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Gimme Some Truth Documentary Festival - Winnipeg

20/03/2014 - 23/03/2014

Documentary Festival
March 20-23, 2014

Winnipeg Film Group - 100 Arthur St.
Winnipeg, MB

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I curated two films for this year's Gimme Some Truth, TEENAGE and THE DOG. Read all about it below!



Directed by Matt Wolf
USA, 2013, 78 min

Thursday, March 20 / 9:30 pm @ Cinematheque

Matt Wolf’s follow-up to his acclaimed 2008 doc Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is an energetic and unconventional essay film about the prehistory of the teenager. Based on punk author Jon Savage’s 2007 book “Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945″, Wolf’s film utilizes a complimentary blend of archival collage, recited diary entries and dramatization to tell the story of four ‘case studies’ in adolescence before the rock n’ roll era most commonly associated with the invention of the teenager:

Brenda Dean Paul, a self-destructive ‘Bright Young Thing’; Melita Maschmann, an idealistic Hitler Youth; Tommie Scheel, a rebellious German Swing Kid; and Warren Wall, a black Boy Scout – all bolstered by a contemporary score courtesy of Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound).

Plays with

The Blazing World / Directed by Jessica Bardsley, USA, 2014, 18 min / Using the film Girl, Interrupted as a starting point, this experimental documentary intertwines audio interviews with actress Winona Ryder and previously-existing social guidance film footage into an essay-film exploration of the connections between female depression and kleptomania, while simultaneously making an commentary about the ethics of artistic appropriation.  – Kier-La Janisse



The Dog

Directed by Allison Berg and François Keraudren
USA, 2013, 100 min

Saturday, March 22 / 2 pm @ Cinematheque

On a sweltering August day in 1972, John Wojtowicz tries to rob a small Chase Manhattan Bank in Brooklyn. A hostage situation develops, and over the ensuing 14 hours, it is revealed that he wanted the money for his lover’s sex change operation. Their getaway plans are foiled, leaving his partner dead and himself with a six-year prison term.

The story of would-be bank robber John Wojtowicz has made itself to the screen many times: most famously in Sidney Lumet’s 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, again in Pierre Huyghe’s  short film The Third Memory (2000), and in Dutch filmmaker Walter Stokman’s 2005 documentary Based on a True Story. And while Stokman’s revisionist mandate is admirable, his film is equally notable for its limited interaction with its subject, John Wojtowicz. The Dog succeeds in breaking down these barriers to Wojtowicz, and it is through his wily, candid (and highly-quotable) participation that we realize this story is much stranger than even Dog Day Afternoon made it out to be. “He is, by turns, lovable, maniacal, heroic, and self-destructive,” said TIFF’s Thom Powers. “To call him larger than life feels like an understatement.”  – Kier-La Janisse

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