09. June 2016 · Comments Off on Pat Mills’ GUIDANCE, A benefit for SAW Video Media Art Centre · Categories: Canadian Indie Film Night, Feature Films · Tags: , , ,

Join us at the SAWVideo benefit screening of Pat Mills’ feature film GUIDANCE at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on Wednesday June 22nd.  Doors open at 6:15.  More details here.
SAW Video Benefit Screening - Guidance
Guidance is a Canadian dark comedy film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival on September 5, 2014 as part of the Discovery program.

The full-length directorial debut of Pat Mills, the film stars Mills as David Gold, a down on his luck former child star who fabricates his credentials to take a job as a high school guidance counsellor.  An unrecovered alcoholic and drug addict troubled by his faded success and in deep denial about both his closeted gay sexuality and his health following a skin cancer diagnosis, he becomes unexpectedly popular with the students after his habit of introducing them to his own deeply unhealthy coping mechanisms actually helps many of them solve their own problems.

The film’s cast also includes Kevin Hanchard, Alex Ozerov, Jen Goodhue, Maria Vacratsis, Eleanor Zichy and Allison Hossack.  — Wikipedia

We ran a YouTube live-stream on June 11th to announce a contest for free tickets for the screening.  Check out the archived version More »

10. February 2016 · Comments Off on This Changes Everything · Categories: Documentaries, Television · Tags: , , ,

05_naomi_klein_in_ny-1024x677Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years the documentary This Changes Everything is described as “an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.”

Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller of the same name, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities believed to be on the front lines of climate change.  The film takes viewers from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

The film was screened at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 where it was awarded the 2nd place People’s Choice Award.  You can watch it on the main CBC Network on Friday February 18th.  Check your local listings.

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13. August 2015 · Comments Off on Adam Garnet Jones’ ‘Fire Song’ · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , , , ,

LR4tR2p2Fire Song is a feature-length Canadian independent film about a gay Aboriginal teenager trying to support his family in the aftermath of his sister’s suicide. It is the first feature film by award-winning short filmmaker Adam Garnet Jones, whose team was one of winners of the inaugural Aboriginal Component of Telefilm Canada’s Micro Budget Production program.

“One of the first films by a First Nations director to deal with two-spirited people, the thoughtful and moving debut feature by Adam Garnet Jones focuses on a young Anishinaabe man who is forced to choose between staying in his community or exploring the expanded possibilities of the world outside.” — TIFF

Here’s Adam talking about the film in the Indiegogo campaign for the project.

Fire Song will enjoy its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.   More »

73706_495424143967_6879788_nShot on location in Midland, Ontario,  Daniel Perlmutter‘s Big News from Grand Rock is a comedy about journalist Leonard Crane who invents news stories based on old movies in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy and attract readership and advertisers.  His plan works until one of the tall tales is exposed by a big-city reporter.  The film is nominated in three categories at the 16th Canadian Comedy Awards (the Beavers) which will be presented in Toronto on September 13th, 2015.

Perlmutter is a Toronto-based writer and filmmaker who crowd-funded the film using IndieGoGo.  The film stars Ennis Esmer, Meredith MacNeill, Kristin Booth, Peter Keleghan, Tammy Isbell, Leah Pinsent, Art Hindle, Aaron Ashmore and Gordon Pinsent.

Big News from Grand Rock is distributed by Ottawa-based Capital Motion Picture Group.  Here’s the trailer.

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