Born in Winnipeg in 1956, Guy Maddin is an installation and internet artist, lecturer at Harvard, print journalist, author, filmmaker, and the director of innumerable short and twelve feature-length films, including The Saddest Music in the World (2003), My Winnipeg (2007), and The Forbidden Room (2015). He has mounted over seventy performances of his films throughout the world, featuring live sound effects and elements of orchestra, singing, and narration. In 2016 Maddin and co-directors Evan and Galen Johnson launched their major internet interactive work “Seances”, which enables anyone online to “hold seances with” randomly combined fragments of canonical lost films remade by the artist on sets installed in public spaces. Maddin is a two-time winner of the American National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film, for Archangel (1991) and The Heart of the World (2001). A recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, Maddin has been recognized with many other prestigious awards, including the Telluride Silver Medal (1995), an Emmy for his ballet film Dracula – Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002); and the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Persistence of Vision Award (2006).

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