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selected press

Some nice things people have said about me and some awards I've won.

 

"The young filmmaker hasn’t taken much downtime."
-Alana Trachenko, for The Metro

 

Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Contest Winner
Gimli Film Fest

Jury prize awarded to The Debut

Best Music Video
U of W Film Fest

Jury prize awarded to Always the Same

Winnipeg's Favourite Filmmaker
The Uniter
Public vote, moderated by The Uniter

 

"The episodes we've brought [Solmund] on for are the two most intricate and complicated, and the biggest storyline wise."
-Josh Hood, for Shaw TV

"MacPherson only began making films professionally in 2015, but the young artist has clearly made a name for themself."
-Thomas Pashko, for The Uniter

 

"There's a wide array of talent here, but I have to single out a few... The presence and comic timing of Solmund MacPherson"
-Bradley Sawatzky, for CBC News

 

news

I'll be updating this semi-regularly when there's something of note to say. 

 

consensual violence

 

I learned a lot about people's relationships to violence when making People Fighting, a big revelation being that folks want to be hit more than they want to hit. I didn't realize until after I witnessed this that I went in thinking "If I can get a black eye, I'll be happy", I didn't care about the damage I wanted to cause, just what I wanted to receive.

One contender didn't quite get the fight he wanted. Dylan had a simple request, to be punched in the head. I felt bad. I had asked him to volunteer his time, his likeness, and his dignity, but I failed to put him in the danger he wanted, so a few nights later I offered to hit him in the face to make up for it.

We went to his duplex's shared basement with a small audience of roommates and geared up to trade some blows. Even though I had no problem swinging to my heart's content with my opponent in People Fighting, I couldn't bring myself to throw a fist at Dylan. We stopped, this isn't working, and I asked him to hit me first, so I felt justified in a blow.

He swung once and I was too damaged to return the favour, so Dylan's dream is yet unfulfilled.

 
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Solmund MacPherson