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The Angel Inn

CANADA – 2013 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY KIRK SCHRIEFER

Pete Miller, Janet Sloan and Stan Winston attend the funeral of their friend, Keith Owens, and discover that Keith left his pub, “The Angel Inn”, to them under the condition that all three of them take equal ownership. Despite Keith's weird offer, Pete, Janet and Stan each find reasons to accept.

Involved with each other's lives again, Pete and Janet struggle with the romance that was once there. For Stan, the inheritance brings up painful memories which he tries to control by turning the “Evil” Angel Inn into something “Good” assuming that Pete and Janet will agree with his plan. 

Pete discovers that he likes running the Angel Inn while Janet makes plans to sell the pub to finance a new career. But the more time the three of them spend together at the Angel Inn, the more they realize that the past still rules them. 

Inspired by one of the Angel's regulars, Pete is able to forgive Keith and Janet for what happened four years ago. He encourages Janet to do the same, and despite the emotional cost involved, she does. This frees them to pursue their love affair. Stan, however, is frustrated by the failure of his “Plan” and the uncertainty of his situation is heightened as Stan witnesses the freedom and change of heart Pete and Janet experience. 

In the end we see someone who looks an awful lot like Keith Owens walking away from the Angel Inn in the dark.

 

Anxietyville

CANADA – 2014 – 120 MIN – COLOUR
CREATED BY PATRICK CROWE AND THOMAS WALLNER

Anxietyville is the story of six urban neurotics living technologically accelerated lives in a world that feels increasingly unreal… because it is. 

In fact, these people don’t live in the real world at all.

 

Listen to the City

CANADA – 1984 – 68 MIN – COLOUR - STEREO - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY RON MANN
FEATURING: JACK LAYTON, P.J. SOLE, JIM CARROLL, SANDY HORNE AND MICHAEL GLASSBOURG

I see a new world. Do you see it? 

If you listened to the city back in 1984, here's what it told you: there are dark days coming, and the only way to survive them is by being rich. 

Made during the re-election year of Ronald Reagan, the election year of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the very beginnings of the shattering saving and loan scandal that would come to look like candy store shoplifting a generation on, Ron Mann's rare early non-documentary movie is like a downtown artist's poster collage of DIY urgency: from the opening sequence, in which the poet/punk Jim Carroll rises like Lazarus from his hospital bed and takes to the streets with a vertical IV drip and a message about better days, to the ensuing satirical depiction of a corporation coldly deciding to cut the unprofitable heart out of the city it calls home, the movie plays as fearless, street-art inspired pastiche: part experimental polemic, part political cartoon, part video art installation, part performance prank. Just as Jim Carroll passes through its ominous depiction of a ruined Toronto, so does bp nichol, P.J. Soles, the late Jack Layton, Barry Callaghan, the Spoons' Sandy Horne and fellow activist-documentarist Peter Wintonick. All kinds of people urging us to listen. And all these years later and it's still pissed off. Just as it should be.

 

Vinelife: the story of a vintage

CANADA – 2013 –  MIN – COLOUR - SHORT - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ANDREW STEVENSON

NON-THEATRICAL: AVAILABLE FOR TV, VOD & FILM FESTIVALS ONLY

VINELIFE: THE STORY OF A VINTAGE captures the stories of three intrepid winemakers as they launch their careers in Canada’s Niagara Peninsula. Through stunning cinematography highlighting Niagara’s spectacular landscape, the film tracks the odyssey of one complete vintage — from the vineyard to the table. A candid observational style takes the viewer behind the scenes of several craft-based wineries to reveal the punishing stresses of long workdays, erratic weather conditions and a market swamped by foreign competition. Through the painstaking process of crafting their award-winning wines, each winemaker reveals their tireless efforts to express Niagara’s unique terroir.

 

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

CANADA – 2013 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY DENIS CÔTÉ

Victoria, an ex-convict in her sixties, wants to start new life in a remote sugar shack. Under the supervision of Guillaume, a young, sympathetic parole officer, she tries to get her life back on track along with Florence, her former cellmate with whom she shared years of intimacy in prison. Stalked by ghosts of the past, their new life together is unexpectedly jeopardized.