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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.

Nick, the silent hero, sets off for college where he becomes involved in an attempt to restore the old campus hangout and in a dirty and hard-fought student election. The film weaves the tone of '40s college movies with a clever spoof of current electoral trends, suggesting how easily old fashioned ethics turn into fascism.

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    33 minutes
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    John Paizs