4min. 30sec. 35mm Colour, Optical Dolby Stereo Sound, 2002

Song of the Firefly is a visual poem that employs the cameraless photogram technique, which I first explored in my 2001 film titled Light Magic. Song of the Firefly aims to engender the feeling of being transported to an open field on a warm summer night where the luminous dance of the fireflies can be experienced. The exuberant display of light created by the fireflies, which illuminates different portions of the field, also reveals fragments of the space in which we are contained, leaving us always waiting in anticipation to see more, just like in cinema. The appeal of the illuminated screen, onto which we project our most secret fantasies and desires, echoes the open field at night where the sexual energy is transformed into light by these tiny insects. The single discrete flashes and the continuous glow are a form of communication between the male and the female fireflies during the mating period where the female fireflies “respond preferentially to males that possess these ‘sexy’ signal components” (Branham and Greenfield 1996, Flashing males win mate success. Nature 381:745 746). The photogram images in this film were created using only plants, which I gathered in one of Toronto's many parks.

On the Photogram : The photogram technique combines science and art in order to record the process of transformation. Images created through this technique are traces of light that passes through each object leaving its mark on the film surface. Photograms bring both the maker and the viewer closer to the object, thus revealing the essence that neither the naked eye could see, nor the camera lens could capture.

Song of the Firefly is distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (cfmdc.org/node/1848) and Collectif Jeune Cinéma (cjcinema.org/pages/fiche.php?film=628).

TIFF Bell Lightbox. “Loop Collective: Fifteen Years of Programing, Making and Learning” in the Free Screen Program Series (2011)
10th Festival des Cinéma Différent de Paris, Paris France (2008)
Diagonal Film Archive, “Films by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof,” Seoul, South Korea (2008)
Planet in Focus: International Environmental Film and Video Festival, “Nature’s Beauty,” Toronto (2007)
Museum der Moderne, kamera los. das fotogramm exhibition. Salzburg, Austria (2007)
Kurpfalzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg, “Das Echo der Dinge im Zelluloid” a screening in conjunction with the exhibition Schads Photogramme – Metamorphosen des Zufalls. Heidelberg, Germany (2007)
Canadian Film Institute: CAFÉeX, “Light of Desire: The Films of Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof,” Ottawa (2006)
Pętle Czasu: Józef Robakowski’s Festival, Lodz, Poland (2006)
Anthology Film Archives, “En Plein Air,” New York, U.S. (2006)
KONT Gallery “Videokont: New Media Art Presenation,” Lubin, Poland (2006)
Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville). (2005)
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Calgary. (2004)
Sundance Film Festival, “Shorts on the Frontier,” Park City, Utah (2004)
Mexico City International Film Festival, Mexico City, Mexico (2004)
Cinema de Balie, “OpFilm no. 12-Experiment in Cinema: Bright Future,” Amsterdam, Netherlands (2004)
57th Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland (2003)
32nd Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2003)
Light Image Arts Festival. Light|Image: the Aegina Academy (A Forum for Art and Science), Aegina, Greece and Vienna, Austria (2003)
World Wide Short Film Festival, Toronto (2003)
L’Etrange Festival, Paris, France (2003)
La Enana Marron Theatre, Madrid, Spain (2003)
San Francisco Cinematheque “Haptic Refractions: A Cameraless Evening,” curated by Irina Leimbacher and Steve Polta, San Francisco, U.S. (2003)
MetroCinema “Cameraless Filmmakers Unite!” Edmonton (2003)
Durham Art Gallery, Durham (2003)
Winnipeg Film Group, Winnipeg (2003)
Pacific Film Archive “Living Color: And Now” and “Living Color: Now...” Berkeley, U.S. (2002)
Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver (2002)
Vancouver Underground Film Festival (2002)
Herland Feminist Film and Video Festival, Calgary (2002)
Pleasure Dome, “Smoke 'em if You Got 'em,” Toronto (2002)
Cinematheque Ontario “Independents: The Canadian Roundup,” Toronto (2002)
New York International Film Festival “Views from the Avant-Garde,” U.S. (2002)
Toronto International Film Festival “Perspective Canada,” Toronto (2002)

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