Four Films by Ellie Epp

May 8, 2024, 6pm

Trapline, 1975, 16mm
current, Canada, 1982, 16mm
notes in origin, Canada, 1987, 16mm
bright and dark, Canada, 1996, 16mm

“What I like in film is precision, slightness, economy of means, delight, inference, and a kind of motion that can be followed but not tagged, and makes seeing intelligent.” 

Ellie Epp grew up on a farm in northern Alberta, graduated from Queen’s University, Kingston with an honours BA in philosophy, psychology and English. She then went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in film studies from the Slade School of Art in London. Epp returned to Canada to edit her first 16mm film, Trapline. Other 16mm films made in the ‘70s and ‘80s include Notes in origin, Current and Bright and dark. In her fifties she went back to school, looking for a new approach to the epistemology of perception and representation. She completed a PhD in Neurophilosophy in 2002. Her main theoretical work, Being about: perceiving, imagining, representing, and thinking, is online at, along with a lifetime journal project and other work in photography, garden design and experimental writing.