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WIFTV: FSM

(2015, 91 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Vanessa Crouch

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Mar 10 08:30 pm

Samantha, a talented and up-and-coming underground DJ in Vancouver, experiences alienation and isolation, despite the progressively integrated world of music, computers, telephones and social media in which she lives. Confined to a small group of friends and disillusioned with online dating, she seeks a meaningful connection. The film chronicles her journey through the streets of Vancouver, and introduces newcomer Vanessa Crouch in a memorable performance.

Preceded by the short film:

Rock the Box

Directed by Katherine Monk BC (10 min)

A portrait of Vancouver native DJ Rhiannon, a rising star and one of a handful of female DJs who’ve “made it” in an industry controlled by men. In her directorial debut, film critic Katherine Monk demonstrates her journalistic instincts by getting to the true story—and mere mortal—behind the high-profile Playboy photoshoots and the notoriously explicit lyrics.

WIFTV: Connections Collection (short films)

(103 mins)
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Mar 10 06:00 pm

Short films followed by Q&A

The Light Thief

Directed by: Eva Daoud, Spain (19 min) BC Premiere

Adham is a handsome man who charms women effortlessly. Many of his conquests soon discover that he is not who he seems. This is an entertaining story of broken hearts, ending with an unusual twist.

One Last Ride

Directed by: Caitlin Byrnes, BC (16 min) World Premiere

Just as a taxi driver is about to call it a day, a young woman (Canadian singer/songwriter Colleen Rennison) jumps into his cab. Instead of cab fare, she offers him a glimpse into the cruel and fickle world of show business. This Crazy 8’s winner builds on memorable performances in a story that captures the unexpected connections between us.

Beat Around the Bush

Directed by: Brianne Nord-Stewart, BC (12 min) World Premiere

Una, a 75-year-old woman, decides to have her first orgasm. This delightful comedy takes a fresh look at a taboo subject and questions cultural norms.

IMPULSES (PULSIONS)

Directed by: Gabrielle D. Fortin, Quebec (12 min) BC Premiere

Through intimate dialogue five women reveal the doubts, passions and fears that permeate romance in contemporary society. This work delves into the female experience of love and its consequences, while blurring the line between fiction and documentary.

I Wanna Date You

Directed by: Lisa Ovies, BC (15 min) World Premiere

A fun film, this comic short portrays Holly as she struggles to find a decent date, let alone "the one". When she is again stood up, it is up to her heartbroken friend Lucy to lend a helping hand.

Handjob

Directed by: Alex Heller, USA (8 min)

Teenage angst and drama can be caused by any number of social stresses. In this case, it’s about the mechanics of a proper handjob. A film to make you laugh.

The First Session

Directed by: Ryan Logan, USA (6 min) Canadian Premiere

A delightful combination of wit and honesty, this quirky comedy reveals two women who attempt to repair their relationship with the help of an unconventional therapist and the power of the mango.

Aviliaq: Entwined

Directed by: Althea Arnaquq-Baril, Nunavut (15 min)

A story of love and friendship interrupted by convention and religion. As Christianity encroaches on Inuit beliefs, can the two women remain lovers?

WIFTV: The Birdwatcher

(2015, 89 mins, DCP)
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Mar 09 08:30 pm

Hit with a diagnosis of cancer, Saffron wants to ensure the well-being of her children. With a lack of reliable friends and a deadbeat ex-boyfriend, she resorts to her last hope - finding her biological mother. This emotionally nuanced film builds on a strong female lead, one capable of facing reality, no matter how daunting, and charting a path towards hope and reconciliation . This mother-daughter drama shines with stellar performances by actors Gabrielle Rose and Camille Sullivan.

Filmmaker in attendance

Preceded by the short film:

The Vocation

Directed by: Martine Gignac, Quebec (7 min)

This heart warming film presents a lifelong friendship that cannot be broken. When one Sister is disoriented and frightened, the other tells her a story to calm her down. It is the story of their own vocation.

WIFTV: Adrien

(2015, 87 mins, DCP)
In French with English subtitles
BC Premiere
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Mar 09 06:00 pm

Adrien runs a garage in a small Quebec town. He needs a new kidney, but that won’t be happening any time soon. Through the recurring cycles of dialysis and ebbing energy, he quietly struggles to balance his work and marriage.  Things take an intriguing turn when he hires a young man to help around the garage, and reconsiderations of his past help him move forward.

Screened at many festivals around the world, this atmospheric and moving film explores inner strength and personal dignity, capturing compelling characters in an exquisite rural landscape.

WIFTV: Bearded Ladies – The Photography of Rosamond Norbury

(2015, 52 mins, DCP)
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Mar 09 03:30 pm

Bearded Ladies is an engaged and engaging documentary about Rosamond Norbury, a self-described “omnisexual” Vancouver photographer who explores gender and identity with a playful ‘wink and a nod’. The film follows Norbury as she creates her most recent show, a series of surprising and often hilarious portraits of women donning male drag for the first time. It also presents Norbury’s past work, including her groundbreaking homoerotic cowboy images and her intimate portraits of drag queens. We are taken out on the town accompanied by Norbury’s charming alter egos, the gay erotic photographer, Rod Bush, and the glamorous drag queen, Rose Bush.

Preceded by the short films:

Kanada Girl

Directed by: Rebecca Campbell, Alberta (11 min)

Despite being shot and severely wounded, Flora Kupsch is not giving up on her dreams. A former cowboy action star, she is out of retirement and on her way to win the world title.

Synesthesia

Directed by: Aisling Chin-Yee, Quebec (20 min)

Tasting music and seeing sounds are just a few manifestations of a wondrous, mysterious and perplexing condition called synesthesia. This documentary explores the underlying science, as well as the experiences of the people who live with it.

WIFTV Opening Night Film & Party: Cafe Derby

(2015, 101 mins, DCP)
Canadian Premiere
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Mar 08 07:00 pm

Nothing is as contagious as enthusiasm. George is overwhelmed by his idea to rent the Café Derby to make money during the Pope’s visit to Belgium for a mass in a nearby field. His wife and five children abandon their initial reluctance, and decide to help. They are convinced there’s a small fortune to be made.

Told from the point of view of the youngest daughter, the film is a funny and moving chronicle of a family both falling apart and pulling together. Inspired by true events in the filmmaker’s life, the film is an ode to audacity.

Feature film screening and Q&A followed by a party

WIFTV: Selections from the WIFTI Short Film Showcase (free event)

(2015, 90 mins)
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Mar 08 04:30 pm

Curated by Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) to celebrate International Women’s Day the WIFTI Showcase presents selected short films from Women in Film Chapters around the world.

This event is free - first come, first served.

Women in Film and TV Festival: Girl From God's Country

(2015, 66 mins, DCP)
Canadian Premiere
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Mar 08 02:00 pm

An important pioneer, Nell Shipman challenged what it was to be both a woman and a filmmaker in the early 20th century. Leaving the safety of the Hollywood studios, she ventured into the wilderness to make stories of her own. While in Idaho she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in at least 25 independent silent films. And yet, she is now all but forgotten, a fate not uncommon for many women filmmakers. In this documentary, Nell’s story is paralleled with the stories of others, highlighting their immense but largely hidden legacy.

Followed by a panel discussion on current initiatives towards gender equality in the film and television industry.

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