KYLE ARMSTRONG | FILMMAKER
Canadian Kyle Armstrong is a filmmaker who focusses on engaging non-narrative short film. Often working with super8 and 16mm, as well as various video formats, Armstrong frequently uses hand-altering film techniques, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to alter both his own footage and found films. His works have been screened at various galleries, during live performances and in traditional cinemas worldwide. His films are influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Kyle has been working with Guy Maddin on the acclaimed director’s ambitious Spiritismes project as a “deputized” director, 2nd Unit Director and visual manipulator. Armstrong is currently collaborating on a 30 minute project EXTENSIONS with sound ar tist Mark Templeton based around Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, and in the fall of 2013 is producing Hans Olson’s feature film Figurine. He is a former recipient of the Edmonton Artist Trust Fund, and in 2012 he was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. He is currently the president of the MetroCinema Society, and lives in Edmonton with his wife and three children.
TROND TRONDSEN | CO-PRODUCER + TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
DR. TROND S. TRONDSEN, currently President of Keo Scientific Ltd. (www.keoscientific.com) started his career in the field of electrical engineering and scientific imaging at the University of Tromsø, Norway, in 1988. There he designed, implemented, and characterized a computer controlled digital all-sky camera system for the observation of the nighttime aurora borealis. From 1998 to 2010, Dr. Trondsen worked as an Imaging Specialist at the University of Calgary's Institute for Space Research, designing and maintaining autonomous all-sky auroral imaging systems including writing control and image acquisition software under the Linux O/S. He is a Norwegian citizen who holds permanent residency status in Canada. During his tenure at the University of Calgary, he made frequent forays into inhospitable parts of the Canadian north, as well as to the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic (located midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole) in order to acquire nightside and dayside auroral footage at spatial and temporal scales previously thought unachievable. His work resulted in several awards and invitations to give talks at international scientific conferences, and the implications of his results are still being actively debated to this day.
In addition to his activities within the scientific community, Trond is an active film enthusiast. He is a co-founder of the Andrei Tarkovsky tribute website nostalghia.com, Robert Bresson tribute website robert-bresson.com, and one of four cofounders of Masters of Cinema, a popular website and Region 2 DVD EUREKA DVD and Blu-Ray series.
JIM O’ROURKE | COMPOSER
Jim is a prolific musician working in jazz, noise, experimental, improv, electronica and rock music. In addition to dozens of his own releases spanning multiple genres, O’Rourke has been a member of number of influential bands including Sonic Youth and Gastr Del Sol, and produced albums for Wilco, Stereolab, John Fahey, Smog, Faust. Jim has also collaborated with avant-garde masters such as Loren Mazzacane Connors, Henry Kaiser, Fennesz, Derek Bailey and Thurston Moore.
Jim O’Rourke won a Grammy Award in 2004 for producing the Wilco album A Ghost is Born, and also mixed Wilco’s groundbreaking album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. He’s a member of Loose Fur, a collaborative band featuring Wilco’s front man Jeff Tweedy and drummer Glenn Kotche. Beginning in 1999 he played bass guitar, guitar and synthesizer with noise rock legends Sonic Youth, in addition to recording and mixing duties with the group. He withdrew as a full member in late 2005, but continues to play with them in some side projects.
Jim’s work in films includes scoring music for Werner Herzog, Olivier Assayas, Shinji Aoyama, Koji Wakamatsu, the 2002 film Love Liza, Peter Mettler’s 1994 auroral film Picture of Light, and working as a music consultant on the 2003 film School of Rock. He recently scored Kōji Wakamatsu's 3-hour long film United Red Army. His own short films have been part of the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 2005 Rotterdam Film Festival. Jim currently resides in Tokyo.
WILL OLDHAM | VOICE
Will Oldham, often performing under the stage name Bonnie “Prince” Billy, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. From 1993 to 1997, he released music credited to variations of the Palace name, including the Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, and Palace Music. Beginning in 1998, Oldham adopted the "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" moniker for the majority of his output since 1998. Oldham is known for his "do-it-yourself punk aesthetic and blunt honesty," and his music has been likened to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk, and indie rock. He has been called an "Appalachian post-punk solipsist", with a voice that has been described as "a fragile sort-of warble frittering around haunted melodies in the American folk or country tradition." Johnny Cash recorded a version of his song"I See a Darkness" on his American Recordings disc, American III: Solitary Man (2000) with Oldham providing backing vocals.
Will Oldham began his acting career at the age of 17, when he portrayed a teen preacher in John Sayles's film about an Appalachian mining community, Matewan (1987). Oldham moved to Hollywood to pursue acting in the late 1980s, and landed roles in a couple of films. He left the film industry in 1989 and began his music career. He has since had several roles in independent films, such as Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), Junebug (2005), and The Guatemalan Handshake (2006). Oldham took a lead role in Old Joy, which was featured at SXSW XX and opened at New York's Film Forum on September 20, 2006.