See Weed

See Weed
Director: Dawn George

Canada, 2017, documentary, 4 minutes, N-7

See Weeds offers an exciting intersection between botany and cinema.  An examination of three weeds - dandelion, coltsfoot, and goldenrod and each weed’s direct effects on film stock, via hand-processing with eco-processing techniques. The three weeds were first shot on Super 8mm film and hand processed in caffenol. Each roll of film was then transferred, via optical printer, to 16mm stock and then hand-developed in its own respective “weedol.” Each roll of 16mm film was then stained with either a dandelion, coltsfoot, or a goldenrod “tea.” The results not only reveal the visual characteristic of each plant but also the filmic qualities that each plant imparts on the film stock.

About the director:

Dawn George is a Canadian independent media artist working in film, video and installation. She is a graduate of Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts Program and received her film and media arts training through the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (One-Minute Film Program) and the Centre for Art Tapes (Media Arts Scholarship Program). She is an advocate for film co-ops and artist run centres. Her DIY approach to filmmaking reflects her appreciation and respect for movement, nature, and sound. She often uses the recorded moving image in combination with time-based and computer generated effects to explore ideas of the environment and society. Her works have recently screened at Antimatter [media art], FLEX Fest, and the Dalhousie Art Gallery.

Section: Canadian short film programme "Architecture of Longing"