Night Mayor

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Night Mayor
Directed by Guy Maddin
Produced by Joe MacDonald
Lindsay Hamel
Written by Guy Maddin
Starring Nihad Ademi
Mike Bell
Timna Ben Ari
Darcy Fehr
Audrey Neale
Brent Neale
Shalini Sharma
Music by Jason Staczek
Cinematography Benjamin Kasulke
Edited by John Gurdebeke
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • September 12, 2009 (2009-09-12)
Running time
14 minutes
Country Canada

Night Mayor is a 2009 short film by Guy Maddin, about a fictional inventor in Winnipeg who uses the Aurora Borealis to broadcast images of Canada from coast to coast in 1939, until the Canadian government shuts down his illegal project.

The National Film Board of Canada, which was founded in 1939, commissioned Maddin to create a film for its 70th anniversary. In making Night Mayor, Maddin was inspired by his experience researching the NFB's film archives for his 2007 film, My Winnipeg, stating:

“I lost myself for hours, days even, among those dreamy images, constantly finding shots and sequences I’d have been very proud to have created myself. So I had to content myself with including them in this new Film Board project, and hopefully magicking together a framework that was worthy of them.”[1]

The film's main character uses a fictional device called the "Telemelodium" to broadcast his images, which is based on the Telharmonium, an early electronic musical instrument.[2]

Night Mayor was produced by the NFB in Winnipeg and received the Best Experimental Short award at the 2010 South by Southwest festival.[3][4] It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.[2]


  1. ^ "About the film". Night Mayor website. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Morse, Erik (9 October 2009). "Guy Maddin and the Origins of Muzak". Interview. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Kaplan, Ben (14 April 2010). "NFB website now streaming full-length Guy Maddin film for free". National Post. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Night Mayor". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 

External links

  • Behind the scenes of Guy Maddin’s melodramatic short Night Mayor, NFB Blog
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