(NOTES FOR A REPORT...)
(60 mins / Colour / 2012)
An intelligence agent analyzes a notebook and thirteen videotapes that were confiscated during the mass arrests that occurred in Toronto while the G20 meeting was taking place there June 2010. The agent attempts to assess the intelligence value of the videotapes, which contain footage shot a few months earlier in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as the notebook, which contains an assortment of political observations, quotations, newspaper clippings, and more personal diary-like entries.
An essay about security and protest in the society of the spectacle, VANCOUVER #1-13 mixes documentary and fiction to examine the grey areas between surveillance, observation, and fabulation.
Narrated by Nicholas Campbell
Script / Photography / Editing by Michael Vass
Sound by Matthew Chan
2013 "Surveillance, Protest, Spectacle: Films by Michael Vass & Jem Cohen", Nightingale Theatre
*Chicago Sun-Times review
2012 "First Among Equals" group exhibition at the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art