web Cam Girl who will do anything to fulfill her online clients’ every fantasy, no matter how odd. But RCKHRD23 seems to have ulterior motives. Directed by Toronto-based Adam and Dave, and produced by Matt Hornburg (marblemedia) and Silva Basmajian (NFB).
In Electric Chairs, wheelchair-bound Grandpa may be 95-years-old but he’s still young at heart. Even at his own birthday party, he is lured away by an ageing “babe” on an electric scooter. Proof indeed that you’re never too old to play the game. Directed by Anita McGee, a notable filmmaker from the East Coast, and produced by Matt Hornburg (marblemedia) and Silva Basmajian (NFB).
In the animated short M.O.O.D, the heart will go to any length to become the object of its love’s desire. So it woos, coos and even “awoos.” But in the end not even the heart can always get what it wants. Directed by Vancouver-based Ann Marie Fleming and produced by Michael Fukushima (NFB).
In Not Pretty Really, being good-looking has its perks: compliments from complete strangers, free meals, even a seat on a private jet, but as these dashing young men and women confess, sometimes being beautiful can be a burden in fair disguise. Directed by Toronto-based Mark McKinney, and produced by Matt Hornburg (marblemedia) and Silva Basmajian (NFB).
In Dirty Dog, when his girlfriend kicks him out of their apartment, a repentant young man tries to win back her heart by serenading her with his trusty guitar. The results are not quite as he’d expected. Directed by Vancouver-based Trent Carlson and produced by Lori Lozinski.
Set to a kinetic soundtrack, Sou is a dazzling multi-layered animated collage piece on how a Western man, through ill-equipped eyes, views the seductive qualities of the pell mell kitsch that is the modern Japanese society. Directed by Montreal-based Theodore Ushev and produced by Michael Fukushima (NFB).
On Fire: One man. One pole. Two different lives. The young man gyrating and twirling sensually around the pole is not your average dancer. Directed by Toronto-based Jenn Goodwin, and produced by Matt Hornburg (marblemedia) and Silva Basmajian (NFB).
In 120 Seconds to Get Elected, a politician has just a couple of minutes to convince people to vote for him, and tries to seduce his audience with promises he thinks they want to hear. Directed by Montreal-based Denis Villeneuve and produced by Colette Loumède (NFB).
CameraHead is the 10th film in the Art of Seduction anthology. The short, directed by hip-hop artist k-os and produced by Natalie Galazka, is currently in production.
Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction is a presentation of CHUM Television’s Bravo!FACT, and a co-production of the NFB and marblemedia. The initiative is produced in association with U.S. broadcaster, Sundance Channel. The Art of Seduction is produced with the financial participation of: Telefilm Canada, Administrator of The Canada New Media Fund funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage; Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Interactive Digital Media Fund; and Ericsson Canada Inc.
Bravo!, a division of CHUM Television, is a rest stop in the television universe where viewers make a regular appointment with the arts (www.bravo.ca). Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by CHUM Television’s Canadian national cable arts channel Bravo!, and is the largest funder of shorts in Canada. Twelve million dollars have been awarded in grants for the production of 1,000 shorts across the country.
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