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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - March 27, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg free press March Page 31 Chuck features editor Manitoba filmmaker faces cold facts As Oscar hype drowns out most other movie Winnipeg filmmaker Aaron Kim Johnston sits pensively on the Edge of a he wants to talk about his Manito a produced feature length the last even As the rest of us Pray desperately for the writer and director of this warm family has a Tough task on his hands to get our its too the last a gentle drama about a Young boy growing up on a Western Manitoba is the Best movie Ever made in this hard part but its producers have had to rent the convention Centre Cinema to screen the film because no major distributor would take a Chance on the movie opened sunday and will close Johnston is discovering that the hard part about producing Canadian films int making its getting people to see there Are thousands of movie screens in this country and 98 per cent of them Are full of american says who goes by his Middle name Why the last Winter be up there Johnston shot his movie a year ago in Virden and his Hometown of Oak Lake with a largely unknown i feel very but not Johnston to get the it takes a belief and a commitment by distributors that English speaking canadians will come out to see a he says one distributor told him the film would be a huge hit if Jimmy Stewart had played the Piv Otal Grandfather a Canadian distributor noted the film also would do big Box office if Johnston had filmed it in French in i want to come through this with out becoming says John sounding More like Hes Mak ing a Promise to himself than anyone that statement More than any thing captures the drive of this film maker who has toiled for years to to direct a while Hollywood hotshots can rocket to the directors chair with one half baked screenplay under their the trip is considerably slower for local film Johnston has had the idea of directing films Johnston behind camera and inset runs into frustration with the last movies Paul Mckie since he got his first real Job pushing a camera around the floor at Cox to in Brandon Back in he always had very High expectations of what he wanted to says Johnstons i knew hed Force himself Hes always he has an incredible amount of agrees Ian director of photog Raphy on the last Winter and Al most everything else Johnston has done Over the past 10 he had the same Energy As on the first thing we that drive paid off quickly for within a few months at he was producing and direct ing a few months he landed a Plum Job at sky to in Winnipeg As a pro quit regular Job it was at sky that his interest in drama started to its also where Johnston met while on a tour of the she spotted him and asked someone to set them Johnston took a career leap of Faith at the beginning of the 80s when he threw away his secure Job and regular pay Cheque at sky and joined the not wealthy ranks of the freelance it was purely i knew it internally in a creative level that it was time to move on if i was going to move moving Forward sometimes meant spinning he had stints on other Peoples films As Art direct locations manager and then assistant he graduated to Short films of his own such As Snow Angels and All sales but he the Iii Toba Kmick of the 36th International mini festival the Winnipeg Art gallery Muriel Klc Hardson auditorium evening showings 7 pm and 9 pm 27april 8 matinees at 2 pm 1 30 april h admission throme thur silly children Friday through bund ii Law 00 i mors i Clit Lorfn Tumlir l Jdc Caile Silv Foster with if childrens Chanty the Arl scr Hook Lillico also had stretches of no work at but his work on the Manitoba Max film heartland and the mis Tress Madeleine episode which he wrote and directed of the National film boards fou part daughters of the country series provided him with the break he Hes very sincere about what he says daughters producer Norma she says his honest approach and personality made him attractive As a Susan feels her husbands real gift is being Able to write sincere portrayals of Kim has the uncanny ability to get right inside of the says when Kim was writing mistress she he became that just As he became the Young farm boy will in the last his greatest ability is he knows film is about intensity and offers Joe one of the last Winters Nib and he knows How to get those on the the last Winter is a Semia Tobio the Young must come to terms with leaving the family Johnston left the family presents fast remarks a ii v v of i i s ctn tin Tulliemet a annul Gulden be nudity Manitoba theatre Cen thu Shari Ulrich Roy Forbes Bill Henderson in concert March 29 tickets Valdy april 6 tickets Steven fearing in concert april 8 tickets tickets available at Mcnally Prairie sky homemade Charlt line West end cultural pm monday thru saturday on a Kos cards on Sale at a proceeds to to the Manitoba opera coming to the Royal Manitoba Winter fair Keystone Centre my March 26th 1990 Wendy an advanced dressage rider from and a Grey hanoverian gelding imported from Germany will entertain Royal visitors in Brandon with a musical freestyle Kur dressage to this is the first time there will be a musical freestyle dressage demonstration at the Royal Winter this demonstration was made pos sible and sponsored by car ill the demonstration will be part of the evening performances on March 27th and March 30th and will also be part of the matinee performances on wednesday and March 28th and 29th and March the Royal Manitoba Winter fair is one of the largest horse shows in Western Canada which attracts competitors from All across Canada and from the this is an exciting event for dressage in Manitoba and we Hope to see you Manitoba dressage association 1700 Ellice my farm when he was a his grand fathers name was his dads name his moms name a names used for those characters in the last in addition to their two and the John Stone have a Twoy Earold son distribution when i was writing it just sucked me recalls in still coming out of it it was a real it took me Back and i got to relive it the personal nature of his feature film directorial debut makes it even More frustrating for Johnston to have to rent a theatre to show his film to positive reviews in american Trade publications like variety and the Hollywood reporter Are but they Haven yet got the film a distribution Deal across film festival screenings in Palm Vancouver and this past weekends showing at the Laon International film festival in Paris Are a there has even been a to Sale to which will air the movie on a sunday evening next but More than anything Johnston wants canadians to see his movie in a theatre and compete against All those Star studded films that have our attention this i dont want to make a movie that no one Johnston Tulip Days 5 it inc Iii 01 dutch tulips Hill fridays saturdays Only Academy florists american Stehm dining i Cockull Marigold restaurants 8 locations 240 Kino Chinatown bus Henderson 487 Mary s 1o41 Mcphillips 2591 Portage 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grit and that texture and that we found lawyers going to work at 9 coming Home at when we went to new York we got the texture of the we got the we got the we got these people who lived the they never leave the so when there at work and when there at this is their entire in equal Justice is reasonably effective in combining these coastal but it Doest have As much Success when it comes to the characters that inhabit this somewhat de pressing Das the problem with this Large cast Outing is simply that the cast is too recognizable George Debrah Farentinos and Barry Miller Are the most recognizable faces in the which includes More than a dozen there Are some interesting types but the shows writers will face a big Challenge in establishing identities for the Central the two hour Pilot just Doest do the who plays irritating attorney Peter Briggs Brig Man in equal said it was also a struggle for the actors to come to terms with their i have to say that i really witnessed factors of burnout and real psychological Mal aise in a lot of Das lives that was really overwhelming to Deal he said of his time spent with real i my image of Law when i was Young was very romantic and was gleaned from the television you the Perry Mason Type of show and the Owen counsellor at Law Type of being there was actually very revelatory for be cause i got a sense of spiritual a great Deal of moral ambiguity about what they do every the inability to shake off the loopholes of the Law that they cant get around and the you to keep Home and work separate a great Deal of inspiring As an that was very As a it was while he Hopes the show can Cash in on the popularity Law has brought to the Legal drama co producer Thomas Carter Hopes to avoid the inevitable comparison be tween the two id say we Are the blood and guts of the he sex we Are not Glamor Law purposely we Are intentionally the Underbelly of the that what we intend to we in tend to show you what the practical functioning of Day today practice of Law is in an textured in

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