The Ensemble of Acetate and Polyester, ad lib (c. 2023, 16mm, digital) 

"If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that is is not boring at all." John Cage

“The Ensemble of Acetate and Polyester, ad lib” (2023) obstructs and merges found film into a non-linear narrative of cinematic beginnings and endings. The process of production becomes a spontaneous act of performance as the experimental music-led film is conducted and scored by sourced reels. In utilizing found materials, "The Ensemble of Acetate and Polyester, ad lib" encourages the repurposing of film in forming new dynamic material. 

Canada | 2023 | 00:08:04

Director & Editor: Ghislan Sutherland-Timm 

Created with the support of OCADU LiVE 


2023, Finalist, OCADU LiVE Short Film Grant


2024, Almaty Underground Screening Series. Almaty, Kazakhstan

2024, Concordia Film Festival. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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