Filmed during the cruel winter months in Winnipeg, Northstarling follows a day in the life of a woman living on the brink of poverty, the border of a great abyss where her only companions are snow crunched memories and cavity ridden buildings.
The city streets are cold. The grim light of winter falls on desolate landscapes marked by poverty. Dilapidated buildings, cramped convenience stores, passers-by with their heads down. And yet, there’s heat to be found in this film from Trevor Mowchun and Daniel Gerson. Despite the solitude and muscle-stiffening cold, there is still life. Despite the overpowering desire to stop fighting and give up, letting the snow cover us, letting the cold take everything, time carries us to our next move and life finds a way. Friends, clients, a child: something is keeping us in balance and the next day comes, and we are still there to greet it. Another day, another fight.
Tënk's Artistic Director
Trevor Mowchun is an Assistant Professor of film studies and production at the University of Florida. He works as both a film scholar and filmmaker, exploring the philosophical dimensions of film in theoretical and creative ways. His first experimental dramatic feature film World to Come (2015) is a poetic investigation into the repressed unconscious of a religious community ravaged by tragedy. He is currently preparing his second feature called From a Great Height. The film follows a historian who goes in search of his ancestral past and utilizes techniques which seek to visualize the fantasies, omissions and emotional intensities of memory. As a film scholar, Trevor has published numerous essays on the philosophy of film.
Gerson is a visually impaired artist from Winnipeg. Upon hearing the news that his blindness was in fact not his imagination, he quit his job in pursuit of art. He expects to learn nothing. Who needs a map anyways? His last finished film, Welcome, in 2008 won a jury special mention at Festival du Nouveau Cinema. He spent the next eight years shooting street photography, but when he received that cursed news that he was going blind, he put down his stills camera camera to make films once again. He is obsessed with memory, repetition, and the garden of Eden.