Jody Baltessen

Jody Baltessen

Jody Baltessen

Winnipeg, MB

Presenting as part of the session: City Dep(ART)ment - Friday, November 5 at 3:30 pm

Jody Baltessen has been City Archivist/Records Manager for the City of Winnipeg since October, 2007.  Before that, she spent five years as Senior Archivist for the City of Winnipeg Archives and twelve years with the Archives of Manitoba.  Through 2004-2005, she served as Chair of the Board of the Association for Manitoba Archives and has worked on several Association for Canadian Archives’ initiatives.  Ms. Baltessen is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg (Geography/Urban Studies, 1986), the University of Western Ontario (Master of Library and Information Science, 1987), and the University of Manitoba, Continuing Education Division (Certificate in Applied Management, 2000).


Description of Paula Kelly and Jody Baltessen's talk:

In September, 2007, in cooperation with the Public Art Program of the Winnipeg Arts Council, the City of Winnipeg Archives hosted filmmaker Paula Kelly as artist-in-residence for six months.  During her time at the Archives, Ms Kelly produced three short documentary films using textual, photographic, audio and visual records held by the City, as well as created a number of new records that capture the stories of current and retired City employees and residents of the City of Winnipeg.  Collectively titled Souvenirs, these films reveal three dominant themes in Winnipeg history:  Sand and Stone – the City under construction;  Watermarks – the City in its environment;  and Waiting for the Parade – the City imagining itself.  Since it was premiered in September, 2008,  Souvenirs has been screened at a number of local venues, can be purchased on DVD through the Winnipeg Film Group, and is featured on the Archives’ website.

Join filmmaker Paula Kelly and City Archivist Jody Baltessen to hear about the process of conceptualizing and creating a film from the City’s rich but relatively unknown archival collection.

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