Cranks

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    Cranks

    Directed by

    Canada

    2019

    94 min

    • English

    Fiction

    Cranks is a city symphony focused on several different characters living in the sleepy isolated town of Winnipeg. Formally, the film emulates the aesthetic of a photo album – each new scene a black & white tableau vivant of a new character and setting. Connecting the various characters is the letters they all wrote – very odd ones – to Peter Warren, the radio host of the infamous Action Line program, which was broadcast throughout Canada from 1971-1998. Cranks explores how journalists like Peter Warren, who pioneered an accusatory and belligerent style of reporting, how this angry way of tackling issues has trickled down into our culture, and has affected and emboldened real lives.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Terra Hazelton
    Louis Negin
    Bahia Watson
    Darcy Fehr
    Tony Porteous
    Kelley Hirst
    Brandon Oakes
    Screenplay
    Ryan McKenna
    Cinematography
    Ryan Simmons
    Editing
    Ryan McKenna
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    Press

    Director Ryan McKenna has assembled a thoroughly entertaining glimpse into the “pre-social media” era and some of the more unusual techniques that people might have employed to make sense of their lives before the coming of the internet.

    Judy Robb, My VanCity

    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