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Newfoundlanders nominated for Canada Screen Awards

Artist Christopher Pratt is shown on the set of “Immaculate Memories: The Uncluttered Words of Christopher Pratt. Photo courtesy of Kenneth J. Harvey
Artist Christopher Pratt is shown on the set of “Immaculate Memories: The Uncluttered Words of Christopher Pratt. Photo courtesy of Kenneth J. Harvey - Contributed

A renowned local artist and his works are the focus of a film that’s in the running for a national award.

“Immaculate Memories: The Uncluttered Worlds of Christopher Pratt” has been nominated in the best documentary feature film category at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.

The film features Pratt and Newfoundland filmmaker Kenneth J. Harvey embarking on a seven-day road trip across the province in search of the places where Pratt's iconic paintings were conceived.

The 83-year-old artist from St. John’s — who designed the provincial flag of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1980 — is one of the most successful and respected artists in Canada. His work has been displayed and has received high acclaim around the world.

The film has been described as an honest, funny, eloquent, bizarre and sometimes unsettling account of Pratt's life and art.

It was previously nominated for best Canadian documentary at RIFFA 2019 and won

best original score at the 2019 Nickel Film Festival.

Some of the other artists from this province who received nominations include Mary Walsh (best leading actress in a TV drama program, “A Christmas Fury”; best supporting actress in TV, “Little Dog”) Michael Rowe (best actor in a leading film role “Crown and Anchor); Jordan Canning (best director in a TV variety or sketch comedy, “Baroness von Sketch Show — Is that you Karen?”), Alan Hawco (lead actor in a TV drama or limited series, best writing, drama program or limited series for “Caught”), Shawn Doyle (best guest performance in a TV drama series for “Random – The Fawn”) and Jonny Harris (best TV writing, factual, “Still Standing - Carcross”).

“You Are Here,” a documentary featuring Gander’s response to receiving 38 airplanes after the 9-11 terror attacks, is nominated in two categories — best documentary program and the Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research.

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