Golden Delicious is a fresh and engaging coming-of-age story about an Asian-Canadian teenager who is torn between his girlfriend’s dreams of their future and his father’s ambition, all the while struggling with finding himself and following his own desires. In his first feature, director Jason Karman vividly brings to life the joys and complications of a young man who suddenly discovers feelings for the boy next door. Locally shot and set in East Vancouver, this film is a rare and important entry in a genre that has been traditionally represented by white, heterosexual, and mainstream narratives. Wonderfully acted by an ensemble cast, and led by Cardi Wong in a charming, complex, and at times heartbreaking performance. Entertaining, sensitive, and ultimately feel-good, Golden Delicious is a sumptuous and culturally specific story set in the age of social media. It is meant to be told and seen. A winner of the 2022 Frameline Completion Fund.
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Someone Lives Here
Throughout the COVID pandemic, Toronto has seen a catastrophic increase in homelessness. Sick of seeing his city unable to care for its unhoused people, Khaleel Seivwright quit his job as a full-time carpenter and dedicated himself to building insulated shelters--called 'tiny shelters.'
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation
The best animated shorts of the year, according to the Academy... films from Iran, Israel, France and the USA. This program will also feature a handful of "best runners-up".
Big Fight in Little Chinatown
Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and an unprecedented rise in anti-Asian racism, the documentary takes us into the lives of residents, businesses, and community organizers whose neighborhoods are facing active erasure.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action
This year's nominees for Best Live Action Short Films include a mini-masterpiece from Wes Anderson and French Canadian entry, Invincible.
The Invisible Fight
Fans of Black Sabbath, kung fu, and/or wacky comedy won't want to miss The Invisible Fight. This gonzo Estonian martial arts movie is an unholy cross between Aki Kaurismaki and Edgar Wright; a true one-off.
Manufacturing the Threat
Shining a light into the murky world of police infiltration, incitement, and agent provocateurs, Manufacturing The Threat shows how Canada’s policing and national security agencies, granted additional powers after 9/11, routinely break laws with little to no accountability or oversight.
Jason Karman (he/him) is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and Creative Writing. His films have screened internationally and won awards. His short film, Lions in Waiting, was selected by Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent for the 2018 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Karman is working on his second feature film.