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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.

An amusing melange of 60's spy thrillers and other classics. Super secret agent Nick attempts to liberate a top secret microchip from the clutches of multimillionaire Quinton Frost. Paizs pokes fun at the jet set, the Cold War and Jean-Paul Sartre.

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    John Paizs