The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021


Canada | 2019 | 9 min
- Without dialogue
Editing: Phil Rose
Composer: Jason Sonier
Director: Penny McCann
Categories :
FIFA Experimental


Quebec Premiere

An experimental triptych filmed in Super 8 and 16mm over a four year period, Phenomena continues the artist's evolving preoccupation with landscape and celluloid practices. Three scenes are observed: a snowstorm in downtown Ottawa (where the artist lives), a gentle winter thaw on the Mer Bleue bog, and the raging Ottawa river during spring run-off. The simple act of observation is transformed into a post-modern cataloging of events, prompting the viewer to wonder to what extent the natural world and phenomena can exist unmediated in filmed representation.


Penny McCann

Penny McCann's body of work spans more than twenty-five years and encompasses both dramatic and experimental films and videos. Her work has been exhibited extensively at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Centre national d'art contemporain (Grenoble, France), the Hamburg International Short Film Festival (Hamburg, Germany), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, New Mexico), the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa, Ont), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, B.C.), and the International Festival of Films on Art – FIFA (Montreal, Quebec).

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Phenomena (2019) ; Land Lines (of time and place) in no particular order (2017) ; Gibraltar Point (transformed) (2017) ; Crashing Skies (2012) ; In Between (remembering and forgetting) (2010)

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