Gimme Some Truth Opens March 20 – 23 @ Cinematheque:
Acclaimed Visiting Artists – Peter Mettler, John Greyson, John Walker – New Films from the North, Panels, Parties, Master Classes, Winnipeg Documentary Premieres!
Advance tickets now available!
The 6th Annual GIMME SOME TRUTH DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL opens Thursday March 20, four days packed with acclaimed visiting artists, (Peter Mettler, John Greyson, and John Walker) a special program highlighting new works from the Arctic and Canadian far North, premieres of great new works by Winnipeg filmmakers – both shorts and features, filmmaker panels and amazing case studies (The Alternative Marketing & Distribution of the controversial documentary The Act of Killing).
Visiting artists feature PETER METTLER who shot the early works of Bruce McDonald, Atom Egoyan and Patricia Rozema and Jennifer Baichwal’s stunningManufactured Landscapes. Mettler is an award winning director/cinematographer behind such innovative films such as Picture of Light, Gambling, Gods and LSD and Petropolis. In a Master Class moderated by MIKE MARYNIUK on Sunday, March 23 at 11:00 AM, PETER METTLER will speak about his innovative films and unique cinematography.
Human rights champion and filmmaker JOHN GREYSON will be in attendance for a curated program of his human rights works by programmer Alex Rogalski REBEL IN THE NIGHT (Saturday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM) and participate on a panel about political filmmaking. Greyson was recently held in an Egyptian prison with Tarek Loubani for seven weeks before being released and will be in attendance at the screening.
Highlights of The Far North:
· Stories From Our Land – An innovative program of new works from the Arctic covering environmental, geopolitical, military and cultural issues in which Nunavut filmmakers were given the opportunity to create a 5-minute short that followed a couple of key guidelines: Each film had to be made without the use of interviews or narration, and it had to tell a northern story from a northern perspective. (Sunday, March 23 at 2:30 pm)
· Arctic Defenders – the Premiere of JOHN WALKER’S new film (Friday March 20 at 7:00 PM.) Arctic Defenders tells the remarkable story that began in 1968 with a radical Inuit movement in Canada that would change the political landscape forever.
· Picture of Light – Peter Mettler’s stunningly photographed expedition to Churchill, Manitoba to film the northern lights Picture of Light plays on Thursday, March 20 at 7 pm in a rare 35mm print.
· A case study on ‘shooting in the north” at 4 PM on Sunday, March 23 will feature many filmmakers who have worked in harsh climactic conditions and precede the premiere of Kevin Nikkel’s eagerly awaited premiere – On The Trail of the Far Fur Country.
World Premieres of Winnipeg Documentaries:
· Kathryn Martin’s PISS ON YOU: WINNIPEG’S EARLY PUNK SCENE (Sat. Mar 22 at 9 PM) chronicles the punk scene here from 1979 to the mid 80’s with interviews and music from the players of the day including Chris Walter, Joe Shithead (D.O.A), Mitch Funk (Personality Crisis), Colin Bryce (The Dub Rifles) The film plays with RYAN MCKENNA’S poignant and hilarious new short Controversies which uses archival audio from the popular 1980’s CJOB Action Line talk show hosted by Peter Warren.
· Kevin Nikkel’s ON THE TRAIL OF THE FAR FUR COUNTRY (Sun Mar 23 at 7 PM) This epic piece of research explores the story behind the early silent film The Romance of the Far Fur Country (released in 1920) when a film crew set out on an epic journey across Canada’s North. Rediscovering the documentary in a British archive, another film crew led by KEVIN NIKKEL begins a journey to bring this lost film back to life, taking it to the northern communities where the film was originally shot. As people watch the footage from 1919, something special happens. Images come to life; people recognize their family members, their landscapes, and their lost traditions.
· LOST HEROES (Sat Mar 22 at 4 PM) from Winnipeg’s Far Point Films explores the comic book past of the Canadian superhero with Captain Canuck and Cerebu and tales of Inuit goddess Nelvana of the Northern Lights – introduced by associate producer and comic book historian Hope Nicholson.
Other highlights include the story of would-be bank robber John Wojtowicz which is known most famously in Sidney Lumet’s 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon in a real life story that is stranger than fiction entitled The Dog. (Sat Mar 22 at 2 PM) And don’t miss the astonishing new documentary on the history of being a teenager Teenage by MATT WOLF– Based on punk author Jon Savage’s 2007 book Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945, the film is told through archival collage, recited diary entries and dramatization which includes a fantastic contemporary music score courtesy of Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound).