Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us… and what we can do about it.
Go behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet and watch choreographer Justin Peck create the company’s 422nd original piece.
“The documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography… Lipes captures the dancers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers from a variety of angles within the larger canvas, always suggesting kinetic movement continuing beyond the frame. A delight for balletophiles, the film [represents] a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety
With a secret application process, unknown start time, and an ever-changing course, the annual Barkley Marathons tempt long distance runners to rural Tennessee to test their limits in a grueling trail race that’s seen only 10 competitors finish in 25 years.
"Captivating and thrilling… Something to behold, in all its excruciating glory." Kevin Scott, Exclaim!
The quirky naturalistic coming of age comedy stars Dan Abramovici as Ben as he copes with life, love, and bouncing back from a bad breakup. Heartbroken and cynical after he’s dumped by his girlfriend, Ben makes the unusual decision never to leave his house again. Relevant and witty, the film speaks to the heart of our scattered, digital age, and is a topical and comedic look at today’s wired generation.
"Remarkably funny." Montreal Gazette
“If you could fly around the world and see everything from way up high, what would you see?” Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above is an environmentally conscious film shot using aerial cinematography. Displaying Taiwan’s sweeping landscapes, the documentary seeks to show the changes to Taiwan’s environment as a result of human activity. Sparked by the 2009 Morakot typhoon, director Po-lin Chi’s masterly use of music and visuals is a call to action to preserve the beauty of Taiwan.
Canada noir: Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy badlands provide the stunning backdrop for this stylish mystery thriller, a neo-Western reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple and No Country For Old Men. Nadia Litz is Martha, a classic femme fatale and a whole heap of trouble for pretty much all the men in her life (and there are lot of them: a grown son, a bitter father, a husband who has just escaped from prison, and boyfriends past and present).
"A stunning film that harkens back to the classic film noirs of the 40s and 50s as writer/director Jefferson Moneo crafts a narrative that borrows from the likes of Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and even from a more contemporary standpoint, the Coen Brothers. Litz commands the screen with gallons of femme fatale mojo and McHattie is great as her world weary dad. It’s a glorious piece of pulp storytelling and distinctly Canadian." Dave Voigt, Dork Shelf
Rising star Dakota Daulby is riveting in this BC-made crime drama, a powerful tale inspired by a true story. Troubled Jake escapes from his abusive uncle and makes his way to the island farmhouse which is still home to his older brother. But Noel is drinking heavily, and into some seriously dodgy dealings. Soon Jake realizes he’s jumped out of the frying pan, and into the fire…
"A chilling, highly believable portrait of a serial killer that is far removed from a typical horror film, focusing on the amoral psychology rather than the gore. It offers a serious attempt to answer questions about the kind of person who kills without remorse. Picture Trailer Park Boys as imagined by David Cronenberg and set next door to Stephen King’s rural Maine and you’ll be on the right track." Andrew Fleming, Vancouver Courier
Because of Typhoon Morakot, Mei Cho loses her husband, Rong, and her family business is on the brink of shutting down. With the village in ruins, the villagers consider re-establishing themselves elsewhere when suddenly, they receive a wedding invitation from a man everyone assumed to be dead: Rong. What happened to Rong? What secrets has he kept hidden? What will Mei Cho do?