Argyle Alternative High School Presents
WHO WE ARE
We are Argyle students with a passion for movies
Argyle Alternative High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Students at Argyle Alternative High School have been making movies as early as the 1970's. From the mid 1990's until the present over 40 short films and several feature films have been produced. In 2003 with the hiring of additional staff and the involvement of the professional film community Argyle Sox has been creating award winning films. Argyle students are creative, innovative and develop great working relationships with strong skills in the film making process.
Argyle Alternative High School is located at 30 Argyle Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For Argyle's email & contact information please click on "Connect" at the top of this screen.
AWARD WINNING PRODUCTIONS
Argyle students create movies that entertain and challenge people to think differently.
13 Years of Award Winning Movies
Argyle Alternative students have a unique voice that is being heard in numerous film festivals in Canada and beyond.
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Argyle Alternative High School students have been creating films of excellence for over 13 years. Argyle student films have won awards in film festivals from Saint Johns, New Brunswick, to San Francisco to Cowichan, B.C., and have been played in festivals as far away as Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to numerous film festival awards, Argyle Sox Productions received the 2011 Manitoba Premier's award for "School Board Innovation."
Miranda, a confused fifteen year-old who is at odds with her controlling foster mother, decides to run away. She hides out at Stephanie’s, her older cousin, with the hopes of eventually finding her way back to the Rez. Stephanie, a single mom of three children, has addiction issues and disappears, leaving Miranda alone with the children. Miranda assumes the responsibility of caring for the children, but she has few resources to deal with the situation. Things starts to spiral and Miranda is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to call Child and Family Services…the agency from whom she is running.
Miranda's Story is an Argyle Sox Production that was produced in 2015. It played at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival in the fall of 2015. Miranda's Story was written by Argyle students out of their own experiences of living with abusive parents and foster parents and issues involving alcohol and drug addiction. Many of our students at a young age have assumed care of other family member's children which is the basis for the central events of Miranda's Story.
"Blood Memory" is an Argyle Sox Production that was completed in the 2012-2013 school year. It has won numerous awards and it was licensed by APTN and broadcast on national TV in 2014.
In psychology, a genetic memory or “blood memory” is a memory present at birth that exists in the absence of sensory experience, and is incorporated into the genome over long spans of time. This concept was incorporated in Argyle’s newest film.
The Argyle student film “Blood Memory” won Best Student Film and Best Short Film at the 2012 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (WAFF). The film showed twice at WAFF in November to near capacity audiences. It also won 3 Youth FX Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress at the 2013 Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival in B.C. In addition, it played at the 2013 Freeze Frame International Film Festival as part of the main festival.
Aboriginal novelist Dave Robertson (7th Generation series) facilitated several preparatory writing workshops in April 2012. The students then completed the script in May. Students involved in cinematography and directing received camera and jib workshops with professional cinematographer Tyler Funk during May to prepare for shooting. The film was shot in June 2012 and a final edit completed at the end of 2012. Oscar winning musician singer songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie was gracious enough to visit our school and give students a workshop on creating musical themes for films. They then worked with musician Jesse Green on composing and recording the musical score. Audience reaction has been extremely positive.
"Blood Memory" is available in both DVD and Blu-Ray format.
Of Mice and Men
"Of Mice and Men" won numerous awards including American Indian Film Institute's Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in San Francisco in 2010. It was also shown in film festivals in Germany as well as Minneapolis, the National Autry Center in Los Angeles and other venues.
"Of Mice and Men" is a feature length film (74 min)
Argyle Sox Productions created a modern adaptation of John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN in 2008 as our major project for the year. The film is a modernized version of this famous novel, set in downtown Winnipeg, and with an aboriginal backdrop. The movie premiered at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Fest in Nov. 2008. It then played to rave reviews at the Freeze Frame International Film Festival in Winnipeg in November of 2009. On May 21st, 2009 it was screened at Winnipeg’s IMAX Theatre. The Manitoba Minister of Education, the Honourable Peter Bjornson, gave a speech prior to one of the screenings. Argyle created the screenings as a fundraiser for the Main Street Project, a detox, rehab facility in downtown Winnipeg. It has also played at the Palace of Fine Art during the American Indian Film Festival in November of 2010, where Argyle students John Cook and Stanley Wood won the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards. It was also nominated for the Best Director award for Argyle student Kyle Hudlin-Whelan. It also played in 2011 in Winnipeg Cinematheque, at the summer film fest in Minneapolis MN, at the National Autry Center in L.A., as well as in Stuttgart, Germany.
A heart breaking story about one girl's experience in foster care.
Best Youth Talent, 2011 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.
Sanuye's Story was part of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival's "Our Stories, Our Identities" series in 2011. It won Best Youth Talent at the festival. It tells the story of a girl who was put into foster care at a young age. It is a well told story with heart and soul.
P.J.'s sister has gone missing and his relationship with his mother is breaking up. His former friends think he has tricked them out of money. He spends his days looking for Anne and trying to bail his mom out of debt
P.J.'s sister has gone missing and his relationship with his mother is breaking up. His former friends think he has tricked them out of money. He spends his days looking for Anne and trying to bail his mom out of debt.
Home, Again is a story that deals the heart breaking issue of aboriginal girls gone missing. It was produced by Argyle Sox in 2009. Hollywood actor Gary Farmer (lead actor in Dead Man, The Score) mentored Argyle students in their roles for this production for five very full days in the fall of 2009. The film played at the Aboriginal Film Festival 2009.
BLOOD MEMORY TRAILER
The Argyle student film “Blood Memory” won Best Student Film and Best Short Film at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. It showed twice at the festival to capacity audiences. The film also played at the American Indian Film Festival in San Fransico in November. The student director and lead actress gave speeches and answered questions at the event. Additionally it has also won the Cowichan Aboriginal Film Fest Best Youth Film, Best Director & Best Actor. Click below to view the trailer or go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3tudz...
OF MICE AND MEN
Of Mice & Men won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the American Indian Film Festival 2010 in San Francisco.
Argyle Sox Productions created a modern adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “OF MICE AND MEN” in 2008 & 2009 as our major project for the year. The production was created with the permission of the Steinbeck estate. The film is a modernized version of this famous novel, set in downtown Winnipeg, and with an aboriginal backdrop. The movie premiered at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Fest in Nov. 2008. It was then screened to rave reviews at the Freeze Frame International Film Festival in Winnipeg in November of 2009. On May 21st, 2009 it was screened at Winnipeg’s IMAX Theatre. The Manitoba Minister of Education, the Honourable Peter Bjornson, gave a speech prior to one of the screenings. Argyle arranged the IMAX screenings as a fundraiser for the Main Street Project. It has also played at the Palace of Fine Art in San Francisco during the American Indian Film Festival in November of 2010 where Argyle students John Cook and Stanley Wood won the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards. It was also nominated for the best director award for Argyle student Kyle Hudlin-Whelan. It played in 2011 in the Winnipeg Cinematheque theatre, at a film festival in Minneapolis MN as well as Stuttgart, Germany.
"Of Mice & Men" feature film (74 min.)
Argyle's production of "Of Mice & Men" is used in numerous classrooms throughout North America to study the play. A guide has been created for the purpose of using the movie in the classroom. Click on the link below for a downloadable pdf version of the Study Guide.
John Cook as Lennie, and Stanley Wood as George.
Argyle Alternative High School (942-4326) is a small, inviting community of learners from all across Winnipeg, MB who attend our downtown campus for a creative education. Approximately half of our students are in the Mature Student Diploma program focused on an accelerated grade 12 graduation. We are located at 30 Argyle street, at the foot of the Disraeli Bridge. Please check out the school calendar below. Click to visit our school division created website. Click Connect for Argyle contact info.
Oscar winning musician Buffy St. Marie delivers a workshop at Argyle.