Winnipeg! Important stuff afoot! The digitally restored version of Crime Wave will screen in Winnipeg, prefaced by a panel that I shall moderate, all part of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Film Group!

At 5 p.m., I will moderate a panel featuring Dave Barber, Steve Gravestock, Midi Onodera, John Paizs, and Geoff Pevere about 1980s Canadian cinema. Here’s the rundown:

The 1980s were a frontier of new opportunity for Canadian filmmaking. This period saw the rise of an unprecedented number of acclaimed Canadian filmmakers whose stature remains uncontested today. The vast majority of them have their roots within the film production centre system.

The Toronto New Wave and Prairie Post Modernism were two filmmaking movements of the 1980s and early ’90s that characterize this era in Anglo-Canadian cinema. New funding and programming initiatives promoted the trajectories of these independent Canadian directors, many of whom remained working in Canada.

This panel will consider the unique conditions that existed at the time to foster the talents of the independent Anglo-Canadian directors of the 1980s and early ’90s, as well as their collective influence on the generations of filmmakers that came after them.

At 7 p.m., the restored Crime Wave will screen, with filmmaker John Paizs in attendance. It’s going to be great! Don’t miss out. I literally wrote the book on this film, and even if you have seen it a hundred times like I have, the newly restored version is a revelation.



Date: May 6, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. (panel) / 7:00 (Crime Wave screening)
Event: Crime Wave, Prairie Post Modernists & New Wave Pioneers: 1980s Cinema
Sponsor: Winnipeg Film Group
Venue: Winnipeg Cinematheque
Location: 100 Arthur St.
Winnipeg, MB