Last night was the encore presentation of all the 48 Hour Film Competition entrants. Ours didn't make it to Gimli, but we saw our film play last night, so there was some closure. Amanda Kindzierski is always a pleasure to work with and I hope to make more fun-filled adventurous films with her, feature films especially.
Here's the program from last night's event:
I was also amazed at the quality of the other films as well. You couldn't tell the amateurs from the professionals up there! I hope all of them go onto bigger and brighter futures with their film careers and to even work with some of them. Ben Williams put on a great even! The host, Milos Mitrovic did an awesome job of amusing us too.
This is my forth 48 Hour Film Making Competition, yet my third with Amanda Kindzierski.
There was a wonderful cast and crew, several I’ve know and/or met, others new to me.
From Ben Williams of Winnipeg Film Group:
WHERE & WHEN IS THE 48 PLAYING???
REMAINING IMPORTANT DATES (2017):
- MEET N GREET: Tue, May 16th/6pm
- THEE COMPETITION: Fri, June 16th/5pm to Sun, June 18th/5pm
- SCREENING GIMLI: Sat, July 29th (time and location TBD)
- SCREENING WINNIPEG: Tue, August, 1st/7pm in Cinematheque
Breaking Through has everyone talking!
Breaking Through opened on Tuesday and has had everyone talking since.
“Saw Breaking Through yesterday, and recommend it, it is honest but done with humour too. Still shows this week. I love all the characters, especially KoKo.” – Mary Scott
“I identify with some of the characters as I have gone through mental struggles of my own… I think what it certainly got across very well was that each character was a sort of individual element, not of their own choosing, but they’re trying to find some means of attaining normalcy. This is what I’ve gone through—the struggle to find normalcy when you have a condition that leaves you feeling anything but.” – Patrick Lowe, Winnipeg Filmmaker
“Brilliantly done and very well-researched. The actors really took on the roles. Everybody’s characters just stay with you.” – Angela, audience member
Check out a feature in The Times on actor Harry Nelken who plays Joe, a 72 year old character who has been living with schizophrenia since he was 19. Read the Winnipeg Free Press preview by Randall King and the blog review by Winnipeg theatre artist Lorraine James. Breaking Through has also been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press Arts & Culture, CBC News, The Herald, The Lance, The Pilipino Express, Global News Morning and more!
Come and see for yourself. There are four performances left! To see a performance schedule and book you tickets click here.
“Plays like this are good messages. They’re valuable, in a sense. What I also like about the play is it was meant to be entertaining throughout. It wasn’t really a ‘downer’. It was trying to be an ‘upper’” – Patrick Lowe, Winnipeg filmmaker
Photos by Janet Shum.
I’ve done several shows with Sarasvati Productions and have seen many more. I love the diversity of voices expressed in this company and that every piece challenges you to think, planting a seed about the subject matter. I never know how entertaining or educational the piece will be with any theatre until it’s finished. Going into this, I wonder if the title means to break through stereotypes about mental illness, about an individual breaking through to come out onto the other side of “sanity”, for their surrounding circle of friends and family to break through and communicate with the individual?
Breaking Through is an hour and a half long play about a diverse group of people struggling with their mental health, finding their way to surviving every single day as they do so. Not focusing on a particular illness but commenting on how mental illness itself is being perceived. The show could’ve focused on schizophrenia, on gender dysphasia, on body issues, but they all suffer the same misconceptions and even bigotry from those dealing with it or those dismissive of it. It’s also about the people in their lives struggling along with them and the stress they go through supporting the people they love. Performed by several local actors doubling up with multiple characters, the performances were loosely based on true stories as told by people going through their own mental health issues.
The thing I liked about the show was that I could see some familiar people in my life displayed upon the stage. I also saw the struggles their support systems went through. Most people imagine what a schizophrenic person is like based on TV and movies, but seeing Harry Nelken‘s lovable portrayal made you to want to get to know him. Elena Anciro‘s character made us sympathize with her; Dorothy Carroll‘s character made us wish we could fix her problems with a pat answer, yet knowing it goes far deeper than that; Richie Diggs‘s character or rather characters were all personable, as patients and as sympathetic caregivers; Marsha Knight‘s characters were also struggling with their own problems while supporting the people they loved, which is a hard task; Spenser Payne‘s reality show character was a more preferred version of the Kardashians and more relatable; and Josh Ranville‘s character challenged everyone’s perception of what’s crazy versus what drives a person crazy while dealing with your mental health: who are the contributors of our mental illness and how do we struggle with it on a daily basis?
You’ll leave the theatre questioning not only your own mental health but thinking about all those other people from your past you didn’t understand, the ones who lashed out at you because you weren’t sensitive enough, that one person who offered compassion clumsily, that other person who thanked you for the advice so you’d leave them alone with their struggles or that one person who thanked you for making their day.
The show runs from May 23 to 28, 2017 at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg).
I’m also looking forward to more plays written by Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore in the near future!
I've always loved the words in this video because I realized that persistence had pulled me through my desire to be an actor. I've met so many artists who've quit because they didn't believe their talent was good enough and thought they had to be spectacular right now. This is for all the frustrated artist who will be great someday.