Kevin Nikkel – 2016 Churchill Artists’ Residency

Kevin Nikkel is a writer/producer/director based in Winnipeg, Canada, and is the artist-in-residence at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre February 17 to 29, 2016. His films have reached audiences internationally at festivals, on television, and on the web. His first feature documentary, On the Trail of the Far Fur Country, won the Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Vancouver’s DOXA Film Festival in 2015. Kevin is an active member of the Winnipeg Film Group and juggles his time between filmmaking, parenting, and teaching. He completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Manitoba and has a Master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

Residency Project

Kevin will be working on two documentary projects during his residency in Churchill. Voices of York Factory, named from the National Historic site on the shores of Hudson’s Bay, explores various stories and journeys that converge on the site of abandoned York Factory. Under a Cold War Sky is a documentary project exploring the Cold War through the intersection of memory, place, and point of view. Kevin will be exploring the Cold War connections of Churchill and Bird Manitoba (radar and rocket sites) as possible additions to the overall documentary.