About Endlessness

About Endlessness

THEATRICAL STARTS May 2020

A reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.

We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner of war camp.

Simultaneously an ode and a lament, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.

Greener Grass

Greener Grass

THEATRICAL STARTS OCTOBER 18, 2019

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2018 - USA - 101 MINUTES
A FILM BY JOCELYN DEBOER AND DAWN LUEBBE
FEATURING JOCELYN DEBOER, DAWN LUEBBE, BECK BENNETT, NEIL CASEY, MARY HOLLAND, D’ARCY CARDEN

A deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapped in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.

Dolce Fine Giornata

Dolce Fine Giornata

THEATRICAL STARTS OCTOBER 11, 2019

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2019 - POLAND - DRAMA - 2.39 - 90 MIN - IN ITALIAN, ENGLISH and POLISH WITH ENGLISH AND FRENCH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY JACEK BORCUCH
CAST: KRYSTYNA JANDA, KASIA SMUTNIAK, VINCENT RIOTTA, ANTONIO CATANIA, ROBIN RENUCCI, LORENZO DE MOOR

Maria Linde, a free-spirited, Jewish Polish Nobel Prize winner, lives in Tuscany surrounded by warmth and chaos in her family’s villa. A loving mother and grandmother, she also fosters a secret flirtation with the much younger Egyptian man who runs a nearby seaside inn. After a terrorist attack in Rome, Maria refuses to succumb to the hysterical fear and anti-immigrant sentiment that quickly emerge, deciding in her acceptance speech of a local honor to boldly decry Europe’s eroding democracy—but she is unprepared for the public and personal havoc her comments wreak.

Made in Bangladesh

Made in Bangladesh

FRANCE, BANGLADESH, DENMARK, PORTUGAL - 2019 - 95MIN - COLOR - 1.85 - 5.1
A FILM BY RUBAIYAT HOSSAIN

Shimu, 23, works in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Faced with difficult conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers. Despite threats from the management and disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on. Together the women must fight and find a way.

Human Nature

Human Nature

THEATRICAL STARTS OCTOBER 4, 2019

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2019 - 107 MINUTES - ENGLISH - USA
A FILM BY ADAM BOLT

A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.

Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine

Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine

2019 - USA - 75 MINUTES
A FILM BY SCOTT CRAWFORD
FEATURING: CAMERON CROWE, ALICE COOPER, KIRK HAMMETT, JOAN JETT, MICHAEL STIPE, GENE SIMMONS, PAUL STANLEY, CHAD SMITH, PETER WOLF, WAYNE KRAMER

Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores Creem Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste

2002 - 5 MINUTES - COLOUR - CANADA
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN
VOCALISTS: BARBARA HANNIGAN, DOUG MACNAUGHTON

A humourous "domestic opera" about an upwardly mobile couple in their mid thirties who can't resolve an argument about the cap being left off the toothpaste.

Before You Know It

Before You Know It

THEATRICAL STARTS SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

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2018 - USA - 98 MINUTES
A FILM BY HANNAH PEARL UTT
FEATURING HANNAH PEARL UTT, JEN TULLOCK, JUDITH LIGHT, MANDY PATINKIN, MIKE COLTER, ALEC BALDWIN

Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.

Burnt Toast

Burnt Toast

2005 - CANADA
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

Eight comedic mini-operas, each depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship.

"The entire process of love, pain and the whole damn thing is uniquely played out in the mock-opera, Burnt Toast... TV is rarely this good... Weinstein's established visual style... is applied here... with striking effect." - The Globe and Mail

Becoming Nobody

Becoming Nobody

THEATRICAL STARTS September 6, 2019

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2019 - UK/ USA - 81 MINUTES
A FILMY BY: JAMIE CATTO
FEATURING: RAM DASS, JAMIE CATTO

Becoming Nobody truly represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life. His ability to entertain and his sense of humour are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom. Becoming Nobody is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings.

Arab Blues

Arab Blues

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2019 - 88 MINUTES - FRANCE - COLOUR - ORIGINAL TITLE: UN DIVAN A TUNIS
A FILM BY MANELE LABIDI

Selma, a psychoanalyst, deals with a cast of colourful new patients after returning home to Tunisia to open a practice.

In this sophisticated comedy, Manele Labidi opens a fascinating window into modern Tunisia at a crossroads, with a story of contrasts, contradictions and culture clashes, full of vitality and humour.

The Radical Romantic: John Weinzweig

The Radical Romantic: John Weinzweig

CANADA - COLOUR - 1990
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

John Weinzweig – the most vociferous advocate for new music Canada has ever seen, is given a “soapbox” for his powerful ideas and wide-ranging and often beautiful music.

Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story

Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story

CANADA - COLOUR - 1995
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

A full length original tragic-comic opera with sends up a great political leader whose downfall was his colossal ego.

Ravel's Brain

Ravel's Brain

52 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 2001
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

A loving musical tone poem at once tragic and celebratory that evokes and explores Ravel's illness-plagued final years, when he was able to produce music but couldn't write it down.

Ravel

Ravel

103 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 1987
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

A brilliant portrait of the composer's elusive life with a huge array of his greatest works.

Mozartballs

Mozartballs

55 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 2006
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

MOZARTBALLS is a light-hearted tribute to Mozart and explores what he symbolizes in our age. The film features curious characters that embody the spirit of Mozart - from a retired Swiss school teacher obsessed by all things Mozart, to an ex-pop musician in Oklahoma who believes that her body is actually inhabited by Mozart's spirit; from a computer genius in California whose software has created a new Mozart cello concerto, to an Austrian astronaut who carried a score of "The Magic Flute" and delicious chocolate 'Mozartkugeln' into space. These are the individuals who inhabit MOZARTBALLS and through their strange and, at times, very moving stories, the viewer will be exposed to the liveliness, the magic and the obsession that Mozart has become to so many music fans today. For them, Mozart defines the very essence of beauty in music, but he has become something more than that. Mozart is an icon, and for many he is still very much alive!

Making Overtures: The Story of a Community Orchestra

Making Overtures: The Story of a Community Orchestra

CANADA - COLOUR - 1997
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

Larry Weinstein’s first musical documentary is a wry and endearing portrait of the many people that make up Cobourg, Ontarios community orchestra. From hog farmers and school teachers to real estate agents and senior citizens, amateur musicians from all walks of life in this small town bring their widely varying instrumental skills together under the endlessly enthusiastic and slightly crazed leadership of their conductor. Deservedly nominated for an Oscar, Making Overtures is brimming with the joys of human diversity and the pleasures of making music together. And, with this collective portrait of ordinary people making beautiful music, Weinstein established a key theme that runs through his entire body of work - the dynamic relationship between music and everyday life. David McIntosh