The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on June 5, 1989 · 24
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The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada · 24

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Monday, June 5, 1989
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C 6 Entertainment The Leader-Post Regina Mon., June 5, 1989 Yorkton film festival Winners triumph bittersweet By Patrick Davitt of The Leader-Post YORKTON It was a bittersweet triumph ' for Stephen Low. His documentary The Defender was chosen ' the best production of the Yorkton Short Film ( and Video Festival, but even as he accepted the Golden Sheaf Award of Excellence, the " Montreal film-maker despaired for the future of documentary in Canada. We couldnt have done this film without the National Film Board, Low said in an inter-. view. 'Z And now the film board has been more-or- less destroyed by cutbacks, j; Its basically dead, and thats a tragedy, he said. T Low also won the Best Director Golden Sheaf, while photographer Charles Konowal who also produced the film won the award for cinematography. That prize was also for -his work on The Old Believers, a film about a northern Alberta family in an isolated commu-inity. The Defender told the story of Bob Diemert, --'a Manitoba man who had a dream of building a -fighter airplane in his workshop in a small Manitoba town. Low saw a certain irony in the story, which included Diemerts struggle to raise money for Ihis project by rebuilding a Japanese Zero fighter plane for the Confederate Air Force, a group of airplane enthusiasts in the U.S. who fly Second World War aircraft in shows. It explains the difficulty of getting money for your own idea, Low said of the film, describing Diemert as a serious genius. The parallel to our own experience occurred to us, he added. The film was six years in the making, partly because Low had to adapt to Diemerts own schedule he built his modern fighter whenever he had time, on and off from 1981 to 1986, Low recalled and partly because of delays caused by periodic shortages of NFB money. We didnt expect the project to take that long. Low said. But it got more and more complicated. The film was finished in late 1987. Jurors said The Defender won because it challenged convention while being vastly entertaining. We knew right from the moment we saw it, Colin Browne, a Vancouver film-maker and chairman of the jury, said after the Saturday awards ceremony. Every single Canadian should see it, he said. Its very funny, very stimulating and very challenging." Juror Sheila Petty, a film and video professor at the University of Regina, praised the film for crossing cinematic boundaries. It fused fiction and documentary in a very innovative manner, she said. It challenged the conventions of documenta ry and of cinema itself. Low suggested that such challenges in the future would have to come from young filmmakers the same young film-makers who will suffer most from NFB cutbacks. Canada has been a leader in documentary . . . and film technology, and its all been the doing of the NFB, he said. Now there are no young people bringing new blood into the craft, he said. Low called the Yorkton Festival the most important festival for this kind of film. More people will get to see it, and that has to help, he said. The film has been sold to the CBC, to PBS in the U.S., and to television networks in Japan and the U.K. Low is currently producing a 3-D IMAX film for the 1990 Worlds Fair in Japan. He has done two other IMAX films. Ian Reid, executive director of the festival, said The Defender will tour Saskatchewan in June as part of a package of Golden Sheaf winners. The tour comes to Regina Public Library on June 14. He said the festival allows film-makers from across Canada to meet one another and to see how average Canadians perceive the films. This is kind of Main Street Canada, he said. The film-makers get the opportunity to see Canadians react to their work. There were also tangible benefits: the festival resulted in at least $200,000 entering the Yorkton economy, Reid said. Festival honors Regina film-maker z YORKTON - A Regina film-maker was honored Saturday with -a Golden Sheaf Award for best ex-Tperimental film. Z Richard Kerr, a film professor -at the University of Regina, won Tor The Last Days of Contrition, hn examination of the military-industrial politics of the U.S. Z Three other Regina productions -pnd one Yorkton production were nominated for awards, but none won. CBC televisions Switchback: ZThe Dinosaur Show won a special -jury award for childrens production, but Le Bonheur et Rita Rose-. en-talle, a Quebec production, took the Golden Sheaf. Yorkton Union Hospital: I.C.U. was also given a jury award, but lost in the industrialpromotional category to The Invisible HUD, about head-up displays in airplanes. Edge of Extinction, by Elaine Pain of Regina, was nominated in the animation category, while All In Passing, by Rick Ash of Regina, was nominated in drama under 30 minutes. There were 341 entries in the festival, of which 75 were nominated. The rest of the winners: The Defender as best overall production; Music in the Midnight Sun, a documentary about the Toronto Symphony Orchestras tour of the Far North, for artsentertain-ment; Mozambique: Riding Out the Storm, about the desperate plight of that African country, for documentary over 30 minutes; Shattered Dreams, about schizophrenia, for documentary under 30 minutes; Madame LaTour, about the wife of a colonial governor in 17th-century Acadia, for drama over 30 minutes; Grade, about a young black womans coming of age in a family of strong-willed women, and Mike, about a young man released too early from a mental-health institution, tied for best drama under 30 minutes; Lobbying For Lives, about lobbying efforts over legislation to ban tobacco advertising; and Wonderstruck: Museums Alive, a museum-based segment of a science show for young people, for sciencenature. Awards were also given in a variety of specific technical and artistic categories. roadway grabs six Tony awards - fJEW YORK (AP) - Jerome Robbins Broadway dominated the To-nys with six awards, and Wendy Wassersteins Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles won for best play. -Wasserstein, whose play is about a girl of the 1960s becoming a woman of the 1980s, lifted her Tony aloft Sunday night and said: For women playwrights, I think this is great for all of us. Robbins, receiving a Tony as best director of a musical, said: I suppose as director I have to thank the choreographer. He was ineligible in the choreography category because the dances are re-creations of 15 memorable numbers from nine hit shows of previous seasons. JThat award went to Black and Blue, which won three Tonys. In addition to director, Jerome Robbins Broadway won Tony Awards for best musical; actor in a musical Jason Alexander; featured actor Scott Wise; featured actress Debbie Shapiro; and lighting design. ; Robbins, who has been choreographing for the New York City Ballet in recent years, decided to notate his Broadway dances for the Lincoln Centre library, then decided they could be re-created on stage. ; Pauline Collins, remembered as a saucy maid in PBS-TVs Upstairs, Downstairs, won the best dramatic actress award for Shirley Valentine, a one-woman play. ; I cant believe the generosity of this theatrical community, the British actress said. She added that winning is proof that miracles can happen at any time, even when youre getting on a bit, like me and Philip. She referred to Philip Bosco, who won as best actor, as a beleaguered Cleveland opera impresario in the farce, Lend Me a Tenor. It was the first Tony for Bosco, who has acted in 99 plays, 61 of them in New York. Bosco called his competition Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bill Irwin and Victor Garber two bona fide geniuses and a superb actor whos never been in a play that hasnt been a success. To Garber, one of two tenors in Lend Me a Tenor, Bosco said: Id like to share this with Victor. It will, of course, be at my house in Teaneck, New Jersey. Youre absolutely welcome to come any time to see it. Garber was mentioned again, by Boyd Gaines, accepting the best featured actor Tony for his role as a doctoc and longtime friend of the heroine of The Heidi Chronicles. Gaines said: Id like to thank Victor Garber for not taking this part. Christine Baranski won featured actress for her portrayal of a flustered guest at a party without a host in Neil Simons farce Rumors. Yesterday I bet my producer, Manny Azenberg, $1 million that I would lose tonight, she said. "Perhaps I can borrow from Neil Simon." Best New York theatre 'NEW YORK (AP) Here is the list of Tony Award winners for Broadways 1988-89 season. Winners were announced Sunday in ceremonies televised from the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre by CBS. Play: The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein Musical: Jerome Robbins Broadway Revival: Our Town - Actor, Play: Philip Bosco, Lend Me a Tenor I Actress, Play: Pauline Collins, Shirley Valentine Actor, Musical: Jason Alexander, Jerome Robbins Broadway e Actress, Musical: Ruth Brown, Black and Blue Director, Play: Jerry Zaks, Lend Me a Tenor I Director, Musical: Jerome Robbins, Jerome Robbins Broadway Featured Actor, Play: Boyd Gaines, The Heidi Chronicles Featured Actress, Play:' Christine Baranski, Rumors Featured Actor, Musical: Scott Wise, Jerome Robbins Broadway ' Featured Actress, Musical: Debbie Shapiro, Jerome Robbins Broad- j Scenic Design: Santo Loquasto, Cafe Crown Costume Design : Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli, Black and Blue Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton, Jerome Robbins Broadway 1 Choreography: Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang, Frankie Manning and Fayard Nicholas, Black and Blue special Tony Award foicontinued excellence by a regional theatre: Hartford Stage Company of Hartford, Conn. Debbie Shapiro, a singer from the musical Broadway, and Scott Wise, a dancer in On the Town, celebrate their Tony awards BILLY GRAHAM TV SPECIAL Sex could destroy our civilization in your lifetime..." From Billy Grahams message tonight - r "AIDS, Sex and the fj Bible TONIGHT 9:00 H 2 cte 4 Cartoonist created Hagar the Horrible NEW YORK (AP) - Cartoonist Dik Browne, whose Hagar the Horrible and other comic strips entertained millions for generations, died Sunday. He was 71. Browne died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., after a long battle with cancer, said New York-based King Features Syndicate, which distributed the cartoon. The day Dik Browne died was the first day he ever made any of us sad, said Richard Marschall, a friend of Browne. King Features said in a release that Browne has often been called the cartoonists cartoonist because he has won more awards from his peers than any other artist-writer. In the last year, Brownes two sons, Chris and Robert, have been drawing Hagar and were expected to continue to do so. Browne was the only cartoonist ever to have received the National Cartoonists Societys Reuben Award for two different comic strips, winning with Hi and Lois in 1962 and for Hagar in 1973. In 1973, he received the National Cartoonists Societys Elzie Segar Award, named after the creator of Popeye, for his outstanding contribution to the art of cartooning. That same year he created Hagar in the basement of his home in Con necticut as a way to secure his familys financial future and to create a comic strip his artistic sons could continue. The cartoon, a creation of a Viking hero from his childhood memories of Norse legends, grew in popularity and scored high repeatedly in comics polls and in newspaper reader surveys. The comic strip is distributed to more than 1,800 newspapers in 58 countries and is translated into 13 different languages. Browne, born in Manhattan, started at the age of 16 with the New York Journal but was quickly pushed to the art department by a city editor who was unimpressed with his writing ability. After a stint in the army, he worked in advertising, creating the Birds Eye bird and the Chiquita Banana and redesigning the Campbell Soup kids. King was looking for someone to collaborate with Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, on a new strip. They began drawing Hi and Lois, which debuted in 1954. St. Athanasius Parish BINGO 55 McMurchy Ave. MONDAY 7:00 P.M. CONCESSION Licence B88-208 iVICTORIAlPARKlDRORjlNjBINGO, POWIMSTAIRS.M945 SCARTH ST PH 347-8520 GROWING JACKPOT 1000 IN 54s or less. TWO-PART GAMES 10 MIN. 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