Bart Simpson | Canada/Brazil/United Kingdom | 2017 | Documentary | 88 min | G |
Conceived in the 1950s by architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist Lucio Costa, the city of Brasilia was envisioned as a rationalist utopia, a new capital meant to represent a forward-looking country. Constructed amid the previously uninhabited desert plains of Brazil’s interior, it was meticulously planned for maximum efficiency, and remains a marvel of modernist design. But how well can such a space accommodate the organic and often messy interminglings required to foster vibrant urban communities? That’s the question posed by Brasilia: Life After Design, the directorial debut of veteran producer Bart Simpson (The Corporation). Profiling three of the city’s denizens as they navigate life and work in an environment intended to regulate its inhabitants’ behaviors, the result is a striking, contemplative exploration of human ecology. Website
Bart Simpson is an award-winning filmmaker, interested in films that entertain, evoke and engage public debate. He produced and acted as 2nd unit director on the feature documentary The Corporation (winner at over 25 festivals including Sundance, Toronto and International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam). Other films and collaborations include Moebius Redux: A Life In Pictures, about acclaimed artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud (Best Documentary and Best Film at Comicon International, broadcast on ZDF-ARTE, BBC, Bravo!, Canal D among others) and Bananas!*, a film about a landmark court case where Nicaraguan banana workers fought fruit company Dole over decades of alleged chemical harms. The film drew Dole’s attention and they sued the filmmaking team - resulting in another film, Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (selected by Sundance, IDFA and screened worldwide). After visiting Brasília by chance in 2004, Bart returned in 2010 to conduct one of Oscar Niemeyer’s last interviews. Three years later, Bart moved to Brasília and started production on Brasilia: Life After Design.
Kalli Anderson and Zachary Finkelstein | Canada | 2016 | Short Film | 17 min | PG |
Zachary Finkelstein is a film and video maker based in Toronto, Ontario. He received his M.F.A. in Film Production from York University in 2013. His projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and Bravo!FACT. Read More
Zachary Finkelstein is a film and video maker based in Toronto, Ontario. He received his M.F.A. in Film Production from York University in 2013. His projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and Bravo!FACT.
Zachary’s film and video work has been programmed in film festivals (Ann Arbor, Antimatter, DOXA) and curated in art galleries (National Gallery of Canada, Xpace Gallery, Modern Fuel Gallery) across Canada and internationally. His work deals with themes of active viewership, perception, and the confluence of science and art in film and media production.
Kalli Anderson is an award-winning audio-producer, filmmaker and writer based in Toronto, Canada. Her short films have screened in festivals across North America. She makes audio documentaries for the CBC. You can find samples of her work at kallipearl.com