Annette Mangaard



INTO THE NIGHT DigiBeta, 2006, 70 minutes
Produced by Silva Basmajian National Film Board
Read NFB Profile of the Work and the artist

Set in the lurid perpetual neon burn of the nighttime city, with its 24 hour stores and restaurants, INTO THE NIGHT explores sleeplessness and its discontents. Filmmaker Annette Mangaard, herself a lifelong insomniac has crafted a searching revelatory film a sleep noir journey tracing one night of her own endless exhaustion – and everybody else’s.

Mangaard desperate for some rest, submits herself to a sleep clinic. She talks with wonderfully lucid, hollow-eyed fellow travelers about their varying worlds of sleep deprivation. She muses on sleeplessness in history, sometimes employing witty passages of animation to assists in her speculations (Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill were all famous insomniacs), and searches through the past for keys to sleeplessness in the present.

“An unforgettable guide to the netherworld of shadows and exhaustion, INTO THE NIGHT is a cinematic sojourn into the realm of the insomniac – the tracking of a vivid mind moving through the artificial day of night, searching for rest.”
Gary Michael Dault

“a poetic affecting look at insomnia…beautifully shot by ace cinematographer Peter Mettler”
Slomo Schwartzberg, POV

THE MANY FACES OF ARNAUD MAGGS DigiBeta, 2002, 50 minutes

The Many Faces of Arnaud Maggs follows this renowned Canadian  artist/photographer through several phases of his life. Maggs has gone from being a successful commercial artist, through a stint as a fashion photographer shooting the likes of Conrad Black, Karen Kain, Leonard Cohen, Moses Znaimer, Cristo and Michael Snow.  He later became an established fine artist and photographed many of the Canadian art worlds most notable members including Irving Layton, Peggy Gale, Tim Jocelyn, Andy Fabo, and Colin Campbell.

Within the film Arnaud reveals thoughts about his working process and along the way tells anecdotes about doing the cover for the famous Charles Mingus  JAZZ AT MASSEY HALL 10″ L.P in 1953.  He goes on to recount a highly amusing story about going to Dusseldorf to photograph the late Joseph Beuys, one of the leading names in contemporary art.  We follow Maggs through the flea markets of Paris as he searches for inspirational material. Strolling the streets of Paris, Maggs talks about Atget and points out “HOTEL” signs that provided the fodder for his well-known series of that name.  At a rainy day visit to Pére les Chais cemetary Maggs reflects on his childhood, becoming an artist and his own mortality. Enigmatic, wry, endearingly reserved and always charming Maggs provides a fascinating look into the life of an artist.

“…the film reveals Magg’s thoughts, processes and charm with a lively pace that feels like a brisk walk in the French countryside.” “…Mangaard’s film relentlessly explores the why behind his work.”
Thomas Hirschmann, Critic’s Pick, Now Magazine.

John Doyle, The Critical List, Globe & Mail Television

GENERAL IDEA: Art, AIDS and the fin de siècle DigiBeta, 2008, 48 minutes

General Idea: Art, AIDS and the fin de siècle is an hour long documentary about the internationally acclaimed Canadian artists collective called GENERAL IDEA. They produced art that targeted and mimicked the media, consumerism and celebrity, and revolutionized a new spirit of art-making.

1969, Toronto is the meeting place for a trio of young artists who change their names and adopt new personas to become Jorge Zontal, AA Bronson and Felix Partz. They are gay, they are irreverent, and through “The Miss General Idea Pageant” they ‘investigate’ the nature of glamour and celebrity.

In Europe, in the seventies GENERAL IDEA become celebrities, treated like rock stars and exhibited in major museums in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris.

Into the 1980’s and the first cases of AIDS. GENERAL IDEA responds by, in an unforgettable coup appropriating the well-known “LOVE” painting by Robert Indiana and replacing the letters with AIDS, for the now world-famous logo. By 1989, the “AIDS” piece has infiltrated New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam.

Then, in 1994 the trio is devastated by the loss of first Jorge, then Felix from the AIDS virus. AA Bronson is left alive and HIV negative. Seen through the eyes of AA Bronson, the film is a poignant tale of love, fame, overwhelming loss and ultimately of renewal.

CRITIC’s PICKS, Susan Cole, Now Magazine

“Best of Canadian TV”  “…a wonderful, rich and textured look at the trio of young Canadian artist’s….Annette Mangaard’s documentary is a superb celebration of the genius of General Idea.”

John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

“Annette Mangaard’s film is a subtle yet profound film. She humanizes the three artists…”
Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Showbiz


A film that reveals the artistic process that two women artists experience on their journeys through the making of large sculptural installation works. Judith Schwarz pounds steel and wood into delicate forms. Spring Hurlbut sculpts large plaster columns with her bare hands. Beautifully shot, the film explores the raison d’etre for decisions made and the sources of inspiration behind the artwork. Watching these two women construct large artworks using steel, wood and their bare hands is uniquely inspirational.

“Mangaard’s flawless cinematic interpretation glides with their progress: …From inspiration to realization… an excellent presentation of the drive to produce.”

Karen Walton, The Edmonton Bullet

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