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Directed by Sydney Southam

British Columbia 2019 65 mins.

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.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.