Mike Rollo – Farewell Transmission

Featured Member Works: Mike Rollo

“Farewell Transmission” (2017)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opened the doors of the CBK Transmitter Station in 1939 to serve the prairie region of Canada. Farewell Transmission is equal parts indexical record of the demolition of CBK in 2015 and subjective response to the residual media documenting the event. The building is framed with tension preceding its destruction: emulsion pulsates as if with decades of radio transmission, creating an unsettled eulogy for a cultural institution.

Sound design by Montréal-based sound improviser Andrea-Jane Cornell (Le fruit vert).


“A mix of structuralist film sensibilities, formal innovation, and emotional resonance, it’s subtle parallel decay of one media (radio) to another (celluloid) haunts our dreams forever…” — The Unforeseen International Experimental Film Festival

“Rollo’s images distort and distend, evoking a spectral presence, the ghosts of past transmissions bemoaning the fate of the building and the whole system that sustained them.” — Andrew Burke, Hinterland Remixed: Media, Memory, and the Canadian 1970s


The Unforeseen – International Experimental Film Festival, CzKD, Belgrade, SERBIA, November 17-18, 2017 (Special Jury Citation)

Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards, AWARD – Best Short Film and Nomination for Best Technical Achievement (Sound Design), Regina (SK), CANADA, November 23, 2018

https://vimeo.com/216404239 (Password: CBK)

With the financial participation of

The Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative

Mike Rollo’s work explores alternative approaches to documentary cinema — methods which thematise vanishing communication cultures, industrial developments, and transitional spaces through references to memory, history, religion, and autobiography. A founding member of Montreal’s experimental film collective Double Negative, Mike has curated the work of prominent international and Canadian experimental filmmakers. He is a founding member of Independent Visions a curatorial incubator devoted to making independent and experimental media accessible to a diverse audience in Regina. Mike’s films have screened at prestigious festivals and galleries such as the Atlanta Film Festival (USA), Edinburgh Film Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada), FID Marseille, Kassel Documentary Film Festival (Germany), Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (USA), Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal, International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Los Angeles Film Forum, Museum of Modern Art (Brazil), International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Rotterdam International Film Festival. Rollo’s film “Ghosts and Gravel Roads” (2008) was honoured as one of Canada’s Top Ten Shorts in 2008 by the Toronto International Film Group. His latest film “Farewell Transmission” (2017) won Best Short Film at the Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards in 2018.

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