Manitoba Movie Night #3 – KUBASA IN A GLASS
GFF is launching a new monthly movie series Manitoba Movie Night, which will be available online for free every month! This series of classic Manitoba-made movies will screen on GFF’s website on the 20th of each month, in celebration of GFF’s 20th anniversary, and Manitoba’s 150th anniversary in 2020. Generously sponsored by Donald K. Johnson.
Thanks for tuning in! The show starts on Monday, July 20 at 7PM CDT!
Q&A with Filmmakers Walter Forsberg & Matthew Rankin to follow at 8:00 PM CDT.
Kubasa in a Glass
7pm CDT | Mon, July 20, 2020
7 PM CDT” – Kubasa in a Glass
Followed by a Q & A with directors Walter Forsberg & Matthew Rankin.
Kubasa in a Glass by Walter Forsberg & Matthew Rankin.
Release date: 2006
Running time: 55min
Kubasa in a Glass is a hilarious pastiche of Winnipeg’s commercial and public access programming throughout the 80s, rescued from the trash by members of the former-Winnipeg filmmaking collective Atelier National du Manitoba.
NOTES ON KUBASA by Atelier national du Manitoba
Winnipeg is an Ephemeral City. A Disposable City. It is not a City of Love or of Light. It is a crumbling monument to defeat, forgetfulness and extinction. To be a citizen of Winnipeg, it would seem, is to participate in a pathological collective act of destruction. The overwhelming hatred of Winnipeggers for their own city – manifested variously in murder and downtown beautification projects – can assure that there will be no Winnipeg left for posterity.
The complexity of this vanishing city has become something of a fetish object for its creative underclass, the cinematic negotiation of which has generated a staunchly regional – indeed, national! – cinema. The true genius of Winnipeg image-makers – from Maddin to Maryniuk to Gonick to Supnet and beyond – has been to reclaim the denigrated and ravaged image of Winnipeg and elevate it to the stuff of greatness.
The purest form of Winnipeg national cinema is to be found within the disposable filmmaking of the city’s televisual ephemera. This material is our cultural subconscious, our aesthetic Id. Like Winnipeg itself, the TV Commercial and the daily weather report is morbidly aware of its limited life span. This consciousness of being born only to be swiftly annihilated and forgotten is the metaphor in which we may identify Winnipeg society. Furthermore, the ATELIER NATIONAL DU MANITOBA contends that Winnipeg ephemera from the 1980s will soon rival the cult hegemony of Rick Prelinger’s 1950s and Matt McCormick’s 1970s.
On the basis of this indignant polemic, the ATELIER NATIONAL DU MANITOBA has designed a retrospective programme to introduce the uninitiated to Winnipeg National Cinema and brood intensely upon its deeper meanings. Exploring the themes of degradation, disposal and destruction, Kubasa in a Glass constructs a parallel history of Winnipeg through the prism of its bizarre and time-ravaged VHS ephemera.
Walter Forsberg (b. Saskatchewan, CANADA) works with film & time-based media as a creator and conservator.
From 2014-2018, Walter founded the Media Conservation and Digitization unit at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture and its groundbreaking home movie program. Alumnus of NYU’s Moving Image Archive and Preservation department, Walter was previously the technical architect of the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s XFR STN exhibition, winner of the 2014 Innovation Award for digital stewardship from the Library of Congress.
Walter’s recent writing on film appears in BlackFlash magazine, the Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000 exhibition catalog, and in the INCITE Journal of Experimental Media where he is a contributing editor.
Matthew Rankin was born in Winnipeg. He studied history at McGill University and Université Laval and started making films at the Winnipeg Film Group. Working in documentary, fiction and animation, Matthew has been Artist-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, the National Film Board of Canada and the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. A three-time alumnus of the Sundance Film Festival, Matthew’s latest film, Tesla World Light, premièred in competition at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week and was awarded the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Short. He is currently in post-production on his first feature-length motion picture, an historical epic entitled, The Twentieth Century, produced by Voyelles Films of Montréal. Matthew works in English, French and, increasingly, Esperanto.
**Upcoming Screening Schedule**
August 20 – TBA!
September 20 – TBA!
October 20 – TBA!