Saturday, 23 May 2009

Souvenirs of Winnipeg - Past and Future

As this weekend's theme is history with Doors Open taking place, I thought that I would add a little on-line extra feature !

Filmmaker Paula Kelly was artist in residence at the City of Winnipeg Archives last year. During her tenure she dug through some of the hundreds of boxes to find rare film footage and photographs from Winnipeg's past and brought them together to look at our changing identity.

I was lucky enough to have been a small part of that project and able to see the outcome - three short films: Sand and Stone; Watermarks; Waiting for the Parade. Collectively they are called Souvenirs.

Souvenirs are now online ! You can view them here. Great stuff. I love seeing new views of the city !

Kelly's next project keeps with the theme of examining Winnipeg's identity but fast forwards a few decades. BlogWinnipeg will be a short film about the city as Winnipeggers see it but instead of 8mm film it will be done using new media.

Check out the site and add your voice, (as an added bonus, it appears that Doug Henning is channelling himself through the comments section !).

Be part of a souvenir that future generations will watch to get a sense of the Winnipeg that was !

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