Paula Kelly

Paula Kelly

Paula Kelly

Winnipeg, MB

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

Paula Kelly is an award-winning Manitoba filmmaker whose documentaries and dramatic shorts have screened at festivals around the world. As Artist-in-Residence at the City of Winnipeg Archives through the Winnipeg Art Council’s Public Art Program, she created  a trio of short films called Souvenirs, nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 2009 Yorkton Short Film Festival and winner of a Manitoba Day Award. In 2010, she received the inaugural Manitoba Hothouse Award for Creative Development from the Winnipeg Film Group. Other projects include the CBC documentary feature,  Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life and Music of Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté, awarded a Chris statue at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival as well as an Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Gimli Film Festival.  Her documentary, The Notorious Mrs. Armstrong, was winner of three Blizzard Awards for best writing, directing and editing, and a Gemini Nomination for best editing.

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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