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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16. June 2015 · Comments Off on Adam MacDonald’s ‘Backcountry’ · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , , , , , ,

81f7431122fccaf8ae07090e45cc63a3Based on a true story about an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness, writer/director Adam MacDonald‘s directorial feature film debut Backcountry is described as “a full blown, full blooded horror film about the apathy of nature and the folly of human resistance in the face of its violent shrug. There are no cartoonish, cross-eyed, cannibalistic hillbillies lurking in these deep, dangerous forests. There is simply the sheer panic of being swallowed by the unknown…and the very real possibility of being ripped to shreds by one very hungry bear.” — Fangoria

“[The movie] came to me when I was lying in a tent with my wife and I heard something large walking around at the crack of dawn. I was scared, and luckily for us, whatever it was walked away, and left me with an idea.” says Adam MadDonald about the film that was shot in 17 days in North Bay and Squamish, B.C.

The film returns to theatres in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal on June 26, 2015. Check local listings. Here’s the trailer.

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Wet Bum posterAn awkward teenage outcast finds unlikely companions in two aged residents of the retirement home where she works in Wet Bum (international title: Surfacing), the charming and poignant debut by Canadian director Lindsay MacKay.

Expected to work as a cleaner in the seniors’ residence her mother manages, fourteen-year-old Sam (Julia Sarah Stone) endures a daily gauntlet of disgruntled residents. In addition, her slower physical development has made her very self-conscious about her body. Unhappy amongst her schoolmates, Sam finds herself increasingly drawn to two of the seniors at her work. As her relationship with them deepens, she finds worlds far more complex and intriguing than the one inhabited by her peers. Wet Bum is a poignant debut whose hard-won wisdom belies the youth of both its star and director. — Synopsis from TIFF

Wet bum was developed as part of TIFF’s professional development program STUDIO and starts a theatrical run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Friday May 15th.

Anne Brodie from CHEX TV 12 Durham recently spoke with director Lindsay MacKay and actress Julia Sarah Stone about the film and the title “Wet Bum“.

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