Wed Sept. 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM
@ Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.
$6.00-members / $7.00-students & seniors / $8-regular

Introduced By Artist Steve Reinke and Christopher Rohde from SAW Video!

Steve Reinke Still

Soon to visit Winnipeg’s Cinematheque, PUBLIC DOMAIN is a one-night only, series of films by Canadian artists.  Their aim: to repurpose and reinterpret many of the thousands of untouched public domain films housed by Library and Archives Canada. Commissioned by Ottawa’s SAW Video, seven new films were created in the year-long effort by these Canadian artists.

Steve Reinke, one of the PUBLIC DOMAIN filmmakers will introduce the screening at the Cinematheque, along with SAW Video Programmer Christopher Rohde, also a filmmaker.

Steve Reinke, known for his monologue-based video essays, has had his work play the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa),the Centre Pompidou, the Tate, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the New York Video Festival. He is currently associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University and has edited a number of books including, with Chris Gehman, the anthology The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema. In 2006 he won the prestigious Bell Canada Prize for Video Art.

According to the original press release for the PUBLIC DOMAIN screening, Reinke “transgresses the nature of the archival images he employs by giving them a new context and a new meaning using a voice-over narrative.”

The six other filmmakers, including Maureen Bradley and Winnipeg-born Ryan Stec range widely in content and concept. Maureen Bradley follows a documentary-style investigation into an old ancestor, and Ryan Stec and Véronique Couillard produce a beautiful vision of early industry.

-Aaron Zeghers

Public Domain Stll

PUBLIC DOMAIN Screening Order:

(dir. Gennaro de Pasquale, 2009, Canada, 12:08 min.)
An experimental video which combines fragments of films of different genres (fiction, documentary, animation) most of which date from the early 20th century. Vortex brings to mind the tumultuous movement of an overflowing waterway.

The Beauty Pageant News
(dir. Sara Angelucci, 2009, Canada, 8:47 min.)
Toronto photo and video artist Sara Angelucci researched through the archives for footage of beauty pageants and assembled this playful melange of “Miss Toronto” and other pageants with dozens of contestants parading in their swimsuits before a panel of judges and thousands of on-lookers. The second part uses a found soundtrack from a popular 1950s American radio program “What makes you tick” to examine attitudes expressed towards women at the time.

Library and Archives Canada Public Domain Reels Documenting Spots of Beauty and Interest in Ontario and Quebec Sometime Ago Remixed Today (VCRS) (19752010)
(dirs. Ryan Stec and Véronique Couillard, 2009, Canada, 3 min.)
Images of the Canadian industrial landscapes melt into one another. Sampled reels include a train ripping a snowy Algoma landscape in half, leaving a fantastic and huge trial of smoke and a cargo ship falling sideways into the Georgian Bay.

(dir. Suzan Vachon, 2009, Canada, 23:32 min.)
A video composed primarily of film archives from the first half of the 20th century, “these images when I screened them were experienced as a powerful fuel for the contemporary imagination.”

Beyond the Pale
(dir. Maureen Bradley, 2009, Canada, 16 min.)
Beyond the Pale examines the life and death of artist Maureen Bradley’s great, great aunt, Kate Tubridy who died in the Lounge Point Insane Asylum near Montreal. Maureen was never aware of her existence until her mother discovered her death certificate at the asylum. Using films and photos from the late 19th and 20th century, Bradley posits a number of fictions that Kate’s life might have taken before living out the final third of her life in the asylum.

Not Torn (Asunder from the Very Start)
(dir. Steven Reinke, 2009, Canada, 9:57 min.)
The archive is a mausoleum that pretends to be a vast garden. Memory is an irridated zoo in which the various animals are mutating extravagantly and dying slowly.


~ by cineflyer on September 6, 2011.


  1. sweet, looking forward

  2. […] more on this screening check out Cineflyer’s original post, or see the Uptown preview […]

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