DVD COMPILATIONS

In 2003, on the eve of the Winnipeg Film Group's 30th anniversary, the organization commenced a historic, six-DVD collection providing a specially curated selection of works completed by Winnipeg Film Group members in its first three decades. The filmmaker-curators were selected by the Winnipeg Film Group for their combined achievement as artists and their deep understanding of the body of work of Manitoba filmmakers, and were requested to ensure each of the curators had at least one work featured in the entire collection.

The resulting six-DVD collection features 46 independent, Manitoba- made short films by 48 filmmakers created over 33 years.

Beginnings 1976-1983: The Early Years

Curated by Patrick Lowe | Released September 2010

"I specifically didn’t look for an overall theme for this collection. What I wanted this line-up of films to reflect was the organization’s diversity in its initial years - a rather exciting time. A co-op venture like the Film Group should always contain a multitude of voices over a dominant house style, critical accolades notwithstanding. It is that spirit which will carry our organization forward just as our armada of pioneering members cut a pathway to make “that little irregularity up on the prairie horizon” the groundswell of talent we now have. So here’s to the works of our founding filmmakers. And may our current bunch be just as fortunate in inspiring yet another creative wellspring in the years to come."

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Isolation in the 1980s

Curated by John Kozak | Released February 2005

"Considering the fertile creative environment that existed at the Winnipeg Film Group during this period it is not surprising that there was such a volume of production, nor is it surprising that the quality was so high. What is puzzling is that so many of the films explored thematically similar terrain. The filmmakers that had the courage to venture into drama, and the confidence to produce longer and more complex films were marshalling their resources to explore predominantly one theme, isolation."

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Illusion of Normalcy: Escaping the '80s

Curated by Guy Maddin, with essay by Shereen Jerrett | Released November 2008

"We were so normal, shooting those films, and we still are. And we are still out there. As you read this we will still be carefully threading film into our cameras, in search of that other room, outside this illusion of normalcy. Sometimes we get something, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes when you look into that dark room, the room looks back. Good thing there is glass between us… or is there? John and I had a running bet for many years about which member of the WFG was going to climb to the top of the Artspace building and start taking potshots. Sometimes we put the money on ourselves. Filmmaking is like that."

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The Sensationalists of the '90s

Curated by Jeffrey Erbach | Released July 2004

"There was a pocket of time, not so long ago, when members of a small artistic collective, working under the crushing weight of some towering filmmaking giants, managed to peer out from the smothering blanket of obscurity and bend a new fork in the group’s already impressive history. Working out of the land island of Winnipeg, filmmakers who saw nothing outward instead looked inward, channelling their sense of loneliness and other-ness into personal, expressionistic work deemed successful if only for its artistic viability."

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Ladies First: Ladies' Firsts

Curated by Carole O'Brien | Released May 2005

"It’s true. The Winnipeg Film Group is not teeming with women filmmakers. Hardly surprising given about 90% of the film industry is still dominated by men. But despite their low numbers, the women at our co-op have always managed to keep up with their male counterparts, artistically and technically. Until the late eighties, however, few of them made their own films, and those who did made documentaries. Public policy and the democratization of filmmaking technology is now changing the production landscape. For the past 15 years, a distinctly female voice can be heard. Out There. And at the Film Group, that voice is getting louder."

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The New Wave: The First Decade in a New Century

Curated by Cecilia Araneda, Danishka Esterhazy & Solomon Nagler | Released July 2012

"The films selected for this DVD reflect the spirit of emerging, and consciously include earlier works in the careers of filmmakers who evolved within the first decade of this new century.

This collective curatorial process has been far from an exact science, however hopefully has reflected at least the essential spirit of the filmmaking community that has emerged in Winnipeg in nearly four decades – a compendium of individual works that have contributed to a collective and evolving whole." - Cecilia Araneda

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WFG / 33

Released July 2012

All six DVDs are available as one collectible & comprehensive Boxed Set.

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