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Karl Lemieux: An Exclusive Online Retrospective

As part of Suoni Per Il Popolo

Suoni Per Il Popolo and Cinéma Moderne are proud to present the first online retrospective featuring the work of filmmaker Karl Lemieux.

Within the context of the recent retrospective presenting Karl Lemieux’s work at the Cinémathèque québécoise in January 2020, which included an archive deposit, much of the filmmaker’s works have been restored. The VHS and Beta cassettes were digitized, new scans of the s-8mm, 16mm and 35mm elements were made, and the films re-assembled with new credits on their original soundtracks. Although these films were made to be presented in their original formats and screened in traditional movie theaters, these new “digital copies” can now be viewed online for the very first time.

This online retrospective program represents 16 experimental short films coupled with documentation of some live performances. Rich in various collaborations, these films highlight the director’s talent for exploring different styles of cinematographic expression (painting on film, found footage and experimental documentary). At the heart of his practice, which also includes narrative film, is the importance of the cinematographic apparatus and its attachment to celluloid.

Since 2003, Karl Lemieux has presented over 400 multiprojection performances on 16mm film, including nine performances at the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival: in 2006 and 2007 with Jerusalem In My Heart, in 2010 with Roger Tellier-Craig and Magalie Babin respectively, in 2011 with both Shalabi Effect and Les Esprits Frappeurs (Philippe Lambert and Alexandre St-Onge), in 2012 with BJ Nilsen, and most recently in 2014 when he performed with Marie Brassard as well as with Philip Jeck and Michaela Grill.

His work is inspired by the dialogue between cinema, music and sound art. His films, installations and performances  have been shown internationally in several museums, galleries, concert halls and film festivals. Since 2010, he does 16mm projections for Godspeed You! Black Emperor. He is also the co-founder of the Double Negative Collective, dedicated to the production and dissemination of experimental film.

Special event:

Join a discussion with Karl:
Suoni & Cinéma Moderne with Karl Lemieux, Sunday June 14th at 7:30 pm

Films : 

1998 ⎮ 3min30 ⎮ S-VHS ⎮music by Lee Ranaldo
2002-2011 ⎮ 3min20 ⎮ S-8mm to video ⎮music by BJ Nilsen
Mouvements de lumière
2004 ⎮ 8min30 ⎮ 16mm ⎮music by Olivier Borzeix
2007⎮ 10min ⎮ 16mm to video ⎮ music by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh
2007 ⎮ 15min ⎮ 35mm ⎮ music by David Bryant
co-directed with Claire Blanchet⎮ 2008 ⎮ 7min ⎮ 16mm to video ⎮ music by Dreamcatcher
Mémoires Imprimées
2009⎮ 3min ⎮ S-8mm ⎮ music by Maussade
2010 ⎮ 8min ⎮ 35mm ⎮ music by Francisco López
2010⎮ 5min30 ⎮ 16mm to video ⎮ music by Félix-Antoine Morin
El Camino
2011 ⎮ 4min ⎮ 16mm to video ⎮ music by HRSTA
Halo Getters
2014⎮ 6min ⎮ 16mm to video ⎮ music by Hiss Tracts
L’Entre deux
2014 ⎮ 4min30 ⎮ 16mm to video ⎮ music by BJ Nilsen
Quiet Zone 
co-réal. David Bryant ⎮ 2015⎮ 15min ⎮ 35mm ⎮ music by David Bryant
Sewer Blues
2017 ⎮ 5min ⎮ 16mm to video ⎮ music by Timber Timbre
2018 ⎮ 7min20 ⎮16mm to video ⎮ music by Visions
Yujiapu – étude
2015-2019 ⎮ 7min40 ⎮ video ⎮ music by BJ Nilsen


Karl Lemieux would like to thank: Film Factory Montréal (Marc Boucrot, Alexis Cadorette Vigneau, Thomas Laliberté), Mels (Jean-Sébastien Chambonnet, Yannick Gamache). Frame Discret, Post Modern (Myriam Therrien), Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and Guillaume Lafleur for their help in restoring the films.

picture credit: @Yannick Grandmont