AN ON-GONG SERIES OF FILMS, MUSIC, PERFORMANCES AND VISUAL ART celebrating the innovative, utterly bizarre and extremely vast body of work from our neighbors to the north. Their films may be smaller, but at least their country is bigger!

Size does matter. CANADA IS BIGGER THAN THE U.S.

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1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
(between Euterpe & Terpsichore, across from Cafe Reconcile)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
(504) 352-1150  – real person
http://www.zeitgeistinc.net    rene@zeitgeistinc.net

$8 general / $7 students & seniors / $6 Zeitgeist members
unless otherwise noted. Hey, we will even accept Canadian money.

“I have been attending the Toronto International Film Festival regularly since 1990. Aside from seeing films from all the world, it has given me a profound appreciation of the work of Canadian filmmakers. Due to my love for the work of filmmaker Guy Maddin, in 1991 I programmed the largest exhibition of works by the Winnipeg Film Group outside of Canada, THE MONDO MANITOBA MARATHON which I presented at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y. as well as here in New Orleans. As part of the marathon, I produced a 30 minute video on the working relationship between filmmaker Guy Maddin and screen-writer George Toles entitled STRANGLED BY A LARGE INTESTINE. Then from 1995 to 1997, Zeitgeist presented an on-going series of films and performances entitled QUEERLY CANADIAN, which celebrated works and artists from Canada that personified both definitions of the word “queer”, meaning either “gay” or “odd”. Over the years Zeitgeist has hosted Canadian performers and filmmakers Bruce La Bruce, David Bateman, Michael Achtmann, and David Roche. We have screened hundreds of films from Canada, but we didn’t actively advertise that it was from Canada. That’s not enough. This work needs to be celebrated and exposed to new audiences. We need bigger!” – Rene Broussard, Zeitgeist Founder/Director

According to Canadian author and Prespyterian minister Tristan Emmanuel, Canada is looking to destroy America. In his new book, WARNED: CANADA’S REVOLUTION AGAINST FAITH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM THREATENS AMERICA, Emmanuel writes:

“Canada is being used as a staging ground to export radical liberalism and its being aimed right at America: everything from gay ‘marriage’ to polygamy to lowering the age of sexual consent and strengthening ‘human rights’ laws to protect prostitution. If it’s radically liberal, Canada is involved.”

Well if this is true, it’s all the more reason for Zeitgeist to celebrate and to help promote their agenda.

I’m not saying that Canada is trying to turn America Gay, but not only is Canada bigger than the U.S. (and we all know size does matter!), when you look at the map, it’s on top…

Since we began this  series in January of 2009 we have been proud to bring Canadian filmmakers INGRID VENINGER (Only), VELCROW RIPPER (ScaredSacred and Fierce Light), CHRISTOPHER ROHDE (SAW VIDEO Media Arts Centre – Ottawa), RYAN STEC & VERONIQUE COUILLARD (Public Domain) and JACOB TIERNEY (The Trosky) along with leading actress EMILY HAMPSHIRE (The Trotsky, Good Neighbors) to New Orleans.  We have also hosted performances by Canadian musicians JOANNE MACKELL AND THE PARADISE RANGERS (Toronto), WEE GOLDEN (Toronto) and GORDAN GRDINA + KENTON LOWEN (Vancouver), as well as performance artists DAVID BATEMAN + DAVID ROCHE (Toronto).  We also hosted an exhibition with visiting Canadian photographer GERRY YAUM. Plus scores of films.
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May 9 through 15 @ 7:15 p.m.

WATERMARK by Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky. Every living thing requires water. We humans interact with it in a myriad of ways, numerous times a day. But how often do we consider the complexity of that interaction? And, unless confronted by scarcity, when do we meditate on its ubiquity in creating, sustaining and enriching life? WATERMARK is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and roam the sublime pristine watersheds of Northern British Columbia. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a haunting memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces, the crucial data hidden in a million year old piece of ice, a pilgrim’s private ritual among thousands of others at the water’s edge. WATERMARK is directed by multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, and is the third part of Burtynsky’s Water project, which includes a book Burtynsky: Water and a major photographic exhibition. Filmed and produced by Nicholas de Pencier and three years in the making, it is a logical extension of the trio’s previous collaboration, Manufactured Landscapes. In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.


Friday & Saturday, June 6 & 7 @ 5:30 p.m.

SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT by Rob Stewart, Liza & Marc Vespi.   When a little-known Canadian actor accidentally discovers through Facebook that he’s been wildly famous in Serbia for almost two decades, he sets out to discover the reasons why. SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT examines how Rob Stewart inexplicably became a symbol of freedom through his long-forgotten TV role of Nick Slaughter in Tropical Heat (aka Sweating Bullets) during the non-violent Serbian protests leading to the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic. Stewart’s Serbian visit, dubbed ‘Slaughtermania’ by the national press, uncovers the surprising meaning behind the show’s popularity, the blurred distinction between an actor and his character, and tells the inspiring story of the Serbian protesters.

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