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Walz, Eugene P.
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- Walz, Gene
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Eugene (Gene) P. Walz was a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies Programme at the University of Manitoba. He was born on October 17, 1942 and graduated from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York in 1964. In 1966, he completed an M.A. at Indiana University and, in 1975, a Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts.
He started his teaching career at Frostburg (Maryland) State College in 1966 and became a part-time lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Massachusetts in 1970. Gene Walz moved to Winnipeg in 1974, and became Head of the Film Studies Programme at the University of Manitoba. At the University of Manitoba, he also held the posts of Associate Head, Department of English (1983-1985), and Provost, University College (1997-2004).
Gene Walz is a writer, editor, consultant, filmmaker and a member of many professional societies and community advisory boards in the film industry. He was a member and president (1993-1995) of the Film Studies Association of Canada (1977-1995); a member of the Manitoba Motion Picture Industry Association (1987-1993; the Winnipeg Film Group (1982-1987); and Film Training Manitoba (1998-present?), plus many others.
Gene Walz is an author of many books and essays on film history and filmmakers. He published a book about a famous Manitoba Icelandic animator Charles Thorson, “Cartoon Charlie: the life and art of Charles Thorson” (1998), and edited two books on film history: “Flashback: people and institutions in Canada Film Industry" (1986), and “One Man’s documentary: a memoir about National Film Board” by G. McInnes (2004). As an authority on the Canadian film industry, Gene Walz also published many essays including, “Canadian and Manitoba films and filmmakers” and "Canada’s best features: critical essays”.
The famous French director, Francois Truffaut had always fascinated Gene Walz, who closely followed his artistic career over the years. His interest in Truffaut resulted in the publication of a reference book titled, “Francois Truffaut: a guide to reference” (1982).
As a writer and filmmaker, Walz never wanted to be viewed as just a critic of others in the film profession, but to actively engage in producing his own films. Writing the script for and directing “The Washing Machine”, a half-hour comedy-drama (story written by David Arnason), was a way to create his own work and experience the satisfaction of seeing his production from start to finish.
When the University of Manitoba School of Music staged the musical “You Can’t Beat Fun” (2002), Walz accepted the role of “President of Swingmore” and participated in the play as a cast member.
Professor Gene Walz retired from teaching at the University of Manitoba in 2012, and is very active on many film committees and advisory boards.
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Created by V. Zvonik (2013). Revised by N. Courrier (January 2020).