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DECO DAWSON: FANTASTIC WORLDS

FRI, MAY 31 / 7pm

Deco Dawson: Fantastic Worlds is a retrospective look at Winnipeg filmmaker Deco Dawson’s career in conjunction with his recent award, the Manitoba Film Hothouse Award for Creative Development, generously sponsored by the Province of Manitoba. The Winnipeg Film Group honors Deco with a special program of some of his best work including a newly re- mastered Dumb Angel, his mesmerizing early films, and a new trailer for his upcoming feature length documentary on Manitoba Hydro Place.

Named one of the top 25 young independent filmmakers in North America by New York’s Filmmaker Magazine in 2002, Deco Dawson has been achieving international acclaim for many years. In addition to screening at major festivals worldwide, Dawson has been host to solo retrospectives of his work in France, Spain, USA and Canada. He has twice won Best Canadian Short Film at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival – in 2001 for Film Dzama and last year for Keep A Modest Head. His films blur the lines between dramatic, documentary, animation and experimental film often creating fantastical worlds with miniatures, archival footage, meticulous set design and in camera effects.  
A technical innovator and brilliant editor he has set a high standard for works of imagination.

Emend, dir. Deco Dawson, 1998, 5 min 
A young woman escapes her habitual tasks through an undesirable alliance with fate.

Luster, dir. Deco Dawson, 1999, 7 min 
With the use of rapid cutting and lyrical movement, FILM (luster) concentrates on a young man who is foiled into choosing his fate by force of habitual nature.

Knout, dir. Deco Dawson, 1999, 10 min 
A woman discovers a long rope strewn about and sets down to the task of complicating its simplicity with knots, eventually encountering a sinister and unrelentless incarnation of herself on the other end.

Dumb Angel, dir. Deco Dawson, 2005, 9 min 
Equal parts improvisational performance, experimental film, behind the scenes documentary, music video and audio composition, Dumb Angel features sensational 17-year old rock drummer Anders Erickson in a strange, acute, 
hyper-reality where the unfaltering magic of cinema happens right before the camera’s eye.  

Sluice Box and a Rocker, dir. Deco Dawson, 2009, 7:30 min  
Pairing together archival audio of firsthand accounts of Dawson City’s founders and its fortunes, Deco Dawson photographs the contemporary ruins of Dawson City with such aching preciousness one cannot help 
but view the film as a visual requiem of a town that breathes the air of its deceased.  

Sins of the Father, dir. Deco Dawson, 2011, 4:20 min 
A collage film using children’s models and miniatures, in camera tricks and 16mm footage of abandoned farm houses that wholly captures the eerie doom of the original, in an uncompromising, re-imagined, retelling of Charles Laughton’s classic Night of the Hunter.

Keep a Modest Head (Ne Crâne Pas Sois Modeste) dir. Deco Dawson, 2011, 19  min 
A dazzling and arousing portrait of an inimitable artist. Filmmaker Deco Dawson gives Jean Benoît the surreal treatment in Keep a Modest Head, a film as mischievous and fearless as the last Surrealist himself.

Wondershows 
Work in progress, a 16mm hand-processed, anamorphic, experimental film exploring the visual delights of the touring carnival.

Double Façade Trailer 
The film itself chronicles the history of modern architecture and rising emergence of the sustainable design movement in both Europe and North America. The movement finds itself reaching its pinnacle achievement for office towers in 
downtown Winnipeg of all places, a city known more for its distressed downtown and poor urban planning, then world class, international award winning architecture.

Deco Dawson: Fantastic Worlds has been generously funded by the Province of Manitoba

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Optical Printer One on One Workshop Sessions

Appointment Based One on One Session
Wed 12

I Am Cuba (Restoration)

Thu, Dec 6 / 7 pm
Sat & Sun, Dec 8 & 9 / 3 pm & 7 pm
Wed - Fri, Dec 12 - 14 / 7 pm
Sat, Dec 15 / 3 pm
Thu 13

The Changeling (Restoration)

Sun, Dec 2 / 7 pm
Thu, Dec 6 / 9:30 pm
Sat, Dec 8 / 9:30 pm
Thu, Dec 13 / 9:30 pm
Fri 14

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Fri & Sat, Dec 14 & 15 / 9:30 pm
Sun, Dec 16 / 7 pm
Thu & Fri, Dec 20 & 21 / 9 pm
Sat, Dec 22 / 5 pm & 9 pm
Sun, Dec 23 / 5 pm
Sat 15

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution

Sat, Dec 15 / 7 pm
Sun, Dec 16 / 3 pm & 5 pm
Wed - Fri, Dec 19 - 21 / 7 pm
Sat, Dec 22 / 3 pm & 7 pm
Sun, Dec 23 / 3 pm

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