Losing Sleep


Losing Sleep presents interview footage of a self-confessed computer hacker who is struggling with chronic insomnia. His work on the computer has become such an all-encompassing cyber-world, that for him returning to the grounded physical world is a frightening endeavour.

‘Giving in’ to sleep seems like a violent surrender. Yet only by submitting to simple physical acts, such as a long, deliberate walk late at night, can he find any rest.


Produced  •  Virtual Image Productions
Direction, camera, and editing  •  Douglas Porter
Sound recording  •  Jane Porter
Funding  •  Canada Council for the Arts
Format  •  14:27 minutesSDNTSC© 1996
Distribution  •  www.vtape.org


Screenings

  • TRANSMEDIALE FESTIVAL
    Losing Sleep
    February 3, 2017
    Berlin  Germany
  • CFAT MEDIA TRAIN: ARRIVING BERGEN
    Losing Sleep
    November 18, 19 2006
    USF Gallery  Bergen  Norway
  • RENDEZVOUS WITH MADNESS
    Losing Sleep
    November 14 2004
    Toronto  Canada
  • BEST OF OBERHAUSEN
    Losing Sleep
    November 23 2001
    Carleton University  Ottawa  Canada
  • INTERNATIONALE KURTZFILMTAGE
    Losing Sleep
    May 03-08 2001
    Oberhausen  Germany
  • YYZ GALLERY
    Losing Sleep
    October 28 – November 20 1998
    Toronto  Canada
  • 1998 BRITISH CANADIAN VIDEO EXCHANGE
    Losing Sleep
    October 24 1998
    London  England
  • VIPER VIDEO FESTIVAL
    Losing Sleep
    May 19-25 1998
    Lucerne  Switzerland
  • Fragile ELECTRONS: Twenty Years of Collecting Video Art
    Losing Sleep
    April 17 – June 7 1998
    National Gallery of Canada Ottawa  Canada
  • MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
    OF NEW CINEMA AND NEW MEDIA
    Losing Sleep
    June 5-15 1997
    Montréal  Canada
  • TRANSMEDIA VIDEOFEST
    Losing Sleep
    May 23 – June 1 1997
    Berlin  Germany
  • ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL
    Losing Sleep
    September 20-28 1996
    Halifax  Canada