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Ladies First (compilation DVD)


Ladies First: Ladies’ Firsts

Curated by Carole O’Brien | Released May 2005

“It’s true. The Winnipeg Film Group is not teeming with women filmmakers. Hardly surprising given about 90% of the film industry is still dominated by men. But despite their low numbers, the women at our co-op have always managed to keep up with their male counterparts, artistically and technically. Until the late eighties, however, few of them made their own films, and those who did made documentaries. Public policy and the democratization of filmmaking technology is now changing the production landscape. For the past 15 years, a distinctly female voice can be heard. Out There. And at the Film Group, that voice is getting louder.”


Released in May 2005 LADIES FIRST: LADIES’ FIRSTS is the fifth disc in a six-DVD set celebrating films from the Winnipeg Film Group’s Distribution Catalogue and history. Featuring 8 short, first films created between 1993 – 2003, this collection showcases the talents of a select number of the women working in film in Winnipeg during this 10 year span.

The films on all six DVDs were selected and curated by fellow WFG filmmakers and all curators are represented in at least one of the collections.


The Arousing Adventures of Sailor BoyDirector: Jennifer Bisch, 8:30 | 1997
The FlightDirector: Zarah Laszlo, 11:24 | 2001
Victorian BeachDirector: Kathryn Martin, 8:00 | 1995
The Piano Lesson, Director: Carole O’Brien, 26:00 | 1993
The Elusive, Director: Lissa Desbarats, 9:00 | 1996
Exquisite Corpse, Director: Cindy Murdoch, 6:00 | 2003
Under the Rocking Horse, Director: Kelli Shinfield, 15:00 | 1995
Dames, Director: Maureen Devanik Butterfield, 9:00 | 1996


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We acknowledge the support of the Burritt/Thompson Award, Canada Council for the Arts, Cultural Heritage Resource Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Film ad Sound, Winnipeg Arts Council, Winnipeg Foundation.

For more information or if you have any questions or special requests please contact the Distribution Director, Monica Lowe: +1 (204) 925-3456 ext. 103 /

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