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Mermaids

Mermaids

THEATRICAL STARTS JULY 2, 2017

2017 - 75 MINUTES
A FILM BY BY ALI WEINSTIEN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RON MANN

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.

Tokyo Idols

Tokyo Idols

2017 - 88 MINUTES - CANADA/ UNITED KINGDOM - IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY KYOKO MIYAKE
PRODUCERS: EYESTEEL FILM + BRAKELESS LIMITED

Walking down the streets of Tokyo, it is difficult to escape the gaze and the voice of the ‘idol’ girls - Japanese pop singers. They are everywhere, looking down from advertising panels and singing out of shops’s loudspeakers. With an innocent virgin look and piercingly high-pitched voice, they are the ultimate expression of Japanese cuteness. 

PilgrIMAGE

PilgrIMAGE

CANADA – 2009 – 85 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY PETER WINTONICK

A father, Peter Wintonick, and his 19-year-old daughter, Mira, both filmmakers, take a cinematic roadtrip around the world. They trek through the present and future of film and image-making, using significant contemporary and historical cinematic sites and personal encounters as their points of departure.

The New Cinema Tapes

The New Cinema Tapes

CANADA – 2983 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY PETER WINTONICK

Twenty-five film directors from around the world speak about independent cinema and video.

Lunarcy!

Lunarcy!

CANADA – 2012 – 80 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY SIMON ENNIS

With wry humor and affection, Simon Ennis’ LUNARCY! follows a disparate group of dreamers and schemers who share one thing in common; they’ve all devoted their lives to the Moon. From the former ventriloquist who’s made millions selling Moon lots to the young man who’s resolved to depart for Luna (permanently), LUNARCY! is a touching and comic portrait of passion, creativity and quixotic dreams.

Brakhage

Brakhage

CANADA – 1998 – 75 MIN – COLOUR - B&W - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JIM SHEDDEN

A film about the life and work of avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage.

Mighty Uke

Mighty Uke

CANADA – 2010 – 76 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY TONY COLE

Think of a ukulele and you probably imagine grass skirts, slide guitar and kitchy lyrics, but far from being just a Hawaiian novelty instrument, the uke has a rich history and has profoundly affected music around the world. 

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

CANADA – 2009 – 97 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY STASHA BADER

What is Rocksteady? Rocksteady is a music style that developed in Jamaica in the late sixties of the last century and is the ultimate predecessor and foundation of Reggae. For the untrained ear, it sounds just the same. Out of this era come a few songs which have become world hits in later interpretations, such as "The Tide is High" by Blondie or "No No No" by Dawn Penn. The record that will be released along with the movie will include all these major hits.

In the Moment

In the Moment

CANADA – 2008 – 85 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY SANDRA CHWIALKOWSKA

IN THE MOMENT follows six high school improv teams on their journey to compete for the gold at the Canadian Improv Games.

Told from the candid perspectives of the kids themselves, at practices and team sleepovers, the film captures what it's like to be a teenager today. Though the focus of the film is improv, the National Tournament becomes a dramatic backdrop for the bigger story about modern kids and their families.

ChristCORE

ChristCORE

CANADA – 2013 – 74 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JUSTIN LUDWIG

ChristCORE is an inside look at the explosive subculture of Christian hardcore music which is surging across North America. 

Beauty Day

Beauty Day

CANADA – 2010 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JAY CHEEL

An apt mix of humour and humanity, BEAUTY DAY is a feature length documentary which chronicles the life and times of cable television star Ralph Zavadil. 

Anger Me

Anger Me

CANADA – 2005 – 71 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ELIO GELMINI

The story of Kenneth Anger, avant-garde filmmaker and Author of 'Hollywood Babylon".

Kenneth Anger was a major personality of the 1960’s and 1970’s who defined himself as a “cinematographic magician” and his “cinema” as a ritualistic form. 

The Final Member

The Final Member

CANADA – 2012 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JONAH BEKHOR & ZACH MATH

Thirty Miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stand the Icelandic Phallological Museum — The world's only Penis museum.

Over the 40 years, the founder and curator has collected every specimen from every mammal except for the one elusive penis needed to complete his collection: The Human Specimen. 

THE FINAL MEMBER follows the curator's incredible, sublimely comic, often shocking quest to complete his eccentric collection, and the two interpid men who have raised their hands to be the first human donor.

Examined Life

Examined Life

CANADA – 2008 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ASTRA TAYLOR

FEATURING CORNEL WEST, PETER SINGER, SLAVOJ ZIZEK, JUDITH BUTLER, AVITAL RONELL, MICHAEL HARDT, ANTHONY APPIAH AND MARTHA NUSSBAUM.

EXAMINED LIFE takes philosophy out of the darkened corners of academia and into the hustle and bustle of the everyday, a visual reminder that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the world around us.

How to Build a Time Machine

How to Build a Time Machine

CANADA – 2016 – 82 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JAY CHEEL

If you could travel through time, where -- or when -- would you go? Would you revisit a fond memory from your childhood? Catch a glimpse of the dinosaurs? Or would you place a sure-win, against-the-odds bet on an underdog sports team? Everybody has fantasized about traveling through time, but is it really possible?

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

CANADA – 2016 – 122 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH/ JAPANESE GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY KEVIN MCMAHON

For 50 years scientists have been working to understand humanity’s daily influence on our planet’s life forces. SPACESHIP EARTH is a poetic feature film exploring what they have learned, and what that tells us about our responsibility for steering the only ship in the universe known to carry life.

I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues

I AM THE BLUES

CANADA – 2015 – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY DANIEL CROSS

From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I AM THE BLUES travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends.

I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in there 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Little Freddie King, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

The Devil's Horn

The Devil's Horn

THE DEVIL'S HORN

CANADA – 2016 – 86 MIN – COLOUR - 5.1 - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

From Adolphe Sax’s workshop of the 1840's to the legendary era of jazz and bebop, it was forbidden by Nazis and Communists and banned by the Pope – gradually conquering all music genres.  Throughout its 175-year history the saxophone has been both the most seductive and most feared instrument. Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Larry Weinstein illuminates and mythologizes the story of the saxophone, featuring its most legendary players as well as astonishing discoveries.  The Devil's Horn explores the sax's longstanding curse that stemmed from the difficult life of its mad inventor, and is still said to affect saxophonists who fall prey to the instrument’s dark powers.

MAVIS!

MAVIS!

CANADA/ USA – 2015 – 81 MIN – COLOUR & B&W - DOCUMENTARY - ENGLISH
DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY JESSICA EDWARDS

MAVIS! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There" in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way.

Al Purdy Was Here

Al Purdy Was Here

CANADA – 2015 – 92 MIN – COLOUR & B&W - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY BRIAN D. JOHNSON

What does it take to carve out a career as a poet? Why on earth would anyone attempt it? Al Purdy Was Here is the portrait of an artist driven to become a great Canadian poet at a time when the category barely existed. Al Purdy is a charismatic tower of contradictions: a "sensitive man" who whips out a poem in a bar fight; a factory worker who finds grace in an Arctic flower; a mentor to young writers who remained a stranger to sons. Purdy has been called the last, best and most Canadian poet. "Voice of the Land" is engraved on his tombstone. But before finding fame as the country’s unofficial poet laureate, he endured years of poverty and failure.