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2011 WNDX Festival Of Film And Video Art: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ August 23, 2011

Text logo for the WNDX Festival that also says Survive the Cataclysm!

Once again, the WNDX Festival of Film and Video Art will be celebrating the best in new and classic Canadian avant-garde, experimental and underground filmmaking with a little flair for the international thrown in. WNDX’s 6th annual edition is set to run on Sep. 29 to Oct. 2 in the city of Winnipeg.

This year, WNDX is paying special homage to two great Canadian artistic filmmakers: The late Joyce Wieland and Guy Maddin. For Wieland, the fest is holding two special retrospectives of the experimental filmmaker’s works spanning from 1965 to 1984. (Wieland passed away in 1998.) The first retrospective on Oct. 1 is a collection of all short films, such as Cat Food (1969) and A&B in Ontario (1984), which was co-directed with he contemporary Hollis Frampton. The second retrospective on Oct. 2 includes Wieland’s feature film Reason Over Passion (1969), plus two shorts.

From Sep. 2 to Oct. 1, WNDX is hosting Guy Maddin‘s Hauntings installation at the Platform Gallery. Hauntings is a collection of very short films that pay homage to the great lost and unfinished cinematic masterpieces. Also, there will be an afternoon Artist Talk with Maddin on Oct. 1 and a Closing Night party for Hauntings later in the evening.

Other great Canadian underground filmmakers with short works in the festival include the very prolific Clint Enns, as well as Darryl Nepinak, animator Leslie Supnet, Deco Dawson, Heidi Phillips, Mike Maryniuk and Alexandre Larose. Plus, there are films from France, Japan and Lithuania and great U.S. films by Neil Ira Needleman, Zachary Epcar, Aaron Valdex, Gina Carducci and a World Premiere by George Kuchar, The Nutrient Express.

And, there are other special events, including a special night of “Cyborg Cinema” featuring live performances by Wafaa Bilal (Canada) and Andrew Milne (U.S.); a retrospective of films by the ITWÉ Collective; and the always insanely popular One Take Super 8 Event, which will be closing the fest.

For more info on the fest, including tickets and locations, please visit the official WNDX website. The full screening lineup is below:

Sep. 29

7:00 p.m.: “New Prairie & Canadian Cinema 1: People This 2012 Shit Is Hype”
The Nutrient Express, dir. George Kuchar
when_i_was_young, dir. Ian Campbell
Coyote, dir. Nicole Shimonek
Basin, dir. David Geiss
Spongebob Squarepants, dir. Christina Lathan
Breathing Apparatus, dir. Sarah Oneschuk
Discovering Inner Beauty, dir. Clint Enns
It’s the Norval Morrisseau, Jackson Beardy, Carl Ray, Eddie Cobiness, Daphne Odjig, Joe Sanchez and Alex Janvier Show, dir. Darryl Nepinak
25/27, dir. Lief Hall
WNDX Jury 2011, Special Jury Prize: Best Canadian Work
The Whale and the Dog, dir. Garner Beckett
The Life of Death, dir. Tasman Richardson
People This 2012 Shit Is Hype, dir. Mel Hogan

9:00 p.m.: “Opening Reception”

Sep. 30

7:00 p.m.: “ITWÉ Collective”
Oú tu vas toi?, dir. ITWÉ
S.E.C.K., dir. Kevin Lee Burton
IKWÉ, dir. Caroline Monnet
Nikamowin, dir. Kevin Lee Burton
Tashina, dir. Monnet & Burton
Kwoni, dir. Monnet & Burton
Warchild, dir. Monnet & Burton

9:00 p.m.: “New Prairie & Canadian Cinema 2: Controlled Breach”
Love Winnipeg, dir. Barbara Sternberg
Balloon, dir. Paul Atkins & Ian Campbell
Hydro: Tergu/Viscus, dir. Deco Dawson
The Story of Thomas Edison, dir. Aaron Zeghers
The Last Harvest, dir. Heidi Phillips (Watch online)
Gains & Losses, dir. Leslie Supnet
The Yodeling Farmer, dir. Mike Maryniuk and John Scoles
Spirit of the Bluebird, dir. Xstine Cook & Jesse Gouchey
WNDX Jury 2011, Special Jury Prize: Best Prairie Work
M, dir. Félix Dufour-Laperrière
Brouillard – 32 Passages, dir. Alexandre Larose
Black Moon, dir. Brandon Blommaert
SEE/SAW, dir. Charlie Egleston
Chute, dir. Sara MacLean

Oct. 1

3:00 p.m.:Guy Maddin Artist Talk”

5:00 p.m.: “Joyce Wieland Retrospective 1”
Cat Food (1967, 13:30 min)
Barbara’s Blindness (1965 16mm, 16:15 min)
Birds at Sunrise (1986, 10:15 min)
Water Sark (1965 13:30 min)
handtinting (1967-1968, 6 min)
Rat Life and Diet in North America (1968, 16 min)
A & B in Ontario (1984, 16:05 min)

7:00 p.m.: “International Experimental: Winning the Human Race”
28.IV.81 (Descending Figures), dir. Christopher Harris
WNDX Jury 2011, Special Jury Prize: Best International Work
HBS-TV NEWS NOW, dir. Madam X
All That Sheltering Emptiness, dir. Gina Carducci & Mattilda Bernstein-Sycamore
Après Le Feu, dir. Jaques Perconte
Africa I, dir. Shinkan Tamaki
Super M adventures, dir. Arunas Eimulis
Who Are We?, dir. Aaron Valdez
Lighthouse Polka, dir. Neil Ira Needleman
The Voice of God, dir. Bernd Luetzeler
A Time Shared Unlimited, dir. Zachary Epcar (Read the review)
Wrestling With my Father, dir. Charles Fairbanks

9:00 p.m.: “Cyborg Cinema: Wafaa Bilal and Andrew Milne” (Curated by Cecilia Araneda and Jaimz Asmundson)
Two live performance pieces: The 3rdi by Wafaa Bilal and by Andrew Milne.

11:00 p.m.:Guy Maddin‘s Hauntings Closing Party”

Oct. 2

12:00 p.m.: Wafaa Bilal & Andrew Milne Artist Talk”

3:00 p.m.: “Joyce Wieland Retrospective 2”
Patriotism (1964, 4 min)
Patriotism Part II (1965, 3:45 min)
Reason Over Passion (1969 83:40 min)

7:00 p.m.: “One Take Super 8 Event”