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The ninth annual WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg's most unapologetically artsy celebration of art in motion, begins Wednesday and runs to Sunday with a multi-fronted assault on the senses incorporating film, performance, art installation and even some friendly creative competition.
Typically, the event is too massive to neatly encapsulate. (The full program is downloadable at www.wndx.org.) Notable events include:
Rob What (Wednesday, 7 p.m., Cinematheque)
This 20-minute portrait by Rhayne Vermette is ostensibly a profile/celebration of local actor and Winnipeg independent film mainstay Rob Vilar. But it also serves as a useful guide to homegrown alternative film, with clips from Death by Popcorn, The First Winter and many others. It screens in the Astral Projections shorts program.
Mynarski Death Plummet (Saturday, 7 p.m., Cinematheque)
Filmmaker Matthew Rankin offers an intricately edited, handmade, hybrid animated/live-action film detailing the mythic demise of Winnipeg war hero Andrew Mynarski. This one screens in the Gyros and Heroin shorts program.
Hyper_ (Sunday, 6 p.m., Asper Centre for Theatre and Film)
Dancer-visual artist Freya Bjorg Olafson incorporates all her disciplines and also throws in video animation, black theatre techniques and some gothic, anatomically suggestive costumes for this screening/performance piece.
One Take Super 8 (Thursday, Sept 25 at 7 p.m. at the Gas Station Arts Centre)
This annual event challenges its creative contestants to shoot a three-minute Super-8 film, edited in-camera only (if at all) for presentation to a live audience.
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Residents of Wolseley and West Broadway have been treated to a preview of the six-episode sketch comedy series Sunnyside as the CityTV series has been shooting in the neighbourhood for the past few weeks.
On Westminster Avenue last week, storefronts for Wolseley fixtures such as Prairie Sky Books, Organic Planet and Humboldt's Legacy have been covered up with signage for fictional businesses such as "Alternate Reality," and "Dazed and Reused." The alternative food market Organic Planet was made up to look like a grimly normal "Main Street Groceteria."
The series promises sketches of an oddball neighbourhood afflicted with (going by the handbills pasted on the location set) rogue clowns and "feral ponies." (Yes, a pair of dwarf ponies could be seen corralled on Home Street between takes.)
The Toronto-culled cast includes Kathleen Phillips, Lauren Ash, standup comic Pat Thornton, Patrice Goodman, Alice Moran, Kevin Vidal and Rob Norman.
Created by Gary Pearson (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Dan Redican (The Frantics), Sunnyside is co-produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures.
How busy is the film and TV industry this season? One industry insider says that at one point this fall, five different projects -- Sunnyside, the frontier detective series The Pinkertons, Paul Gross's war movie Hyena Road, Sean Garrity's Borealis, and the Maria Bello horror movie Wait Till Helen Comes -- will be shooting simultaneously.
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Awards season came early to Winnipeg this week.
On the weekend, ACTRA Manitoba (the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) awarded their 2013-14 performance awards to actors Ross McMillan, Nancy Sorel, Darcy Fehr, and Brooke Palsson for their work in locally shot shows Less Than Kind (Sorel and McMillan) and the TV movie Euphoria (Palsson and Fehr).
Monday, a host of local young actors respectably represented in the 69 different categories of the Joey Awards, an accolade aimed at juvenile performers from across Canada.
Lane Styles received two nominations for her work playing Greg Kinnear's daughter in Heaven Is for Real. Two other child actors, Breazy Diduck-Wilson, 10, and Annika Elyse Irving, 8, got nods for playing realistic, contemporary versions of Hansel and Gretel in Winnipeg director Daniska Esterhazy's film H&G, both nominated in the category "Young Actress age 9 or younger in a Feature Film Leading Role." (They were eight and six when the film was shot.)
Mitchell Kummen has been nominated for four awards in projects including The Tomorrow People and When Calls the Heart, and Bryan Young scored one for his work in the Abigail Breslin movie Perfect Sisters.
The winners will be announced at a red-carpet gala in Vancouver on Nov. 16.