Solomon Nagler was presented with a lifetime honourary membership from the WFG on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at WNDX‘s One Take Super 8 Event. 


Solomon Nagler’s films have played across Canada, in the USA, Europe and Asia and has been featured in retrospectives at the Winnipeg Cinematheque in 2004, at Excentris in Montreal in 2007, the Festival des cinémas différents in Paris in 2005 and 2007, and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and?the Canadian Film Institute in 2009. He is currently an Associate Professor of Film at NSCAD.

Sol was one of the most prolific filmmakers to emerge from the WFG in the first years of the 21st?century. During this time, he introduced Winnipeg filmmakers to the joys, and pains, of making handcrafted film by shooting and hand-processing small gauge film formats, and therefore guiding a new revolution of experimental filmmakers into the new century.

Outspoken, relentlessly pushing forward and never satisfied, Sol has always been generous with his time and knowledge, encouraging of his students and has inspired many filmmakers in Winnipeg and now Halifax.

The Winnipeg Film Group appoints Solomon Nagler as a Lifetime Honourary Member in recognition of his contribution to the development of the WFG and his role in fostering a DIY filmmaking community.


“Although Sol’s style and sensibilities were very different than mine, he encouraged me to explore filmmaking in my own personal way. He literally created the Winnipeg experimental filmmaking community by providing the DIY tools, an appreciation for rule breaking and some encouraging words.” – Mike Maryniuk, Filmmaker

“Solomon Nagler’s film work twists and turns through the uncanny topological spaces between abstraction and representation, negation and affirmation, place and placelessness. Allegorical by design, Nagler’s vision is composed of fragments of recognizable reality commingled with the raw matter of hallucination and nascent form. In Nagler’s work, vision is both a phenomenological and historical entity; a damaged engagement with time, space, and the archaeologies of memory and film. Stories of migration and refuge take suggestive shape, often against and within the vast expanses of the Canadian prairies. In Nagler’s cinema, ethical engagement has to be equal to the task of the precariousness of life in transition. Home is temporary; home is a refuge.” – Scott Birdwise, Programmer, Canadian Film Institute

“?working on the borders of narration and abstraction, Nagler’s films invite us to explore the inner-selves of the characters he presents. Landscapes and symbols are continually mixed up, raising questions of identity and internal memories. It seems as though, removed from the smooth surfaces of beings, we can touch their true selves?” – Sarah Darmon, Collectif Jeune Cinema Paris

“Directly from the Winnipeg Film Group, Solomon Nagler’s triptych shows, in its dark and fascinating photography, how cinema can descend from pain, from the unspeakable ? and be utterly, blackly resplendent. His elegies go deep into the Hebraic taboo of representation, and deliver us some of the most intimate and poetic images of our times.” – Gabriela Trujillo, PHD Candidate, L’Université Paris Panthéon Sorbonne

“Nagler’s films run the gamut from inscrutable images to highly stylized narratives, mixing documentary and fantasy elements. Even if you can’t piece together what’s going on, the films have a dramatic, unsettling resonance – they stick with you in ways that mainstream films can’t.”– Peter Hemminger, Fast Forward, Calgary Alberta

For more information please contact Monica Lowe, Distribution Director:
monica@winnipegfilmgroup.com | 204-925-3456 ext. 103