Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s journey from logging scout to eco-terrorist now becomes a powerful non-fiction film. Artfully reconstructing a life in the wilderness, Sasha Snow reminds us how much is at stake here, in our own backyard, and give a fair-minded account of a highly contentious individual. This screening will be preceded by a peek at Zack Embree’s film about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Directly Affected (17 min), showing as a work in progress.
Regularly voted one of the very best movies ever made, this is probably Hitchcock’s most personal and revealing film, a movie about male neurosis, fetishism and power, with James Stewart as the private detective who becomes obsessed with the married woman (Kim Novak) he’s been hired to follow.
James Stewart is the man who sees too much. “Jeff” Jeffries is a sports photographer waylaid by a broken leg, doomed to spend the summer in a wheelchair in his New York apartment. That’s how he comes to witness a murder in the dead of night in an apartment across the way… (or does he?). Certainly one of Hitchcock’s supreme masterpieces.
Kleptomaniac Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedron), who moves from job to job and has a pathological fear of the colour red, is caught stealing by her latest employer Mark Rutland (Sean Connery). Instead of turning her over to the police, Mark forces Marnie to marry him, convinced that he can get to the bottom of her psychosis.
It’s not called a murder of crows for nothing. Our little feathered friends decide they have had enough of smug, complacent humans and band together to do something about it. Bodega Bay, California bears the first wave of attack, and dilettante Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedron) seems to bring out the worst in them.
Truffaut: “Birds attack people! I am convinced that cinema was invented so that such a film could be made. This is an artist’s dream…"
One evening in New York, two young homosexuals enact an amusing demonstration of their intellectual superiority: they strangle a college friend for kicks, then stash the body in a trunk that becomes a makeshift table for the cocktail party they are throwing for the dead man that very night. The unique conceit of Rope is that is filmed in one continuous, single, flowing camera move, apparently in "real time", without a cut.
Everything you need to know about the roots of roots music, at least of Country variety: starting with the Original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the trio’s early musical success, the transformation of the act into The Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marriage to legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day Carter family to keep the music alive. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film illuminates the Carter’s musical and cultural contributions and features a who’s who of Americana music, including Johnny Cash in one of his last interviews. Opening night show features a live performance by Petunia (of Petunia and the Vipers).
Hitchcock’s favourite Hitchcock: a smalltown thriller about a young woman (Teresa Wright) who begins to suspect her beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is not quite what he pretends…
“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend – a vow the movie delivers aplenty. Guided by her father, Pops, The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s; sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s; and topped the Billboard charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 1970s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking. You’ll have a blast.
In August, 1971, Dr Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) enlisted 24 male students to simulate prison life within the confines of the psychology department at Stanford. Scheduled to last a fortnight the experiment was called after just six days before lasting harm befell its participants. A brilliant young cast brings this notorious Psych study to life with riveting intensity. "Stark and riveting" New York Times
Propelled from the death of his father to confronting his mother’s Stage 4 cancer, James (Chris Abbott) is forced to grow up fast; much faster than he’s ready for. He finds fleeting relief in booze, drugs, girls and fights, but in the end he has to be there for his mom, Gail. With awards-worthy performances from Cynthia Nixon and Chris Abbott, this is a searingly honest piece of heartfelt cinema in the tradition of Cassavetes and Pialat from first film filmmaker Josh Mond.
80 years ago antibiotics revolutionized medicine. Only now are we realizing the potentially catastrophic consequences of these miracle drugs. The question is: have we reached a point where we must save antibiotics to save ourselves?
Documentary followed by panel discussion.
Drone covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of “going to war”, to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret “green light” to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Brandon Bryant, founder, Project Red Hand, star of Drone
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: David Hatfield, Leadership consultant and facilitator
Peace Officer is a documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of ’Dub’ Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigation skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: William "Dub" Lawrence, star of Peace Officer
There is so much interest in food these days yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food. In the US, farm labor has always been one of the most difficult and poorly paid jobs and has relied on some of the nation’s most vulnerable people. While the legal restrictions which kept people bound to farms, like slavery, have been abolished, exploitation still exists, ranging from wage theft to modern-day slavery. These days, this exploitation is perpetuated by the corporations at the top of the food chain: supermarkets. Their buying power has kept wages pitifully low and has created a scenario where desperately poor people are willing to put up with anything to keep their jobs.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Magin Payet Scudellari, No One is Illegal-Vancouver
As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Kathy Corrigan, MLA, Official Opposition Deputy Chair and spokesperson for Advanced Education
All Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son wants for Xmas is s Turbo Man toy. But it’s the night before Christmas and Arnie has been too busy to shop…
Not exactly It’s A Wonderful Life, Jingle All the Way is a relentless demonstration of the crass commercialism that has choked the Christmas spirit, full of unfunny antic mugging and slapstick mayhem. On the other hand, it does feature a young Jake Lloyd (Annakin Skywalker) in his second movie role).
James Jones’ autobiographical debut novel about army life at the Schofield Barracks, Oahu, in the run up to the attack on Pearl Harbor became an instant best-seller in 1951. The movie version followed quickly, and went on to win 8 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra in his first substantial dramatic role.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, the rock radio DJ played an unprecedented creative role in the rock music world. I Am What I Play profiles four disc jockeys in major markets (inc Seattle and Toronto) during this period: their programming, their politics and their deep connections with musicians and fans in the heyday of rock radio. Where are they now - and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed? Featuring the music of The Ramones, Joni Mitchell, Rush, David Bowie, The Cars, The Sonics and more.