OctoberOct 02 2019 07:00pm
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street, Wednesday, October 2, @ 7PM
The 2019 WNDX Festival of Moving Image opens with the Manitoban premiere of Cranks, the latest feature film by Montreal-based Prairie auteur, Ryan McKenna. With a connective framework established through archival recordings of the CJOB Action Line radio program, and a series of increasingly bizarre letters written to its host, Peter Warren, the film drifts hypnotically through the sleepy yet perennially agitated city of Winnipeg. Voices laced with confusion and dissatisfaction guide a broad cast of characters through Altmanesque tableaus, navigating situations that run from mundane to absurd. Cranks highlights the latent disconnection at the heart of this Great City.
CRANKS, Ryan McKenna
2019 | CA | 94 | video | Manitoban premiere
Cranks is a city symphony focused on several different characters living in the sleepy isolated town of Winnipeg. Formally, the film emulates the aesthetic of a photo album – each new scene a black & white tableau vivant of a new character and setting. Connecting the various characters is the letters they all wrote – very odd ones – to Peter Warren, the radio host of the infamous Action Line program, which was broadcast throughout Canada from 1971-1998. Cranks explores how journalists like Peter Warren, who pioneered an accusatory and belligerent style of reporting, how this angry way of tackling issues has trickled down into our culture, and has affected and emboldened real lives.
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