Class Clown

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  • Class Clown

  • Artist: RoseAnne Archibald
  • Year: 2005
  • Duration: 5:00
  • Country: Canada
  • This short film is the first of its kind in Canada. The unique clown tradition shown - the Pochinko clown method as taught by John Turner (Mump & Smoot) Ð has never been presented on film before with an Aboriginal clown. Clowns from this background are usually presented live, on-stage in a theatre space. As such, Silent Clown can be deemed as a new and experimental film genre. Clearly, the influence of Charlie Chaplin (film) and Benny Hill (television) are evident throughout this short; concurrently, Aboriginal culture and the spiritual traditions of the "heyoka" clowns are showcased and reveal a unique art form.

    Audiences will enjoy the riotous antics as Baby Clown becomes the first clown to go to film school. Class Clown also touches on subtle socio-political underpinnings surrounding issues of segregation, intolerance and ultimately, acceptance and change.

  • Accession #: 2886B
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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