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  1. Cellular Immune Response

    5 minutes / Super 8 / 2017

    OMG LOL ROTF MMB TTYL IRL SIT PLZ HAK BRB.

    On inauguration day 2017, I spent all day in a Washington, DC used bookstore, where I ended up buying a stack of audiotape secret telephone recordings of marital infidelity from 1969. At the Women’s March, the following day, I recognized the cosmic central resonance of the phone with all that was happening.

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  2. TECHNICOLOR N.G.

    Walter Forsberg & John Klacsmann

    20 minutes / 16mm Live Projection Performance / 2014-2015

    A Technicolor dye imbibition printing error mis-registers a 1967 B-Western, revealing its Cyan ghosts and cinema’s psychedelic underpinnings.

    Funding generously provided for by the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Check out the POSTER

    Screenings------

    February 2014: New York University, Department of Cinema Studies (New York, USA)
    March 2014: EYE Institute (Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS)
    September 2014: Exploratorium (San Francisco, USA)
    September 2014: Other Cinema (San Francisco, USA)
    December 2014: Mono No Aware (Brooklyn, USA)
    December 2014: Anthology Film Archives (New York, USA)
    March 2015: Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, USA)
    September 2015: American Film Institute (Silver Spring, USA)

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  3. Video Preservation (NTSC)

    Kodak 7285 16mm reversal film strip array / 2013

    I began to think very seriously about the historical longevity of video test patterns while managing the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s XFR STN – an open-door, artist-centered, media conservation laboratory that ran for 3 months in the summer of 2013. There, I provided countless explanations to the public, who passed daily through the fifth floor gallery’s video digitization workstations, as to how the colour bars were merely a representational electromagnetic language about voltages. I wondered how an image so iconic as the SMPTE split-field bars would live on beyond the technological obsolescence of standard definition analog video.

    Translating these voltage values into filmic form seemed immediately logical, especially once Kodak discontinued its colour reversal film stocks in late 2012. This occurred to me as one strategy to preserve standard definition video beyond the lifespan of its own magnetic media format. A light leak in the Bolex makes for something of a strange ‘dropout’ in the magenta region, and rendering the 80% gray bar as a filmed 18 gray card is supposed to be funny. 

    Featured on the cover of issue #4 of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media.

    Editioned 11" x 17" archival inkjet prints are available if you contact me directly.

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  4. Tell Her What I Said

    5 minutes / Super 8, 16mm & Video / 2012

    Commissioned for the Auroratone: New Frontiers in Psychiatric Cinema program at the 2012 POP Montéeal Festival.

    With audio commentary by Buckminster Fuller, and music by The Sadies. Special thanks to Kier-La Janisse and Andrea Callard. 

    Funding generously provided for by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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  5. Digital Preservation (Lincoln)

    Walter Forsberg & Clint Enns

    Kodak 7222 16mm reversal film strip array / 2012

    In the late 60s and early 1970s, scientists Leon Harmon and Béla Julesz published research into early digital imaging. Interested in human perception of things like resolution, quantization, and noise, Harmon and Julesz used Anthony Berger’s 1864 photo portrait of Abraham Lincoln as a source image to try and discern the minimum resolution required to recognize a human face.

    While there are parallels to the kinds of flicker works that Tony Conrad and Paul Sharits were making around the same time that Harmon and Julesz were at Bell Labs, I’m most interested in the idea of articulating this ‘digitality’ with analogue media. As someone who works in media preservation I must admit to a little bit of gallows humour at the utopic ideas of digitization as a means of preserving cultural heritage. That this kind of filmic portraiture will long outlive any hard drive, LTO magnetic data tape backup, or website, is just plain great.

    Clint Enns helped me with the math.

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  6. Fahrenheit 7-Eleven

    Directed by Walter Forsberg & Produced by Matthew Rankin

    15 minutes / 16mm & Video / 2011

    A new experiment in Winnipeg Film Group-produced documentary, The Burton Cycle is an amalgam of accounts by native Winnipeggers about rock god Burton Cummings and the fateful 1985 encounter between a beer bottle and his head. Recounted in Part One, Fahrenheit 7-Eleven, by fans, admirers, and devoted patrons of Cummings’ burger joint Salisbury House, the urban myth of this legendary civic tale is re-enacted with great care and acerbic absurdity.

    Screenings: Hot Docs; Winnipeg Cinémathèque

    Funding generously provided for by the Canada Council for the Arts

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  7. Man Matters Fall 2011 Recruitment Video

    90 seconds / HD Video / 2011

    Exercise video, with energetic soundtrack

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  8. Negativipeg: The Confession of Rory Lepine

    Directed by Matthew Rankin & Produced by Walter Forsberg

    16 minutes / 16mm & Video / 2010

    Negativipeg tells the story of Rory Lepine, who shot to Herostratic fame in 1985 when he attacked Winnipeg rock legend Burton Cummings with a beer bottle in a North End 7-Eleven. Narrated by Lepine himself, the film meditates on this mysterious act of destruction and suggests that Winnipeg might have an attitude problem. 

    Screenings: Sundance Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival; DOXA; Rooftop Films; American Film Institute

    Funding generously provided for by the Canada Council for the Arts

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  9. Burton's Favourite

    4 minutes / Super 8 / 2006

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  10. Death by Popcorn: the Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets

    by l'Atelier national du Manitoba

    61 minutes / Analogue Video / 2006

    Peppered with action-packed cameos by Winnipeg All-Stars Dale Hawerchuk, Burton Cummings, Teemu Selanne, Billy Van and a recent interview with the man who sent the Jets straight into the jaws of death by throwing a cataclysmic box of popcorn onto the ice in Game 6 of the 1990 playoff series, Death by Popcorn: the Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets follows our ill-fated team through their many travails with arch-enemies Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers, soul-crushing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and many other agents of Winnipeg annihilation.  Sadness on ice!

    "Part of the force of Death by Popcorn is that the poor quality of some of the material is precisely the index of its importance: skew lines at the top and bottom of the image, for instance, points to something rewound frequently and played repeatedly. This tape stress suggests both passion and pathology. In Death by Popcorn, moments of triumph bear these signs of repeated viewings, but so do sequences of failure, suggesting a compulsion not simply to figure out what went wrong but to dwell on it in an almost pathological way." 
    --Andrew Burke, Department of English, University of Winnipeg
    [from the forthcoming: Gerda Canmaer Zoe & Druick eds., Cinephemera: Moving Images at the Margins of Canadian Cinema (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014)]

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    Read Matthew Rankin's "The Seven Pillars of Winnipeg"

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  11. Kubasa in a Glass: The Fetishized World of the Winnipeg TV Commercial, 1976-1992

    by l'Atelier national du Manitoba

    60 minutes / Video / 2005

    "Winnipeg is an Ephemeral City. A Disposable City. It is not a City of Love or of Light. It is a Grozny, a Vladivostok, a Tashkent-of-a-City, doomed to defeat, forgetfulness and extinction.

    Only the citizens of “Canada” might remember Winnipeg. And if they do, it will be a vague disdainful wisp of memory; something about winter and insects. But the worst injury of all comes from those who actually live in Winnipeg. Their hatred for this city—manifested variously in murder, glue-sniffing and downtown beautification projects—can assure that there will be no Winnipeg left for posterity. 

    For the cinéastes of Winnipeg, this vanishing city has become something of a fetish object, the cinematic negotiation of which has generated a staunchly regional—indeed, national—cinema. The most notorious example of this phenomenon would of course be Guy Maddin. Maddin’s visual and thematic denigration of Winnipeg alerts us to the two central tropes of Winnipeg national cinema: demean and destroy.

    But the purest form of Winnipeg cinema is the disposable filmmaking of the city’s televisual ephemera. Like Winnipeg itself, the TV Commercial and the daily weather report is morbidly aware of its limited lifespan. This consciousness of being born only to be swiftly annihilated and forgotten is the metaphor in which we may identify Winnipeg society. Furthermore, the ATELIER NATIONAL DU MANITOBA contends that Winnipeg ephemera from the 1980s will soon rival the cult hegemony of Rick Prelinger’s 1950s and Matt McCormick’s 1970s.

    Telle est l’épopée de la nation ouinipégoise, et telle est notre lutte collective! Une lutte pour la destruction totale de notre civilisation bien-aimée! La sagesse se trouve dans la reduction.

    On the basis of this indignant polemic, the ATELIER NATIONAL DU MANITOBA has designed a programme in order to introduce the uninitiated film-goer to Winnipeg National Cinema and brood feverishly upon its deeper meanings. This programme explores themes of degradation, disposal and destruction as it pertains to the televisual ephemera and national identity of Winnipeg." --- Matthew Rankin

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  12. Thunder on the Track

    5 minutes / Video / 2004

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