Born in Winnipeg in 1973, Noam Gonick has exhibited films at the Venice Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, TIFF, Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Gonick's films have been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, the National Library and the Australian Cinematheque. His work has been released theatrically, broadcast and distributed internationally. After studies at Ryerson Polytechnical University, Gonick mentored under directors Guy Maddin and Bruce LaBruce. Gonick's first film, the award-winning 1919 (1997), was a radical re-visioning of the Winnipeg General Strike. His first feature, Hey, Happy! (2001) is a queer cult film set in the Winnipeg rave scene on the eve of an apocalyptic flood. Stryker (2004) is a gang war movie about Native and Asian youth in Winnipeg's North End. Gonick collaborated with artist Rebecca Belmore on her installation for the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has been on the Executive of the Board of Directors on the Plug In ICA since 1997 and a member of the House of Aviance since 1994.