Pocket Film Series

November 10-18
Various locations & hours

A series of short films, played on loop for the duration of the Guelph Film Festival in various small and unique venues.

Sainte Barbe

Claude Barras & Cédric Louis
National Film Board of Canada
Canada / Switzerland

Matthew’s Barbershop
Hours: Th/Fri   12–9, Sat/Tues/Wed 10-6
Running time: 7 minutes


This animated short about men and hair tells the story of little bald Léon and of his grandfather, an old man with a bushy black beard. A thing of legend, the grandfather’s beard seems endowed with magic powers. It even turns caterpillars into butterflies! But Léon’s grandmother wants to cut off the unkempt beard and regain the distinguished-looking man she married, who wore just a tidy moustache. When the old man’s asleep, grandmother prowls, scissors in hand, but Léon’s keeping a watchful eye on her. As long as grandpa lives, the beard will stay.




Josephine Massarella
Capacity 3 Gallery
Hours: 12-5 M-F, 9-5 Sat-Sun

Originating from an exploration of fresh water as an indispensable and precious resource, the film was shot entirely in 16mm black and white film using single frame photography. Massarella imbues the work with a rhythmic magnetism by employing in-camera techniques and chemical manipulation of processed film to produce an eidetic study of temporal elasticity. A dynamic original score by the acclaimed composer Graham Stewart accompanies the film.





Due South


A selection of three short films selected by Nicholas Loess.

Balloonfest, Nathan Truesdell, USA, 6 mins.

Clean Hands, Lauren DeFillipo, USA, 9 mins.

The Aria of Babyface Cauliflower Brown, Tim Brown, USA, 5 mins.

Red Brick Cafe

Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Clean Hands




DUE SOUTH “Canadians often talk about our ‘neighbours to the South’ bewilderingly, as if life due south may as well be life on another planet. From the outside looking in, the United States looks like a country on the verge of tearing itself apart with arguably one of the most divisive and unstable individuals, ever, with their finger on the button. The films in this program attempt to colour and complicate the historical and cultural conditions that have shaped the ways Americans tell stories about themselves to themselves. The films in this series signal to each other. They crisscross over terrains concerning race, class, faith, and nationalism. They question our assumptions about America by visualizing the marginalized, and complicating our collective bewilderment through nuanced, challenging, and contradictory representations of American life, pre and post Trump.”

– Nicholas Loess, programmer

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