Humanity's Wing

On the day the prototypes for Trump’s border wall are introduced to the world, the news unsettles the students and teachers who work in the Humanities Wing at the University of Toronto Scarborough. A shaken business major takes photographs of the Humanities Wing to deal with her shock, while others in the building struggle to understand and endure, to create and resist. In the tradition of Chris Marker’s La Jetée, Humanity’s Wing utilizes the business major’s photographs to develop snapshots of these diverse stories in this lyric, immersive, and urgent meditation on the ways in which what we build shapes who we are—and how the rise of divisiveness, destruction, and hate is countered by the need to create, connect, and love. (Warning: Includes flickering/strobing light.)

  • Tiz (Daniel Tysdal)
  • Tiz (Daniel Tysdal)
  • Tiz (Daniel Tysdal)
  • Andrea Cabeza
    Key Cast
  • Tom Upjohn
  • Bijal Prajapati
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    550 USD
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    Black & White
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Director Biography - Tiz (Daniel Tysdal)

Tiz (aka Daniel Scott Tysdal) is a poet, teacher, and filmmaker. His short films include HUMANITY'S WING and WAVE FORM, and have screened at festivals in Canada, Mexico, and the US. He is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook THE WRITING MOMENT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CREATING FILMS (OUP), and the TEDx talk “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” He teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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