Controversies

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    Controversies

    Directed by

    Canada

    2014

    17 min

    • English

    Documentary, Short

    Using archival audio from the popular Action Line talk show, when it was a cultural phenomena in Winnipeg in the 1980s, the moderator has been edited out, focusing instead on the colorful characters that would call-in. Controversies unfolds like a filmed picture book, as we watch people listen to the various callers express their opinions and gripes on the day.

    Credits

    Cast
    Eva Majzels
    Louis Negin
    Robert Vilar
    Screenplay
    Ryan McKenna
    Cinematography
    Ryan McKenna
    Editing
    Ryan McKenna
    Production
    RPM
    Ryan McKenna

    Ryan McKenna

    Canada

    What I personally find most interesting is simultaneously exploring the humor and sadness of a situation. My sound mixer likes to say of my films: “It’s not not funny.

    Ryan McKenna is based out of Montreal, Canada. He was born in the francophone city of Saint Boniface, and studied history at the University of Winnipeg. His films include the award winning shorts BON VOYAGE (2009), CHINATOWN (2009), and CONTROVERSIES (2014). His debut feature THE FIRST WINTER (2012), sparked the Brutalist Manifesto, which includes a strict rule about including at least one (unfaked) blizzard – a true test of Canadian courage. THE HEART OF MADAME SABALI (2015) is McKenna’s second feature, awarded the Festival du Nouveau Cinema’s Grand Focus Prize.

    Selected Filmography