To The Nightingales

To The Nightingales is a filmic collage, an audio-visual poetics emerging from a rhythmic anterior space. Sifting through found footage from early colour handheld-camera films, the video transports the viewer into another realm, absorbed in darkness and washed in light. The layered sound and textured image become a kind of casual rumination on the materials of an artist, of beginnings and endings, of tending, constructing, and holding – an abstract list of those things one cannot contain.

*Soundtrack contains heavy bass as a crucial part of the soundtrack - preview video with substantial audio system as possible.

  • Kandis Friesen
  • Kandis Friesen
  • Kandis Friesen
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental Video / Film
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR / HD Video
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • WNDX Festival of Moving Image
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    September 21, 2018
    Best Canadian Work
  • Festival Images Contre Nature
    July 7, 2018
  • An Answer Without A Question
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    United States
    April 6, 2018
    US Premiere
  • Traverse Vidéo
    March 9, 2018
    French Premiere
  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media
    March 9, 2018
    German Premiere
  • Montreal Underground Film Festival
    Montréal, Québec
    May 20, 2018
  • GIV Lancement des Nouveautés
    Montréal, Québec
  • Square Pegs VIII
    Kinston, Ontario
    July 5, 2017
  • Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival
    Hamilton, Ontario
    September 8, 2017
  • FIFA International Festival of Films on Art
    April 9, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV)
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Kandis Friesen

Kandis Friesen’s work is anchored in diasporic language, dispersed translations, and disintegrating archival forms. Drawing on Russian Mennonite, Ukrainian, and former Soviet geographies, her interdisciplinary compositions build from the architectural, material, and spectral inhabitations of exile, amplifying minute and myriad histories at once.

Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally, including exhibitions at LUX (London, UK), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, US), VOX (Montréal, CA), Broken City Lab (Philadelphia, US), Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (Hamilton, CA), and Eastern Edge (St. John's, CA); Recent screenings include Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Jihlava, CZ), FIFA International Festival of Films on Art (Montréal, CA), Traverse Vidéo (Toulouse, FR), Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media (Stuttgart, DE), Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, CA), DOXA (Vancouver, CA), the Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, GR), MIX:NYC (Brooklyn, US), and VIVO Media Arts (Vancouver, CA). She has received several grants and awards, including a Canada Council for the Arts Film and Video Grant (2016), a CALQ Visual Arts Grant (2013) and the Images Festival’s Steamwhistle Best Local Artist Award (with Nahed Mansour, 2012). Recent residencies include the CALQ Québec Residency at The Banff Centre (Banff, CA), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, US), and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, US). Her videos are distributed by Groupe Intervention Vidéo in Montréal.

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