Svava Tergesen, still from Aural Fixation, 2019, 16mm film transferred to digital, 3 min, Courtesy of the Artist

Svava Tergesen, still from Aural Fixation, 2019, 16mm film transferred to digital, 3 min, Courtesy of the Artist


Left With Dreams



Streaming on Vucavu from April 15th at 7 am until April 25th 8:59 pm.
Please note the streaming time is in Pacific Standard Time.

Curated by Brittney Appleby

Left With Dreams delves into the extraordinary world of experimental analogue filmmaking. Be prepared to be captivated by the endless possibilities that experimental analogue filmmaking has to offer. The show brings together nine short films that manifest the dream world into a visual reality. Styles ranging from eco-processing to optical printing, the filmmakers use the medium of analogue filmmaking to conjure up otherworldly scenes. The name for the show comes from Evangeline Belzile’s film Left With Dreams, which will be featured in the screening along with several other established and emerging artists from across North America.

Featuring work by Lindsay McIntyre, Svava Tergesen, Jae Lew, Rea Saxena, Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, Dawn George, Caitlin Diaz, Evangeline Belzile, Kellen Jackson and Jeffery Ellom.

Presented in partnership with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society.


Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty is an artist working experimentally with moving image and sound. Her work explores the perimeters of inner and outer landscapes within film and time based media. Kirk-Gushowaty is interested in the tactile processes of analog filmmaking and much of her work incorporates 16mm and 8mm formats. Her work has been shown in the form of multi-channel screenings, installations and performances in festivals, galleries and museums internationally. She is a founding member of the Iris Film Collective in Vancouver.

Lindsay McIntyre (Inuit/settler Scottish) is a filmmaker with an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University and a BFA from the University of Alberta who generally prefers to do things the hard way. Her award-winning short documentaries, experimental films and expanded cinema performances are often processed-based, and/or shot on film, and for some she even makes her own 16mm film with handmade silver gelatin emulsion. She has made 38 short films over the past 20 years and is in development on a feature.

Svava Tergesen is an interdisciplinary artist based on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver). Through a confluence of sculptural, still-life and collage techniques, Tergesen’s work speaks to themes of identity, the body, psycho-spiritual perception and disability. Svava recently graduated with a BFA in Photography at Emily Carr University of Art+Design.

Rea Saxena is a video artist residing on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. She enjoys working with analogue practices, as their tactile nature makes her feel alive. “Identity” is a word she is still figuring out.

Dawn George is a Canadian moving image artist working in film, video, and installation. Her DIY approach to filmmaking reflects her appreciation and respect for movement, nature, science, and sound. Her experimental works have included mesmerizing images of time-lapse mold and plant growth, intimate moments with insects, and eco-processed film from fruits and vegetables. Accompanying her films are intricate sound designs recorded in her kitchen and collected in nature. Dawn received a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University and received film and media arts training from the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative and the Centre for Art Tapes.

Caitlin Díaz is a filmmaker, colorist, and archivist from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Her films explore the alchemy of celluloid through the use of DIY, analog, and digital techniques. Inner and outer landscapes are constant threads in her work as she employs the use of abstraction and documentary to unearth the intimate and sacred interactions between the physical Earth and the people who inhabit it. Her films have screened at festivals such as Another Experiment by Women (NYC), Strangloscope (Brazil), Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (Mexico), the Oak Cliff Film Festival, and Cine Las Americas (Texas).

Evangeline Belzile is a visual artist with a focus on still and moving images. She works primarily with analogue film using the medium to weave together documentary and narrative image-making. Evangeline seeks out moments to capture rather than creating and curating them. As such, themes of portraiture, duration, and memory have been knit together to form her practice.

Jae Lew is a media artist and filmmaker currently residing in so-called Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories). Their practice is situated at a place of visibility and invisibility; their work deals with spirituality, disability, gender and the absurdity of the constructs in which we live under. Lew is the founder of EMO (Experimental Media Outsiders) Collective, an experimental media and analog filmmaking artist collective. They are currently completing a degree in New Media and Sound Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Kellen Jackson (BFA Film Hons 2017, SFU) is a queer filmmaker/soundmaker/educator on stolen, occupied, unceded səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Skwxwú7mesh, and xwməθkwəy̓əm lands. Their work is generated from an endless stream of hungry questions. Recurring themes include ecological intersubjectivity, myth & magic, and the trouble of having and sharing a body. Kellen takes an experimental approach to materials, drawing from experimental analogue film traditions and a childhood of making potions in the mud. In their teaching, they are working toward models of collaboration that embrace vulnerability, passion, and curiosity, emphasizing generative messes over precision.

Jeffrey Ellom is an artist currently living on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, who works primarily in sound and film. His musical work, released under the name Pesewa, forms the material which is expanded and iterated upon in his experiments in the medium of film. Together, his projects aim to build on the legacy of the Ewe people.

Brittney Appleby (She/They) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker living on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations, otherwise known as Vancouver, BC. Appleby holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from Langara College and will be graduating with their BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2021). Their primary focus is in analogue film and photography, as well as performance and installation. Some of the themes they explore in their work are the body, trauma, memory and nostalgia. Appleby is most inspired by the materiality of analogue practices and incorporates their background in painting, drawing and printmaking into experimental filmmaking.

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