One can’t help but be reminded of the National Film Board vignette Log Driver’s Waltz as you watch Denise Kenney’s quirky comedy short Chainsaw Ballet. The film screens as part of The Coast is Queer at the 2013 Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
Originally created for the Woodhaven Conservancy Eco-Art project, Chainsaw Ballet received a 2012 Seven Summits Award at the Mountain Film Awards in Mammoth Lakes, California.
We asked filmmaker Denise Kenney about Chainsaw Ballet and what inspires her as a filmmaker:
Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Kelowna and grew up in logger land.
Tell us about Chainsaw Ballet in 40 words or less.
Chainsaw Ballet combines 80’s style music video with “dance” to satirize our nostalgic relationship to logging and the mythology of our dominance over nature.
Who were your early film-making mentors or inspirations?
I like Wim Wenders, Suzanne Bier, and Monty Python.
What inspired you to make this film?
The film started as a live performance. That was cool.
Plays as part of the 2013 Vancouver Queer Film Festival on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 9pm at the Rio Theatre. Visit http://www.queerfilmfestival.ca for more information. GayVancouver.Net is once again proud to sponsor The Coast is Queer Award recognizing a distinguished film from this year’s program.