Jul 27, 2016
Our new digital platform, myCinematheque.ca, is designed to replicate and expand some of our artistic programming for rural Manitoban and online audiences. myCinematheque will be updated periodically with new content including short film programs featuring interviews with the filmmakers, and documentation of artist talks, events and workshops.
“This program is made up of 6 Manitoban/former Manitoban filmmakers, who also happen to be of Indigenous descent. And while their films are amazing and they can stand on their own and don’t necessarily have to be placed in an “Aboriginal themed program” – I think it’s interesting that they have been brought together in this way to really reflect the diversity of ways that Indigenous filmmakers can use film as a storytelling means. These six aren’t representative of all of the filmmakers out there, but I hope it provides you, the audience, with a great introduction to what’s happening in Manitoba with Indigenous film and filmmakers.” – Jenny Western, curator
Black Rectangle / Dir. Rhayne Vermette, 2013, 1:30 mins / This film documents a tedious process of dismantling and reassembling 16mm found footage. The film collage imitates functions of a curtain, while the recorded optical track describes the film’s subsequent destruction during its first projection.
Two Scoops / Dir. Jackie Traverse, 2008, 2:55 mins / Hand-drawn illustrations animate this touching personal story about the “Sixties Scoop of Aboriginal children into the Canadian child-welfare system.
Demi Monde / Dir. Caroline Monnet, 2013, 3:30 mins/ A distinct world—which is often an isolated part of a larger world—is viscerally envisioned in this uniquely hand-processed film.
It’s the Norval Morrisseau, Jackson Beardy, Carl Ray, Eddie Cobiness, Daphne Odjig, Joe Sanchez and Alex Janvier Show / Dir. Darryl Nepinak, 2011, 9:13 mins / 70’s TV sitcom set around a young group of artists.
Nikamowin (Song) / Dir. Kevin Lee Burton, 2007, 11:15 mins / A linguistic soundscape comprised of the deconstruction and reconstruction of Cree narration dances with various manipulated landscapes.
Mikomiing / Dir. Leonard Sumner, 2009, 9 mins / Mikomiing is an Anishinaabe word for ‘on the frozen water’ a term often used when a commercial fisherman has gone out to check his nets. This documentary follows a day in the life of a fisherman in the First Nation community of Little Saskatchewan, Manitoba.
BIO: Jenny Western is an independent curator, writer, and educator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Winnipeg and a Masters in Art History and Curatorial Practice from York University in Toronto. While completing her graduate studies, she accepted a position at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon where she was the Curator of Contemporary / Aboriginal Art from 2005 to 2007 and remained the AGSM’s Adjunct Curator until 2011. Western has curated exhibitions and programs for Ace Art Inc., The Costume Museum of Canada, The Estevan Art Gallery, The Kelowna Art Gallery, The Manitoba Crafts Council, La Maison des Artistes, Plug In ICA, Portage and District Arts Centre, and Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Video Pool, and The Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque. In 2011 Western co-curated “Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years,” a multi-venue group exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art from around the globe. She is a member of the Brothertown Nation of Wisconsin and is of European, Oneida, and Stockbridge-Musee ancestry.