FILMS

2018

Ste. Anne

2017

Domus

2016
Les Châssis de Lourdes

2015
Turin
Extraits d’une Famille
Rob What
Scene Missing

2014
Black Rectangle

2013
Full of Fire

2012
take my word
J. Werier
Tudor Village: a one shot deal
Tricks are for Kiddo

Ste. Anne (2021)

16mm / experimental drama / 80 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

As a party wanders into the night, word arrives that Renée has emerged from obscurity. This
cataclysmic moment ignites Modeste’s awkward reunion with his older sibling. Renée has
been missing for years and her presence unsettles the family, which also includes her own
daughter, Athene. As Renée begins to form her dreams from fragments of her past, ominous
premonitions disrupt the land.

Shot over the course of two years, Ste. Anne traces an allegorical reclamation of land through
personal, symbolic and historical sites all across Treaty 1 Territory, heartland of the Métis
Nation.

This film was made possible with the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, and Winnipeg Arts Council.

Ste. Anne was commissioned by Cousin Collective. Made possible with support from Cinereach.

Camera rental package was courtesy of the Indigenous Filmmakers Collective through their relationship with the Winnipeg Film Group.

For a screener please email: vermette.rh@gmail.com

 

Domus (2017)

Trailer – Domus from Rhayne Vermette on Vimeo

16mm / experimental documentary + animation / 15 minutes

SYNOPSIS:
“The block of marble is the most beautiful of all statues” – Carlo Mollino
This is the story of the godlike architect, Carlo Mollino, animated within the desk space of failed architect, Rhayne Vermette. Made, with love on 16mm, 35 and Super 8, this classic tale of Pygmalion investigates intersections between cinema and architecture.
For E. Ackerman, A. Jarnow, and T. Ito.

For a screener please email: vermette.rh@gmail.com

Les Châssis de Lourdes (2016)

Trailer – Les Châssis de Lourdes from Rhayne Vermette on Vimeo.

 

16mm / experimental documentary + animation / 18 minutes

SYNOPSIS:
“…while many architects through their time have sought a ‘true house’ or a ‘true architecture’, their truth was something of the past and not so true in the present […] here architecture is a child of the sea, arose from its substance (architecture is always conceived from the interior)…” Gio Ponti

At the age of 32, I finally ran away from home. Dramatically, I left with only my cat and copies of all the still and motion images taken by my father (these dating until the mid 1990s when he then passed his camera down to me). And while I unpacked the baggage of this surreal house coincidentally, back home, renovations were in order… Here, an architectural threnody is composed through a falsified genealogy of image making and various “true stories” of Lourdes. What time is it? No time to look back.

For a screener please email: vermette.rh@gmail.com

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Turin (2015)

16mm / experimental animation / 7 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

“You may want to look into Carlo Mollino, he’s a bastard much like yourself…” N. Chard, 2009

Fetishized alpine landscapes of 16mm film collage and rayograms generate an obscured portrait of the godlike, Carlo Mollino. Completed in anticipation of a personal pilgrimage to Turin – this film delineates what is at stake for the genius bachelor architect as well as the deplorable, unremittingly heartbroken filmmaker (who adores him so).

For E. Lavazza + thank you to H. Phillips.

For a screener please email: vermette.rh@gmail.com

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Extraits d’une Famille (2015)

Super 8 / experimental / 7 minutes

This film is my failed attempt at creating a thematic palindrome of audio/visual samples. When working between two poles of remembering – one easily gets confused. Please enjoy this film before my mother asks me to delete it.

For a screener please email: vermette.rh@gmail.com

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ROB WHAT (2015)

experimental documentary / 20 minutes

ROB WHAT from Rhayne Vermette on Vimeo.

 

Rob Vilar, the most criminally unknown actor who has walked the planet Earth. Salvaged from a dumpster near the National Screen Institute’s offices in Winnipeg, this video is the seminal preface to this man and his evolving craft. A pandemonium of film clips and reenactments celebrate the origins of Vilar’s artistic ingenuity, while a portrait of Winnipeg and its underground enterprises are epitomized. At last, we have a star!

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Scene Missing (2015)

16mm / animation / 1 minute

“Is this your first visit here?”
“Yes.”
“Well this whole thing must seem kinda strange to you, huh? You realize that I can’t see you even though you see me. Well that takes a little getting used to.. Oh. Am I looking at your face now? (laughs) It don’t matter.”

For a screener please email: vermette.rh@gmail.com

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Black Rectangle (2014)

Black Rectangle from Rhayne Vermette on Vimeo.

“Time has not been kind to Kasimir Malevich’s painting, Black Square. In 1915 when the work was first displayed the surface of the square was pristine and pure; now the black paint has cracked revealing the white ground like mortar in crazy paving.”

This film documents a tedious process of dismantling and reassembling 16 mm found footage. The film collage imitates functions of a curtain, while the recorded optical track describes the flm’s subsequent destruction during its first projection.

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Full of Fire (2013)

16mm / experimental/ 2 minutes

There are few alternatives for exiles. The homecoming may be postponed to an indeterminate future; one could settle for a replacement; and lastly, there is always madness.

For a screener please email: vermette.rh@gmail.com

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take my word (2012)

take my word from Rhayne Vermette on Vimeo.

16mm / experimental/ found footage / 2 minutes

A section cut through a transitional editing tool, the dissolve. For Craig Baldwin.

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J. Werier (2012)

J. Werier from Rhayne Vermette on Vimeo.

16mm / experimental documentary / 4 minutes

An architectural portrait emerges as a transmogrification through various broken projectors. These particular projectors are currently being sold at J. Werier, a Winnipeg warehouse emporium and artifact.

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Tudor Village: a one shot deal (2012)

Tudor Village: a one shot deal from Rhayne Vermette on Vimeo.

16mm / experimental animation / 5 minutes

In pursuit of an eclipse, the citizens of Winnipeg flee the city. Meanwhile, stranded in Tudor Village, the caretaker does his best to interrupt their trajectory & entice everyone to return.

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Tricks are for Kiddo (2012)

Tricks are for Kiddo from Rhayne Vermette on Vimeo.

16mm / experimental animation / 2 minutes

In 2010, Winnipeg director, Guy Maddin exclaims “it’s impossible to collage a film!”

 


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