Public Invited to the WAG for Guy Maddin Film Shoot

Noted Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin will be shooting a portion of his project Seánces at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the public is invited to come and watch.

Maddin is one of the artists appearing in the exhibition Winnipeg Now which has a free public opening at 7pm, Saturday, September 29. It continues at the WAG until December 30.

On Saturday, September 29, as part of Nuit Blanche at the WAG, Maddin will be filming at 10pm, 11pm, midnight. and 1am. Shooting on Sunday, September 30 and Thursday, October 4 will take place at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. Maddin will also be filming on Friday, October 5 at 5, 6, 7, and 8pm. These Seánces, which will include four actresses, are part of an ongoing project of personal recovery and artistic reconstruction, in which Maddin has been engaged for the last three years.  

As part of his participation in Winnipeg Now, his newest film, Only Dream Things, will be continuously screened in the set that has been constructed for his Seánces shooting. This 19-minute film combines home movies, footage from his lost films shot at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, popular songs and radio broadcasts from the 60s, as well as family tape recordings. Only Dream Things is his most moving and beautiful short film and it stands as a tribute to memory, loss and a trace of “what lays hidden in the depths of the heart.”  
Guy Maddin is a Winnipeg-based filmmaker, writer and installation artist who has made ten feature-length films, including the documentary My Winnipeg and 2011’s Keyhole, and many shorts during a 25-year career. He currently holds the position of Distinguished Artist in Residence at the University of Manitoba.

RBC is the presenting sponsor for Winnipeg Now. Also sponsored by The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation. The Guy Maddin project was made possible through the generous support of Michael F. Nesbitt.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following Centennial sponsors: BMO, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism,  City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Volunteer Associates - Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

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