The Clock, (Christian Marclay, 2010)


This year, I’ve dismissed 3D shorts, and especially animated shorts from my best, or even my worst list. I feel that they should be marginalized as perceptive flaws in the same manner that we accepted black and white and silent films. Instead, I want to quantify my film experiences as if I were assembling a” top notch” film program (or a weekend of cinematic tropes).

In 2013, I’ve been comforted by excellent programming in media arts as well as gallery presentations. In my home territory, galleries such as Concordia University’s FOFA gallery presented us with thoughtful challenges. Short film programs from FNC (Nouveau Film and Video Festival) that ran in October of 2013 were as vital as France’s Roubaix’s Picasso show in 2012.

Best Moments in short and long films. Each regarded equally with admiration.

1. Christian Marclay, “The Clock”

2. Dan Browne, “Momento Mori”

3. Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski, “Cochemare”

4. Ulo Pikkov, “The End”

5. Michaela Pavlatova, “Tram”

6. Bill Morrison, “The Great Flood.”

7. Rosto, “Lonely Bones”

8. Guillaume Vallée “the Yellow Ghost”

9. Mirai Mizue “Wonder”

10. Kara Blake “The Delian Mode”

11. John Blouin “Filmstripe”

12. Alan Zweig “15 reasons to live” 

13. Johnny Ma “A Grand Canal”

14. Patrick Cerderberg “Noah”


Steven Woloshen (http://scratchatopia.tumblr.com) soon to be 54 years old has been passionately creating handmade abstract films and time-based installations for more than 30 years. Lecturer, Juror, technician, animator, craftsman and recently, author of “Recipes for Reconstruction”, the filmmaker’s manual for decay, renewal and other handmade, analogue film techniques. Woloshen is now in the process of writing his second filmmaking manual, “Scratch, Crackle and Pop! Or how to make a film with the aid of cameras or computers” due out in December of 2014.