David Rimmer wins Governor General's award

By Brittany Duggan

Experimental filmmaker David Rimmer is among the recipients of the 2011 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Rimmer is notable for his collaborations with dance artist and fellow filmmaker Yvonne Rainer in the 1970s and with Canadians Paula Ross and Karen Jamieson in the 1980s. Among his dance films are Ross’ Coming Together and Jamieson’s Sisyphus. Based in Vancouver, Rimmer is internationally acclaimed for his contemplative films and is described by the Canada Council as being “one of the finest technicians of Canada’s avant-garde film movement”. He, along with the other recipients of this year’s Governor General’s Awards, will receive a $25,000 prize and a special issue medallion designed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at the Chancellery of Honours and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The medallion will be unveiled on March 23rd during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The complete list of artists can be found on the Canada Council for Arts website: www.canadacouncil.ca

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