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SEAFF III | The Knits

“The Knits” straddles a liminal filmic space between performance-for-video and contemporary fairy tale. A mother lovingly and arduously knits a sweater. Simultaneously this same sweater unravels as her daughter makes her way across Canada by foot. Along the way, the work tugs at the interwoven loops of art versus craft, gendered materiality, and the nostalgic artifacts of technologies.

In knitting, one literally gives one’s time—chronicled in interwoven loops of yarn—to keep someone warm. Hand-knitted sweaters bring us closer to our mothers and grandmothers as we physically carry a document of their love and labour next to our skin, almost like a protective second skin. This project is a loving homage to Barbara Birke (the artist’s mother) and her chronic affliction of “the Knits”.

The artist wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council Media Artists Creation Grant.

Lisa Birke is an award winning Canadian video artist who situates between the traditions of fine art, experimental film and performance art. Her short films have installed in galleries and museums internationally and been screened at numerous film/video festivals including Slamdance Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival, Athens International Film & Video Festival, along with many others. Birke is assistant professor of Digital and Extended Media at the University of Saskatchewan.


In her final moments, alone in a hospital bed, Eleanor recalls her last encounter with real love. With each tender memory comes regret and joy, anxiety and longing to relive chances unfulfilled. “Sweet Eleanor, it could have been a life that we spent.”

Nicolas Bermeo is an artist currently living in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder of both Like • Magazine and Like • Movie Night and has shown at 315 Gallery, The Echo Park Film Center, The Squeaky Wheel, The Queer Arts Festival and The Hyde Park Art Center.

SEAFF III | Superbarbara: The Beginning

After an inflatable doll has been abused and abandoned, she decides to no longer be a victim and be what she is created for. We follow her journey to save the world populated by easily manipulated beings that have totally lost control their lives.

Born in Thailand but currently living in Sweden, Boonsri Tangtrongsrin studied classic animation at Konstfack Eksjö and fine art at Malmö Art Academy. She is currently working as a freelance animator and artist.

SEAFF III | The Divine Way

Loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Divine Way takes viewers along on the protagonist’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As the woman journeys deeper, the staircases mutate and she is trapped and pulled into their dangerous landscape, conducting us through more than fifty magnificent locations.

Ilaria Di Carlo is a visual artist working in the fields of filmmaking, scenography, and the performing arts. She graduated in Scenography from the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and holds a Master from the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College of Art in London. She subsequently studied Digital Film Production at the SAE Institute of Berlin. Her filmography includes the short films The Black Book of L., In Search of Lost Time, and The Divine Way, filmed in fifty different locations around Germany. She lives and works in Berlin.