Posted by Andrea Ratuski, SCENE Producer | Thursday June 13, 2013
Louis Kliman receives award from actor Doreen Brownstone and ACTRA president Talia Pura
ACTRA Manitoba (The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), presented its top filmmaking awards on June 11. It also honoured actor and director Louis Kliman with the Victor Cowie Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts.
Kliman was one of the first actors to appear on CBC Television in the 1950s and performed in many CBC Radio dramas. Among his film credits are Zeyda and the Hitman and Head Over Heels. He has also performed regularly around the city with Rainbow Stage and other theatre companies.
Two awards were given out for Member Initiated Productions (MIP). Members were encouraged to make their own shorts which were shown at a film festival at IMAX this past spring.
Ti Hallas receives award from Brenda Gorlick (Alf Kollinger)
The Golden Boy Award for the Most Outstanding Member Initiated Production (MIP) was given to The One, directed by Sean Skene, and produced by Rob Borges, Sean Skene, Bryan Verot, and Mike Bell.
A new award was given out this year, the Crocus Award for the Most Outstanding Single-Shot MIP. It went to Ti Hallas, producer and director of The Swimming Lesson, a film shot in one take starring veteran actor--and swimming instructor--Doreen Brownstone.
"I was thrilled," says Hallas. "It's the first year that we've had the single-shot category, so I thought it was a good place to start." Hallas is an experienced actor and theatre director in Winnipeg. This was her first foray into filmmaking.
Hallas says she was pleased with how the short came together and how complimentary people were about the colour and light she captured. "It boils down to the daylight and the time of day. We had such a beautiful Manitoba sky."
For the filmmakers, the awards fill a void left when The Blizzard Awards were cancelled.
"What we found is that people need a mechanism for members to recognize their own," says Rob Macklin, Branch Representative for ACTRA Manitoba.
"I think it's extremely important for that recognition, for them to be seen, that their colleagues are being recognized for their work."