Fields of Snow: A portrait of Michael Snow

Still from the film Fields of Snow, featuring artist Michael Snow standing in a green field beside the ocean.

Film still from Fields of Snow: A portrait of the artist and musician Michael Snow,  2023, dir. Laurie Kwasnik

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Fields of Snow: A portrait of Michael Snow

Friday, January 12, 2024, 7 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join us for a screening of Fields of Snow: The Formative Years which looks back on the artist Michael Snow's early jazz days before Walking Woman and Wavelength. As he reflects on his early years he meets up with musical collaborators from as far back as 1948. “Jazz was the most important thing that happened to me in high school. Jazz and art.” Looking back, his inspiring creative force, wit and intellect were always present, all leading to his groundbreaking works to come. Historic recordings are combined with new interviews with friends and colleagues over a lifetime.  

The film interweaves Snow's past with his present international travels as we follow the great Michael Snow into his 90’s continuing to travel for musical performances and for retrospectives celebrating his unique contributions to art history and music – acknowledgment for the on-going impact he has had on today’s cultural landscape.  

Laurie Kwasnik is a Canadian experimental and documentary filmmaker. She has produced over 15 short documentaries on artists and musicians alongside creating her own works. Her recent films feature emerging and senior artists in the international creative and free-improvisation music community, and have been screened nationally and internationally, including the Rotterdam International Film Festival; Palau de la Verreina, Barcelona; the Winnipeg New Music Festival; Art Gallery of Ontario; New York Armory Show; TIFF Cinematheque, and FIFA  (International Festival of Films on Art), Montreal. She has served on the Board of  Arraymusic since 2018 and is the recipient of a Canada Council grant for her documentary on the work of Michael Snow. 

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