A fundamental figure in Winnipeg's film community passed away on July 26.
Since its inception in 1982, Dave Barber served as programmer at the Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque and made an indelible mark on Manitoba's film scene.
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and dear friend Dave Barber," said the Winnipeg Film Group in a Twitter Post. "He was a kind, generous, and unpretentious man who was much-loved by the communities he served and the many filmmakers he encouraged. He made a difference and he will be missed."
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and dear friend Dave Barber, senior programmer at the @WFGCinematheque. Dave was an important anchor of the Canadian independent film scene and the distinctive film culture that developed around @WinnipegFilm (cont.) pic.twitter.com/eXm1SBwCyx— The Cinematheque (@theCinematheque) July 28, 2021
The recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural "Making a Difference Award" presented by the Winnipeg Arts Council, Barber was lauded for his efforts in promoting local film makers and fostering young talent.
Following news of his passing, posts of support and condolences flooded Barber's Facebook page.
A private, unofficial gathering was held at The Garden on Wednesday evening for those affected by the loss of the important figure in Winnipeg's arts and culture community. The Winnipeg Film Group is also accepting donations in efforts to establish a filmmaking fund in Barber's name.