Next Wednesday, November 4, I will be moderating a discussion with a pair of architects, Design With Company co-founders and UIC professors Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer, about Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The discussion is part of a series called “Architects on Film” that the Chicago International Film Festival is presenting with special screenings of films that an architect or designer has curated. The event runs from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.
About the film:
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 (Detour) 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.
About the architects:
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.
For more information, visit the website of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Hope to see you there!