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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Winner! "Best First Feature" Canadian Screen Award, 2017
THEATRICAL BEGINS DECEMBER 9, 2016
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax, Nova Scotia) May 3, 2017 Friends of the Spruce Grove Public Library (Film Circuit), Spruce Grove, AB May 11, 2017
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA / CANADA - 2016 - 80 MIN - FEATURE - IN MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY JOHNNY MA FEATURING: CHEN GANG, NAI AN, WANG HONGWEI, ZHANG ZEBIN, LUO XUE'ER
In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive.
1985 - 115 MINUTES - JAPAN - 1.85:1 A FILM BY JUZO ITAMI
Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.
Northwest Film Fest, Thunder Bay, ON (Film Circuit) April 30, 2017 Friends of the Spruce Grove Public Library, Spruce Grove, AB May 18, 2017
FRANCE/ GERMANY – 2016 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY MIA HANSEN-LØVE FEATURING: ISABELLE HUPPERT, ANDRÉ MARCON, ROMAN KOLINKA, EDITH SCOB, SARAH LE PICARD, SOLAL FORTE, ELISE LHOMEAU, LIONEL DRAY, GRÉGOIRE MONTANA-HAROCHE, LINA BENZERTI
Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.
2016 - USA - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE A FILM BY JIM JARMUSCH FEAURING: JIM OSTERBERG AS IGGY POP, RON ASHETON, SCOTT ASHETON, JAMES WILLIAMSON, STEVE MACKAY, MIKE WATT, KATHY ASHETON, DANNY FIELDS
Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s.
USA – 2016 – 91 MIN – COLOUR - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY ZACH CLARK FEATURING: ADDISON TIMLIN, ALLY SHEEDY, KEITH POULSON, PETER HEDGES, KRISTIN SLAYSMAN, MOLLY PLUNK, BARBARA CRAMPTON
October, 2008. Young nun Colleen is avoiding all contact from her family, until an email from her mother announces, “Your brother is home.” On returning to her childhood home in Asheville, NC, she finds her old room exactly how she left it: painted black and covered in goth/metal posters.
RAZIL – 2015 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY SÉRGIO MACHADO
After failing to be admitted into the renowned São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra, Laerte, a talented violinist, is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis, the biggest favela of Brazil. His path is full of difficulties but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students open the doors into a new world. Based on a true story.
ITALY/ FRANCE – 2015 – 108 MIN - IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY GIANFRANCO ROSI FEATURING: SAMUELE PUCILLO, MATTIAS CUCINA, SAMUELE CARUANA, PIETRO BARTOLO
Samuele is twelve and lives on an island in the Mediterranean, far away from the mainland. Like all boys of his age he does not always enjoy going to school. He would much rather climb the rocks by the shore, play with his slingshot or mooch about the port. But his home is not like other islands. For years, it has been the destination of men, women and children trying to make the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small and decrepit.
2016 - USA - IN ENGLISH - 96 MINUTES A FILM BY KEITH MAITLAND
On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
UNITED STATES – 2016 – 86 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY GREG KWEDAR FEATURING: JOHNNY SIMMONS, GABRIEL LUNA, CLIFTON COLLINS, JR.
On a remote desert highway a makeshift Border Patrol checkpoint is manned by three agents: Flores (Gabriel Luna): with an uncanny ability to track; Davis (Johnny Simmons): joined the Border Patrol with dreams of romancing señoritas and riding on horseback; Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr): one of the old guards who believes a college degree can’t stop a bullet. It's like most boring days, but soon the contents of one car will change everything. What follows is a journey to uncover the surreal, frightening secrets hidden behind the facade of this lonely outpost. The end of the path may cost them their lives along a border where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.
USA/ CANADA – 2015 – 82 MIN - FEATURE A FILM BY LAURA ISRAEL
The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the present, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures.
USA - 1970 - 96 MINUTES - BLACK & WHITE - 1.66:1 - DCP - BLU RAY A FILM BY JOHN WATERS
John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to theaters at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.