Born in Quebec on 23 August 1887, Jean Arsin came to Winnipeg around 1909 and was the city's chief filmmaker until 1920.
A few more details about Arsin's professional life emerged soon after the Winnipeg general strike.
Though Arsin's late night 5 August film presentation at the Lyceum Theatre did take place and "the views", according to North America's leading moving picture review magazine of the day, "were truly realistic", it is not known which city representatives, it any, attended the event, and, more important, what the complete strike footage showed.
While the complete contents of Arsin's 350 feet of strike footage may never be known, parts of his original film have survived.
The second source for a portion of Arsin's strike film is British Pathe News Footage.
The close-ups of the street rioting mentioned in the August 1919 Moving Picture World review of Arsin's strike footage were most likely filmed in Winnipeg on either 10 June or 21 June.
If the film Arsin attempted to sell to Winnipeg city officials in August 1919 included authentic close-ups of the street rioting of either 10 June or 21 June, the footage would have perhaps solved several controversies arising from events of those two days.
Though parts of Arsin's original film footage of the strike have survived intact at National Film Board and with British Pathe, what has happened to the remaining minutes, including the close-ups of street rioting?
Also, on 4 January 2010 the author conducted an interview with Winnipeg CBC Radio One's Morning Show concerning Arsin's Winnipeg Strike film.