Film Festival Avails - 2017
A FILM BY ALEXANDRA DEAN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS SUSAN SARANDON AND MICHAEL KANTOR
PRODUCED BY KATHERINE DREW AND ADAM HAGGIAG
CO-PRODUCERS DAVID KOH AND DAN BRAUN
The story of a Hollywood actress, defined by her appearance, who is secretly a brilliant inventor and changes the course of history.
Lamarr appeared nude at the age of 17 in the 1933 Czech film “Ecstasy” and later married a prominent Austrian businessman who became a weapons dealer to the Nazis. Lamarr, who was born Jewish, fled her husband in the middle of the night, boarding a boat for America with nothing to her name except a single designer gown. She eventually convinced MGM boss Louis B. Mayer to sign her to a deal.
2017 - USA - 88 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JOHN CARROLL LYNCH
PRINCIPAL CAST: HARRY DEAN STANTON, DAVID LYNCH, RON LIVINGSTON, ED BEGLEY JR., TOM SKERRITT, BETH GRANT, JAMES DARREN, BARRY SHABAKA HENLEY, YVONNE HUFF LEE
"Lucky" follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.
2016 - 92 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER
Sixteen years after the release of the ground-breaking film Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time director Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to work with the artist. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work it becomes at the same time even more fragile and personal and also sterner and tougher, incorporating massive machinery and crews on his bigger projects. Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art.
105 MINUTES - 2017 -USA - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JONATHAN OLSHEFSKI
QUEST is the moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a, aka “Ma Quest,” open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighbourhood.
128 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR -IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY DANIEL WARTH
Struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna) pour all of their creative energy into the only paying work they can find: corporate role-playing demonstrations. When they book the biggest gig of their careers at a hotel conference, they commence work on their most ambitious production to date and the ensuing tensions threaten to derail both the production and their friendship.
2016 - CANADA - IN PRODUCTION
A FILM BY INGRID VENINGER
Porcupine Lake is a story of bravery and the secret life of girls set in Northern Ontario during a hot and hazy summertime when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood is quickly vanishing.
2017 - 75 MINUTES
A FILM BY BY ALI WEINSTIEN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RON MANN
World Premiere - Hot Docs (Toronto, ON)
April 28 + 29, May 1 + 5, 2017
A feature documentary about the powerful allure of a universal myth. MERMAIDS immerses audiences in a world where fantasies come to life. Following the stories of five extraordinary tail-donning women who are part of a growing "mermaiding" subculture. Audiences voyage between mermaid theme parks, conventions, tail-making studios, and deep into the ocean where escaping reality and transforming into the empowered icon of the mermaid is possible.