WNDX Festival of Film and Video Art 2009

Wednesday, October 7 – Sunday, October 11
Winnipeg Cinematheque, Winnipeg Film Group Studio and The Gas Station Theatre
* Festival Pass $20 ($15 students and seniors)
* Single Screening Ticket: $8 ($6 students and seniors)
* One Take Super 8 Event: $5 all admissions
* Admission to the Great Experiments! Just for Kids screening is free to all
WNDX Passes may be purchased in advance at the kiosk Artspace Lobby. Single tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.

Every year WNDX makes an effort to showcase some of the “most innovative and ground-breaking work by Canadian filmmakers and video artists, with a special focus on the work of Manitoba and prairie artists” and each year I believe that they have accomplished this task successfully. This year is really no exception.

Every year since its conception in 2006, my girlfriend and I have made every effort to attend all of the screenings, however, we usually miss the 7PM screening on Sunday night because of Thanksgiving diner at my grandparents. That being said, we always make it back for the infamous One Take Super 8 Event at 9PM. In fact, the One Take Super 8 event in 2006 was my very first venture into filmmaking and I know other filmmakers whose celluloid hymen was broken during this event as well. The One Take Super 8 Event is hosted by Alex Rogalski and it features filmmakers each shooting a single reel of Super 8 film, which is then premiered to an audience without the filmmakers seeing their work beforehand. All the films are shown as they were shot. No cuts. No splices.

Two of the reasons I look forward to WNDX each year is:
i) excellent programming
ii) the fringe filmmakers who attend each year as guests. (past guests include: John Kneller, Brett Kashmere, Steve Reinke, Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Alex MacKenzie, Pim Zwier and Gerald Saul).

This years special guests include John Price, Tasman Richardson, RKO and Phillip Hoffman!

I am looking forward to attending all of the screenings again this year.

Here is the schedule in a nutshell:

Wednesday, October 7, 7PM and 9PM: Poetic Passages: A Philip Hoffman Retrospective

Retrospective I (7PM)
passing through / torn formations

Retrospective II (9PM)
?O, Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film)
What these ashes wanted

Thursday, October 8, 5PM: Master Lecture on Diary Cinema with Philip Hoffman

Thursday, October 8, 7PM: New Prairie Cinema

Intuition by Sean Garrity
Tourism Toronto (aka A Hayseed in Hogtown) by Bryan Besant
Shatterglit by Robot Pasternak
Sitka by Olga Zikarata
Loving the Bomb by Alison Davis
Revival by Heidi Phillips
Fair Trade by Leslie Supnet
Vacation Suit by Paul Atkins + Ian Campbell
all this way by robert.daniel.pytlyk
Visages by Lyle Pisio
Static by Tyler Funk
My Life in Dreams by Cam Woykin
Going, going, gone… by Aubriand
IKWÉ by Caroline Monnet ** WNDX Special Jury Prize **

Friday, October 9, 5PM: Panel Discussion: Distributing Your Independent Short Film

Friday, October 9, 7PM: John Price: Second Childhood

remembrance day parade
fire #3
party #4
Making Pictures
Camp #2
the boy who died
View of the Falls from the Canadian Side
intermittent movement
the sounding lines are obsolete

Friday, October 9, 9PM: Canada Avant Garde

LoopLoop by Patrick Bergeron
Introduction à l’usure: R-10 by Pierre Luc Gouin
Lacuna by Shannon Harris
lay claim to an island by Chris Kennedy
Snap Shot by Kim Kielhofner
Kinestasis by John Kneller
Block B by Chris Chong Chan Fui
Up the Rabbit Hole by Asa Mori
Resonance Mark by Brian Kent Gotro
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof
Chronicle Reconstructions by Steven Woloshen
1 to 8 by Amy Schwartz

Saturday, October 10, 5PM: A Fragile Transition: Past + Present in Chilean Canadian Cinema

No Bikini by Claudia Morgado Escanilla
Bitten by Claudia Morgado Escanilla
Angustia by Claudia Morgado Escanilla
Mechanism / Organism by Eduardo Menz
In The Kingdom of Shadows by Francisca Duran
Time for Airports by Eduardo Menz
Cuentos de mi niñez by Francisca Duran
Retrato Ofical by Francisca Duran
Retrato Oficial by Francisca Duran
Las Mujeres de Pinochet by Eduardo Menz
Una Frágil Transición by Eduardo Menz

Saturday, October 10, 7PM: All Fall Down: A film by Philip Hoffman

Saturday, October 10, 9PM Video Alchemy Live Video Performance: Tasman Richardson vs RKO (Paris)

Sunday, October 11, 2PM Great Experiments: Manitoba Experimental Shorts… Just for Kids

Cattle Call by Mike Maryniuk and Matthew Rankin
Praying Mantis Upskirt by Allison Bile + Jenny Bisch
Moving by Leslie Supnet
A Miracle by Daniel Barrow
The Last of the Nepinaks by Darryl Nepinak
Primiti Too Taa by Ed Ackerman and Colin Morton
Bubble Canopy by Michael Stecky
Super Feminist by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan
Winnipeg to Saskatoon by Brenna George
Automoto by Neil and Cathy McInnes

Sunday, October 11, 7PM One Take Super 8 Event

– Clint Enns


From Winnipeg Free Press October 7, 2009:
Underground films get a clear view at WNDX fest

PRONOUNCED like a certain household glass-cleaning product, WNDX’s mission was initially crystal clear.

The annual film fest — mostly taking place at Cinematheque and its Artspace environs — was conceived as a celebration of avant-garde, underground and transgressive films when it launched in 2006.

Transgressive cinema (typically featuring strong content that gleefully crossed lines into themes and subject matter once tarred as “obscene”) is absent in the festival’s fourth year, but the “underground” designation is alive and well, according to programmer Cecilia Araneda, one of four of the fest’s programmers, and the executive director of the Winnipeg Film Group.

“We don’t shy away from anything,” Araneda says, adding that the film’s alternative content is as far removed from the mainstream as it ever was.

Befitting that designation, the festival’s special guest is filmmaker Philip Hoffman, who has been called “Canada’s leading diary filmmaker” and whose influence on Manitoba film in particular resonates strongly, Araneda says.

Hoffman makes personal films and employs a do-it-yourself philosophy — including hand-processing films — in an esthetic he shares with Manitoba filmmakers such as Sol Nagler and Mike Maryniuk.

– Randall King


~ by cineflyer on August 15, 2009.

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