Strange Beauty Sends Love Letters to Winnipeg
A few weeks ago, six Winnipeg filmmakers had the glory to overrun the small but impeccably programmed festival Strange Beauty in Durham, North Carolina.
At the time, Cineflyer posted an article about the “disproportionate number” of Winnipeg contributions to the festival, and the director of the festival even gave a special shout out to Winnipeg in an interview with Durham’s News & Observer saying, “They must have quite a vibrant experimental film scene in Winnipeg.”
And even though the festival has come and gone, the Winnipeg love from Strange Beauty just doesn’t seem to quit. Not only were there fake/repurposed Winnipeg ads in the Strange Beauty festival program, but all of the Winnipeg filmmakers received care packages from the festival filled with haiku’s about Winnipeg written by audience members!
Being one of the filmmakers to receive these special notes, I can say that not only is this totally unorthodox, but perhaps the most heart-warming gesture I have ever received in a care package from a film festival. The rest of the Winnipeg contingent of Strange Beauty felt the same way, and so we decided to share some of these Winnipeg love letters here on Cineflyer.
Below are scans of the Winnipeg haiku’s written by Strange Beauty patrons, and some pages from the festival’s program guide with reappropriated Winnipeg ads. A huge shout out to the festival’s organizers Jim Haverkamp and Joyce Ventimiglia and to everyone that helped organize and attended Strange Beauty in the newly proclaimed “Winnipeg South, North Carolina”. If Winnipeg’s film community didn’t absolutely love you all previous to this, we certainly do now!
Special thanks also to Leslie Supnet, Jaimz Asmundson, and Ryan Simmons for scanning their love letters to share on Cineflyer.