The First Winter

Canada/ 2012/ 72mins / Directed by Ryan Mc Kenna/Starring Rob Vilar
Canada / 2012 / 72mins  / Directed by Ryan Mc Kenna / Starring Rob Vilar







Wednesday, March 6

9:00 pm
US Navy Heritage Center
$12 in advance HERE or at the door

East Coast Premiere/ Post-screening Q&A with Director Ryan McKenna,  

Screens with GRANNY BABY  Canada / 2012 / 9mins / directed by Eva Colmers



Offbeat and deadpan, this is a bitter-sweet tale about a young man in Portugal who must face the inhospitable Canadian landscape and its hopeless denizens. Rob Vilar portrays a DJ living in Portugal who learns that an affair with a woman named Sophie has led to her pregnancy. He flies to Winnipeg to be by her side only to encounter an icy reception and a forbidding city.  McKenna has captured Winnipeg in all its mid winter darkness under the rules of the seven point “Brutalism in Cinema Manifesto” whereby the new cinema of Winnipeg is stark, austere, brutal and cold…yet full of dark humor.

Ryan McKenna (Director) The First Winter is McKenna’s first feature film. His documentary short Honky Tonk Ben was shortlisted for the BBC mini music doc award. McKenna is also known for his dramatic films, most notably his acclaimed shorts Chinatown and Bon Voyage, the latter was awarded the Manitoba Emerging Filmmaker Prize.

“Fargo, North!”  –Ed Ackerman Filmmaker

“Stark, minimal and darkly funny”  –Malcolm Fraser Cult Montreal

The First Winter is one of the most original feature films to come out of the Canadian prairies since Guy Maddin’s Tales From the Gimli Hospital. In the canon of GREAT Canadian features.” – Dave Barber Programmer of the Winnipeg Cinematheque

GRANNY BABY still - Eva Colmers

Screens with GRANNY BABY
Canada / 2012 / 9mins / directed by Eva Colmers

Jack is excited to pick up his new baby sister and mother from the hospital where he bumps into an old, confused Granny.  Jack wants to help the elderly lady, but how?

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