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Under The Rose: Films by Helen Lee

Dec 8, 2018
@ Innis Town Hall
8pm | Doors 7:30
$10 general admission
$5 member/student
or by donation
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Part of Fall 2018

Under The Rose: Films by Helen Lee

Pleasure Dome is proud to present an evening of short works by award-winning Toronto and Seoul-based independent filmmaker Helen Lee.

Celebrating Helen’s return to filmmaking, the program showcases some of the filmmaker’s critical works that illuminate the postcolonial female experience, and an excerpt premiere of a new work-in-progress short entitled, Into Such Assembly. Her poetic narratives escape easy definition “…as if one were ambushed by a cool beauty, the steady-throb of minor key glamour, the raw intelligence that bursts out of the background of details” (Mike Hoolboom, Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists).

INTO SUCH ASSEMBLY (2019), 3 min. excerpt of work-in-progress Adaptation of Korean American poet Myung Mi Kim’s iconic, experimental work.

SALLY’S BEAUTY SPOT (1990), 12 min. 16mm
A mole on a young Asian woman’s breast becomes a metaphor for cultural difference in this critique of Asian femininity, racial binaries and the stereotype.

PREY (1995), 26 min. 16mm
Two worlds collide when a convenience store owner’s daughter (Sandra Oh) falls for an Indigenous childhood pal (Adam Beach) on the eve of her grandmother’s visit. Original soundtrack by King Cobb Steelie.

~ 10 min. intermission ~

HERS AT LAST (2008), 18 min. Digital
Two parallel stories of displaced Seoulites — a Mongolian expat facing pregnancy and a painter resettling back into her hometown – who find fleeting if temporary communion through the spirit of a 10-year-old girl.

SUBROSA (2000), 22 min. 35mm
A young adoptee returns to Korea to search for her biological mother, experiencing profound alienation in this cinematic study of affect, abjection and rebirth.

~ Q&A with filmmaker ~

This venue is fully accessible.

This presentation is generously sponsored in part by the Graduate Program in Film, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University (York U AMPD).

Thank you to our sponsors! Pleasure Dome is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Arts Council.

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PREY (1995), 26 min. 16mm
PREY (1995), 26 min. 16mm
PREY (1995), 26 min. 16mm
PREY (1995), 26 min. 16mm
SALLY’S BEAUTY SPOT (1990), 12 min. 16mm
SUBROSA (2000), 22 min. 35mm
SUBROSA (2000), 22 min. 35mm
SUBROSA (2000), 22 min. 35mm
HERS AT LAST (2008), 18 min. Digital
HERS AT LAST (2008), 18 min. Digital
HERS AT LAST (2008), 18 min. Digital
HERS AT LAST (2008), 18 min. Digital
HERS AT LAST (2008), 18 min. Digital
HERS AT LAST (2008), 18 min. Digital
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