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2009 WNDX Festival of Film and Video Art: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ October 4, 2009

Poster for WNDX Festival of Film and Video Art featuring spelunkers

Once again, Winnipeg’s WNDX Festival of Film and Video Art presents an awesome celebration of Canadian avant-garde, experimental and underground cinema, which will run this year on Oct. 7-11. There are retrospectives of celebrated Canadian film artists, eclectic programs of short films, workshops, panel discussions, parties and more.

Below is the lineup for all the films screening at WNDX this year, but there’s also a lot more going on, so be sure to check out their official site for full info. There will be a panel discussion on indie film distribution, a workshop on the “Jawa Editing Technique, a lecture by Philip Hoffman on making “diary cinema” and more.

WNDX is also presenting a retrospective of the films of Philip Hoffman, the experimental documentary filmmaker, which will include one-night of some short works and a screening of his feature-length All Fall Down. There will also be a one-night retrospective of experimental filmmaker John Price. Plus, there will be a live video performance by artists Tasman Richardson and RKO; a special night of Canadian Chilean films; and, of course, the annual closing-night One-Take Super 8 Event.

I can’t recommend anything specific to see — although all of it sounds like fun — but I am glad to see that Leslie Supnet, whose work I love, has two films screening this year. Lots to see and lots to do. Here’s what’s to see:

Oct. 7

7:00 p.m.: “Poetic Passages: A Philip Hoffman Retrospective 1”
Kitchener-Berlin (1990, 34 mins, 16 mm)
passing through / torn formations (1988, 43 mins, 16 mm)

9:00 p.m.: “Poetic Passages: A Philip Hoffman Retrospective 2”
?O, Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film) (1986, 23 mins, 16 mm)
What these ashes wanted (2001, 55 mins, 16 mm)

Oct. 8

7:00 p.m.: “New Prairie Cinema”
Intuition, dir. Sean Garrity
Tourism Toronto (aka A Hayseed in Hogtown), dir. Bryan Besant
Shatterglit, dir. Robert Pasternak
Sitka, dir. Olga Zikrata
Loving the Bomb, dir. Alison Davis
Revival, dir. Heidi Phillips
Fair Trade, dir. Leslie Supnet
Vacation Suit, dir. Paul Atkins + Ian Campbell
all this way, dir. robert.daniel.pytlyk
Visages, dir. Lyle Pisio
Static, dir. Tyler Funk
My Life in Dreams, dir. Cam Woykin
Going, going, gone…, dir. Aubriand
IKWE, dir. Caroline Monnet

Oct. 9

7:00 p.m.: “John Price: Second Childhood”
remembrance day parade (2005, 16 mm, 2:45)
fire #3 (2003. 16 mm, 2:45)
eve (2006. 16 mm, 7:00)
naissance (2008, 16 mm, 6:00 version)
party #4 (2006, 35 mm, 2:45)
Making Pictures (2005, 35 mm, 13:00)
gun/play (2006, 35 mm, 9:00)
Camp #2 (2007, 35 mm, 7:37)
the boy who died (2007, 35 mm, 7:35)
View of the Falls from the Canadian Side (2006, 35 mm, 7:00)
intermittent movement (2005 – 2009, 35 mm, 7:00)
the sounding lines are obsolete (2009, 16 mm, 10:00)

9:00 p.m.: “Canada Avant Garde”
LoopLoop, dir. Patrick Bergeron
Introduction à l’usure: R-10, dir. Pierre Luc Gouin
Lacuna, dir. Shannon Harris
lay claim to an island, dir. Chris Kennedy
Snap Shot, dir. Kim Kielhofner
Kinestasis, dir. John Kneller
Block B, dir. Chris Chong Chan Fui
Up the Rabbit Hole, dir. Asa Mori
Resonance Mark, dir. Brian Kent Gotro
The Garden of Earthly Delights, dir. Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof
Chronicle Reconstructions, dir. Steven Woloshen
1 to 8, dir. Amy Schwartz

Oct. 10

5:00 p.m.: “A Fragile Transition: Past and Present in Chilean Canadian Cinema”
No Bikini, dir. Claudia Morgado Escanilla
Bitten, dir. Claudia Morgado Escanilla
Angustia, dir. Claudia Morgado Escanilla
Mechanism / Organism, dir. Eduardo Menz
In the Kingdom of Shadows, dir. Francisca Duran
Time for Airports, dir. Eduardo Menz
Cuentos de mi ninez, dir. Francisca Duran
Retrato Ofical (2009), dir. Francisca Duran
Retrato Oficial (2003), dir. Francisca Duran
Las Mujeres de Pinochet, dir. Eduardo Menz
Una Frágil Transición, dir. Eduardo Menz

7:00 p.m.: All Fall Down, dir. Philip Hoffman. An experimental documentary meditation on childhood, colonialism, ecology and love.

9:00 p.m.: Video Alchemy Live Video Performance: Tasman Richardson vs RKO (Paris)

Oct. 11

2:00 p.m.: “Great Experiments! Manitoba Experimental Shorts… Just for Kids”
Cattle Call, dir. Mike Maryniuk + Matthew Rankin
Praying Mantis Upskirt, dir. Allison Bile + Jenny Bisch
Moving, dir. Leslie Supnet
A Miracle, dir. Daniel Barrow (Watch online)
The Last of the Nepinaks, dir. Darryl Nepinak
Primiti Too Taa, dir. Ed Ackerman and Colin Morton
Bubble Canopy, dir. Michael Stecky
Super Feminist, dir. Shawna Dempsey + Lorri Millan
Winnipeg to Saskatoon, dir. Brenna George
Automoto, dir. Neil and Cathy McInnes

7:00 p.m.: The One Take Super 8 Event Final Screening

For more info, please visit the official WNDX website.