Wednesday, October 18
Suck It Up
Decidedly not a Thelma and Louise story, Suck It Up wisely pays tribute to the origination story about two women and a car but strikes out for fresh highways. Jordan Canning’s second feature premiered at Slamdance this year to affectionate reviews, and it’s easy to understand why. The film takes on some big topics, such as grief and betrayal, but it does so with a spunky combination of wit and attitude. The two female leads really own the wheel here. Ronnie is the hard-scrabbling sister of prematurely deceased Garrett. When the film opens, we are introduced to her state of mind, drowning itself in booze and self-pity. Her best friend Faye is called for an intervention, but she is also Garrett’s former girlfriend and therefore ambivalent about getting involved. The doctor didn’t really order a road trip but Garrett’s cool blue Mustang is screaming for possession, and so it is that the film becomes a journey through a few psychological landscapes. Canning is so admirably understated as a director, almost deceptively standing back to let her characters hog the screen. But rest assured that only a steady directorial hand and a keen sense of cinematic understatement could make this trip such a pleasure to watch. Highly entertaining and full of appealing diversions, the film reminds us that, yes, life is a highway. The festival is so proud to be showcasing Suck It Up as our opening feature, stunning evidence of a local filmmaker’s sheer homegrown talent.
Presented by Telefilm Canada and the St. John's International Women's Film Festival.
Director: Jordan Canning
Writer: Julia Hoff
Producers: Marc Tetreault, Jason Levangie
Runtime: 99 minutes
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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
This was a smash at Hot Docs this year, taking home the top prizes, and you will happily see why. Rumble is nothing less than a superbly produced documentary about the influence of native music on rock music. There is so much to discover in this lively, highly entertaining chronicle of a genre we thought we knew so much about. We not only hear iconic musicians like Buffy St Marie and Robbie Robertson talking about their struggle to locate their own identities in the emerging rock culture of their time but we also get to watch them and so many others performing the music that juiced a generation. You want to know where Hendrix was in all this? The film lets you in on a long masked truth about his own roots and influences. Same goes for the incomparable Mildred Bailey and The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, among others. This film will profoundly change the way you listen to rock music from now on.
Director: Catherine Bainbridge
Co-Director: Alfonso Maiorana
Writers: Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana
Producers: Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Lisa M. Roth
Runtime: 102 mins
Winner of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award
Karen attempts to grapple with the fleeting nature of romance through filmmaking, only to run into conflict with her surrounding cast and crew.
Director/Writer: Emily Bridger
Producer: Kerry Gamberg, Lindsay MacKay
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