‘Off key’ – dramatic short movie dealing with the relationship between artist and subject. Shot in Vancouver, BC 1994. Format: 35 MM. Running Time: 22.10
Synopsis: A young Russian prodigy pianist is chaperoned by his agent to a session with a famous NY photographer. Left alone for half an hour, the initially uptight Russian is gradually encouraged to undress, until he plays backwards, naked in front of the lens. The ease with which he follows her directions points to an increasing sexual chemistry between the two. The agent returns, shepherding his charge out in the nick of time. The short movie touches on a weighty theme; the politics of the gendered gaze; the tensions when traditional roles (male artist, female subject) are reversed.
‘Off Key’ was selected for Cannes’s Semaine de La Critique and nominated for Canadian Genies in 1994. The film also won awards at film festivals in Drama, (Greece) Grimstad (Norway) Portland, Moscow and Sydney.