Thursday, 10 June 2010

Local history on the big screen at Cinematheque this weekend !

This weekend Cinematheque screens a collection of works by local filmmaker Paula Kelly.

The Friday night feature is "The Notorious Mrs. Armstrong" which looks at the life of Helen Armstrong, a key figure in the Winnipeg General Strike. Aside from being a leading labour organizer I seem to recall that she was also suspected as being one of the women who set alight the streetcar outside city hall on the afternoon of Bloody Saturday thus helping create one of Winnipeg's most iconic images.

Following that is "Souvenirs", (Sand and Stone, Watermarks and Waiting for the Parade), the trio of shorts she did while working with the Winnipeg Archives back in 2008.

To wrap up the evening is the cinematic premiere of her newest film "Blog Winnipeg", 'a unique, irreverent and funny short documentary about the love/hate relationship we have with our city' featuring some of Winnipeg's more prolific bloggers.

Saturday night is Kelly's 2006 full length feature "Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life and Music of Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté". The film will be introduced by Kelly and include a live performance of Eckhardt-Gramatté's Violin Caprice # 7: The Departing Train (Le depart d’un train) by musical guest by Oleg Pokhanovski.

Admission both nights is a very Winnipeg-friendly FREE !

Provincial Passion Winnipeg Free Press June 10, 2010

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