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Cold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy


a kabuki opera film narrative
directed by Wesley Rickert
opening in Artist Run Centres across the Country!

“Welcome to the headlights of an absurdist kabuki opera film narrative! a tin-foil road-trip to Florida & the British Museum, in faster Chinese that dialogues over the electric kettle of Toronto’s City Hall and rotates in perpetual stillness towards a tsunami of row-boat performances by Canadian artists!!!”

Cold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy, (Canadian, 72 minutes, 2014) is in the genre of digital cinema made by artists for artists, with performances by Istvan Kantor (winner of the 2004 Canadian Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts) and other Canadian artists. Referencing art history, institutions and mythical characters, this work experiments with fragmentation of narrative and contains a number of artistic building blocks including elaborate costumes, stylized movements and absurdist poetry combined to communicate scale, passage, discovery, destruction and rebirth.

Directed & written by Wesley Rickert and featuring a convoy of funnel-down performances by:

Henry Benvenuiti, (as Captain Smith)
The Hercinia Arts Collective, (playing as Sirens)
Sandra Fitzsimmons, (as Liberty), Tonya Henry, (as an old flame),
Eszter Jagica, (as the fountain of youth),
Istvan Kantor, (the Neoist Pied Piper)
Christina Kozak, (as the universe expanding Tally Aurora),
Ian Malone, (as Juan Ponce de leon), Kathleen Reichelt, (the Ventriloquist)
Olivia Roblin, (as Janus),
Brooke Stubbings, (as all the swimming passengers),
Art Szombathy, (a pipe smoking Louis the IV),
Kirsten Webb, (a groovy disco Gargon)
the plastic wrapped Amber X, (as the Captain’s Hallucination)
and painting it all on the coldest waters Ashley Zarowny (as the happy Vincent VanGogh)


Eastern Edge Gallery, St John’s, NL
aceartinc., Winnipeg, MB
Niagara Artists Centre, St Catharines, ON
Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre & The Screening Room Kingston, ON
University of Alberta’s Reel Club, Edmonton, AB
Trent University’s Film Society, Peterborough ON
NSCAD Film Society, Halifax, NS
this town is small artist run centre & Island Media Arts Festival, PE
+ more locations TBA

International Distribution By 253469
“an umbrella without the hat”

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