The National Parks Project (2010)
Louise Archembault, Keith Behrman, Daniel Cockburn, Hubert Davis, Sturla Gunnarsson, Zacharias Kunuk, Stéphane Lafleur, Peter Lynch, Catherine Martin, Kevin McMahon, Scott Smith, Jamie Travis, John Walker
In The National Parks Project, fifty-two filmmakers and musicians explore our country’s rugged wilderness, translating the landscape into cinematic form to mark Parks Canada’s centennial. This ambitious omnibus film composed of collaboratively crafted vignettes barely fits the big screen. Stunning and inspired, The National Parks Project reminds us how extraordinarily rich our country is both in natural beauty and artistic talent.
Presented by the Hillside Festival
So I’m Dying… Now What? (2011)
Nov 4 Saturday 3:30 pm
(Shown with The Florestine Collection) Ed Video
$ 6 PWYC
When 56 year old Margaret Hackman decided to stop treatment for her metastatic cancer she began living whatever time she had left. Filmmaker and friend, Alberta Nye, recorded Margaret's touching story of the last eight months of her life. Margaret died as she lived - with enthusiasm, humour and courage as she ticked off items on her bucket list. This included flying a plane, planning her burial plot and riding to the cemetery in the hearse on a dry run. Her burning desire was to get her Canadian Citizenship before she died. Would it happen in time? All they could do was to keep filming and keep hoping.
Frei's latest film takes a humorous and laconic view of the way billionaires depart our planet earth to travel into outer space for fun. SPACE TOURISTS succeeds in surprising its audience with images and situations that have very little to do with the futuristic fantasy of "space tourism". The filmmaker sets up encounters with the least likely people imaginable: places even stranger and more unknown than outer space itself. With extra-ordinary access and truly first-time images the film investigates the emotional oscillations of an expensive enterprise and questions the meaning and boundaries of the human spirit and our hunger for adventure and discovery.
The Delian Mode (2009)
Sept 3 Thursday 9 pm
(Shown with Cinemania) Ed Video
THE DELIAN MODE is a Genie award winning short experimental documentary revolving around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music. A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates such soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades. The film features interviews with musicians Peter Kember (Sonic Boom), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ann Shenton (Add N to X).
Angela Christlieb & Stephen Kijak
Sept 3 Thursday 9 pm
(Shown with The Delian Mode) Ed Video
CINEMANIA is a documentary about the culture of intense cinephilia in New York City that reveals the impassioned world of five wildly obsessed movie buffs. They spend their waking hours in darkened theaters, and now, these full-time audience members step from their seats onto the big screen in this entertaining documentary celebrating their obsessions - from the grandiosity of their aesthetic dreams to the austerity of their domestic realities. In Cinemania, the Silver Screen's biggest fans become the true stars. This is the story of their lives, their memories, their unbending habits and the films they love.
ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT: A Ten Thousand Pound Love Story begins with circus producer David Balding’s realization that Flora, the orphaned African elephant he adopted and made the star of his circus, is tired of performing. What unfolds is a nine-year odyssey to find Flora a good home, revealing the unintended consequences of raising a wild animal in captivity. Caught between the human and animal world, Flora epitomizes the harsh reality elephants face in our expanding man-made world. Through Flora and David’s story, the film raises questions about our complex relationships with animals, for which there are no easy answers.
FEATHERED COCAINE features Alan Howell Parrot, one of the worlds leading falcon trainers with powerful connections in the Middle East, where he formerly trained hunting falcons for the Persian Gulf power elite. After witnessing relentless falcon smuggling in the wake of the USSR's collapse, he left the Middle East and formed a global nature conservation group to protect the falcons. FEATHERED COCAINE reveals Geopolitics, Terrorism, Petrodollars, and Nature Conservation in an intriguing and unlikely explosive cocktail that sheds light on how business is conducted in the global merry-go round of money and politics.
ABEL RAISES CAIN is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of infamous underground media prankster, Alan Abel. Alan's daughter, Jenny, tells her firsthand account of what it was like growing up with this lovable but slightly demented prankster for a father, taking the audience on a roller coaster ride through the myriad of elaborate hoaxes and schemes that Abel pulled off over the years, all of which were designed to provoke and amuse...while at the same time, make people question everything that they see, hear and read.
The Chocolate Farmer (2010)
In an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Mayan ancestors: as a steward of the land. A tender and moving family tale, director Rohan Fernando’s lush cinematic journey intimately captures a year in the life of the Pop family as they struggle to preserve their values in a world that is suddenly and dramatically changing. A lament for cultures lost, this timely and vital film challenges our deeply held assumptions of progress.
The Lumberfros (2010) 71 min
There’s a brand new breed of lumberjacks in northern Quebec’s boreal forest. They hail form Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, and work alongside veteran, Quebec-born brush cutters. The film demonstrates the harsh conditions the workers endure while capturing their alternating exuberance, boredom and camaraderie. Director Lanthier brilliantly succeeds in capturing the changing nature of Quebec society and the poetic magic of the northern forest in all its beauty and danger.
The Future is Now (2010)
Gary Burns, Jim Brown
In an effort to re-connect an everyman with humanity, a journalist takes him on a cinematic voyage of endless future possibilities through the fresh eyes of today’s leading thinkers in the arts and sciences. Traveling the globe, he finds himself in surprising encounters with great minds. Starting with an unexpected poetry reading and conversation with experimental poet Christian Bök, “Man of Today” engages with architect Shigeru Ban, activist Francis Dupuis-Déri, philosopher Alain de Botton, artist Marlene Dumas, novelist Rivka Galchen, leading scientists and a ghost. Will the journalist succeed in turning a cynic into an optimist? Will it matter? What can one person do?
Roadsworth: Crossing The Line (2008) 74 min
Roadsworth: Crossing the Line details a Montreal stencil artist’s clandestine campaign to make his mark on the city streets. As he is prosecuted at home and celebrated abroad, Roadsworth struggles to defend his work, define himself as an artist and address difficult questions about art and freedom of expression.
The Florestine Collection (2011)
Paul Gailiunas, Helen Hill
Nov 4 Saturday 3:30 pm
(Shown with So I'm Dying,,,Now What?) Ed Video
$ 6 PWYC
Experimental Animator Helen Hill found more than 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile on one Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. She set out to make a film about the dressmaker, an African-American seamstress who had recently passed away. The dresses and much of the film footage were later flood-damaged by Hurricane Katrina while Helen was still working on the film. Helen was murdered in a home invasion in New Orleans in 2007. Her husband Paul Gailiunas has completed the film, which includes Helen’s original silhouette, cut-out, and puppet animation, as well as flood-damaged and restored home movies.
Presented by Ed Video
If A Tree Falls:
A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
Filmmaker Marshall Curry explores the inner workings of the Earth Liberation Front, a revolutionary movement devoted to crippling facilities involved in deforestation, while simultaneously offering a profile of Oregon ELF member Daniel McGowan, who was brought up on terrorism charges for his involvement with the radical group. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a verite chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.
Co-presented with OPRIG & CSA
The Black Power Mix Tape
Göran Hugo Olsson
From 1967 to 1975, Swedish journalists traveled to the United States to document the black power movement in America. For over 30 years, their 16mm tapes sat undiscovered in a basement in Sweden. Now, director Göran Hugo Olsson compiles their work into a powerful documentary that chronicles the movement’s strength and evolution with never-before-seen footage. Woven into the film are insightful commentaries from modern day artists and activists, telling stories of how the heroes of the black power movement inspired and touched their lives. Features a stunning soundtrack by The Roots, Michael Jackson and Erykah Badu.