February at the Winnipeg Cinematheque

February is going to be a jam packed month at the Winnipeg Cinematheque! Highlights include two visiting filmmakers that are doing both presentations of their work as well as workshops. You can find the full Cinematheque calendar HERE!

Andy Smetanka

First up is writer, musician, silhouette artist and stop motion animator Andy Smetanka (Missoula). His first foray into filmmaking was sparked by a trip to Winnipeg in 2002 and he will return to Winnipeg this February to share his work (7PM screening, Feb. 17th at the Cinematheque) and his techniques (10AM master class, Feb. 18th at the Film Group Studio). Smetanka will also be introducing a film he did stop-motion silhouette animation for: Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg, on Saturday Feb. 18th at 7PM.

Following Smetanka will be the famed experimental found footage filmmaker Craig Baldwin (San Francisco) who has two screenings at the Cinematheque and one Master Class workshop during his visit to Winnipeg. Baldwin will be showing his satirical and obsessively organized counter-culture classic Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America on Friday, Feb. 24th at 7PM alongside his re-edited recollection of cowboy iconography Wild Gunman. The following night, Saturday, Feb. 25th at 7PM, Baldwin will screen his film Sonic Outlaws, a documentary raising questions about “intellectual property”. Baldwin will also be leading a found footage filmmaking workshop on Saturday, Feb. 25th at Noon available through the Winnipeg Film Group.

Fitting well with Craig Baldwin’s counter-culture themes is the upcoming documentary Paul Goodman Changed My Life, playing at the Cinematheque from Feb. 24th to Mar. 1st. Goodman was an influential writer whose book Growing Up Absurd (1960) became a cornerstone of the 1960s counter-culture movement. This documentary on his life contains quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King Jr. and Noam Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his family, peers and activists.

Werner Herzog is back-to-back at the Winnipeg Cinematheque in Jan/Feb with another documentary. Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams played in early January, and coming up from Feb. 17th to 23rd is Into the Abyss. On this occasion, Herzog explores the act of murder, both by a criminal and by the state’s attempt to serve justice. As one can expect, Herzog will dive deep into a melodramatic human psyche in what Herzog himself describes as no less than “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.”

The Manitoba Historical Society in partnership with the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives presents Nitrate Treasures: Archival Hudson’s Bay Film: a rare screening of a Canadian film that hasn’t been seen since the early 20th Century. Originally shot it 1919, Romance of the Far Fur Country was premiered on May 23, 1920, but was locked away by the Hudson’s Bay Company for safe-keeping after screenings across Canada and the UK. The film is said to be about the Hudsons Bay Company’s business in the north and Canada’s native communities in the north, so it should be very interesting to see what this old film canister holds.

ROMANCE OF THE FUR TRADE

The Special Jury Prize Winner at Sundance is coming to Winnipeg. The film follows the life of the puppeteer behind the children’s icon, Elmo. Being Elmo: A Puppateer’s Journey plays from Feb. 3 to Feb. 11th.

Amigo is a dramatic feature that tells the untold history of the occupied Philippines from the point of view of a diplomat caught between the American authorities and his guerrilla-leading brother. Amigo plays from Feb. 10th to 16th.

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~ by cineflyer on February 2, 2012.

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