Motor Sister: A Celebration of the Work of Haida Paul

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Motor Sister: A Celebration of the Work of Haida Paul

Time: June 27, 2015 from 4pm to 9pm
Location: Pacific Cinematheque
Street: 1131 Howe St #200
City/Town: Vancouver, BC
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Event Type: celebration, film
Organized By: Ileana Pietrobruno, Zoe Druick, and friends
Latest Activity: May 11, 2015

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Motor Sister: A Celebration of the Work of Haida Paul

Haida Paul (1937-2014) was a vibrant filmmaker and editor who contributed to the Vancouver film community for over 50 years, working on dozens of films across the genres of documentary, animation, narrative fiction, and experimental film. One of the principals of the Petra Films production company, Paul was well-known for her work on Sandy Wilson’s My American Cousin (1985), for which she won a Genie Award, and Hugh Brody’s magnum opus Tracks Across Sand (2012). But her career was extensive; she acted as editor or sound editor on more than 50 other films. In the 1970s and 1980s, the women's-issues documentaries on which she collaborated, including This Film is about Rape (1978) and Is it Hot in Here? A Film about Menopause (1986), were foundational to the creation of wider feminist publics in Canada and abroad. She was equally at home working in rockumentary (1976’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive) and indie sci-fi (1990’s Terminal City Ricochet). Her playful side was given free reign in the many classic children's animated shorts she designed sound for or edited.

Paul's open spirit and ability to engage with the creative visions of her collaborators helped her to forge her unique editing style. As an editor, she brought deep intelligence and a non-judgmental, non-censorious, and unprejudiced eye to her work. At root, she was an incisive storyteller. She had the uncanny ability to know how to isolate and bring to the fore moments of life captured on film; she always found ways to highlight the visceral connections and underlying meaning in each project to which she contributed. This celebration of Haida Paul’s craft aims to make visible the largely invisible work of a prolific and generous editor who played an important role in the formation of Vancouver’s film community and a number of the West Coast's key aesthetic styles.

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4:00 PM
Haida Paul: Four Films

This Film is About Rape - From feminist filmmaker Bonnie Kreps, a pioneering voice for women’s issues in Canadian cinema, this 1978 documentary sought to dispel myths about rape and advise women about self-defence. Canada 1978. Dir: Bonnie Kreps. Editor: Haida Paul. 29 min.

Street Kids - Peg Campbell’s docudrama about teenage prostitutes in Vancouver uses scripted stories drawn from actual accounts and employs a mix of actors and real street kids. Canada 1986. Dir: Peg Campbell. Editor/ Sound Designer/Sound Editor: Haida Paul. 22 min.

The Night Before the Morning After - Produced by Phillip Borsos, writer-director Barry Healey’s short was a nominee for non-feature directing and screenplay Genies Awards. Canada 1979. Dir: Barry Healey. Editor: Haida Paul. 14 min.

Girls Fitting In - Haida Paul directed this documentary in which high-school students discuss the tribulations of being teenaged girls. Canada 1980. Dir/Editor: Haida Paul. 16 min.

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7:00 PM
Haida Paul: Compilation Film and Panel Discussion, followed by a Reception

A compilation of clips from films on which Haida Paul worked will be screened, followed by a panel discussion featuring several of her long-time colleagues and collaborators.

Panelists confirmed at present time: Hugh Brody, anthropologist, author, and documentary filmmaker; Raymond Hall, film editor, producer and Professor Emeritus, Film Production, UBC; Mo Simpson, documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and editor; and Jennifer Torrance, film producer.

A reception will be held afterwards in The Cinematheque lobby.

Paul's complete filmography can be found here:

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