*Note this short film is opening for Jonathan Culp’s feature, Taking Shelter

Venue:  PAC Film House
Time:  Saturday 4pm
CategoryFilm + Video
City of Origin:  Toronto, ON
Price$7 members, $9 non-members


Overwhelmed with the world around her, a woman re-connects with her inner child through play on a swing set.


Inertia is a contemporary circus film combining aerial choreography on trapeze and swings, rotoscope animation and experimental sound and visuals.

Inertia was made possible by the generous donation of Canada Council for the Arts. The film began it’s creation process in August 2014, and has been screened at the TAIS Showcase, dance: made in canada, The Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto and Visionaria (Italy) . We are currently in the process of submitting this film to festivals worldwide. You can catch Inertia next at the 2016 POWFest Monthly Extended Festival in Portland, Oregon.


Emily Hughes (Director/Choreographer) began her circus adventures at the ripe age of 8 and now has over 13 years performing experience and over 15 teaching in the circus world. Inspired by all forms of physical theatre, and as an alumna of Ryerson University’s Acting Program, Emily has a great passion for storytelling and developing characters through movement. In 2009, she co-founded Hercinia Arts Collective as a means to combine her passions into creative, theatrical circus work. Recently, Emily has also been exploring the aerial world through the lens of a camera, creating experimental films that combine aerial dance, narrative, and sometimes animation, with partner Evan DeRushie.

Evan DeRushie (Visuals) is primarily a stop-motion director and animator. Since graduating from Sheridan College, he has been consistently creating new work in a number of different forms of media. As a professional animator, he’s worked on TV series’ at Cuppa Coffee Studios, a short film about sea-turtles for The National Film Board of Canada, and other commercial work. Most notably, his stop-motion children’s fable “The Fox and the Chickadee,” which he wrote, directed and animated, has played in film festivals around the world. Evan occasionally takes on the roll of cinematographer for independent films, and directs music videos. In whatever medium he’s working in, Evan is deeply passionate about creating meaningful and engaging images.

Christopher Willes (Sound)is an artist and composer based in Toronto and Montreal. Moving between music, performance and visual art contexts his work appears across a range of media including concert works, sound/audio art, performance, installation, site interventions, objects, writings, and ephemera. His practice is broadly concerned with listening and its social cultural conditioning in relation to bodies, physical materials, noise, audio technologies, formats, the built environment, landscapes, public space, psychoacoustics, aural histories, embodied archives, institutional memory. He studied music and dramaturgy, and he holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College (NY, USA).

Diane McGrath Lokos (Performer) is an aerial performance artist. As an accomplished childhood figure skater, she continued this athletic journey by taking these skills into the world of aerial performing. Her unique charisma and expressiveness highlight her acrobatic skills beautifully. Diane has performed for seventeen years as an aerialist with Dilorus Productions, Vertical Travelers, ZeroGravity, Gravity Works.