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TWO Winnipeg artists are involved in a copyright dispute that is earning national attention.
The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA) has stopped screening a film by New York-based artist Marcel Dzama after he was accused of plagiarism by experimental filmmaker Deco Dawson.
At issue is Dzama's 19-minute film The Lotus Eaters, which he made in 2005 and which Dawson claims borrows uncredited footage from his 23-minute 2001 production, FILM (dzama).
The Globe quotes Dawson as saying he asked Dzama to give him proper credit for using the footage but Dzama did not reply. He then had his lawyer notify the MMCA of Dzama's alleged plagiarism.
Dzama, 35, was born and raised in Winnipeg, where he first achieved prominence as part of the Royal Art Lodge collective. He moved to New York in 2004.
Dawson, 31, a noted director of numerous experimental films and a one-time collaborator with Guy Maddin, still lives here. His Dzama effort was named best Canadian short film at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival.
The MMCA is in the final days of a three-month retrospective of Dzama's work.