Sweet Dreams and Bitter Realities – DVD



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by Lawrence Lannoo and Phil Cholosky

Sweet Dreams and Bitter Realities presents the challenges and struggles endured by a Manitoba farming family as they helped establish a sugar industry in the province. Adiel Lannoo was an immigrant farmer who came to Canada dreaming of establishing his own farm. That dream led him to south Fort Garry, only two kilometers from the site of the Manitoba Sugar Company as it was beginning operations in 1940. The destinies of the farmer and the company were linked for the next thirty years of struggle and toil. Adiel would not live to see the prosperity harvested from the sugar crop by his sons, but that boom period would be cut short by a letter arriving one afternoon in 1974 from the City of Winnipeg.

The documentary included interviews with family and industry insiders, as well as movie footage of one of the last harvests by Adiel’s sons in the mid-1970’s.

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Icelandic-Canadian Folkculture Reflections: a Manitoba Documentary – DVD

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by By Your Pants Media Productions (Tyrone Otte & Tristin Norenberg-Goodmanson)

Length: 1h 11m

In a collection of discussions with Manitoban Icelandic-Canadians, Tristin Norenberg-Goodmanson, B.Ph.Isl, sat down with a variety of individuals to speak about cultural history, folkculture traditions, identity, and folklore.  This seminal work examines a variety of topics including historical accounts of the immigration experience in Manitoba, cultural and artistic intellectual activities, music and festivals, cultural politics, language, fishing as tradition, and accounts of folklore stories. The film was shot in August 2015 with 24 personalities from a variety of backgrounds and occupations in Manitoba’s Interlake region (often referred to as ‘new Iceland’) and in the capital Winnipeg, and delves into the personal and professional historical and reflective narratives of what it means to be Icelandic in Manitoba. Includes special features on folklore stories and commentary from the producers. English and Icelandic with English subtitles.



  • Feature commentary from the film crew
  • “Johann Magnus Bjarnason” poem retold in Icelandic by Thora Palson
  • “Bukolla” folktale retold by Alicia Harms

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The Work of Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan – DVD

The Work of Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan - DVD

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Offering utopic feminist visions and poignant popular culture remixes, the work of Lorri Millan and Shawna Dempsey is a call to action. Oscillating between performance and film, Millan and Dempsey transform the cinema into a politicized viewing space, one in which the patriarchal constraints of traditional cinematic expression and reception are deconstructed. Rendering the invisible, visible, their work brings to light experiences and identities—always present but, by virtue of neglect or exclusion, obscured and pathologized: lesbian life, love, and friendship; women’s bodies and desires, their appetites, their contradictions, their power. This collection offers a selection Millan and Dempsey’s films—new historical accounts, social interventions, and cultural visions—that span their 25 year collaboration and engagement with Winnipeg’s tradition of independent cinema. Artists and activists, mentors and visionaries, Millan and Dempsey’s contributions to this tradition, and the community in which it resides, cannot be overstated.

The DVD features the following work available with curatorial essay by Catherine Bryan:

Good Citizen: Betty Baker (1996)
A Day in The Life of A Bull-Dyke (1995)
Vigilance (2015)
Homogeneity (1998)
We’re Talking Vulva (1990)
Calamity (2001)
Archaeology and You (2003)
Lesbian National Parks and Services: A Force of Nature (2002)

Super (2008)

DVD produced by the WNDX festival of Moving Image

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Indigenous Sovereignty, Environmental Thresholds: a Grassy Narrows Blockade Documentary

Indigenous Sovereignty, Environmental Thresholds: a Grassy Narrows Blockade Documentary

by Tyrone Otte
Available on DVD

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Consisting of 18 discussions with participants of the blockade originally shot in colour in summer 2003, it was released early 2004, re-released 2013, and is 132 minutes in length. This is one of two of the feature documentaries produced on the Grassy Narrows blockade, and it captures a broad range of insights into the issues associated with Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection, encompassing interviews with elders, teachers, youth, defenders, and others. The blockade was set up in 2002 and is the longest-standing in Kanatian history. Some of the topics covered include the paper mill’s clearcutting practices and mercury poisoning of the English Wabigoon River systems, unconsulted – unassented – uncompensated resource extraction, difficulties encountered with the practices of the Canadian state, as well as the personal experiences and insight of the participants. Artistically composed, this work is engaging, informative, fascinating, of groundbreaking importance, and uniquely unparalelled.


The price of this DVD is for individual use, for public performance rights, libraries and institutions please contact vpdist@videopool.org for more information.

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Look Beyond videos by Lansing Bruce Robertson

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Look Beyond is a compilation of video works by Lansing Bruce Robertson from 2007 to 2014!
Available on DVD or Blu-Ray!

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The disc includes:

  • Dino-Orange (how birds fly)  (2007)
  • Golden Age of the Virgin Microbe (2012)
  •  I Meet a Mermaid (2013)
  • This is Dynamation! (2013)
  • Ultra Monster Movie (2011)
  • Another Statement About Society ( 2014)
  • A Look Beyond (2014)
  • Bonus Material!

Learn more about Lansing Bruce Robertson on his tumblr & vimeo pages!

This compilation was made possible through a grant from Video Pool’s Wendy Geller Fund.

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Video Chapbook – Elvira Finnigan – DVD

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Video Chapbook, a collection of five works by Canadian artist Elvira Finnigan taps the internal world of mid-life, confusing the boundaries between the internal and the external. Drawn from experience, dreams, and the imagination, this video collection explores states of the heart and the mind, weaving a narrative of images and sound.

Price: $29.99

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Watch This! – Sister Dorothy – CD/DVD

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Artist: Sister Dorothy
Label: Overground Records

Well known for her high energy and uniquely entertaining live performances, Winnipeg artist and musician Sister Dorothy presents a new side with her two disc CD and DVD Watch This!. Produced by Sister Dorothy and Douglas Ringer, Watch This! features several new tracks, old favourites, music videos, documentaries, and even cooking shows. The album features guest appearances by drummer Adrian Peek, Brad Alison, Cynthis Tremblay, Greg Chapman, Tim Cummings, and Tony Desmarteau.

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Dirty Undies Vol. 1 – Jaimz Asmundson – DVD

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features the short underground classics by Jaimz Asmundson

DVD includes:
Blow Me (2005)
Liquid Lunch (2004)
Carpet Cleaners (2002)
Checkers (2005)
The Science of Eugenics (2006)
Attack of the 50 Ft. Chihuahuas from Outer Space(1999)

Plus features and extras!

Soundtracks featuring Thrill Kill Kult, Evil Mothers, Querkus, Cake Builder, Vav Jungle, Smallgirl and more!!


“Winnipeg’s enfant terrible of transgressive cinema”
– Antimatter Film Festival

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WSO: Mahler Symphony No. 9. (2006) – Zdzislaw Prochownik -DVD

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DVD . 115 minutes

WSO musician Zdzislaw Prochownik recorded a full concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 under the direction of Andrey Boreyko. The result is a stunningly rich interpretation of this late-Romantic masterpiece. Photographed by video artists Heidi Phillips, Wendy Buelow and Jesse Peterson and recorded live at the Centennial Concert Hall on May 13, 2006, the musicians are at their finest in this glorious interpretation of Mahler’s last-completed symphony. The event begins with fascinating rehearsal footage and musician interviews, that add extra depth and insight.

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Carry Me Home (2007) – Brenda Cantelo – DVD

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DVD . 13 minutes

‘Carry Me Home’ uses movement to explore themes of illness, healing  and consolation. The dances developed out of Brenda Cantelo’s  collaborative experience with Manitoba Artists in Healthcare at St.  Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada. Cantelo holds a Ph.D. in  Religion (Manitoba) and specializes in the areas of Religion and the  Arts, and Religion and Healing. She has produced four videos and  written on religion and architecture, painting and dance. Cantelo  teaches in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba,  Winnipeg, Canada.

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