Portrait, Short Film, Tale / Legend, Historical
Negativipeg tells the story of Rory Lepine, who shot to Herostratic fame in 1985 when he attacked Winnipeg rock legend Burton Cummings with a beer bottle in a North End 7-Eleven. Narrated by Lepine himself, the film meditates on this mysterious act of destruction and suggests that Winnipeg might have an attitude problem.
Matthew Rankin was born in Winnipeg and educated in Montréal and Québec City. A graduate of l’Université Laval and l’Institut national de l’image et du son, Rankin returned to Winnipeg in 2005 to work more directly with the imagery of his native province. His films include Oú est Maurice? (2006), which won the CanWest Global Prize for best short film, and, with Mike Maryniuk, the underground collage opera Death by Popcorn (2005) which was temporarily banned in his native Manitoba. An alumnus of the Toronto International Film Festival's Talent Lab in 2007, Rankin completed his experimental drama, Hydro-Lévesque, in 2008 and Negativipeg in 2010.