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Posted: Mar 18, 2011 WFG HONOURS LARRY DESROCHERS
Source: Winnipeg Film Group
The Winnipeg Film Group's Annual Fundraising Gala
HONOURING LARRY DESROCHERS
This year, the Winnipeg Film Group will honour Larrry Desrochers and his contribution to Winnipeg filmmaking and the arts in general.
Currently the General Director and CEO of Manitoba Opera, Desrochers served as Executive Director of the Winnipeg Film Group in the late 1990's to early 2000's, taking the organization into a new level of stability and professionalism.
Tickets are $55 (with a $40 tax receipt). Sponsorships are also available. All funds raised through this event will support the ongoing operation of the Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque.
Saturday, April 16 @ 7:30 PM
at the Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque
100 Arthur Street - Main Floor
followed by a post screening reception
ABOUT LARRY DESROCHERS
Born and raised in Baldur, Manitoba, Larry Desrochers begins his eleventh season as General Director and CEO of Manitoba Opera. In 1984, he began his career in the arts at the Manitoba Theatre Centre where he founded the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in 1988. He also served as the Associate Artistic Director of MTC from 1988-1992 where he directed numerous plays including the premiere of Transit of Venus at MTC. His 2008 production of Rick Chafe’s Shakespeare’s Dog for MTC and the NAC was nominated for a Circle Critics Award for best production and Desrochers was nominated as best director. He also served as Marketing/Development Associate of PTE and the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Film Group.
Among Desrocher’s achievements at the Winnipeg Film Group, were strengthened governance and administrative practices, five balanced budgets, new educational programs and equipment upgrades, including a super 16mm camera. The legacy of the strengthened capacity he built into the Winnipeg Film Group remains visible within the organization to this day, as the largest media arts centre in Manitoba.
In 1999, Desrochers produced and directed the Opening Ceremonies of then Pan American Games, prior to joining Manitoba Opera in 2000. For MO, he has directed The Magic Flute, and MO/Opera Lyra Ottawa production of Othello, as well as commissioning and directing the premiere of Transit of Venus. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg where is a Distinguished Alumni. He was recently recognized by Opera America for "ten years of dynamic leadership," and will begin a three-year term as Chair of Opera.ca, the national association of Canadian opera companies.
ABOUT THE WINNIPEG FILM GROUP
The Winnipeg Film Group was founded in 1974 and is a charitable, artist-run organization dedicated to promoting the art of cinema.
We have served as a resource for Manitoba filmmakers and video artists for 37 years, providing access to affordable training, mentorship, production funding, experimentation opportunities, production and post production equipment and facilities, and local, national and international programming and distribution.
The Winnnipeg Film Group has operated the Cinematheque for over 28 years. Cinematheque is an intimate movie theatre devoted to screening the very best in Canadian and world cinema. More than just screening films, we also provide artist talks, panel discussions and special events to feed the minds of cinema fans.