WINNIPEG − Looking for good movies? Check out what is playing at Cinematheque this week.
“Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune”
Phil Ochs is a forgotten folk singing legend from the United States who tirelessly fought for peace and justice, and committed suicide at 35. This documentary features rare archival concert footage and interviews with Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger, Tom Hayden, Christopher Hitchens and Joan Baez.
When: May 25, 2011 at 7 p.m.
“Stories of Our Skies: Captains of the Clouds”
In this first Hollywood feature film shot entirely in Canada, James Cagney stars as an aggressive bush pilot who competes for business on the lakes of Northern Canada, and for the heart of the heroine played by Brenda Marshall. The film will be followed by a discussion led by the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.
When: May 26, 2011 at 7 p.m.
“Stories in Our Skies: The Kid Who Couldn’t Miss”
Paul Cowan’s controversial film revisits the famed World War I pilot Billy Bishop and speculates if he was as good as his reputation would suggest. Followed by a discussion with Wayne Ralph.
When: May 27, 2011 at 7 p.m.
“Stories in Our Skies: Between Home and the Front”
- “Dougle Heritage” – This is the story of the barnstormers and bush pilots who explored Canada’s vast hinterland, and of the heroes of World War II who flew the Bolingbrokes and the Ansons, the Mosquitoes and the Hurricanes.
- “Flight 6” – Every night, Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 6 crosses Canada from Vancouver to Montréal with its load of blue and yellow air mail bags…
- “Wings Parade” – Fighter and bomber aircraft and the stages of training through which Royal Canadian Air Force pilots and air crews have to pass before obtaining their wings.
- “As Close as Brothers” – A retelling of the fate of Winnipegger Andrew Mynarski, gunner on a Lancaster bomber in World War II. The documentary includes new footage filmed on the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber while on its tour to cities across the west.
When: May 28, 2011 at 2 p.m.
“Strange Wings: Aviation Films from the NFB”
- “The Defender” – The remarkable story of Bob Diemert of Carman, Manitoba, who dreams of building the world’s next great fighter plane.
- “Blake” – In his never-ending quest for freedom, Blake pilots his own plane.
- “The Balgonie Birdman” – Bill Gibson had a secret. Each night, he was busy building a flying machine.
Followed by a questions and answers with Bob Diemert.
When: May 28, 2011 at 7 p.m.
“Stories in Our Skies: Rivets and Wings”
- “Wings on Her Shoulder” – This short archival film documents the Woman’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force of 1943.
- “Rosies of the North” – Over seven decades ago, thousands of women from Thunder Bay and the Prairies participated in the greatest industrial war effort in Canadian history.
When: May 29, 2011 at 2 p.m.
“Stories in Our Skies: Our Northern Skies”
- “History in Our Skies” – Silent archival footage from the Manitoba Provincial and the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives documenting the integral role of aircraft on the prairies and outposts across the north.
- “Bush Pilot: Reflections on a Canadian Myth” – The film shows how bush pilots are slowly being replaced.
- “Northlander” – On May 10, 1955, a DC-4 crash landed near Churchill, Manitoba, and was abandoned by the airline. But a small group of local Inuit men believed that it could be salvaged. The film tells their amazing story through interviews, photographs and recently discovered 8mm footage of the rescue operation.
When: May 29, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $6 (Cinematheque and Winnipeg Film Group members), $7 (students and seniors), $8 (non-members). The box office will open 30 minutes before showtime.
Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque is located at 304 -100 Arthur Street, in Winnipeg.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com