Noam Gonick


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Working in scripted long-form narrative, documentary film/television and contemporary art/new media, Noam Gonick has made iconoclastic connections with his work, from queer Olympic athletes meeting Russian activists to Utopian hippie cults, Aboriginal street gangs, labour uprisings, stockbroker meltdowns, and semaphore in prison.

Gonick’s work has premiered at TIFF, Venice, Berlin, and Sundance is in the collection of MoMA, the National Gallery of Canada, the UBC Belkin Gallery and available to stream worldwide on Netflix. Feature documentaries include GLAAD-nominated 'To Russia with Love' about the Sochi winter games narrated by Jane Lynch and Hot Docs award-winning 'Waiting for Twilight' about Guy Maddin narrated by Tom Waits. Short films include '1919' re-visioning the Winnipeg General Strike and the edited in-camera 'Island of Hermaphrodites' shot on Super8. His feature-length films 'Hey, Happy!' and 'Stryker' have been distributed theatrically in multiple territories. Gonick created the shopping mall makeup kiosk comedy 'Retail' for Showcase Television, where he also worked on the reality series 'Kink'. He directed the opening episode of 2016’s ‘Taken’ for CBC/APTN about #MMIW.

Art works include the sculptural/performative film installation 'Wildflowers of Manitoba' (with Luis Jacob), 'Precious Blood', 'Commerce Court' (Nuit Blanche Toronto), the JumboTron water boarding work 'No Safe Words', and repeat collaborations with Anishinabe artist Rebecca Belmore. Published work includes an interview with Jeff Wall for Bad Day and the book 'Bruce LaBruce: Ride, Queer, Ride!' Gonick curated the group show ‘Winter Kept Us Warm’ for Paris’ la Maison Rouge. He lectured on his hybrid work at London’s Serpentine Gallery.

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