WNDX Festival of Moving Image: WNDX Festival of Moving Image launches 2020 Programming

WNDX Festival of Moving Image has announced its programming for the festival's 2020 edition.

This year, in response to COVID-19, WNDX (pronounced win-dex!) is moving online and will be free and accessible worldwide between October 7-11, 2020. In an era of digital saturation, the festival presents a thoughtful slate of programming that celebrates new and innovative moving image works from Canada and abroad. With an emphasis on live-digital performances, one feature, and two short film programs, WNDX's 2020 programming celebrates a slew of legendary artists, hometown icons, and underrepresented communities.

Internationally-acclaimed musician, composer, and transgender activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland highlights WNDX 2020's lineup. Lifted from obscurity by the recent rediscovery of his masterpiece album Keyboard Fantasies (1986), Glenn-Copeland has found a second life gracing the world with his minimal avant-garde jazz-folk music. Glenn-Copeland will be joining the festival from New Brunswick via Zoom, accompanied by live visuals from local experimental filmmaker and frequent WNDX favourite Leslie Supnet.

"Seeing Beverly Glenn-Copeland perform is a transcendent experience, and I'm overjoyed to be able to share that with the WNDX community," says co-director Scott Fitzpatrick. "His momentous warmth and generosity is life-affirming, and his musical blend of new-age synth and jazz experimentation is the perfect pair for Leslie Supnet's dreamy animated visuals. This will be a performance you don't want to miss."

Toronto-based artist and educator Jessica Karuhanga will kick off WNDX's opening night with a brand new iteration of her performance #Carefree on Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Originally performed in person, then again later over Zoom, this hybrid digital art performance engages with technology, movement, cultural archive, and activators from Treaty One.

Presented by Los Angeles Filmforum's ISM ISM ISM, Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America will showcase artists who have carved their space in the male-dominated world of Latin America's experimental filmmaking sphere. ADDIS VIDEO ART FESTIVAL: Grounded in Movement intends to provide a platform for innovative video art from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Both film series will be followed by filmmaker Q&As.

Sweet Prairie Passion, the pseudonym for Manitoba-based visual artist Annie Beach, will perform country sing-alongs for Wanted: Red & Alive Tour (AT LAST ON THE SCREEN!) while sharing stories that are both charming and barbed with cultural criticism. Miko Revereza's No Data Plan is a highly personal reflection on the experience of undocumented people in ICE-age America, again followed by a Q&A with the director.

WNDX is slated to close the 2020 online festival with filmmaker and performance artist Joshua Gen Solondz in collaboration with Send + Receive. Using hand-manipulated 35mm slides from his studio in Brooklyn, New York, Solondz will broadcast the performance along with an abrasive analog synth soundtrack.

"My dream to program an exclusively BIPOC roster of artists has been realized for WNDX 2020," says co-director Hagere Selam 'shimby' Zegeye-Gebrehiwot. "The erasure of BIPOC artists – particularly women – is a problem that doesn't get counteracted by a sole festival edition. We are dedicated to continuing the work to dismantle the current landscape of white supremacy within the arts community."

WNDX's 15th edition includes paid education and training opportunities for programmed artists in software WNDX will use in this new digital context. Additionally, there will be 16 slots available to Manitoba based artists for one-on-one studio visits with established artists from the WNDX community.

WNDX has also hired two BIPOC essayists to respond to the festival and will be hosting a paid skill-building workshop on moving image media art criticism. Both initiatives are to be offered on an annual basis, in perpetuity.

The 2020 WNDX Festival of Moving Image runs from October 7-11, 2020. This online festival will be free and accessible to anyone worldwide. Please visit our website for more information and download our WNDX Media Kit for other materials and photos.