Brian J. Johnson | Mirror Moves

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Mean Time – 2015 Synopsis: Mean Time considers a potential relationship between current processes of gentrification and colonialism, the relevance of time on these, and how the built environment might be read, sometimes literally, as a text. Corollary to this relationship is my positionality as an artist of privilege and how one, (in this case myself), might navigate collaborative processes with artists from other cultures and backgrounds. The work takes the form of a dialogue between two films playing in perfect sync. These films were collaboratively produced in two rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods – situated in cities founded on colonized land and principles – brought forward into a time of post-colonial aspirations. It positions globalist capitalism in a dualistic role of at once enabling connection between artists from disparate cultures while simultaneously re-colonizing and subsequently alienating them from their environs.

Brian Johnson Biography: Director, cinematographer and visual artist Brian’s work spans many genres and disciplines. He is an avid and enthusiastic collaborator as well as an independent artist creating works that tend to operate within the continuum of cinema.

Brian’s cinematography credits include The Killing for Netflix and AMC and You Me Her for DirectTV and E-one. His most recent film, Inheritor Recordings, has been receiving recognition and awards at film festivals such as the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. In 2010 Brian directed an hour-long anthology on BC artists for Knowledge Network called cArtographies – a work that re-framed the potential of biographical documentary – pushing the genre towards performance/abstraction through collaborative exploration of individual artist’s work. He has exhibited at festivals such as TIFF and the Clairmont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He has won two Golden Sheaf awards, two Leos and has been nominated for a Gemini for his work on such feature films as On the Corner and Camera Shy.

In his own practice, Brian’s work challenges the traditional parameters of filmmaking by inviting immediacy and improvisation into the cinematic experience. He is currently in development with Screen Siren Pictures on the feature film Caught on the Inside – a story about troubled youth living in a Pacific Northwest coastal/industrial town. He divides his time between Vancouver and Toronto.

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