Film Festival Highlights Boarder Culture

Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 16, 2017: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is excited to host a Boarder X Film Festival, two-days of films featuring skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding documentaries, shorts, and videos by local boarding stars. Running March 31 to April 1, the festival includes five films presented in conjunction with the final weekend of the Boarder X exhibition, which closes April 2. Curated by Jaimie Isaac, the WAG’s Canada Council Curatorial Resident of Indigenous & Contemporary Art, Boarder X demonstrates how Indigenous art, culture, and land intersect.

“The film festival brings together perspectives into surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding, that connect with cultural, environmental and societal narratives. We can expect to see amazing footage of these sports, and stimulating outlooks,” states Isaac. “This film festival will cap off the Boarder X exhibition in an exciting way!”

Friday, March 31, 6-9pm
The Legend of Eddie Aikau, 2013 (90 min), examines the legacy of the fearless big wave surfer and first-ever North Shore lifeguard beyond inspiring one of surfing's most famous catchphrases, "Eddie Would Go."

The Little Things, 2014 (47 min), is a snowboard movie project based on environmentally conscious riders who are inspirational through their riding, as well as their sustainable ways of living and thinking.

Saturday, April 1, 1-5pm
Northern Grease, 2013 (75 min), follows Tamo Campos, John Muirhead, and Jasper Snow Rosen as they travel in a vegetable oil fueled bus throughout British Columbia and Alberta, on a mission to understand Canadian resource extraction projects.

Skateboarding in Pine Ridge, 2015 (17min), a documentary directed by Greg Hunt chronicling the skatepark build in Pine Ridge, South Dakota presented by Levi’s Skateboarding.

Red Riding Film Sequence (50 min), a series of local skating docs and films produced by Red Riding Media, an all Indigenous skate team in Winnipeg.

All films take place in the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium
FREE (does not include access to the galleries) • Snacks available for purchase • Cash bar • Rush Seating

Boarder X features work by contemporary artists from Indigenous nations across Canada: Jordan Bennett, Roger Crait, Steven Davies, Mark Igloliorte, Mason Mashon, Meghann O’Brien, and Les Ramsay. The exhibition reflects cultural, political, environmental, and social perspectives related to the landscapes and territories we occupy.

The WAG is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts; Vans, a division of VF Outdoor Canada Company; The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation; The Graham C. Lout Family Foundation; The Mauro Family Foundation Inc.; media sponsor Winnipeg Free Press; and creative partner Visual Lizard.

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For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
Media-Manager@wag.ca

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1295
publicrelations@wag.ca

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