Bands vs Filmmakers II, West End Cultural Centre, May 31 2012

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“The Cinematheque should astonish all who can still be astonished in Winnipeg with its ceaselessly inventive film programming and dazzling array of visiting artists and speakers. To regularly attend the Cinematheque screenings is to have one’s faith in a transformative, life-enriching art form restored. The landscape of the medium is so much greater, so much more challenging and diverse than the parched, demoralized landscape of by-the-numbers moviemaking would suggest. For me, the Winnipeg Cinematheque is the jewel in the crown of the city’s vibrant arts scene. Let us all revel in its feast of light.”
George Toles (Film Professor, screenwriter, author)

After last year’s amazing concert and visual event in support of Cinematheque, the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque and WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE join forces again to present BANDS VS FILMMAKERS II.

With Winnipeg icon Sylvia Kuzyk as host, five of Winnipeg’s finest independent filmmakers present their film and video work live to accompany electrifying performances by five of Winnipeg’s hottest independent bands. Each artist will work individually with a particular band to create an incredible visual and musical experience. Filmmakers will project their work from the back of the hall which will be simultaneously screened behind each band’s performance.

The film and music mind melding experience begins at 8 PM on Thursday, May 31st, 2012. Bands vs. Filmmakers II. Featured bands include some of Winnipeg’s finest including Cannon Bros., Nova, Magnificent 7s, This Hisses, and SitDownTracy.

Each group is working with a different independent filmmaker including Danishka Esterhazy (acclaimed, award winning director of Black Field ), Curtis Wiebe(sculptor, puppeteer and filmmaking wizard) Stéphane Oystryk (Franco Manitoban rebel and independent artist), Rhayne Vermette (emerging independent filmmaker and participant in this year’s Mosaic Women’s Project which premieres in June) and Scott Fitzpatrick(an outstanding emerging visual artist who is breaking new ground in experimental film).

A silent auction of fabulous prizes includes a signed DVD copy of the cult classic A Clockwork Orange by British actor Malcolm McDowell, passes from the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Winnipeg Jazz Festival, signed copies of the Comedy Fest poster and Kids in the Hall film Brain Candy by comedian Kevin McDonald and lots more.

Winnipeg's West End Cultural Centre

 

Bike Valet, Winnipeg

 

West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg

 

 

 

 

 

The amazing Dave Barber, Winnipeg Film Group

 

Jason Hooper tries on my Purple Velvet jacket

 

 

Josh prepares the projectors

 

Film projectors, mirrors, and a disco ball; the ingenuity of Winnipeg artists

 

Winnipeg Experimental film maker, Scott Fitzpatrick

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Barber and Jason Hooper

 

 

 

Sylvia Kuzyk hosts the evening

 

Aaron Zeghers, of Sit Down Tracy

 

 

SitDownTracy

 

 

Rhayne Vermette's deconstructed grunge film textures

 

 

Rhayne Vermette's deconstructed grunge film textures

 

 

SitDownTracy at the West End Cultural Centre

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Short of This Hisses

 

This Hisses; Julia Ryckman

 

 

This Hisses

 

JP Perron, ecstatic on the drums for This Hisses

 

 

Julia Ryckman; This Hisses, deadly Winnipeg band

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Fitxpatrick's film crazyness

 

Scott Fitxpatrick, in the movie sphere (excellent lens flare example)

 

 

 

Scott Fitxpatrick, in the movie sphere (another excellent lens flare example)

 

This Hisses, and Scott Fitzpatrick, Winnipeg's 2nd annual Bands Vs Filmmakers, at the West end Cultural Centre

 

Curtis Wiebe, filmmaker

 

 

The Magnificent 7s

 http://www.mag7s.com/

 

Ida Sawabe: Bass fiddle/vocals, The Magnificent 7s

 

Matt Magura: Guitar/Vocals, the Magnificent 7's

 

 

 

David Nishikawa : Banjo/Dobro; TJ Blair: Guitar/Banjo/vocals, The Magnificent 7s

 

 

 

Winnipeg's dashing playboy, Rob Villar

 

 

 

Winnipeg's Cannon Bros.

 

Nova, backstage at the West End Cultural centre

 

 

 

Stephane Oystryk's visuals, behind Cannon Bros.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannon Bros.

 

 

 

 

The graffiti hallway in the basement of the West End cultural centre

 

 

Nova; Molly McCracken, Greg MacPherson, and Jackie Hogue

 http://www.myspace.com/winnipegnova

 

 

 

Winnipeg's Nova with Danishka Esterhazy's images

 

Molly McCracken, Nova

 

 

 

Greg MacPherson, Winnipeg's Nova

 

 

 

 

 

Nova; Greg MacPherson, with Lennard Taylor, in Danishka Esterhazy's film in the background

 

 

Nova; Jackie Hogue on the drums

 

The digital photographer in the front row

 

 

 

This Hisses, on vinyl at the mercy table!

 

Winnipeg's West End Cultural Centre

 

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