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FilmDesign Canada

Thursday November 8th, 2018 at 8:30 PM


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Greg Durrell · Canada · 2018 · 74 mins · PG

NOV 6 7:00 only Special Event! Director in attendance! Tickets: $12 / Students: $10 No passes or comps NOV 7 & 8 7:00 & 8:30 regular prices The biggest question we ask ourselves as a country is, “What makes us Canadian?” What defines a national identity: is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements shape who we are? In the 1960s and 1970s, these questions were answered by an innovative group of Canadian designers who used design to unify the nation. Like hockey and radio, visual iconography has been there to reassure citizens from two major language groups and increasingly multitudinous backgrounds that they somehow belong together. The modern Canadian flag is key to this, obviously, and the story of how it happened is literally representative of the nation. Filmmaker Greg Durrell, who has himself made graphics for movies and the Olympics, doesn’t try to be definitive; at only 74 minutes, his first feature doesn’t go into overtime about anything. But it’s an appropriately well-ordered intro to a subject almost all Canadians have thought about, even if they had no idea that’s what they were doing. –Georgia Straight This is a deeply emotional film. Part of it may be nostalgia for our shared Canadian past, but there is more to it than just sentimental attachment to familiar images and ideas. --The Tyee Sponsored by GDC Vancouver Island."It's the untold story of the images that shaped Canada's identity and it's not just for design nerds." CBC"A reminder that to know a country‚Äôs graphic design is to know its history." Wired MagazineCast Burton Kramer, Fritz Gottschalk, Douglas Coupland