Video and Film

Music videos, short personal films.

One film, "Freeride" from 2002 was filmed with the toy camera above.

Last Laugh

Meditation. Music Composed & Performed by Hal Barker. Film & Editing by John Farr. 5 min long.

Heart of Lake Darkness

Out for a kayak on the lake. You never know what might happen. 2 min long.

Get Yer Armour On

Video filmd and edited for Peter Tigchelaar. Includes lyric scroll.

Lake Morning | Length 3:30

A short improvised film edited from footage shot during an early morning kayak on Jack Lake, Ontario. Shooting hand-held on the water in a kayak. Directed, filmed and edited by John Farr. Shot with a Fuji X100.
The music was composed for the film and performed by Adrean Farrugia. Performed on a Shigeru Kawai SK7 piano.The score was recorded at Merriam Music in Oakville with recording engineer Mike Tompa. Special thanks to Mara for rising at 5:30 am to participate in the project.

From Afar

Slow motion video shot around Dundas. For Ferguson North. Featured here.


Short film constructed from found family 16 mm footage.

This slight film made in 1957, was a minor sensation when it was originally released, but then drifted into obscurity. The film which inspired many New Wave French filmmakers has been painstakingly reconstructed by the director. Jean-Luc Godard declared that “Seduction was totally unencumbered by the constraints of mainstream cinema. It was an enigma." The film was criticized as being too abstract and was not readily accepted by the viewing public at the time. The hapless male leads appear drifting in an existential haze. The women appear unsentimental with the young starlet Lida Alexanian smoking with reckless élan, and her sister Nadia likewise rash and audacious. It was reported that Jeanne Moreau took up cigarettes after viewing the film. The tight budget of the project intimidated many directors. François Truffaut was stunned that so much could be achieved with so little. Or was it so little achieved with so much. What ever the case, the director was accused of showing utter contempt for his audience, a description later, and ironically, applied to the work of many New Wave directors. The ambivalent plot, loaded with latent content, teases the audience, before plummeting into the depths of ennui. Not for all tastes, but then again, few things in life are.

A Film by John Farr. Created from found family film footage.
Music by Darcy Hepner, Blue Ballerina
Technical notes: transferred from 16 mm film, shot in 1957. Edited by John Farr


Video edited for Ferguson North, based on video footage by Fabian and old tai chi footage

Rise of the Pumpkin

Assembled time lapse of the decay/rise of a Halloween pumpkin. Photographed over 8 months. 2 mins.

Freeride 2002

Made with a toy Intel Play camera, and editing software. Featuring a few of our friends, and kids. Shot in the Dundas Valley.

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