A presentation of my work in Winnipeg is a rare thing.
Since 2006, I’ve been Executive Director of the Winnipeg Film Group, which has the Winnipeg Cinematheque as its presentation centre, and I’m also a programmer for the WNDX Festival. Not selecting your own work in a context that excludes the work of others is a basic principle of programming, and so this largely closes Winnipeg to me.
Winnipeg is a very small city, and there just isn’t a lot of opportunity for local filmmakers. My friend Noam Gonick says this is what makes Winnipeg such an interesting place to create – because those more commercially inclined move elsewhere out of necessity. And what’s left, is a grouping of artists who do not play by any set of pre-determined rules.
And so it was a surprise when Mike Petkau Falk, the Artistic Director of the West End Cultural Centre, asked me to perform a show Wed Apr 6 @ 8 PM with local musician Demetra, as part of its Melodies on Mercredi series. The West End Cultural Centre, as Winnipeggers know, is all about the music.
For the show, Demetra and I will each be doing a set of our own work, and we’ll be presenting a new collaboration – Memory : Recollected is a new 16 mm film performance I’m currently creating for this show, and Demetra is working on music to pair with it.