Souvenirs is a trio of short films about the city of Winnipeg, which sift through the accumulated layers of history, experience and identity of a place which we, collectively, call home.
· Sand and Stone digs up the history of hard labour and the urban landscape—the workers who sweated its surfaces and shapes, and the primary materials they used to construct a city.
· Watermarks travels the emotional currents evoked by the experience of flooding in the lives of city dwellers, and looks for the imprints left behind after the waters recede.
· Waiting for the Parade transforms the 75th anniversary celebration of Winnipeg in 1948 into a discourse on the city's shifting identities through decades of progress and regress, cynicism and hope.
Filmmaker Paula Kelly created Souvenirs as Artist-in-Residence at the City of Winnipeg Archives with support from the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Public Art Program. Her documentary films and dramatic shorts have received various awards and nominations, including the feature documentary Appassionata, winner of a Chris Award at the Columbus Film & Video Festival, as well the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Gimli Film Festival. Her film, The Notorious Mrs. Armstrong, won three Blizzard Awards for best writing, directing and editing.