Fri Feb 5 to Sun Feb 7 – multiple screenings and events
Curated by Kevin Nikkel

*Special Full Series Pass: $50 / $35 members

The stories of the Hudson’s Bay are vast, the history is long and the territory is massive. There are also many voices that tell the stories of this place.

How do we interpret these histories to make meaning or to make entertainment? How do different filmmakers make sense of the topic in different ways?

In the end, the fragmentary views of this history amount to different versions of the Hudson’s Bay, from documentary realism to dramatic recreation, mythologizing and satire, or a hybrid of film genres. – Kevin Nikkel

Kevin Nikkel is an independent filmmaker from Winnipeg and founder of Five Door Films. His films include narrative drama, animation and documentary. His animated short, Dial ‘M’ for Monster,
played over 20 animation and children’s film festivals including the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children. His documentary, 365 Choices a Year, follows two men through residential addictions treatment. Nikkel is a longtime member of the Winnipeg Film Group and was co-founder of Winnipeg’s Catacomb Micro-cinema. He juggles his time between filmmaking, parenting and teaching part-time.

Fri Feb 5, 2010 – 7:00 PM

Missionaries who ministered in Canada’s Arctic faced incredible obstacles and challenges. This is the story of some of the Arctic missionaries in the late 1800s and early 20th century, including the bizarre and harrowing 51-day journey of Bishop Isaac.

Fri Feb 5, 2010 – 8:30 PM
Documents one year in the life of Nanook, an Eskimo (Inuit) and his family and describes the trading, hunting, fishing and migrations of a group barely touched by industrial technology. Nanook of the North was widely shown and praised as the first full-length, anthropological documentary in cinematographic history. Featuring a live score with Nathan Reimer and Inuit throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak.

WORKSHOP: A Master Class with John Walker
Sat Feb 6, 2010 – Noon – 3:00 PM
In this special master class, acclaimed Canadian documentarian John Walker will present his views on genre, his approach to working with historical material within both dramatic and documentary structures.

PANEL DISCUSSION – From the Shadows of the Vaults: Bringing Archives to New Audiences
Sat Feb 6, 2010 – 3:30 PM
Using a screening of rare archival footage piece, (Adventures on the Bay from 1934) from the Hudson’s Bay archives, this panel discussion will explore current issues facing filmmakers and historians.

Sat Feb 6, 2010 – 7:00 PM
Passage is a story of incredible sacrifice, a stunning distortion of the truth and single-minded obsession. It challenges the way we look at history.

Sun Feb 7, 2010 – 7:00 PM
A selection of short films which interpret the north through dramatic, satirical and documentary themes.

The Winnipeg Film Group gratefully acknowledges the funding support of The Beaver: Canada’s History Magazine, Manitoba Film and Music, and Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church of Winnipeg for sponsoring our In the Shadow of the Company series.

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