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a woman is not an island: Recent Shorts from the Distribution Catalogue

Fri, Sep 5 / 5:30 pm & 7 pm
Curated By Monica Lowe
Free Admission

The Winnipeg Film Group has partnered with the Manitoba Arts Network to co-present a screening featuring short films from the Winnipeg Film Group’s media art catalogue. This screening coincides with MAWA’s 30th anniversary celebration and the WFG’s 40th anniversary.

The 12 short films in the program, made by 14 Manitoba women artists from the past 10 years, were selected for their rich subject matter, unique perspectives and uncompromising vision. The films will tour throughout Manitoba in late 2014 and early 2015.

une femme n’est pas une île / Directed by Eve Majzels, 2006, Canada, 3:33 min / A musical exploration of the pain of unrequited love. A young woman sings of her struggle with her in-obedient heart.

Courtship / Directed by Alison Davis, 2008, Canada, 1 min / “When my grandmother died I inherited her old photos – pictures that my grandfather took in the early stages of their relationship. This watercolour animation is based on those pictures.”

IKWÉ / Directed by Caroline Monnet, 2009, Canada, 4:35 min / An experimental film that weaves the narrative of one woman’s (IKWÉ) intimate thoughts with the teachings of her grandmother, the Moon, creating a surreal narrative experience that communicates the power of thoughts and personal reflection.

where the myth fails / Directed by caroline barrientos , 2014, Canada, 9:01 min / A visual meditation on who we believe ourselves to be as humans, what we expect of each other and how we connect.

Empty / Directed by Jackie Traverse, 2009, Canada, 5:07 min / Set to music by Little Hawk, this animated and starkly honest story is a daughter’s tribute to her estranged mother.

Treaty Number Three / Directed by Danielle Sturk, 2013, Canada, 4:18 min / A portrait of visual artist Rebecca Belmore, the 2013 Laureate of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. The filmmaker collaborated with Belmore who created a new visual art/performance artwork specifically for this video.

Out of Reach / Directed by Madison Thomas, 2013, Canada, 10:22 min / For unknown reasons Carmen has locked herself in her apartment. Her parents, her friends and her boyfriend all try to persuade her to leave but Carmen must find the strength to leave on her own.

yaya/ayat / Directed by Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, 2010, Canada, 5:25 min / This film explores identities, being lost in translation and distance through the eyes of a young woman.

Maiden Indian / Directed by The Ephemerals, 2011, Canada, 3:25 min / Curious about the recent popularity of mukluks and feathered headbands, three friends begin sifting through racks of new trends collecting fashionable signifiers of Indigenous identity. Their window shopping is contrasted by a museum visit full of artifacts and ethnographic dioramas meant to represent historical Aboriginal culture.

gains + losses / Directed by Leslie Supnet, 2011, Canada, 3:25 min / Through situational vignettes, this film illustrates Supnet’s thoughts on death and other personal, day-to-day anxieties. Made as a goodbye letter to a deceased beloved, the work touches on internal grief, tempered with a playful sense of humour and lo-fidelity charm.

expect something and nothing at once / Directed by Michelle Elrick, 2013, Canada, 3:36 min / Poet Michelle Elrick approaches “home” through blanket forts, poetry and collected sounds in this stark and beautiful film from the Canadian prairie.

The Red Hood / Directed by Danishka Esterhazy, 2010, Canada, 9 min / Set in the Canadian prairies during the Great Depression, a dark re-telling of the traditional fable Little Red Riding Hood.

Presented with the support of the Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba Arts Council

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Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) encourages and supports the intellectual and creative development of women in the visual arts by providing an ongoing forum for education and critical dialogue. www.mawa.ca

For more information on the screening and tour please contact:
Monica Lowe, Distribution Director
email Monica | 204-925-3456 ext. 103

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