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The Falls presented w/ Gordon Reeve’s Niagara Strait
Thursday 19 August | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pmFree
Canada, 1991. Directed by Kevin McMahon. 89 min. NR
This ambitious and skilfully realized documentary, a landmark in Canadian documentary films, sets out to capture the awesome beauty of Niagara Falls, the crass industries that have risen up around the Falls, and the odd obsessions of the people drawn to them. Director Kevin McMahon, a Niagara Falls native and former journalist at the St. Catharines Standard, investigates the high eccentricity and profound tragedy that inhabit this border town and tourist trap which is often referred to as the Canadian capital of kitsch. One man casually recalls the fools he has seen tumble over the Falls to their deaths, including his own brother. A Love Canal mother speaks with cold rage about the birth defects visited upon the children born near that chemical cesspool, while ecology experts show us birds and fish that surpass in their mutated hideousness anything in the town’s Freaks of Nature Museum. The film’s music was composed by NAC member Kurt Swinghammer.
The Falls is presented in program with:
GORDON REEVES NIAGARA STRAIT
Canada, 2020. Directed by Justus Duntsch. 27 min. NR
This short film documents the production and installation of Gordon Reeve’s site-specific sculpture “Niagara Strait”. Juxtaposing images of the work’s journey to realization and interviews with the artist, various layers of intent and concept are brought to the surface. Reeve offers the viewer insights to the historical and site-specific context of the work and its references to the Niagara Glen, Niagara River, and the indigenous people who are the original stewards of this land.
Produced entirely in the Niagara Region by Niagara resident and local artist, Justus Duntsch. All of the content refers directly back to this region as the film follows the production and installation of what may be argued to be Niagara’s first major permanent site specific sculpture. The film was commissioned by Niagara’s own RiverBrink Art Museum and features original made-in-Niagara music. *The sculpture was commissioned and is owned by Niagara Parks Commission.
FREE EVENT- limited seating please reserve tickets in advance.
RiverBrink Art Museum
116 Queenston St. Queenston, ON
Thu 19 August 2021
Doors open at 8PM
Film Introduction by Barry Grant starting at dusk.
Note: this venue is not fully accessible, please contact NAC if you require assistance.