That Mennonite Joke
A funny, unexpected and insightful documentary exploring humour in Mennonite culture! Comedian Matt Falk digs down into his Mennonite past to discover his heritage is/embraces hilarity and must include more into his comedy act.
About the Film
What is a Mennonite? A stiff, humorless, efficient farmer who prefers to live without electricity. At least that's the stereotype. But Mennonites are also funny. No seriously, like really funny. Spread out across the country is a surprisingly large group of Mennonites, who specialize and capitalize on humor and who don't ride horse and buggy.
Matt Falk is a comedian from Niverville Manitoba... yeah it's close to Winnipeg. With his first live TV comedy special approaching, Matt wonders if his Mennonite culture is funny enough to include more into his act - and to do that, he must reconnect with his past on a comedic walkabout through his heritage.
This journey will lead us through encountering other Mennonite entertainers like 3MolPlaut (A comedic Mennonite Trio with 4 albums, sung entirely in Low-German), Corny Rempel (Menno radio host by day, world class Elvis tribute artist by night). He'll talk to authors like Nathan Dueck, Armin Wiebe (Award-winning Author of The Salvation of Yasch Siemens), and Miriam Toews (Governor General Award recipient and multi-award winner) who have explored this unique humor in their books. We'll meet his mentor and humor anthropologist, Leland Klassen and many other Mennonite humorists.
Beneath the droll flatlands of the Manitoba prairies lies a treasure trove of humor and culture, and Matt will uncover it. In doing so, can he finally bridge the gap between Mennos and Non-Mennos? Join Matt in this docu-comedy as he attempts to unlock the secret world of Mennonite humor.
Orlando braun - Writer/Director
This is Orlando's directorial debut. That's right - his first documentary as a director! As a producer, he's an award winning filmmaker of short films [drama and documentary] that have screened at numerous festivals and garnered accolades. He has also worked on award-winning TV documentaries, feature films and TV series in various capacities from Production Assistant to Business Affairs and Production Management. Orlando received his Bachelor of Arts in Film at the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Fine Arts in Producing from the New York Film Academy in Universal Studios, California. Orlando is serious about making movies and serious about having fun making them!
jorge Requena ramos - producer
This is Jorge's debut as a producer! As a director, his last film Graffiti Stories won the award of excellence at the Canada International Film Festival and continues being accepted into film festivals internationally along with many of his other short films - he has directed 16 short films and over a dozen music videos! Jorge has also worked on the biggest Hollywood productions to the smallest indie films over the past 10 years in various capacities including Assistant Directing, and in 2008 directed his first feature documentary Frostbite for broadcast television. Originally from Mexico, Jorge now makes Winnipeg his home where his creativity has found terrific inspiration!
Charles Venzon - Director of Photography
Born in Winnipeg, Charles is a first generation Filipino that grew up in the North End. He is a Canadian artist based in Winnipeg. He got his first break into the film industry working with Noam Gonnick on Stryker acting as a type cast Asian gangster. He continued to work in the film industry for another 8 years in the camera department. He apprenticed with Roger Deakins on The Assassination of Jesse James, he was a camera operator on Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg and he was chosen to be the 2nd unit cinematographer for Paula Kelly on her feature film Euphoria.
More recently, he has shown a few photographs from his family portrait series called Things Fell Apart at Maison Des Artistes (2014) and a few short films he has directed and produced at the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (2014). He was the cinematographer for Heidi Phillips on her film Old West Lodge which recently won for Best Prairie Film at WNDX 2015.
Matt Falk - Host
Matt Falk was called “Effortlessly Funny” by the CBC. He’s performed at Just For Laughs and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. His album; Apple Pie & Scars reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts. It is currently being played on Sirius XM Canada/USA and was named one of the Top Ten Comedy Albums the year of its release. He’s worked with the likes of Brent Butt, Ron James, Gerry Dee and many more. Matt is one of the writers and stars of RocKids TV and the writer of the record breaking Celebrations/Jubilations Dinner Theatre show; ‘The Big BOOM Theory’ and ‘It’s Elementary Sherlock’. His clean stand-up comedy act has gained him many accolades including placing 2nd in The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas.
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