Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Director Clive Holden uses various film gauges, a combination of digital formats, tortured cello strings, and natural sounds to craft a feature-length film cycle that poetically straddles the borders between visual art, literature, music, and cinema. Connected though the overarching metaphor of an extended railway journey, Trains of Winnipeg also bridges the gap between the analogue and digital ages in which similar outward appearances betray a sizable shift in technology. The Trains of Winnipeg is the result of a four-year art project that has also produced a book, an audio CD, and a website designed to explore the spaces between a variety of different artistic sub-cultures. A hybrid of multiple styles, materials, and artistic intentions, Holden's film attempts to transport viewers though a unique 21st Century landscape by presenting them with a wide array of contrasting visions that truly could not have existed together at any other point in time.