Working with archival 16mm film and constructs of the documentary format, Sydney Southam is a co-founding member of the illustrious Iris Film Collective in Vancouver, B.C.—as well as a visual artist, filmmaker, performance artist, and professional pole dancer. Tonight’s screening will feature Southam’s works including Daddy (2011) and Catharsis (2015), which utilize home-movie video and super 8mm film to investigate memory and death through the lens of a family tragedy. Object (2017) and That’s Why I Like It (2018) explore the backstage and domestic lives of exotic dancers, and how their private and professional lives are defined through ideas of feminism, objectification, power, and love. Finally, Ice Cream (2010) juxtaposes idyllic visuals with a haunting soundtrack to create a suspicious sense of nostalgia.
In addition to the screening, Southam will conduct a presentation at Noon on Friday, August 23rd at the Northwest Film Center in which she will go deeper into her processes. More information here.