Private Project

Playback Head: Part 1

Assembled from footage collected over a period of fifty years, Playback Head is a series of 3 short films that consider the transience of time, the bonds of family, and the experience of (im)migration. It combines images shot in Brazil, Canada and other countries in Europe and South America, on various analogue and digital media, with a collage of evocative soundscapes and music. In Playback Head: Part 1, scenes from a wedding trip in Super 8 film merge with fuzzy and vague video recollections of a family vacation at a beach town.

  • Alexandre Klinke
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 26, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Netherlands
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 8, VHS, digital video
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Alexandre Klinke

Alexandre Klinke is a composer and media artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, based in Vancouver, BC. With a background as a musician, as well as a videographer and video editor, his works encompass different fields such as video art, media and installation art, music for film, sound design, and performance. Playback Head is his debut as a filmmaker, a work that also comprises a multichannel audiovisual installation, based on the same source material.

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Director Statement

I am primarily a sound artist, and since I started incorporating film and video in my work I was immediately drawn to the perceptual and synesthetic effects of the relationship between visual and sonic elements. I use film and video material from different eras, made with different technologies, and tape machines and computers to capture and process sounds. The juxtaposition of the warm and noisy characteristics of analog media with the hi-fi crispness and endless editing possibilities of the digital medium results in a variety of textures that are evocative of different times (present/past), spaces (internal/external) and places.