Posts tagged Thursday
Inquiry Into the Shape of the Earth

This video is a performative experiment to examine if the earth is flat or spherical through a re-enactment of Samuel Rowbotham’s 19th century inquiry. Using Rowbotham’s protocol undertaken on the Bedford Canal in England, this recreation is a Canadian-winter/Labrador version using the flat expanse of the frozen Lake Melville as the research site. The results bring into questions things that most people blindly accept as fact about the shape of the earth.

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Spirits of the Temple

History, politics, power and secrecy built and defined the Masonic Temple in historic downtown St. John’s for decades. A new and exciting spirit has entered the Temple recently, leading it through an evolution, though whispers of the metaphysical continue. Spirits of the Temple is a documentary short whose central character is this special building of unique heritage. Through a series of interviews, this film presents a portrait of this fascinating character.

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On the Ridge Line

Following the pace of his footsteps, a wanderer’s imagination is awakened. His gait stirs up memories. He becomes the mountaineer he once was, rediscovering the snow ridge he loved so much, the one that nearly consumed him. The wanderer continues his reflection, time passes. Then, a fall propels him to the heart of his childhood. In the meadows everything looks beautiful, but a challenge presents itself and interrupts the time of innocence.

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Bayline

A family travels back to the Bayline for a 3 day long camping trip. The Bayline was a short term for the Hudson Bay Railway between The Pas and Churchill in Manitoba. George and Maria Neepin take their daughters to the spot where George grew up and give a glimpse into their childhood living along the tracks.

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Life's short. Wear the sparkly earrings.

Janet Edmonds was an actor, writer, and artist from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She continued working, creating, and expressing herself until the very end of her battle with cancer. Janet exuded love and life constantly; many were comforted by her humour, her openness, and her honest expression of what she was going through. This is a short film about Janet and her remarkable spirit.

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Him

Hand-drawn charcoal drawings movingly depict the loneliness and bewilderment of a child seeking safety in a war zone, in this timely very short animation that uses found sound to explore the powerlessness of the refugee experience. Produced as part of the 11th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.

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Friends On Facebook

Two women run into each other at a local pool after meeting once, years ago, at a wedding. Connected through social media ever since, they navigate their way through an awkward exchange of “catching up.” As assumptions provoke revelations, they reflect on the changes in their lives since the last time they met, ultimately finding hope for the future in this brief connection with a friend, from Facebook.

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Pictures Don't Lie

Through his own words, illuminated with family photographs, JJ Van Bibber tells the story of his life during a century in the Yukon Territory. In Canada’s far north, the Van Bibber family lived on the land, farming, hunting, trapping and fishing. Of mixed heritage, JJ and his partly native family negotiated the middle path. For most of a century, the Van Bibber family thrived in diverse occupations, from gold mining to running logs on the river.

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The Goodnight Kiss

Amy and Brandon have just ended what appears to be a very good first date. As they kiss we flash through their entire relationship. Which begs the question: if you knew how a relationship would end, would you start it in the first place?

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