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FACE | TIME: The Animated Works of Anita Lebeau

Wed, Mar 27 / 7 pm
FREE ADMISSION

The evening will include an art talk and audience Q&A with the filmmaker, moderated by visual artist Diana Thorneycroft.

Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art and Cinematheque present the Winnipeg premiere of Anita Lebeau’s new independent animated film FACE | TIME. In this short, Lebeau explores the interplay of time, aging, art, and self-perception, employing her signature blend of photo-realistic and hand drawn images. The evening also features Lebeau’s past work, including her two award-winning films with The National Film Board, Louise and Big Drive.

Louise / Directed by Anita LeBeau, 2003, 10 min / This animated short is an ode to Louise, a fiercely independent 96-year old inspired by animator Anita Lebeau’s grandmother. Speaking in her own voice, Louise takes us through a day in her busy life near the town of Bruxelles, in rural Manitoba. Between coping with garden gophers and reaching cupboards that have grown taller,  Louise’s plans sometimes miscarry, her sense of humour is foolproof.

Big Drive, Directed by Anita Lebeau, 2011, 9 min / This short animation film tells the story of a family road trip across the Canadian prairies set in the 1970s. In an era before in-car movies and video games, 4 sisters squeeze into the back of the family car for a long journey. While the parents keep a steady watch on the road ahead, restlessness gradually gives way to mayhem in the car’s close quarters. Just before the ride becomes unbearable, the sisters are inspired to combine their creative energy and the big drive becomes an even bigger adventure.


Additionally, Lebeau will offer a sneak peek at her current NFB project, as well as sharing a selection of experimental projects in which she explores a variety of animation styles and software programs. Lebeau uses a multimedia approach to storytelling, where bits of reality share the screen with fully animated characters. Some projects allow hand-drawn animation to take center stage, while others explore concepts using fully-articulated cut-outs of real humans (photographs of them, that is). Lebeau’s art reflects the notion that ‘real’ life is filled with ‘the unreal’ – absurdities – which should be embraced as part of personal experience.

Sponsored by Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art 

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