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November 9 (Tuesday) 9 pm
Tenth Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

An Evening with Ross McElwee

Something to Do with the Wall

Directed by Ross McElwee and Marilyn Levine
USA 1990, color, 16mm, 88 min.

Framed by his personal recollections of growing up with the Cold War and the Berlin Wall, filmmaker Ross McElwee documents a cautious farewell to Checkpoint Charlie. The film portrays one neighborhood in the American sector of Berlin during two contrastive time frames: 1986, when the Wall was very much intact, and then again in 1989, when the Wall and the Cold War were suddenly in the midst of being dismantled. In this simply made cinema verité–style film, McElwee and co-director Marilyn Levine successfully point out that while history recounts the acts of statesmen and great events, it is also about everyday people and the impact those events have on their lives.

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November 16 (Tuesday) 9 pm

An Evening with Ross McElwee

From the release of her first student film, Tables of Content, in 1986 to her most recent work, When the Day Breaks (co-directed with Amanda Forbis), which was awarded the Palme D’Or for short films at the Cannes International Film Festival and the Grand Prix and Critics Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival, Canadian animator Wendy Tilby has enjoyed international critical acclaim. In addition to her own three works, Wendy will present a selection of Canadian animated films which she admires, has been influenced by, or wishes she had made.

Tables of Content

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France 1974, 35mm, color, 193 min.
With Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Barbet Schroeder
French with English subtitles



Directed by Ann Marie Fleming
Canada 1987, color, 16mm, 5 min.


Black Fly

Directed by Christopher Hinton
Canada 1991, 5 min.



Directed By Wendy Tilby
Canada 1991, 10 min.


The Village of Idiots

Directed by Eugene Fedorenico and Rose Newlove
Canada 1999, 11 min.


The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa

Directed by Caroline Leaf
1977, 10 min.


Primiti Too Ta

Directed by Ed Ackerman and Collin Morton
Canada 1988, 3 min.
With poem by Kurt Schwitters




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November 16 (Tuesday) 9 pm

When the Day Breaks

Directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis
Canada 1999, color, 35mm, 10 min.

When the Day Breaks is an exquisite and compassionate ode to the importance of life’s little moments in the face of tragedy. Ruby is a gentle pig who, after witnessing a fatal accident, searches for comfort and understanding in her urban environment. The film’s beautiful animation, endows inanimate objects with a visceral power and farm animals with great humanity.

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