Canadian Women Artists Documentary Series at Dalhousie University

The Dalhousie Art Gallery is pleased to present a special series of documentary film screenings that offer intimate portraits of four notable contemporary Canadian women artists: Shuvinai Ashoona, Wanda Koop, Annie Pootoogook and Colette Urban. The films highlight the work of Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight, Toronto-based filmmakers who frequently collaborate. Marcia Connolly, who is currently teaching for the Fall term at NSCAD University, will be on hand to introduce the films and answer questions following the screenings. This free series runs November 10, 17, 24 at 8 pm.

Thursday 17 November
Pretend Not To See Me, 2009, 48 minutes
Director: Katherine Knight, Cinematographer: Marcia Connolly, Editor Anthony Seck, Producer: David Craig, Katherine Knight, Site Media Inc.
Life and art intersect on a spectacular Newfoundland farm where visual artist Colette Urban mounts thirteen art performances in the fields and barns of her property. Resilient, determined, self aware and funny, Colette embraces the transformative power of art as she restages the significant art performances of her thirty-year career. The film features the astonishing juxtaposition of Urban’s enigmatic art performances set against the rugged beauty of the Newfoundland landscape. She emerges as an empathetic, courageous and visionary character that has achieved artistic excellence through a focused and solitary journey.

Thursday 24 November
Koop: The Art of Wanda Koop, 2011, 47 minutes
Director: Katherine Knight, Cinematographer: Marcia Connolly, Producer: David Craig, Katherine Knight, Site Media Inc. Editor: Jared Raab
Two 30-year career retrospectives at the Winnipeg and National Art Gallery’s are approaching and the visionary Canadian artist Wanda Koop is preparing massive new paintings of archetypal cities and familiar yet disquieting landscapes. Breaking from the demands of the studio she embarks on a journey by freighter boat. Sketches, photographs and moments of observation soon lead to a new group of astonishing paintings and insights into the creative process.

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photo020810 01 300x200 Canadian Women Artists Documentary Series at Dalhousie UniversityMarcia Connolly is an award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and video journalist. In response to Connolly’s documentary on artist Annie Pootoogook, Atom Egoyan stated, “Her camera has found a beautiful way of implicating itself into Pootoogook’s community in Cape Dorset, creating an intimacy and sense of spiritual kinship which is profoundly touching and rare.”

Connolly’s independent films have shown internationally and nationally including at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Toronto International Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institute and at the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. Ghost Noise received the 2010 Lodestar Award for Best Canadian or International film at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival and Jury’s Choice First Prize at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. Since 1999 Connolly has also worked as a Producer and Video Journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). These programs have received multiple Gemini’s, an International Emmy, and the Japan Prize.

knight Canadian Women Artists Documentary Series at Dalhousie UniversityKatherine Knight is Associate Professor, Department of Visual Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University. Knight’s photographic work is represented in the collection of the National Gallery, Museum London, Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  Knight, founded Site Media Inc in 2006 to produce documentaries of creative individuals in extraordinary places. Site Media has produced four documentaries on Canadian artists, including “Annie Pootoogook” and “Kinngait: Riding Light into the World.” In 2009 Knight directed, “Pretend Not To See Me,” which received Special Mention at the Ecofilm Festival, 2010 in Rhodos, Greece. Knight’s documentary on artist Wanda Koop, was the gala night selection for Reel Artist Film Festival, Toronto, February 2011. Knight is currently developing a film on the architecture of Todd Saunders.

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Dalhousie Art Gallery
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