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I THOUGHT THE WORLD OF YOU (Directed by Kurt Walker)
I THOUGHT THE WORLD OF YOU (Directed by Kurt Walker)

VIFF 2022: Our Musical Picks of the Fest

The Vancouver International Film Festival returns with a full slate of musical content from a Tanya Tagaq doc to a live scoring of Nosferatu.

by Yasmine Shemesh

After a challenging two years of streaming and hybrid cinematic events, the Vancouver International Film Festival is finally back with a full in-person program. The 41st edition of the festival takes place from September 29 to October 9 across a variety of local venues and features more than 130 feature films, over 100 shorts, and 20 special talks and events. 

2022’s lineup takes inspiration from the world around us. With long-standing events like Amp, which explores the roles of music and sound in film, VIFF has always prioritized honouring stories where music is a lens through which to look at the world. And from Tanya Tagaq and Chelsea McMullan’s Ever Deadly to cine-poem short Mariposa, clocking in at just six minutes, this year is no exception. Keep reading for RANGE’s musical picks of the fest! 


Directed by Tanya Tagaq, Chelsea McMullan (Canada, Ontario)

Proudly co-presented by RANGE, Ever Deadly is a visceral, beautifully-crafted, and multi-sensory portrait of renowned Inuk throat singer, author, and icon Tanya Tagaq. A collaboration between Tagaq and documentary filmmaker Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home), the film was filmed on location in Nunavut and combines performance, interviews, animation, landscape, and archival material with verses from Tagaq’s novel, Split Tooth, to take an intimate look at the artist with an eye on pain, healing, and resistance. | SHOWTIMES 



Directed by Kurt Walker (Canada, British Columbia)

Not much is known about Vancouver musician Lewis. He recorded two albums in the 1980s, which were mostly lost until a record collector picked up one of them, L’Amour, at a flea market. Light in the Attic Records released it in 2014, but, still, Lewis—who he really was, or is—has remained a mystery. Part of VIFF’s Short Forum program, I Thought the World of You is an “enigmatic mosaic built on the lore existing” around Lewis and L’Amour. | SHOWTIMES



Portia White

Directed by John Greyson, Bongani Ndodana-Breen (Canada, Ontario) 

Another VIFF Short Forum entry, “operatic cine-poem” Mariposa is only 6 minutes long, but the impact it makes endures for much, much longer. Interposed over shots of nature, faces, protests, and more, the film combines the stories of African-Canadian singer Portia White (who, in 1944, was the first Black Canadian to make her debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall), South African chef Phelokazi Ndlwana, and the Black lesbian organization and activist group, Free Gender. | SHOWTIMES



Michael Abels

Critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated composer Michael Abels, a frequent collaborator of Jordan Peele and who composed the scores for Get Out, Nope, and Us, is the opening keynote of this year’s VIFF Amp Music in Film Summit. The evening will feature Abels sharing insight around his career and creative process, as well as performances of his music by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, John Littlejohn, and Tiffany Townsend. | SHOWTIMES 



2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Nosferatu, the iconic—and first—vampire film that helped shape horror culture and forever changed the movies. To mark the occasion, destructive pop duo BIG KILL (We Are the City’s Cayne McKenzie and Andrew Huculiak) will perform a fitting set of eerie hyperpop at 89-year-old gothic revival St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church. | SHOWTIMES



Director: Mark Bone (Canada, Ontario)

Okay! follows the ASD Band, a group of musicians all on the autism spectrum, as they begin to record their first album and prepare to perform their first live show. The film, which won the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary and was a Hot Docs 2022 official selection, explores the band’s collaborative creative process and shines a light on their individual experiences with autism. | SHOWTIMES