WAG Screens Deco Dawson’s Films on Art

Winnipeg, MB, October 30, 2012: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to present an evening of Deco Dawson’s award-winning films on art on Friday, November 2 at 8pm, free to the public. Presented in partnership with On Screen Manitoba and Manitoba Film & Music, the event will feature Dawson’s latest work, Keep a Modest Head, hot off the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival where it won Best Short Film. Four other films by Dawson will also be presented, including FILM(dzama), a fictional profile of Winnipeg artist Marcel Dzama that won Best Short Film at TIFF 2001.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Dawson’s films inspired by visual art, music, and cinema,” said Anna Wiebe, Head of Education. “Dawson is an award-wining filmmaker from Winnipeg whose 15 short films remain at times unclassifiable, continually blurring the lines between dramatic, documentary, animation, and experimental film. It is especially fitting to be showing a film about Marcel Dzama, one of thirteen Winnipeg artists included in the WAG’s current exhibition Winnipeg Now.”

In addition to screening at major festivals worldwide, Dawson has been host to solo retrospectives of his work in France, Spain, USA and Canada. “I have always been inspired by the incredible hotbed of art and artists in Winnipeg,” said Dawson. “It makes sense then that I have gravitated towards making films about art in one way or another throughout my career. Screening my films at the WAG in an art on film context is a great way to put these inspirations into focus.”

Keep a Modest Head is a dazzling, inventive portrait of Jean Benoît, the last member of the influential surrealist movement. Originally born in Quebec in 1922, Jean Benoît moved to Paris in 1948, met Andre Breton and was soon invited to join the surrealists.  Using an effortless blend of narration, visual effects, miniatures, archival footage, and a stunning sound design, Keep a Modest Head is as whimsical as it is humorous, a film truly as spirited and daring as the artist himself.

The 8pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dawson at 9pm.

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