Who is GERALD SAUL?

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I am a film and media artist based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and am a professor in the Department of Film at the University of Regina. I was the head of that department from 2004-2007 and resume that role in July 2017. I have worked in media for many years, primarily as a 16mm experimental filmmaker and animator. My work has been increasingly about memory and identity as my body of work is slowing creating a self portrait. My early work is concerned with a questioning of the process of art making while my later works accept that art making and living are closely tied so to question the value of one is to question the value of the other. Naturally my later 16mm films, especially my "Toxic", Modern", and "Grain" series' are highly process oriented as well as being my most personal films to date. I have lately returned to satire with my ironic look at Modern art in my fragmentary and degraded "Modern" films and with my Mr. Saul persona within a grouping of narrated home-movie style super-8 films. I am also interested in dissecting the nature of narratives in general and have been exploring that through my character Canister the Robot who appears in film, print, audio, performance, games, and sculpture.

At the university, much of my new creative research has been digitally based, investigating aspects of media convergence, how the nature of the traditional film image changes within the digital environment. I am also highly interested in 19th century technologies which led up to cinema and feel that through simulating some of these approaches, new directions in the image as an art form may emerge. I continue to use both film and digital cameras and devices to explore 3D graphics and non-traditional narrative storytelling. Much of this work was conducted through the New Media Research Laboratory (NMSL) of which I was a co-investigator until its closing in 2015.

I have been a member of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative since 1984. I am frequently on their Board and have been the president on four occasions.

I am one of the originating members of the Cabinet Collective (incorporated 2015) whose mandate is to present unique, multidisciplinary arts events that engage the community.

ACADEMIC CV, updated May 2017. PDF

WRITING AND PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS BY ME

WRITING OR CITING ME OR MY WORK

2017, winter/spring, Splice Magazine, "Anecdotal Evidence: The Work of Gerald Saul" by Chrystene Ells.

2017, group exhibition at the Dunlop Art Gallery: Meet in the Middle, Saskatchewan Gothic                       

2016, a 7 week retrospective at the Art Gallery of Regina, curated by the Strandline Collective. The Anecdotal Evidence catalog was written by Ken Wilson and designed by Brent Pylot.

2014, Overlooking Saskatchewan: Minding the Gap edited by Rogers and Ramsay, "Chapter 16: Private Regina: the Poetics and Politics of Memory" by Christina Stojanova.

2014, the late Paul Crepeau, then a student in the Film program at the University of Regina where I teach, wrote an essay (Creativity and Conundrums) about me for a course on Canadian Cinema Dr. Christine Ramsay.

2014, April 8, The Film Corner by Greg Klymkiw, "Wheat Soup" cited within online review of 1987 film "Downtime" in context of Gen-X prairie filmmaking.

2013, DAG Volumes: No. 2, (ISSN: 1929-9214) article by Christina Stojanova "The Surreality of Saskatchewan Puppets", page 52 (highlighted section)

2011, Fall, Splice Magazine, Saskatchewan Filmpool, "In the Spirit of JLG: Notes on the Filmpool Godard Project" by Christina Stojanova

Winter 2009, Splice Magazine, Saskatchewan Filmpool, "Private Regina: The Poetics of Memory" by Christina Stojanova.

May 28-31, 2007, Christine Ramsay. “Screening the Queen: Space and Place in Recent Regina Shorts” on Screening Saskatchewan, Panel presentation at Annual Conference of the Film Studies Association of Canada/Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

2006, “Made in Saskatchewan! Features Since Telefilm.” In Self Portraits: Features in Canada Since Telefilm. Ed. Andre Loiselle. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pages 203-235.

May 2005, Splice Magazine, "Spring 2005 Filmpool Premiere Screening" review by Jess Boyachek.

Summer 2004, Splce Magazine, "Spring 2004 Filmpool Premiere Screening" review by Ken Wilson.

May 30-June 1 2004, Christine Ramsay. “Saskatchewan!” Annual Conference of the Film Studies Association of Canada/Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba .

2003 Curatorial notes by Dr. Troy Rhoades for screening in Edmonton, describing my work in terms of economy of scale.

Summer 2000, Artichoke, review: "Quick Time: The Revenge of Super 8" by Greg Beatty.

2000, Neutral Ground, "Traveling Light" curatorial notes by Joanne Bristol.

1998, winter, Splice Magazine, Saskatchewan Filmpool, "Projected Value" by Philippe Mather.

May 1996, "Maximum Inconsequence: Regina Films and Videos of the 1980s: an essay for Neutral Ground Gallery screening" by Brett Carson Bell.

Winter 1996, Art Gallery of Ontario Cinematheque guide, "The Independents" program.

1992, Virus 23 Magazine, "Angst & Dread: Life in Video Culture" by Bruce Fletcher

August 1991, Splice Magazine (Saskatchewan Filmpool), "Donuts With .... Gerald Saul" by John Kennedy

1989, fall, Independent Eye, vol 11, no 1, "Leaving the Theatre: Flatland Films" by W. Scheff.

1989, Vancouver Film Festival program notes on Wheat Soup.

1989, Hidden Cinema, Saskatchewan Filmpool, commissioned tour essay by Martin Rumsby (excerpt).

September 1989, Cinema Canada film review "Wheat Soup" by Patrick Lowe.

1988, Splice Magazine, Filmpool, fall, "Wheat Soup Bowls 'em Over"

ARTIST STATEMENT

BIOGRAPHY

IMAGES OF GERALD SAUL

DRAWN PORTRAITS OF GERALD SAUL

VIDEOS WHERE I PROMOTE THE UNIVERSITY OR OTHER ACADEMIC PROJECTS

VIDEO (discussing university teaching)

VIDEO (discussing university graduate supervision)

VIDEO (about French science fiction conference)

PRESS - PRINT BASED (interviewing, quoting, or discussing me)

September 8, 2017, Regina Leader Post, "Filmpool celebrates 40 years of Sask. filmmaker support" by Ashley Martin

June 2017, various press for International Puppet Underground Festival

August, 2016. Regina Prairie Dog, "Saul’s Long Shadow: A Regina film and arts icon gets his turn in the spotlight" by Gregory Beatty

July 11,2016 "Saul's cinematic works featured in film professor's retrospective" by Costa Maragos

July 25, 2016. Regina Leader Post, "30-plus years of film celebrated in Anecdotal Evidence" by Ashley Martin

2016, Caligari Project (co-creative director) press package

Oct. 11, 2014, Regina Leader Post, "Innovators ignite a passion for science" by Rachel Psutka.

Nov. 7, 2013, UofR Carillon, "Burning Retina One Film at a Time: the Terrible Film Festival is back for another round" by Destiny Kaus.

June, 2013, Regina Prairie Dog, "They Might be Giants: famiy of three lives large in the creative community" by Amber Goodwyn.

March 18, 2013, Regina Leader Post, "Filmpool Celebrates 36th Year" by Terrence McEachern.

Winter 2013, Splice Magazine, SK FIlmpool, "A Night of Poetry and Film" by Nathan Mader and "Puppets Take Regina" by Milena Dzordeski.

Fall/Winter 2012, UofR Degrees Magazine "From P.A. to L.A.", article on alumni Nicholas Treeshin (pages 20-21) by Brian Miller.

Nov. 10, 2011, UofR Carillon, "A not-so-terrible time: The Tenth annual Terrible FIlm Fest wasn't half-bad" by Kyle Leitch.

Nov 3, 2011, UofR Carillon "Do-it-yourself cinema: Terrible Film Festival showcases student filmmakers at their most vulnerable" by Paul Bogdan.

September 30, 2010, UofR Carillon article on Terrible Film Festival by Paul Bogdan.

November 6, 2008, Regina Prairie Dog, "Super Great: lovable film festival wallows in smug, unedited magnificent" by Carle Steel.

March, 2007, Regina Prairie Dog, article on Saskatchewan Filmpool Anniversary by Greg Beatty.

September 29, 2005, Foam Lake (Sk) newspaper "Speak To Me" article by Joanne Cadem.

Sept 16-22, 2004 Fast Forward (Calgary weekly newspaper), "Master of cinematic voodoo, death of film processor Rick Doe leaves empty space in Calgary's film community"  by Andrea Huck.

February 2003, Regina Prairie Dog "Sask-Film Rising: Commercially and artistically, the Province's film scene is flourishing" by Carrie-May Siggins.

March 7, 2002, Regina Prairie Dog "Lights, Camera, Party: Saskatchewan Filmpool Celebrates 25 Years" by Greg Beatty.

March 11, 2002, Regina Leader Post "Filmpool marks 25th anniversary" by Will Chabun.

July 22, 2001, Saskatoon Sun, "Making Movies one step at a time" by Jenny Gabruch.

October 19, 2000, Prairie Dog, "Targeted Tax Cuts Fuel Film Industry. Indepenent Filmmakers Forgotten?" by Greg Beatty.

October 19, 2000, Prairie Dog, "Saskatchewan Film Timeline" (author uncredited).

Fall 2000, Hudson Bay Newspaper, "Picture Show", writer unknown.

September 8, 2000, Regina Leader Post, "Editing suite boon to film students" by Colleen Silverthorn.

April 6, 2000, Regina Leader Post "Video wrong medium for show" by Jack Anderson

July 11, 1997, Regina Leader Post "Exhibition of avant-garde film challenges Hollywood model" by Greg Beatty.

November 2, 1995, Toronto Star, "Perpetual puberty, on video" by Peter Goddard.

June 1, 1990, Medicine Hat News "Prairie film festival draws few" by Petra Kossman.

1988, Splice Magazine, Filmpool, winter, "Wheat Soup, an interview with Gerald Saul and Brian Stockton"

November 16, 1987, Regina Leader Post, "Film Festival winner is unusual idea" by James Parker

November 1987, Carillon (University of Regina student paper), "More Than Just Consomme" by Trevor Cunningham (Wheat Soup review)

October 1987, Regina Leader Post, "Saskatchewan as a nuclear wasteland: Regina film-makers win with surrealistic comedy" by Patrick Davitt.

PRESS - TV and RADIO (in which I am interviewed)

2016, October 4, interviewed on "CTV Morning Live" (television) along with Victor Sawa to talk about the “Caligari Project”.
2016, April 7, Interviewed by Sheila Coles on CBC Radio regarding “Caligari Project”.
2014, November 10, participated in podcast "Two Idahoan Potato Farmers" 30 minute creative discussion of film, (Episode 9, Hansel and Girdle).
2014, March 8, interviewed for CTV news (Regina, local) regarding film students and the importance of the Living Skies Film Festival.
2013, November 7, CBC Saskatchewan interview with Craig Lederhouse, Afternoon Edition regarding Terrible Film Festival (http://www.cbc.ca/afternoonedition/episode/2013/11/07/a-film-festival-so-bad-its-terrible/)
2013, July 16, one hour interview on CJTR Community Radio, Soul Connection, regarding poetry and film.
2013, March 14, CBC Saskatchewan radio interview with Sheila Cole, “Morning Edition” re: “Wheat Soup”.
2008, November, interviewed for television program “Hollywood Saskatchewan” by Mark Montague.
2007, July 25, interviewed on CJTR Radio along with graduate student Chrystene Ells regarding Ells’ feature film “Sisu”.
2006, April 19, one hour Interview on community radio (CJTR, Regina), Radio Delarte re: “Worst Movies”.
2006, September 6, One hour Interview on community radio (CJTR, Regina), Radio Delarte re: “Toxic Films”.
2006, October 24, interviewed by journalism student regarding Oliver Stone, October 24.
2006, March 27, Interviewed by Ozan Akgun for film student documentary.
2005, Dec 21, Guest on Radio Delarte, CJTR, 1 hour on Christmas movies.
2005, Dec. 14, review of “Mr. Saul” film at MacKenzie by Sylvie Zieman, Radio Delarte, CJTR.
2005, May 3, Tv interview, CBC Saskatchewan on screening of “Toxic” film.
2005, April 20, Radio interview regarding student screenings, CJTR
2003, critical introduction written and presented by Christine Ramsay to "Wheat Soup" for Prairie Night at the Movies, Saskatchewan Communications Network, provincial broadcast, (rerun 2003-2008).

2003, October 10, Interviewed on Saskatoon Community Radio, 20 minutes.
January 24, 2003, Access 7, intro/extro to "Dread" on "Phantom Flicker" hosted by Tyler Lukiwski
2002, November 29, CJTR Community Radio “Untitled” art discussion program (Felipe Diaz and Margaret Bessai) reviewed “Poppa: Toxic 2".
October 4, 2002, SCN Christine Ramsay introduced and discussed "Wheat Soup" on " Prairie Night at the Movies".
2002, March 15, CKCK Tv interview (Tom Brown) regarding Saskatchewan Filmpool.
2002, March 12, CKRM radio interview (John Merney) regarding Saskatchewan Filmpool.
2002, March 12, CBC Tv interview (Shannon Ritter) regarding Saskatchewan Filmpool.
2002, February 26, Access 7 Tv interview (Talk of the Town) regarding Saskatchewan Filmpool.
February 27, 2002, Access 7, "Talk of the Town" re: Filmpool 25th anniversary
2002, January 17, CBC radio interview (Joanne Skidmore) regarding Saskatchewan movie posters on display at Dunlop Art Gallery on The Arts Report, nationally and locally.
February-March 2002, Saskatchewan Filmpool 25th Anniversary spots, one based on "My Idea" and another based on "Dr. Watermellon".

2001, Splice TV (Regina, Access 7), interview on subject of "hand processed film" features work in progress footage from "Toxic".

2000, October 5, Interviewed by Learning And Skills Television of Alberta regarding Film Department.

2000, January 4, Splice TV, season 3, episode 6, featuring interview with Saul regarding film project “Life Is Like Lint” premiered on Cable 7.
2000, Interviewed on camera by Corey Bryant of Access Communications (Regina) regarding Jean Oser.

1999, Splice TV (Regina, Cable 7) Phillippe Mather, Patrick Lowe, and Jeannie Mah discussing "Wheat Soup" in terms of Landscape.

January 1998, CBC news re: Jean Oser and John Glenn film.

1996, Splice Tv (Regina, Cable 7) interviewed in episode directed by Lesley Farley on topic of "Animation".

January 2, 1995, Utopia Cafe, CBC tv, interview by Stephen Hall calling Saul the "stop motion man".

June 19, 1992 Access 7, "Alternative Tracks" interview by Jay Willemont regarding "Stoaters" music video
December 13, 1991, CTV Regina, "Eye on Saskatchewan" with Johnny Sanderson regarding film "Angst"
1987, fall, CTV (Saskatchewan) "Sask Film Week" promo films, featuring Gerald Saul, directed by Gerald Saul, BrianStockton and Angelos Hatzitolios