A book launch where you can see FREE films that are otherwise UNAVAILABLE and talk to the DIRECTOR! What’s missing? The book, I guess. Well, I’ll take care of that. You just worry about watching some of the funniest and most brilliant films ever made in Canada … for free! That you may never have a chance to see again!
(I promise that I will not read any poetry! That’s the “Jonathan Ball difference” (TM) that makes my live events so popular with readers!)
Come join me, myself, and filmmaker John Paizs for the launch of John Paizs’s “Crime Wave” at the Winnipeg Cinematheque!
Thanks to the support of the Winnipeg Film Group and the University of Toronto Press, this launch features FREE ADMISSION to otherwise unavailable films! You may never have another chance to see Crime Wave, a masterpiece of Canadian cinema, and a comedic cult classic. PLUS two other hard-to-find short films that are masterpieces in their own right.
Featuring an introduction and Q&A with writer Jonathan Ball and director John Paizs. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
About the Book and the Films
Writer and filmmaker Dr. Jonathan Ball offers the first book-length study of this legendary Canadian film and Paizs’s other important films from the 1980s. Exploring Paizs’s postmodern aesthetic and his use of pastiche as a cinematic technique, Ball establishes Crime Wave as an overlooked but important cult classic. In this book launch and screening, Jonathan Ball will present three of Paizs’s best films with a reception to honor this new book.
The Obsession of Billy Botski, dir. John Paizs, 1980, Canada, 25 min
This film introduces John Paizs’s important “quiet man” figure, who reappears in Paizs’s subsequent short films as Nick and in Crime Wave as Stephen Penny (all “quiet men” played by Paizs himself). Billy Botski’s fantasy of possessing Connie, an imaginary, elusive, feminine ideal assembled from gender stereotypes, comes to life and dies in the same fateful night.
Springtime in Greenland, dir. John Paizs, 1981, Canada, 24 min
The first installment in Paizs’s The Three Worlds of Nick trilogy, is sometimes called Canada’s first postmodern film. A backyard barbecue provides the setting for a diving competition between Nick and Corny Blower: a comedy of male rivalry, intertwined with a documentary about the suburban paradise of Greenland and a commercial about the House of Tomorrow.
DIR. JOHN PAIZS | 1985 | CANADA | 80 MINS
John Paizs’s Crime Wave is a seminal film in Winnipeg independent film-making in the 1980’s – a work of incredible imagination and inventive ideas. Upon its release in the mid 1980’s the film played to terrific acclaim at film festivals across North America. Crammed with B-movie gags and pop cultural references the movie follows the story of Steven Penny, a crime writer who wants to create the perfect color crime movie but can’t because he is only good at writing beginnings and endings, not the stuff in-between.