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Scenes from the Floating World

FRI, MAR 25 / 7 pm
CURATED AND INTRODUCED BY CHRIS GEHMAN
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The cinema allows artists to construct spaces that cannot be experienced in any other way, to work with figures and images detached from their ordinary context and returned to life in an imagined cinematic space. With one partial exception, each of these works centres on the body as it inhabits the floating world of the cinematic screen. –Chris Gehman

self-portrait in alterNation between descension & ascension (Dir. Jude Norris, 2010, Canada, 3:55 MIN)
Here, Norris turns the projection screen into a field of stasis in movement. The artist, dressed in turn-of-the-century Plains Cree clothing, remains suspended in space and time on the escalator of the Brooklyn library, moving slightly forward, slightly back. This simple gesture resonates with more and larger implications as it is extended in time.

VILLE MARIE (Dir. Alexandre Larose, 2010, Canada, 12:30 MIN)
Recipient of a special jury prize at the 2010 WNDX Festival, VILLE MARIE is a tour-de-force of optical printing in which the experience of falling is broken down and reconstructed, turning a vertiginous descent into an extended experience of colour and graphic form.

WHOSE TOES (Dir. Barry Doupé, 2010, Canada, 33:00 MIN)
Commissioned by Animate! In the UK, this recent video by a rising international star of experimental animation brings together a series of recognizable figures from different moments in recent history – Princess Diana, JFK – in a series of perverse wordless scenarios.

VERY GOOD ADVICE (Dir. Jenn Norton, 2009, Canada, 6:27 MIN)
With a background in circus performance and performance art, Norton is also a wizard of simple but magical video compositing, creating simple but brilliant collage spaces. “…[A] lovely ride, full of lithe humour and visual delight, tempered with the dark side potential for total annihilation lurking, if not on screen, at least in our imagination.” (Lisa Steele)

ARITIFICES #1 (Dir. Alexandre Larose, 2007, Canada, 3:40 MIN)
For this film, originally created for a One Take Super8 event, Larose shot on a Nizo super8 camera. A device specially machined for him by a friend allowed Larose to turn the camera through the centre of the lens while each frame was being exposed. Night time traffic is transformed into a series of spinning, whirling forms, and deep space collapsing into flat surface.

sea series # 8 (Dir. John Price, 2010, Canada, 3:00 MIN)
An incredible work of serendipity from cinematographer extraordinaire John Price: he shot a roll of film in 2008, but it remained unprocessed. In 2010 he took the same roll of film and shot it again, this time filling it with images of his children playing by the sea. The resulting unplanned double exposures are sublime.

CHRIS GEHMAN

Award-winning filmmaker, curator and critic, Chris’s films have screened at festivals and cinematheques across Canada and internationally; they include Refraction Series, Rostrum Press: Materials Testing; Contrafacta; and First Dispatch from Atlantis. Chris has worked as Artistic Director of the Images Festival as well as Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and Cinematheque Ontario, and has presented programs internationally.

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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
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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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The Winnipeg Film Group is an artist-run education, production, exhibition and distribution centre committed to promoting the art of cinema.
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We’re located in the heart of Winnipeg's historic Exchange District in the Artspace building. We are across the street from Old Market Square at the corner of Arthur Street and Bannatyne - one block west of Main.

The Winnipeg Film Group is located on Treaty 1 Territory and on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and in the homeland of the Métis Nation. We offer our respect and gratitude to the traditional caretakers of this land.

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