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Thursday, April 1, 2010


Special preview screening of the first independent feature drama shot in Dawson City!

nude study

Director: Stefan Popescu, Producer: Katherine Berger,
2010, Australia, Drama, 90

Provocative and sensual, Nude Study is a ravishing story about love, desire and fear. Seeking recuperation after a series of tragedies, Sarah, a young Australian filmmaker, accepts a film commission to escape to the far north of Canada in the dead of winter. In this dark, frozen landscape she attempts to regain a sense of self by making a series of films based on famous nude paintings. Things look promising when Lyndsay, an attractive local girl, agrees to model. As Lyndsay tests her own boundaries of vulnerability, the two women enter an exploration of sensuality, both on and off the screen. While the model becomes more than just a muse, a power play of love and lust emerges, involving Lyndsay’s husband and his best friend with dire consequences. With unforgettable performances and beautiful cinematography, Nude Study will leave you bitten, sweetened, and reluctant to let the story go.

KIAC Artists in Residence Director Stefan Popescu and Producer Katherine Berger along with actors, Dawsonites
Kathryn Foran and Nathan Bragg, will be in attendance to introduce the film and host a Q&A session immediately following the screening.


Originally enrolled to study painting at university, Stefan quickly realized film was his medium of choice and went on to be the first student to make an experimental feature film for his PhD at Sydney College of the Arts. The film, Rosebery 7470, was shot in the small mining town of Rosebery in Tasmania, and went on to screen at various festivals, gaining a release through Accent Underground in 2008. That same year, his PhD thesis “Material Affects: The Body-Language of Film” was published as a book. Stefan’s latest feature, Nude Study, was partly filmed in Dawson during the winter of 07/08 and is due for release in 2010 with a special preview screening at the Dawson City International Film Festival. Stefan is currently writing a new feature script as part of his KIAC residency, to be shot once again in Dawson. Back in Sydney, Stefan teaches at Sydney College of the Arts – Sydney University and Sydney Film School and is one of the founders and directors of the Sydney Underground Film Festival.

Currently completing her MA in film at Sydney College of the Arts, Katherine’s current practice involves working across a range of mediums both analogue and digital, utilizing various styles including stop frame animation and experimental film techniques. With an interest in appropriation, sampling, assemblage, and montage, Katherine is predominantly drawn to reusing and recycling materials for her films, installations and mixed media three-dimensional works. Katherine has also produced two feature films, Rosebery 7470 and Nude Study. Katherine also produces the XFilm television series for TVS in Australia and is one of the founders/directors of the Sydney Underground Film Festival.

9:30 pm Hockey, Nomads & Five holes

Screening and Artist Talk with Dave Bidini

Hockey Nomad
Mike Downie, Canada, 2004, Documentary, 52

This Genie Award winning documentary follows Dave Bidini, a noted Canadian musician and hockey fan, as he travels the globe to unique locations in search of other die-hard hockey fans and the true spirit of the game. He makes his way to the desert of Dubai in the UAE where a beautifully maintained ice rink miraculously rises from the scorching red sands, then on to Romania’s famed Transylvania, where hockey first started in the 1920’s after one local caught sight of the game being played on a 10-second newsreel. The newsreel came from a place called Canada. Bidini ends his travels in Mongolia where the game is played in the open air in the shadow of a Buddhist temple and the first generation of players are still only in their thirties.

In his travels, Dave Bidini discovers that hockey connects players and fans everywhere in a common love of the game, of its exhilaration, and in the moments of grace that enrich it.

Also screens with
Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica
Cam Christiansen, Alberta, 2009, Animation, 6

Written by Dave Bidini and featuring an original song by the Rheostatics, Five Hole is a swirling animated trip through hockey’s erotic behind-the-scenes world. Cam Christiansen uses his signature stylized animation, developed through motion capture and video mapping, to create a vibrant and bold musical sketch.
(also screens Saturday @ 9:30 pm)

Author/musician Dave Bidini (the Nomad himself) will be in attendance to introduce his films and host a Q&A after the screening.


Dave Bidini is the founder of Rheostatics, considered one of Canada’s finest bands. He is also the author of 8 books, including the best-selling Tropic of Hockey – named one of Canada’s Top 100 books of the last century – as well as On a Cold Road and Baseballissmo. He has won numerous magazine and newspaper awards, and writes a regular Saturday column for the National Post. He has also made two films, The Hockey Nomad and the Hockey Nomad Goes to Russia, the former winning a Gemini Award for Best Documentary in 2007. Bidini’s first play, The Five Hole Stories, performed by One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Company, toured nationally in 2009, and his new Bidiniband album, “The Land is Wild,” received great critical acclaim. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.


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