Regina had the pleasure of a couple of hours with Berny Hi, the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative’s Artist-in-Residence for 2014-2015.  Filmpool is Regina and Saskatchewan’s indie, artist-run film co-op.  It was founded in 1977, and has been telling Saskatchewan stories ever since.

Beyond coordinating productions at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, Berny focuses as a filmmaker in the development of a unique approach to storytelling involving the manipulation of multiple projected moving images on Super 8mm / 16mm celluloid through warped glass and prisms. Using this technique, he recently performed the otherworldly story of Kitty Dreams of Dying. Recent traditional screenings include Milk River, a 16mm film hand processed at the Film Retreat, andVéronique à vélo, a multi-award winning b&w 16mm film that pays homage to the French New Wave Cinema. He hosts, a blog which showcases his ongoing experimental film research, and videos featuring his feline friend with kidney failure, Kitty. Ever looking for new, fun art projects to make, he delved into a few interdisciplinary projects with fellow art cohort, Chrystene Ells. In KaleidoCycle { Globe Theatre 2012 }, they teamed up to produce a black box theatre play relating the story of Chrystene’s departure from her body through the top of her head. The adventure was explored through physical theatre, mask work, clowning, puppetry, and celluloid 16mm and Super 8mm projection performance art.

Berny is also working on the expanded cinema project The Great Saskatchewan Timeline, which will excavate our prairie land- and social-scape from time immemorial to the present.  At the 5th today, Berny gave us a tour of his new studio digs at CBC Saskatchewan, and lead us in a translocal collaboration in which we created two pieces between Berny’s studio, “The Vault,” as ground zero, and our three companion cities.  We have them spinning through the Regina city cam on the gallery wall.

Thanks Berny, a great day for #3CL!