Moments of Despondency

Director: Donna Brunsdale

Wednesday Mar 22nd

  • 16mm
  • Calgary
  • 1996
  • 8:00

Reeling from one daily activity to the next, a woman seems eternally defeated by the simplest of tasks. Her low spirit looms over her meals, her new shoes, her sleep, and her chores immediately thrusting her into a deep and hopeless contemplation. Uttering small forlorn conclusions, she lumbers through a domestic misery punctuated by moments of despondency.

First appearing in the $100 Film Festival in 1996, Moments of Despondency has since been reviewed and included in Melanie Kjorlien’s book entitled: Made in Calgary: An Exploration of Art From the 1960s to the 2000s. 

An artist, filmmaker, actress, photographer, and teacher, Donna Brunsdale is an invaluable personality to Calgary’s very unique film community. A founder and senior board member of the Calgary Cinematheque, she continually invests in Calgary’s lively and informed arts landscape. Bringing critical pieces of cinema to local audiences it at the heart of her organization’s purview and illuminates the growing collection of arts driven endeavors circulating in our city.

Alongside her short films, Moments of Despondency and Cheerful Tearful, Donna teamed with Gary Burns to co-write and co-produce their 2015 documentary Flexie! All the Same and All Different, an interview driven reflection of Levine FLexhaug’s landscape paintings.

- Felicia Glatz