Guy Maddin to turn seances for lost silent films into a feature

The partnership with the NFB and Phi Films will include an installation based on a 2012 live streaming of paranormal visits in Paris (Maddin pictured).
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First Guy Maddin live streamed séances from the Centre George Pompidou in Paris in 2012.

Now the Winnipeg filmmaker is looking to bring his search for the ghosts of silent cinema to the big screen, in partnership with the Phi Centre and the National Film Board of Canada.

The Seances project will culminate with an installation for the NFB, and a feature co-produced by Phi Films and the NFB.

Maddin will shoot 12 films in 13 days from July 4, using local actors in trances as they use the paranormal to revive lost silent films before a live audience.

The challenge is making a new film, rather than search dusty archives for silent films lost to time.

Seances is a Buffalo Gal Pictures and Phi Films production, in co-production with the NFB.

Maddin will direct, with Evan Johnson co-directing.

Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso, Phyllis Laing and David Christensen share the producer credits.

The project has financing from Telefilm Canada and Manitoba Film & Music.