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

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

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.

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 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.

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

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"

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

ARTIST STATEMENT

BIOGRAPHY

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 (interviewing, quoting, or discussing me)

June 2017, various press for International Puppet Underground Festival

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

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

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 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.

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.

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

Sept 16-22, 2004 Calgary weekly paper, "Master of cinematic voodoo, death of film processor Rick Doe leaves empty space in Calgary's film community"

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.

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.

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.

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