They’re off the beaten path, but they’re beat

Lit­er­ary move­ment in­spired films

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - ENTERTAINMENT -

IF Win­nipeg’s fes­ti­val of ex­per­i­men­tal film has an over­rid­ing theme in its seventh year, it might be: The beat goes on.

Beat cinema, the sub­set of ex­per­i­men­tal film struc­tured around the beat po­ets of the ’50s and ’60s, is high­lighted in three pro­grams at WNDX over its in­ten­sive four-day sched­ule of screen­ings.

That is in keep­ing with the fes­ti­val’s pen­chant for pay­ing homage to past stars of ex­per­i­men­tal cinema (such as Ge­orge Kuchar in 2010 and Joyce Wieland in 2011) while si­mul­ta­ne­ously show­cas­ing in­no­va­tive new work.

This year, the phe­nom­e­non of beat cinema is rep­re­sented by Aus­tralian au­thor Jack Sergeant, who cu­rated and in­tro­duces three pro­grams of film fea­tur­ing beat icons such as Wil­liam S. Bur­roughs, Allen Gins­berg, Gre­gory Corso and Jack Ker­ouac.

“I’m a big fan of Jack Sergeant’s work on beat cinema,” says found­ing pro­gram­mer Jaimz As­mund­son, adding that some of the movies in the pro­gram, such as the 1960 film The Flower Thief (screening Fri­day at 11 p.m. along­side the sem­i­nal beat film Pull My Daisy) may be seen in a rel­a­tively pris­tine film trans­fer, as op- Cine­math­eque and other lo­ca­tions Opens Thurs­day, to Sun­day Tick­ets to screen­ings: $6-$8 Full pro­gram at posed to medi­ocre video ver­sions.

“They’re meant to be seen on film, on what they were shot on,” As­mund­son says.

This year, a name change to “Fes­ti­val of the Mov­ing Im­age” in­di­cates the event is more all-en­com­pass­ing in its mis­sion to present new works from artists, not just in Man­i­toba or Canada, but around the world. That work may in­cor­po­rate live per­for­mance, such as Thurs­day evening’s Magic Lan­tern Cer­e­mony (at 9 p.m. in the Black Lodge on the third floor of Arts­pace).

The fes­ti­val has also added an ex­tra day, which means this may be the most im­pos­ing WNDX yet, with an un­prece­dented vol­ume of work. That’s OK with As­mund­son.

“We had twice as many sub­mis­sions as we had last year,” he says. “And we have to show this work be­cause it’s so in­cred­i­ble.”


Above, beat icon Wil­liams Bur­roughs; be­low left, film­maker Deco Daw­son, whose work is fea­tured at WNDX.




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