Werkschau/Retrospective Steven Woloshen

Filmemacher im Portrait
Filmemacher im Portrait

Steven Woloshen was born in Laval, Canada in 1960. For more than 30 years, he has passionately created over 50 award-winning, abstract films and time- based installations for festivals, galleries and museums. Twice nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s award, he has received numerous research and creation grants and, most recently, was awarded the 2016 René Jodoin lifetime achievement award, 2015 Wiesbaden Lifetime Achievement Award. Woloshen is a teacher, film conservationist, animator, craftsman and the author of two books, “Recipes for Reconstruction: The Cook- book for the Frugal Filmmaker” (2010), a hands-on manual for decay, renewal and other handmade, analogue film techniques, and Scratch, Crackle & Pop! A Whole Grains Approach to “Making Films without a Camera” (2015). Under his own banner, Scratchatopia, Woloshen has hosted solo retrospectives and taught handmade filmmaking techniques at workshops and master classes in Argen- tina, Morocco, USA, Slovenia, Australia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Poland, Mexico as well as across Canada.

Filmwinter-Palais – Saal Pipilotti


Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 2, 70173 Stuttgart

U-Bahn, Bus: Haltestelle Charlottenplatz

Free Speech

Canada 2012, 35 mm, 0:30 Min.

A public service announcement. A plea to free jailed, Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi.


Canada 2009, 35 mm, 2:44 Min.

Jock MacDonald painted in both worlds: figurative and the abstract. Playtime pays homage to his dedication, spirit and wonderful subject matter – both real and imaginary.

The Babble On Palms

Canada 2002, 35 mm,4:00 Min.

Individuality and common experiences in the modern world.

The Curse of the Voodoo Child

Canada 2005, 35 mm, 3:20 Min.

The cycle of sex, birth, fire and childhood. Will my child repeat this cycle, or invent a new one?

Fiesta Brava

Canada 2011, 35 mm, 3:30 Min.

The bull fights are over. Now, the bulls invite you to the world’s biggest party.

Chronicle Reconstructions

Canada 2008, 35 mm, 3:00 Min.

A short film about love and loss and the Matabeleland tribe of Southern Rhodesia.

Bru Ha Ha!

Canada 2002, 35 mm, 2:00 Min.

Ein handgemachter 35-mm-Film, der aus Farbe, Emulsion und Kratzern Stimmen und Instrumente macht. Der Film ist eine spontane Studie der unmenschlichen Beziehung von abstrakten Figuren.

1000 Plateaus (2004–2014)

Canada 2014, 35 mm, 3:21 Min.

A musical celebration of travel, jazz and road maps, this abstract film was created entirely in the front seat of a car with ink, paint and other simple tools.


Canada 2004, 35 mm, 1:30 Min.

Shards of film fly from the screen with the frenetic sounds of Fats Waller on the piano.

VTIFF trailer

Canada 2015, 35 mm, 0:30 Min.

A signal film commissioned by the Vermont International Film Festival for its 30th Anniversary edition.

Get Happy

Canada 1999, 35 mm, 3:00 Min.

A toe-tapping swinging, sensational handmade animation, illustrating the music of Benny Goodman.

Ditty Dot Comma

Canada 2001, 35 mm, 3:00 Min.

Ditty Dot Comma is a hand painted, wide screen 35 mm film that honors the relationship between the eye and the ear. The dot and the comma, literary punc- tuation marks, are also used as symbols and designs.


Canada 2016, 35 mm, 4:00 Min.

A film for my Father who gambled with love.

National Tapestry

Canada 2015, 35 mm, 2:00 Min.

Created as a large-scale installation for public spaces, National Tapestry draws our focus to the weft and the warp of the woven image.

Changing Evan

Canada 2006, 35 mm, 1:15 Min.

I think my daughter is a puzzle. Just when I thought everything was o.k. the chicken pox struck...


Canada 2003, 35 mm, 1:00 Min.

An essay in color harmonics and visual overtones. Commissioned by the 2003 Images Film and Video Festival, Toronto.

When the Sun Turns into Juice

Canada 2011, 35 mm, 2:00 Min.

This film, taken from my 4 year-old daughter’s metaphor for a sunset, was originally created as an art gallery installation housing a 200-foot long acrylic filmstrip.

Two Eastern Hair Lines

Canada 2004, 35 mm, 4:00 Min.

An Exploration of communication and isolation/east and west.

Shimmer Box Drive

Canada, 2007, 35mm, 3:45 Min.

Thoughts, visions and reflections from the driver’s seat. In Cinemascope.


Canada 2000, 35 mm, 2:00 Min.

Film scratches are likened to a heart monitor. A 24 frame-per-second rave party.

Crossing Victoria

Canada 2013, 35 mm, 4:00 Min.

Ten years ago, I made a treacherous, late night winter journey across an old, Montréal historical landmark. Through the freezing rain, wind and snow, these were the ironclad hallucinations that I encountered on my path.

This shadow, over each departure

Canada 2017, Super 8, 3:00 Min.

Light and Shadows are thrown across the ground by found footage in the sky.

Pepper Steak

Canada 1984, 16 mm, 3:00 Min.

An essay in multiple composites and textures.

Cameras Take Five

Canada 2003, 35 mm, 3:00 Min.

The enduring romance of the lines. A visual exploration of Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Classic, “Take Five.” In Cinemascope!