SCREENING: MAY 27, 2017 – Saturday
SUPERIOR: GITCHI GAMI
DIRECTOR: Laura-Lynn Petrick
A silent documentary shot on super 8 film in Northwestern Ontario, scored by two Canadian musicians… In the middle of summer two young lovers leave the city of Toronto in a 1981 Pontiac Parissienne, and drive 15 hours northwest to the land of Lake Superior, 5 hours east of their hometown, Thunder Bay. They set up camp in the back country of the lake’s woods and live off the land for seven days, with no technology. They reconnect with their environment and find peace and serenity among their mystical landscape. The time they have is unforgettable, filled with beauty, and spiritual fulfillment, as they re-acquainted themselves with the power of the wilderness. Lake Superior will forever resonate in their hearts.
DURATION: 12 mins
Petrick was born in 1990, raised in the countryside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, by her mother, a teacher and her father, a carpenter. Petrick spent most of her coming of age in the woods of Ontario, growing up on a lake surrounded by family. Petrick dived into photography, through the encouragement of her grandmother’s photographs and the gift of her father’s Yashica single lens reflex. Petrick self-taught herself film photography and it’s intricacies. She found success in her photography, having over 4 international solo shows by the age of 22, and working for record labels such as Universal, Domino, Fat Possum, and fashion label American Apparel, and her work published in major news publications internationally. Around 2012 she found herself enjoying the motion and light-trickery of motion picture film, working with analogue medium of hi-8/vhs and then began to a fascination with working with super 8 film. Since then, Petrick has shot impressive music videos for America’s music industry, Weyes Blood, Allah-Las, Nick Waterhouse, Mac DeMarco, Quilt, and Real Estate. Petrick has worked on an experimental super 8 film with Casey Affleck. Petrick is currently working on her first feature film, The Mother Road, shot entirely on Kodak Super 8 film, soundtracked by the best of Canadian indie music, Coming early 2017.