A variety of formative experiences are conveyed in this wildly diverse collection of short films that employ absurdist humour, affecting drama, cosmic flourishes and haunting surrealism to share with us the moments that will forever change these stories’ young protagonists. Featured films: 40 Candles, The Cut, Dorsal, Godhead, Petit Frère, Ship and Stray
Wild fish populations in BC have been declining since the late 70s, at about roughly the same time the open-net fish-farm industry began to grow fish in marine waters. Focusing on the research of biologist Alexandra Morton, filmmaker Scott Renyard links the crash of many fish species on Canada’s West coast to diseases spread from fish farms in this persuasive and urgent call to action.
Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time) delivers layers of fear and distress with this taut psychological thriller. Helen (Patricia Clarkson) is a doctor mourning the recent death of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie) when Will (Scott Speedman) arrives at her cabin, badly injured by a gunshot. Clarkson’s performance is nuanced and compelling and you won’t soon forget Tim Roth as the relentless villain.
When a series of grisly murders plague a low-rent film production, a former master-editor turned whipping boy becomes the prime suspect. Astron-6 (Manborg) film collective members Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy write, direct and star in this deranged, debauched ode to ’70s Italian giallo fare. Gore, gratuitous nudity and an inspired guest appearance by Udo Kier make for the perfect late night out.
Dilys is full of energy as she gives us an entertaining insight into life at 91, and shares her ambitious hopes for the future.
A boy follows his girlfriend to Hope, an ironically named town where his dreams die a slow death. However, his settled lifestyle is disrupted by a trip back to the city for a medical appointment, where he and a friend become stranded for 24 hours. René Brar tells the story of two troubled kids who never really grew up while examining the complex nature of relationships.
Ruth (Sonja Bennett, who also penned the screenplay) fakes being pregnant to fit in with her child-rearing friends. This uproarious comedy from Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) will have you cringing in between fits of uncontrollable laughter as Ruth’s web of lies becomes increasingly tangled. The road to acceptance has never been so baby-bumpy; you’ll be laughing until you birth. Sorry, burst.
Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair. Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.
"Young people today are too often found in a space of social homelessness, where we are invisible in public discourse, and the value of our lived experience is reduced to teenage weirdness." A poetic statement of what youth need.
Director Ricardo Troggi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Jean-Carl Boucher plays young Ricardo as a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he’s on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.
Jack (Paul Campbell) and Meagan (Alex Paxton-Beesley) have got it all. They’ve just bought a house, they’re thinking about a family and they have a close-knit circle of zany friends that love them. A few hookups, breakups and breakdowns later, the circle unravels and then regroups in this sharp-edged and libidinous comedy from writer-director Alex Pugsley.
We devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. We love food and yet—thanks to our expensive obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce—we throw nearly half of it in the trash. Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months. Their documentary charts their experiment’s shocking revelations. Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2014.