Midi Onodera Moving Image Artist

TEN CENTS A DANCE (PARALLAX) (1985)

“Parallax is the apparent change in the position of an abject resulting from the change in the direction or position from which it is viewed.”

Confusion, underlying meaning and unspoken truths are often associated with the dialectic of sexual communication. Mingled with the intensity and unpredictability of a “one night stand,” they generate unique sensations – mixed emotion, risk, and excitement. The film employs formal devices in a manner that is exceedingly simple, yet very effective. Its subject matter, sexuality and communication, gains depth and poignancy through the artist’s decision to shoot the film’s three scenes for projection in a “double screen” configuration. By this means, Onodera finds an elegant solution to dealing with the potentially sensationalist subject matter of her film. The separation which the two screen projection imposes on the film’s viewing is the touching evocation of the aloneness which is the common experience of all humans and of the space between us we hope to bridge.

BEST SHORT FILM: SPECIAL JUDGES’ AWARD 1995
Hamburg International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Produced with the assistance of: the Ontario Arts Council, the Funnel Experimental Film Centre, the National Film Board (PAFAPS program), P.F.A Labs and the cast and crew

CREDITS

  • Camera: David Bennell & Midi Onodera
  • Sound: David McIntosh
  • Sound Assistants: Sharon Boase, Anna Gronau, Issac Gryphon
  • Make-up: Issac Gryphon
  • Production Assistants: Ian Cochrane, Laura DiVillio, Ross McLaren, Villem Teder

Cast (in order of appearance)

  • Anna Gronau
  • Midi Onodera
  • John Goodwin
  • David McIntosh
  • Wendy Coad
  • Ross McLaren

In the series 1979-1985