June 16, 2012

Noam Gonick: Wildflower of Manitoba

Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
June 22, 7:00 pm 

Noam Gonick: Wildflower of Manitoba is a look at Winnipeg filmmaker Noam Gonick’s career in conjunction with his recent award, the Manitoba Film Hothouse Award for Creative Development. This award, designed to provide recognition to the depth of local directing talent, is generously funded by the Province of Manitoba.

Noam Gonick is a filmmaker, artist, writer, and curator exploring issues and positions in his work, from Utopian hippie cults and queer sexuality to Aboriginal street gangs and historic labour uprisings.
Gonick has screened at the Venice, Toronto and Sundance film festivals, lectured at the Serpentine Gallery and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery (UBC) and the National Gallery of Canada.
He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Director's Guild of Canada.

7:00 pm  - SHORTS PROGRAM:
1919, 1998, 8:17 min.
Tinkertown, 1999, 3:22 min.
Wildflowers of Manitoba, 2007, 5 min.
Commerce Court, 2008, 3:18 min.
Precious Blood, 2008, 6:30 min.
Retail, 2009, 3 min.
No Safe Words, 2009, 4:23 min.
Hirsch, 2010, 10:43 min.
What If?, 2011, 5:16 min.
The Island of Hermaphrodites, 2011, 3:32 min.
A Place for Us, 2012, 2 min.
Pussyfingers Goes to Paris, 2012, 4 min. clip 

9:00 pm - Stryker, 2004, 94 min
Stryker is the story of a brutal turf war between two street gangs in Winnipeg's North End. Omar, the mixed blood leader of the Asian Bomb Squad, dominates the ’hood with his Filipino enforcers. Mama Ceece is the leader of the Indian Posse. She has just been released from jail and is determined to regain control. 

The film follows one Stryker (a prospective gang member), Kyle Henry, a 14-year-old Native arsonist from a northern reserve whose arrival in the city serves as a catalyst in this fierce battle.

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