Cinematic Experimentalism

A Panel Discussion with Andrew Burke, Mike Maryniuk, Sol Nagler and Rhayne Vermette
Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, The University of Winnipeg

As part of the Moving Images exhibition at Gallery 1C03, this panel brings together three filmmakers (Rhayne Vermette, Mike Maryniuk, and Solomon Nagler) for a discussion about cinematic experimentalism, handmade, handcrafted, and hand-processed filmmaking, and the persistence of the analogue in a digital age. Moderated by University of Winnipeg professor Andrew Burke, the panel will feature clips of the work of these filmmakers and will explore the connections between education, experimentation, and the energy of independent filmmaking. Looking back at their past works and forward at their works-in-progress, Cinematic Experimentalism will explore the invention and idiosyncrasy that’s at the heart of Winnipeg filmmaking and is on display in Moving Images.

Andrew Burke is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg. His recent publications includes work on the history of Winnipeg film and video, the aesthetics of online streaming animal cams, and the connections between technology and memory in the horror film. He is completing a book titled "The Past Inside the Present: Cinema, Cultural Memory, and the Canadian Sixties and Seventies."

Mike Maryniuk was born in Winnipeg, but raised in the rural back country of Manitoba. A completely self-taught film virtuoso, Maryniuk’s film world is an inventive hybrid of Jim Henson, Norman McLaren and Stan Brakhage. Maryniuk’s films are a visual stew of handmade ingredients and are full of home cooked wonderfulness.

Solomon Nagler’s film work twists and turns through the uncanny topological spaces between abstraction and representation, negation and affirmation, place and placelessness. His work also includes 16mm celluloid installations that engage with experimental architecture in galleries and public space. He currently lives in Halifax where he is a professor of film production at NSCAD University.

Following a departure from architectural academia, Rhayne Vermette (b. 1982, Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB), carved a craft within the construction of images through film and photography.  Self-taught, Rhayne practices under the influence of post-war Italian architects and engages with a fascination with notions of decadence and the indeterminate.  Her of 16mm experimental films are generally poorly hand crafted, analogue forms which confront various cinematic tropes.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
Phone: 204.786.9253