September’s meeting is a special co-presentation by Cineworks and Urban Republic in celebration of the Gastown Drive-In film series whose theme is “Vancouver stars as itself.” Vancouver has become the third-largest film production centre in North America, albeit usually as Hollywood’s stand-in for another city. For three nights in September selected shorts and feature films, shot in part or wholly within the Metro Vancouver area, will showcase the talents of Canadian artists. When filmmakers chose to set their film in Vancouver, what aspects of the cultural, social, and built landscapes do they employ? What makes a generic location, place specific?
Reading Chris Lukinbeal’s Cinematic Landscapes, landscape will be explored as central in the formation of cinematic space. Where place and landscape ground action and the construction of meaning, space provides the stage for the story to unfold. Landscape and film are both social constructions that rely primarily on vision and perception for their very definition. There is a link between landscape and cinema, one that is deeply engrained in the North American mind and in the land. Cinematic Landscapes combines the metaphors of theatre and text to explore how landscape functions in cinema.
THOUGHT ON FILM
reading Chris Lukinbeal’s Cinematic Landscapes
Cineworks Studio [1131 Howe, back lane entrance], Vancouver BC
30 September 2008, 18:00
Facilitated by cheyanne turions