Design With Company co-founders Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer share their perspective on the film My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007; 80 minutes) and illuminate its relationship to architecture. Following the screening, they discuss the film with Michael Glover Smith.
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My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin conducts a personal tour of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the town where he grew up and still lives, in a film he calls a “docu-fantasia.” By combining archival footage and interviews, dreamlike camera work, and re-created scenes—including several with actress Ann Savage playing the part of Maddin’s mother—the filmmaker builds a portrait of Winnipeg that manages to be historical, intimate, surreal, entertaining, and entirely his own.
Design With Company was co-founded by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer. Hicks is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, he is a recipient of Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard Award and the Young Architects Forum Prize. He received his M.Arch from Princeton University. Newmeyer is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also teaches architectural design and representation courses at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the recipient of architectural awards from the Van Alen Institute and Architizer.
Michael Glover Smith is an independent filmmaker, author and teacher based in Chicago. Since 2009, he has taught film studies at various colleges, and his first book, Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry, a non-fiction account of silent film production in Chicago, was published by Columbia University Press in January, 2015. He contributes regularly to Time Out Chicago and Cine-File Chicago and his debut feature film, Cool Apocalypse, has won multiple awards on the festival circuit.
This program is presented in association with the Chicago International Film Festival and with support from ArcelorMittal.