TRAINING A FOOL IS NOT A JOKE

2011
16mm, 5 minute loop

TRAILER:

- Failure Fest 2014, Denver, USA
- Made for LIVE! Vancouver Performance Art Biennale 2011 screened at:
- Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
- VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada

CREDITS:
Brian Lye: Producer, Director, Actor
John Woods: Cinematographer
Megan Bodaly: Editor
Jesse Birch: Curator, Camera Assistant
Russell Gordon: Production Assistant (AKA: A Man of Many Hands)

INTERVIEW HERE

"Training a Fool is Not a Joke (2011) is a looped film that takes inspiration from Rodney Graham's Vexation Island (1997). Set in the back yard of a South Vancouver home that is slated for demolition, Lye performs as an apprentice tree pruner who has been hired to remove a large dead branch from a tree. However, the inexperienced arborist is put at risk when the task at hand goes awry. These follies of the everyday point to the adverse effects of Vancouver real estate speculation, while evoking the pitfalls associated with the act of re-performance itself." - Jesse Birch

All equipment for this film was rented from Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society in Vancouver BC. Their rates make independent production possible. Check them out here

TRAINING A FOOL IS NOT A JOKE

2011
16mm, 5 minute loop

TRAILER:

- Failure Fest 2014, Denver, USA
- Made for LIVE! Vancouver Performance Art Biennale 2011 screened at:
- Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
- VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada

CREDITS:
Brian Lye: Producer, Director, Actor
John Woods: Cinematographer
Megan Bodaly: Editor
Jesse Birch: Curator, Camera Assistant
Russell Gordon: Production Assistant (AKA: A Man of Many Hands)

INTERVIEW HERE

"Training a Fool is Not a Joke (2011) is a looped film that takes inspiration from Rodney Graham's Vexation Island (1997). Set in the back yard of a South Vancouver home that is slated for demolition, Lye performs as an apprentice tree pruner who has been hired to remove a large dead branch from a tree. However, the inexperienced arborist is put at risk when the task at hand goes awry. These follies of the everyday point to the adverse effects of Vancouver real estate speculation, while evoking the pitfalls associated with the act of re-performance itself." - Jesse Birch

All equipment for this film was rented from Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society in Vancouver BC. Their rates make independent production possible. Check them out here