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A film by Josephine Massarella

Shot entirely in 16mm black and white film using single frame photography, 165708 employs in-camera techniques and chemical manipulation of processed film to produce an eidetic study of temporal elasticity. Techniques include flicker, time-lapse, light painting, stop motion, tinting, and toning. Combined with cycles of alternating exposed frames, these methods imbue the work with a rhythmic magnetism, apparent both in the tempo and the aesthetic of the images.

Exploring the capacity of the medium to express various notions of time, the film begins with a woman looking out from the shoreline. This acts as a point of departure to disparate yet interconnected sequences which prompt the viewer to engage in a structurally unique mode of inquiry and experience. A dynamic original score by the acclaimed composer Graham Stewart accompanies the film.

2017 | 7 min | Black & White & Color | Canada | 1.33

Screens as part of the shorts program The Animated Hour.

Director Biography

Josephine_Massarella_-_Directors_photoJosephine Massarella is an independent filmmaker based in Hamilton. Her award-winning shorts have screened world-wide. Josephine’s primary artistic medium is 16mm film. Her works include 165708, No End, Light Study, Night Stream, Green Dream, Interference, No5 Reversal, and One Woman Waiting. She has a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from Athabasca University, a graduate certificate in Advanced Film and Television from Sheridan College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film at the University of British Columbia. Josephine also teaches introductory filmmaking and cinema studies.


Josephine Massarella, Director, Writer, Producer
Jasmine June Dong, Cast
Felix Werth, Script Consultant
Daniel Randall, Focus Puller
Alex Sobolewski, Camera Assistant
Graham Stewart, Composer
Camilla Givens, Final Cut Guidance
Edie Steiner, Final Cut Guidance