Deco Dawson’s KEEP A MODEST HEAD Awarded Best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival
Posted by barkha on September 16, 2012 | No Comments
Toronto, ON (September, 16, 2012) — The 37th Toronto International Film Festival presents Winnipeg filmmaker Deco Dawson’s Keep A Modest Head (Ne crâne pas sois modeste)the award for Best Canadian Short Film at the InterContinental Hotel today. This is Dawson’s second award from the festival as his short FILM(dzama) received the same prestigious prize in 2001.
“Receiving this award means so much to me. Of all my films, Keep a Modest Head took the longest to complete and was the most complicated in every way. I’m truly honored, and this recognition is a testament to the grit and determination in getting this film done as I envisioned it so many years ago,” said Dawson adding, “I am especially thankful for TIFF’s support of short film, and I congratulate all of the filmmakers in the Short Cuts programme.”
This year’s Canadian Short Cuts programme was selected from nearly 700 submissions of which 44 films were ultimately chosen, all considered extremely accomplished and diverse. A jury, consisting of journalist and author Matthew Hays, journalist Katrina Onstad and filmmaker Reginald Harkema, selected Dawson’s film as the most deserving of the award. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.
Keep A Modest Head, is equal parts narrative, documentary and experimental film about 88-year-old Jean Benoît, the last French Surrealist. Jean Benoît’s idiosyncratic personality and highly sexual formative years take centre in the film as Dawson crafts a highly imaginative and surreal universe around audio recorded interviews done with the artist. Using a mixture of miniatures, visual effects, archival footage and a comprehensive palette of visual styles, Dawson uses a surrealist aesthetic to honor the life and mind of the last great surrealist. The 19 minute film took Deco Dawson eight years to complete.
Dawson is the winner of the Best Short Film Award from the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and the Best Technical Innovation Award at the 2002 Ann Arbor Film Festival for his short FILM(dzama). His select film credits include FILM(Dzama) (01), The Fever of the Western Nile (03) Dumb Angel (05), The Last Moment (07) Help I’m Alive (09), Sluice Box and a Rocker (10), Sins of a Father (11) and Keep a Modest Head (12).
As well as two new shorts in the pipeline, Dawson is currently working on a full-length documentary on sustainable architecture and is in the process of writing a new feature film script.