Talent Lab aims to: involve youth in actively viewing and discussing professionally made films; expose youth to new ideas and cultural perspectives; offer high-quality cinematic entertainment outside the mainstream; explore issues that are important to youth; engage youth in discussions with filmmakers about their work and increase understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking and moving images.
During Talent Lab, pre-registered classes attend a feature film screening (listed below) – and have the option of attending the Mere Phantoms workshop (see brief description at the bottom of this page). All films are accompanied by a study guide that is distributed before the festival. A discussion will follow each screening.
School groups (of 10 or more) receive a group discount of $5 per student for all screenings (teachers and parent chaperones are FREE). The workshop is available for an additional $5 by pre-registration only.
All Talent Lab screenings take place at the Vancity Theatre and are open to the public. Regular ticket prices apply.
Download the Talent Lab flyer here.
In French with English subtitles
Themes: peer pressure, labeling, prejudice, gender inequity, misuse of authority
Netherlands | 2012 | 98 min
Themes: celebrating differences, recognizing talents, growing up, feeling alone, bullying
Wednesday, April 17, 10:00am
Director: Stephan Schesch
Ireland / France / Germany | 2012 | 92 min
Recommended for Grades 2-6
Themes: loneliness, difference, understanding and acceptance
Director: Marcus O. Rosenmüller
Germany | 2011 | 100 min
In German with English subtitles
Recommended for Grades 5-12
Themes: World War II, anti-Semitism, prejudice, war, music, friendship, hardship
Preceded by: Breaking Bread in the Holy Land
In this 45-minute workshop participants will work with paper and light to explore how three-dimensional objects become two-dimensional shadows. Each participant will create a three-dimensional paper cut-out modeled after the techniques employed by Mere Phantoms in their interactive shadow installations.
In the first segment of the workshop, Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process. The pieces made by the group will be combined with previously made examples to create a small-scale paper-based installation. In the second segment of the workshop participants will use Mere Phantoms hand-held light wands to explore how their pieces translate in light and shadow.
The workshop will be hands-on and experiential, and will play on scale, light and shadow, and the creative use of negative and positive space.