" For me, film is a self-aware illusion that presents itself as illusion. If it has reality, it is the reality of an audience member sitting in a chair. "
Wesley Rickert is a Canadian writer, director & producer of no-budget arthouse features, performance poet and noise musician. His feature length arthouse films combine his obsession for cinema, abstract characters and novelty with his zeal for exploring diverse elements of time based experimental art. He has made 5 feature films that defy easy categorization, is co-founder of the Thousand Island Artist Residency, co-founder of 253469 Productions, a LIFT member, a regular contributor to "Maintenant -A Journal of Contemporary Dada", Three Rooms Press, NYC, worked with the American post-beat poet Steve Dalachinsky and has traveled & performed with the legendary Canadian sound poet bill bissett.
SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY
2020 - "The Border Of Utopia", 97 minutes. Official Selection 2020 Montreal Independent Film Festival. Official Selection 2020 BLOW-UP International Filmfest Chicago.
2019 - "Wax Wings - a comedy of ideas", 72 minutes. Honourable Mention 2019 LA Underground Film Forum. Honourable Mention 2019 Experimental Forum (LA)
2017- "Reality River Snow Job", 99 minutes. Honourable mention 2017 LA Underground Film Forum
2016 - "The Road To Elsinore", 98 minutes. Anthology Film Archives 2020- Culture Vulture: Steve Dalachinsky on Screen. Official Selection 2017 Annual Copenhagen Film Festival. SEMI-FINALIST 2017 European Film Festival (Mainstream & underground). Official Selection 2016 BLOW-UP, Chicago International Arthouse FILMFEST
2014 - "Cold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy", 74 minutes. 2014 - Toured at 11 artist run centres & other venues across Canada. -Eastern Edge Gallery, St Johns, aceartinc, Winnipeg, Niagara Artist Centre, St Catharines,  Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, Modern Fuel, Kingston, Art Zoo, Toronto, this town is small, Charlottetown, Iqaluit Library, Nunavut, NSCAD, Halifax, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre, North West Territories, Canada.
  • Producer (4 Credits)
    The Border Of Utopia2020
    Experimental, Feature
    Wax Wings - a comedy of ideas2019
    Experimental, Feature
    Reality River Snow Job2017
    Experimental, Feature
    The Road To Elsinore2016
    Experimental
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    The Border Of Utopia2020
    Experimental, Feature
    Wax Wings - a comedy of ideas2019
    Experimental, Feature
    Reality River Snow Job2017
    Experimental, Feature
    The Road To Elsinore2016
    Experimental
  • Director (4 Credits)
    The Border Of Utopia2020
    Experimental, Feature
    Wax Wings - a comedy of ideas2019
    Experimental, Feature
    Reality River Snow Job2017
    Experimental, Feature
    The Road To Elsinore2016
    Experimental
" For me, film is a self-aware illusion that presents itself as illusion. If it has reality, it is the reality of an audience member sitting in a chair. "