14:05 | 16mm to HD | Stereo Sound | 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.

“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


3° Edição do Dobra- Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL, September 11-18, 2017 (World Premiere)

Coop Microcinema at Elephant Gallery, Nashville (TN), USA, September 16th, 2017

Pile of Bones Underground Film Festival, Regina (SK), CANADA, September 30th, 2017

46th edition Festival du nouveau cinéma, “New Alchemists,” Montréal (QC), CANADA, October 4-15, 2017

Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria (BC), CANADA, October 13-28, 2017

The Unforeseen – International Experimental Film Festival, CzKD, Belgrade, SERBIA, November 17-18, 2017 (Honorable Mention)

KLEX 2017: 8th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video and Music Festival, MALAYSIA, November 24-26, 2017

Analogica 7, Bolzano, ITALY, November 24-26, 2017

Kaunas International Film Festival, LITHUANIA, November 30-December 17, 2017

aCinema presents aDifferent Festival, Milwaukee (WI), USA, February 02-04, 2018

40th Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale (IL), USA, February 19-25, 2018

The New Alchemists – Experimental Film Symposium: Works by Terra Long, Mike Rollo, and Rhayne Vermette, Cinema House, Department of Cinema, Denison University, USA, April 07, 2018

Single Frame Festival presented by Unexposed, Shadowbox Studio, Durham (NC), USA, April 08, 2018

42nd Atlanta Film Festival, Experimental Program “Those Who Make Tomorrow,” USA, April 18, 2018

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, USA, April 19-22, 2018

Kyiv International Short Film Festival, UKRAINE, April 25-29, 2018

VISIONS Montreal, Under Prairie Skies: Retrospective, Cinématheque québécoise, CANADA, May 9, 2018

Yorkton Film Festival, Nominee: Golden Sheaf Award for Experimental Film and Founder’s Award, CANADA, May 24-27, 2018

Fracto Film Festival, ACUD Cinema, Berlin, GERMANY, May 24-27, 2018

20th Moviate Underground Film Festival, Harrisburg (PA), USA, May 25-27, 2018

25th Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA, June 6-10, 2018

72nd edition Edinburgh International Film Festival, Black Box Shorts: Canadian Experimental Film – Forty Years Later, UK, June 20-July 1, 2018

Images Contre Nature: Festival international de vidéo expérimental, Programme: Perception, Marseille, FRANCE, July 3-7, 2018

Analogica Selection 7, Artist Television Access, San Francisco (CA), USA, July 27, 2018

Live Soundtrack 40, Drugstore Beograd, Belgrade, SERBIA, September 06, 2018

Analogica Selection 7, Artist Filmmaker Workshop, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, September 14, 2018

Haverhill Film Festival, Haverhill (MA), USA, October 12-14, 2018

Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image, Johnson City (NY), USA, October 19-20, 2018

Experimental Film Guanajuato, MEXICO, October 19, 2018

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

Revolutions Per Minute Festival, Boston (MA), USA, February 2 & 3, 2019

Cámara Lúcida – IV Festival Internacional de Cine No ficción, Experimental y Poéticas Expandidas, curated program by Jean-Jaques Martinod, Ecuador, November 2019

Credit List

Music Composition: Andrea-Jane Cornell

Additional Photography: Ella Mikkola

Editor, Cinematographer, Director: Mike Rollo

With the financial participation of

The Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative

Online Preview


The online preview is password protected. If you would like to view an online preview version of Farewell Transmission please contact Mike Rollo at mahrollo@gmail.com


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