Louise Bourque

Just Words (1991) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

"Using as its text Samule Beckett's NOT I, this shocking gift incorporates optically printed home movie footage and an eerily slick close-up of actress Patricia MacGeachy as she rants at lightning speed Beckett's words about home, family and the confines and alienation associated with being a woman." -- Madcat Film Festival Program Notes, San Francisco, 2001 "... a 10 minute tour de force... In JUST WORDS, Bourque intercuts footage of her mother and her sisters with a peformance by actress Patricia MacGeachy of Samuel Beckett's NOT I; the result is unnerving (as all Beckett is) yet touching (as some Beckett is not)." -- Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail, Toronto

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Louise Bourque

Fissures (1999) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

A film about forgetting and remembering, about past presences and the traces they leave. In making this piece, I literally manipulated and distorted the film plane through experimentation in doing my own contact printing of personal home movie images. The point of contact is continuously shifted so that the film plane appears warped and the images fluctuate, creating a distorted space of fleeting apparitions, like resurfacing memories. The footage was hand-processed and solarized as well as colored by hand through toning before a final print was made at the lab. "... a very short film that meshes the beautifully overlapping style of Bruce Baillie with rhythm and sound to create a meditation in blue." -- Stephen Brody, artsMEDIA, March 15-April 15, 2000

Rental: $30.00
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Louise Bourque

Going Back Home (2000) 35mm, color, 2.30 min

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Children & Youth

Turmoil of unsheltered childhood: the dwelling as self. "The disasters of life can make it hard to go home. Bourque's brief beautiful, and affecting film goes by so quickly it's printed twice on the reel, so you can get a second look." -- Program notes, Images Film Festival Catalogue, Toronto, 2001

Rental: $30.00
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Louise Bourque

Self Portrait Post Mortem (2002) 35mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Found Footage

"Rossetti's Beatrice uses Stan Brakhage as interior decorator in this through-the-glass-darkly two-way mirror moving picture of death after death." -- Steve Ausbury, Cinematexas International Short Film Festival catalogue, 2002 An unearthed time capsule consisting of footage of the maker's youthful self -- an "exquisite corpse" with nature as collaborator. Bourque buried random out-takes from her first three films (all staged productions dealing with her family) in the backyard of her ancestral home (adjoining the grounds of a former cemetery) with the ambivalent intentions of both safe-keeping and unloading them (she was relocating). Upon examining the footage five years later she found that the material contained images of herself captured during the making of her first film. That discovery seemed handed over like a gift and prompted the making of this film, a metaphysical pas-de-deux in which decay undermines the image and in the process engenders a transmutation.

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Louise Bourque

Imprint (1997) 16mm, Color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

"Family portraits are frozen memories, saturated with melancholy and nostalgia. Bourque portrays her family in a very ambiguous way in her authentic 8mm home movies. By bleaching, scratching and perforating the films she creates a rawness which greatly contrasts with the actual content of the films themselves- children playing gently and the warmth associated with 'home'. The abstracted memories slowly blur into a concrete reality in the film, but the strong desire for love and tenderness still lurks apparent behind this facade of distorted images."- Annemick Engbers, Impakt Festival catalogue, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1998

Rental: $50.00
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Louise Bourque

Jours en fleurs (2003) 35mm, Color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography, cameraless, personal_diary_journal

Rental: $50.00
35mm Rental: $50.00

Louise Bourque

L'ECLAT DU MAL (THE BLEEDING HEART) (2005) 35 mm, Color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: family, hand_processed, personal_diary_journal

"The house that bursts; the scene of the crime; the nucleus. A universe collapses on itself: all hell breaks loose." -LB

Boston-based French Canadian Louise Bourque creates intensely personal hand crafted works, often incorporating and manipulating old family home movies, found footage and newly shot film.

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