HWY 99: creating a Canadian cinematic realism in the place of industrial transformation

Date created: 
2008
Keywords: 
Globalization
Transformation
Sea to Sky Corridor
Canadian cinema
Documentary
Abstract: 

The Sea to Sky Corridor, a seventy-kilometre stretch of highway north of Vancouver, is changing irrevocably. Globalization is in the process of transforming an industrial resource economy into a recreational profit-centre. Three projects were undertaken to examine this transformation: Woodfibre, an installation about a recently decommissioned pulp mill in Howe Sound; Haiphong, a series of photographs addressing the transformation of Canadian raw materials in Vietnam; and HWY 99, my graduating film, which examines a transitional moment in the life of a paramedic employed by a multinational highway construction firm currently developing the Corridor. Each of these artworks is a response to the human cost of globalization in a small British Columbia community far from corporate boardrooms. Viewed as a triptych, these works address the question of how to represent the ubiquity of globalization in relation to personal experience.

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Language: 
English
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Thesis
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Department: 
School for the Contemporary Arts - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Project (M.F.A.)
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