The last few months have been focused on the reconstruction of the Romance of the Far Fur Country footage. I’m pleased with how things are coming along, with the editorial support from co-producer Chris Nikkel, and visual historian Peter Geller. The feature film is starting to emerge from the hours of materials returned from the British Film Institute in London to the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives in Winnipeg. Fundraising to complete the restoration is on-going; I hope to announce some further sponsors soon. Our goal is to finish the restoration by the end of this year.
The editing of the documentary, “On the Trail of the Far Fur Country“, telling the story of this lost film, is also progressing. It is exciting to look over the footage from our travels this past year to the same locations where the archival filmmakers travelled in 1919-1920. The latest development on the project, I’ve been awarded a two-week artistic residency by the Manitoba Arts Council at their Deep Bay Cabin in Riding Mountain National Park. I anticipate these two weeks will allow for sustained focus on the editing. If you are anywhere near Riding Mountain, come out to a film screening at the park’s visitor’s centre on June 8 in Wasagaming. A big thanks to the Manitoba Arts Council for their support in granting me two weeks of solitude for editing.
Other events on the horizon, Chris Nikkel will be presenting the 30 minute Treasure From the Far Fur Country film program in Scotland in July at Fort William. In August, Peter Geller and I will join film studies researcher Roswitha Skare on a panel discussing Romance of the Far Fur Country and Nanook of the North at the Visible Evidence documentary film conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
Upcoming film screening details:
-Wasagaming, Manitoba: June 8, 2pm, Visitor’s Centre
-Fort William, Scotland: July 6, 2pm, Scotland Screen Machine
-Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm Sweden: August 15-18