DIR. K. GEORGE GODWIN | 2012 | CANADA | 83 MIN
Panel to follow the Sunday June 2 screening at 2:00 PM
It is the 51st Anniversary since the PACE Cinema opened in Polo Park in June in of 1962. The PACE Cinema was a pioneering theatre in the presentation of foreign and artistic films in Winnipeg. At one time there were 50 theaters operating in the city - from large single screen theatres to more modest neighborhood theatres. In conjunction with this historic date Cinematheque will present Winnipeg director K. George Godwin’s new documentary about Winnipeggers experience of going to the movies: Going: Remembering Winnipeg Movie Theatres. In the film Winnipeggers reminisce about the experience of attending these theatres from people whose families owned theatres to people who worked in them and those just entranced by the movie going experience.
The panel discussion on the subject of film exhibition and Winnipeg movie theatres will feature filmmaker K George Godwin, Howard Curle (who taught a course on the history of film exhibition in Manitoba), Brenda Austin Smith who teaches courses on Film and the City, Cult Film, Film and Realism, and Cinephilia in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre at the University of Manitoba.
The panel also includes Tricia Wasney, manager of the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Public Art Program where she develops and oversees a steadily growing program that includes art commissions, artist residencies and community-based projects. For many years she worked at the Winnipeg Art Gallery where she developed programming in film, literature and music. Also featured is a live skype chat with Leonard Stone, (one of the founders of the PACE Cinema) and former manager of the Winnipeg Symphony.
Night Mayor, dir. Guy Maddin, 2009, Canada, 13 min.
This inventive Guy Maddin film tells the story of inventor Nihad Ademi, who harnesses the power of the aurora borealis in 1939 Winnipeg. Ademi uses the power to broadcast images of Canada to its own citizens from coast to coast, but in the process angers the government.
Jonah Nepon: In Memoriam
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of a member of the WFG family. Jonah Nepon passed away on Sunday March 03, 2013 at the age of 29. Jonah worked at Cinematheque for three years and was always a cheerful and positive presence to have around. Jonah’s passion was independent music and film and he spent countless hours promoting the Canadian independent music scene and through his promotional company, Ghost Town Manitoba, he put on and promoted hundreds of shows across Winnipeg and Canada. Jonah was proud to have worked on Guy Maddin's Night Mayor and because he was such a huge movie fan we are presenting this short as a special tribute. Jonah, you will be missed !