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The Storytelling Portraits of Kevin Nikkel

Thursday, July 3 / 7 pm
Introduced by Kevin Nikkel

Winner of the 2014 Manitoba Film Hothouse Award, Kevin Nikkel is an extraordinary film director, writer, and curator based in Winnipeg. Often working with collaborators such as composer Nathan Reimer and his brother Chris, his deep love of history and research is revealed in a series of remarkable documentary portraits of the people and architectural landmarks of Winnipeg. Hugely creative, he is always juggling several projects at once revealing great skill in historical research and storytelling, whether working in animation or documentary. Featured here is some of his best documentary work created for MTS Stories from Home as well as three of his pencil sketch animated films featuring his two young kids, a never ending source of creativity.

Intersections: Sargent & Furby / Directed by Kevin Nikkel, 2008, Canada, 28 min / A unique portrait of the inner city Winnipeg neighborhood which moves beyond the stereotypes and captures people on the street speaking honestly about their lives and why they love their community. One grocer relates how he can find people from African, Portuguese, Italian and Korean descent all on the same block.

Dial M for Monster / Directed by Kevin Nikkel, 2003, Canada, 1 min /
A childhood revenge fantasy. She’s not going to take this from her brother anymore.

Clifford’s / Directed by Kevin Nikkel, 2011, Canada, 8:20 min / Former Clifford’s owner Johnny Pollock’s sons Nathan and Zailig relate the early days of selling women’s fashions at the now legendary Portage Avenue women’s clothing store. Featuring great archival footage and rare photos, the film conveys a wistful sense of how Portage Avenue has changed over the years.

The Bell Hotel / Directed by Kevin Nikkel, 2011, Canada, 7:43 min / Over the course of 100 years the Bell Hotel offered beds to rum runners, rail roaders, bar hoppers and those simply down on their luck — Nikkel captures rare interviews with old timers who remember all the amazing hotels on the Main Street strip and discovers the legendary Al Capone might have once stayed there.

Kitchen Hockey / Directed by Kevin Nikkel, 2007, Canada, 1.5 min /
Created with a group of friends helping out with pencil sketches Kitchen Hockey was shot over a weekend for the 48 Hour Film Festival featuring Kevin’s two kids, then aged 3 & 4 playing old time shinny on the kitchen hardwoods.

Blue Note Café / Directed by Kevin Nikkel, 2011, Canada, 9 min / Few Winnipeg venues have touched greatness like the Blue Note Café once located at Main Street. Visiting musicians to Winnipeg often dropped by for a guest performance ranging from Neil Young to Tina Turner, David Bowie’s band, and Johnny Winter. And of course there was controversy: beer served in tea cups, pot smoke wafting from the kitchen — The Blue Note tried everything. Winnipeg musician Mitch Dorge and former owner Curtis Ridell try to explain what made this a unique Winnipeg hangout.

Monkey Tea / Directed by Kevin Nikkel, 2009, Canada, 1 min / Once again Kevin discovers his two children’s wild imagination leads to a not very average tea party.

The Toilers of ‘33 / Directed by Kevin Nikkel, 2011, Canada, 8 min / The tragic story of the Canadian champion basketball team of 1933. After winning the first 2 games of a best of 5 series, the team was flying back from Tulsa, Oklahoma to play the final 3 games when their plane crashed, killing 2 players and injuring many others. Flags fly at half mast. Hugh Pennwarden, son of one of the survivors tells his father’s story.

The Storytelling Portraits of Kevin Nikkel has been generously funded by the Province of Manitoba

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Processing Day: Sat. July 13 & Sun. July 14 – 10 AM – 2 PM (WFG Media Lab and Platform Dark Room)

Optical Printer Class: Sat. July 20 | 10am - 2pm

Editing: July – August

Screening Date: TBD
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