Saturday, October 20
Here again is an example of a wise directorial collaboration, a three-person team one of whom is our very own towering talent Jordan Canning. Perhaps it’s not surprising that a team of filmmakers would create a drama with a multiple pov structure. The set-up might be familiar but the arc of the drama is decidedly original. Smart, athletic college student Cara Cook suddenly drops out of sight. The film takes us through the following five days, showing us a set of perspectives--that of Cara’s distraught parents, the anxious detective on the case, and Cara herself. This is a terrific, witty exercise in genre, as the film teases out all the time-honoured characteristics of the missing-woman story and then turns all of it inside out. Are we in a thriller? A woman-as-victim fable? A mystery? A tragedy? You have to see it to find out, and the answer to all of these questions is well worth the adventure.
Because we live in such a musical province many in our audience might already be familiar with the subject of this moving documentary about a young man felled by an attacker. Scott Jones is a Nova Scotia musician who was paralyzed from the waist down after a brutal homophobic attack. The brutality of the experience led him to assess his identity as a gay man and ponder the heaviest of questions about his life and purpose. Director Laura Marie Wayne gives us an intimate, tender portrait of Scott’s journey over several years, taking us along on his quest to make sense of what happened to him and go forward with acceptance and meaning. It is impossible not to be drawn into Scott’s story, so open and expansive is his relationship with the camera and, thereby, with us. Fresh from a successful festival run, Love, Scott has been picking up all the best prizes along the way. You will see why almost immediately. This is one of the most moving, beautiful docs we have ever seen.
This panel features a number of the most innovative women working in our film industry today and major talent to watch. Join us to gain insight into their works, processes and learn more about contemporary Indigenous filmmaking in Canada.
Join us for one of our always-popular short film programs at the LSPU Hall. Featuring a mix of great local and international works, get your tickets soon as they sell out annually!
Navigating the festival circuit can be tricky, but these expert panelists are here with your field-guide to maximizing your film’s festival run. Learn tips on how to advance yourself as an artist and gain insight into the process of programming from Canada’s top Festival insiders.
We are thrilled to be showcasing this fresh feature from acclaimed Obijway director-writer, Darlene Naponse. With several Sundance Film Festival works in her repertoire, Naponse enhances our screen with such a stunning work that even without any dialogue it would be a gorgeous tone poem. Viewers should easily recognize Tantoo Cardinal in the title role. The award-winning actor has been in every self-respecting Canadian film and television series about and/or by aboriginal people for decades. Here she carries the wisdom and force of a woman who has experienced the highs and lows of relationships and work. A world-famous Anishinaabe musician, she retreats from the stage and heads to the reserve to refuel her soul. Nature heals and inspires but it cannot always prohibit the intrusion of the world she left behind. Falls Around Her tells this woman’s story with a measured, respectful pace, coaxing us gently into the steady rhythms of the drama with awesome grace.
Photographer-director Irem Harnak explores the origins of her VR experience, Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity, a project on transgender men and non-binary experiences of masculinity. Harnak discusses the original project design as a photographic series, how it evolved into a collaborative documentary VR with co-creator Elli Raynai, and how the experience of VR can enable audiences to embody the stories they hear, see and experience.
With a legacy of comedic talent, Canada is stepping up with a new generation of creators who are taking over the screen. Learn more about the business of being funny by some of the leading directors, writers and actors in the industry, and the new innovative approaches they have adopted to bring their shows beyond television screens.