Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Separate Reality: Norval Morrisseau

This 2005 documentary film was written, directed, edited, and produced by Paul Carvalho. The Montreal-based filmmaker had unprecedented access to Norval Morrisseau’s adoptive son, Gabe Vadas, to his biological son, David Morrisseau, and to the artist himself in the last years of his life. Carvalho delved into Morrisseau's controversial life: his sexual abuse at a Catholic boarding school, his past cocaine use and his involvement with Toronto Mafia boss, Albert Volpe. Carvalho interviewed Esther and Joseph Weinstein, early patrons who first discovered Morrisseau's "natural-born" talent and later presented a Morrisseau drawing to Picasso. The film was screened at the AGO in Jan 2005, attended by both Vadas and Carvalho, before it aired on CBC-TV's Life and Times in Feb 2005. Paul Carvalho has graciously permitted KRG to screen the film now and in the future.
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