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John Paizs’ films are a heady mélange of pop culture influences – from comics to horror, noir and spy films – stuffed into the mould of 1950s commercials or educational films. The affectionate homage Paizs pays to American popular culture always comes with a subversive wink. The effect is jarring, hilarious, and feels completely contemporary. - Katarina Gligorijevic


Springtime in Greenland (1981, 24 min)

Oak, Ivy and Other Dead Elms (1982, 33 min)

The International Style (1984, 38 min)

Includes Bonus Film

The Obsession of Billy Botski (1980, 25 min)

Written, Produced & Directed by John Paizs

All four films have been digitally transferred from 16mm film with special funding provided by the Canada Council for the Arts for VUCAVU.

A lifetime of suburbia in a half hour, Springtime in Greenland uses '50s cinematic conventions to tell a story about the sophomoric inhabitants of a fictional utopia. Meet Nick. He's silent, aloof and straining against suburban values.

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    John Paizs