Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

2016 - USA - 90 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY LINDA SAFFIRE, ADAM SCHLESINGER

an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan.

Person to Person

Person to Person

2017 - USA - 84 MINUTES - COLOUR - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY DUSTIN GUY DEFA
PRINCIPAL CAST: ABBI JACOBSON, MICHAEL CERA, TAVI GEVINSON, PHILIP BAKER HALL, BENE COOPERSMITH, GEORGE SAMPLE III

During a single day in New York City, a variety of characters grapple with the mundane, the unexpected, and the larger questions permeating their lives. An investigative reporter struggles with her first day on the job, despite help from her misguided boss; a rebellious teen attempts to balance her feminist ideals with other desires; and a young man seeks to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, even as her brother threatens revenge. Meanwhile, an avid music lover traverses the city in search of a rare record for his vinyl collection.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

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.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

THEATRICAL BEGINS APRIL 22, 2017

TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto, ON)

Starts Friday, April 21, 2017
Mount Pleasant (Toronto, ON)
Starts April 28, 2017
Bytowne (Ottawa, ON)
Starts April 28, 2017
Westdale Theatre (Hamilton, ON)
Starts April 28, 2017
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
May 5, 2017
Winnipeg Architecture+Design Film Festival (Winnipeg Cinematheque)
May 7 @ 4pm, 2017
Cinema du Parc (Montreal, QC)
Starts May 12, 2017
Screening Room (Kingston, ON)
Starts May 12, 2017
Gorge Cinema (Elora, ON)
May 27 - June 1, 2017
Bookshelf Cinema (Guelph, ON)
May 30 -  June 2, 2017
Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema (Toronto, ON)
May 26 - June 1, 2017
Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB)
June 24, 25, 28, 29 + 30, 2017

USA - 92 MINUTES - 2016 - COLOUR - B&W - ENGLISH
A FILM BY MATT TYRNAUER

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

Mandela Beats

Mandela Beats

2017 - DOCUMENTARY SHORT - 43 MINUTES - CANADA
A FILM BY REBEKAH REIKO

Israeli bassist and producer Yossi Fine, known as the Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar, has recorded and produced music with artists from across the globe including, Lou Reed, David Bowie and Brian Eno. After travelling to Jamaica and Mali to expand his musical knowledge and get in touch with his ancestral roots, Fine discovers that his great-grandmother is Indian. 

Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts

1985 - COLOUR - USA - 96 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY DONNA DEITCH

Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centres on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was...complicated.

Lucky

Lucky

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.

I Called Him Morgan

I Called Him Morgan

THEATRICAL STARTS APRIL 7, 2017

Broadway Theatre (Saskatoon, SK)
April 21 - 27, 29 + May 2 2017
Metro Cinema (Edmonton, AB)
April 28 - May 3, 2017
RPL Film Theatre (Regina, SK)
May 25 - 28, 2017
Vancity Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Starts June 2, 2017
Bytowne (Ottawa, ON)
June 7 - 10, 2017
Barrie - The Screen One Film Series (Barrie, ON)
June 11, 2017
Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB)
June 16 - 18, 2017
Jazz Festival at Monarch Theatre (Medicine Hat, AB)
June 18 - 27, 2017

SWEDEN/ USA - 2016 - 91 MINUTES - COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE - DCP (D-CINEMA)
A FILM BY KASPER COLLIN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: RON MANN, NICOLE STOTT, DAN BRAUN

On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin (My Name Is Albert Ayler) is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America with cinematography by Bradford Young (DOP, Selma).

Becoming Bond

Becoming Bond

2017 - 91 MINUTES - ENGLISH - USA
A FILM BY JOSH GREENBAUM

A unique documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service" (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.

Leaning into the Wind - Andy Goldsworthy

Leaning into the Wind - Andy Goldsworthy

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.

Quest

Quest

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.

Weirdos

Weirdos

WEIRDOS - Winner!: Canadian Screen Award, 2017
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Molly Parker
Original Screenplay - Daniel MacIvor

THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 17, 2017

Cinecenta (Victoria, BC)
April 28 + 29, 2017
Collingwood Cinema Club (Collingwood, ON)
April 29 - 30, 2017
King's Theatre Film Society (Annapolis Royal, NS)
May 9, 2017
Bookshelf (Guelph, ON)
May 17 + 18, 2017
Hyland Cinema (London, ON)
Starts May 26, 2017
Quinte Film Alternative (Belleville, Ontario)
June 7, 2017
Barrie - The Screen One Film Series (Barrie, ON)
June 15, 2017
Vernon Film Society (Vernon, BC)
July 17, 2017

CANADA – 2016 - BLACK AND WHITE - 84 MINUTES
A FILM BY BRUCE MCDONALD
WRITTEN BY DANIEL MACIVOR
FEATURING: ALLAN HAWCO, MOLLY DUNSWORTH, JULIA SARAH STONE AND DYLAN AUTHORS

Nova Scotia. 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. When 15-year-old Kit decides that living with his father is too repressive, he hits the road to move in with his mother. Accompanied by his girlfriend Alice, Kit will explore his very core - his sexuality, his sense of place and self - in an attempt to find a place to call home.

The Lure

The Lure

THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 21, 2017

Metro Cinema (Edmonton, AB)
May 26 - 31, 2017
Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB)
June 2 - 4,7 - 9, 10, 2017

2015 - POLAND - 92 MINUTES - IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY AGNIESZKA SMOCZYNSKA

One enchanted evening in early ’80s Warsaw, Poland, famished heart-eating sister sirens Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek) emerge from the sea in search of prey. They soon find themselves joining an erotic discotheque act, enabling them to use their transformative mermaid skills as a rather ultimate dancer performance attribute. 

Burden

Burden

THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 15, 2017

USA – 2016 - 86 MINUTES - DOCUMENTARY
A FILM BY TIM MARRINAN, RICHARD DEWEY

A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who pushed the limits of creative expression and risked his life in the name of art.

For more than 45 years, Chris Burden’s work has consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. His pioneering and often dangerous performance works of the 1970s earned Burden a place in the art history books while still in his early 20s. He had himself shot (Shoot, 1971), locked up (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), electrocuted, (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), cut (Through the Night Softly, 1973), crucified (Trans-fixed, 1974), and advertised on television (4 TV Ads, 1973–77). But as the 70s progressed Burden became disillusioned with the expectations and misconceptions based on his early works and as the pressure grew, the line between his life and his art blurred.

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 1, 2017

Niagara Artists Centre (St. Catharines, ON)
May 10 + 13, 2017

USA - 2016 - 94 MINUTES - ENGLISH
A FILM BY BRETT BERNS & BOB SARLES

Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include "Twist and Shout", "Hang On Sloopy", "Here Comes The Night" and "Piece Of My Heart."

Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse

THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 1, 2017

2016 - USA/ GERMANY - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR
A FILM BY MARCIE BEGLEITER

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists.  Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. 

Paula

Paula

THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 1, 2017

Bytowne (Ottawa, ON)
May 5 - 9, 2017
Cinecenta (Victoria, BC)
May 17 + 18, 2017
Hyland Cinema (London, ON)
Starts May 26, 2017
Princess Cinema (Waterloo, ON)
June 16 - 20, 2017

2016 - 123 MINUTES - COLOUR - IN GERMAN AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY CHRISTIAN SCHWOCHOW

Painting is an unacceptable vocation for a woman in provincial Germany in the year 1900, but budding artist Paula Becker is determined to make her own rules.

TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

LIMITED THEATRICAL BEGINS FEBRUARY 15, 2017

USA – 2015 – 72 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JAMES CRUMP

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of paint- ing and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms.

Dim the Fluorescents

Dim the Fluorescents

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.

Afterimage

Afterimage

THEATRICAL BEGINS FEBRUARY 1, 2017

POLAND - 98 MINUTES - 2016 - COLOUR - IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ANDRZEJ WADJA

A story of Władysław Strzemiński, an avant-garde painter, who did not give in to socialist realism being ruthlessly enforced by Communist regime in the post-war Poland. The tragic consequences of a struggle for artistic freedom in the totalitarian system of power unfold at first slowly, but gradually lead a charismatic, defiant man into the abyss.