York students showcase film and video created during pandemic in Lockdown Fest

A new virtual festival will showcase the works of York students and alumni created during the pandemic lockdown.

York Cinema & Media Arts will present Lockdown Fest, a free selection of films available to view between July 30 and Aug. 2. Those viewing on Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. will be able to participate in a Q-and-A with the filmmakers following the screenings.

This event will feature works from York graduate students and alumni, including J.P. Marchant, Cara Mumford, Ajla Odobašić, Weibin Wang, Elizabeth Lazebnik and Sofia Bohdanowicz.

This screening includes:

I Want to Tell You Something by Elizabeth Lazebnik
A surreal reflection of the state of life in an apartment during the pandemic.

A Life on the Borderlands by J.P. Marchant
A film about Marchant’s father, who immigrated to Montreal from Chile in the early 1970s from a hard-scrabble youth on the streets in Santiago.

Spirit of the Caribou by Cara Mumford
Informed by the writings of June Scudeler and Tomson Highway, this found footage film is inspired by Rene Highway’s childhood experience with a herd of caribou and how it affected his life as a dancer.

Blueprints by Ajla Odobašić
A little girl struggles with the siege of her homeland and uses her imagination to navigate surreal and violent events.

hush, the dead are dreaming by Weibin Wang
A dream turns into a nightmare, an archive turns into a song, and a homeland turns into scattered leaves blown up by the wind.

The Hardest Working Cat in Showbiz by Sofia Bohdanowicz
Explore the legend of Hollywood’s most celebrated cat, Orangey, in this adaptation of Dan Sallitt’s essay of the same name.

Film and Zoom links will be provided once you have registered here for the event. Follow the Facebook event page for updates.

This is the second of three screenings, with the final screening taking place on Aug. 21.

York students and alumni are invited to submit their work by emailing yorklockdownfilms@gmail.com.