FEATURE FILMS

Quebexit

The Quebec government interprets a vaguely worded referendum about a transnational pipeline as an affirmative vote for separation, and declares Quebec a sovereign nation.
Hilarious confrontations ensue on a small road at the Quebec–New Brunswick border between the Canadian Armed Forces, the newly formed Quebec military, two Indigenous women, and even NATO! None of the groups really wish to physically harm each other, but engage instead in vigorous verbal warfare.
Shot on a budget of only $125,000, Quebexit concisely summarizes Canadian political history and suggests we have more in common with each other than we might admit.

Director: Joshua Demers
Writers: Joshua Demers, Xavier Yuvens, Gail Maurice
Starring: Gail Maurice, Alison Louder, Xavier Yuvens, Nicole Joy-Fraser
Nominated for Best Canadian Feature at Whistler Film Festival 2020
Political Satire – Note: Strong Language
Runtime: 83 minutes
Language: English, French, Cree
Location: Pickering, Ontario
IMDB: 9.2
AWARDS: Best Screenplay in a Borsos Film at Whistler Film Festival 2020


First We Eat

They’re back! The Crocker family, who lived off the grid for 9 months and who became endeared to us in their documentary “All the Time in the World” (2014) embarked on a new challenge last year – surviving for one year eating only locally sourced food.
That the Crockers live in Dawson City, Yukon, only 300 kilometers from the Arctic Circle, made this an especially challenging commitment. Their journey, presented with dry wit and humour, will make us question our reliance on food supply chains, and introduce us to original and sustainable recipes.

Director: Suzanne Crocker
Starring: The Crocker Family
Rogers Audience Award Top Five Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2020
Documentary
Runtime: 103 minutes
Language: English
Location: Dawson City, Yukon
IMDB: 6.4
AWARDS: Rogers Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs Festival 2020


No Ordinary Man

American jazz pianist Billy Tipton enjoyed a successful musical career spanning four decades from the 1930s to the 1960s. After his death in 1989, it was discovered that Billy was assigned female at birth although he knew he was a man, and had lived his entire life as his most authentic self.
His family and friends were not aware that he was trans, including his five wives and three adopted children. In this unique film by Canadians Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, a group of trans-masculine artists audition and read a script for the role of Billy, each interpreting his life through their own experiences. Along with leading voices from the trans community and Billy’s adopted son, Billy Jr, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honour the legacy of an unlikely hero. 

Directors: Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt 
Starring: Billy Tipton
Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2020
Best Canadian Film at Inside Out Film and Video Festival 2020
Documentary
Runtime: 80 minutes
Language: English
IMDB: 8.6
AWARDS: Best Canadian Feature at Inside Out Film Festival 2020


Indian Road Trip

As retribution for extorting white tourists on the reservation, two Indigenous con artists must drive a cranky elder across the reserve so she can make peace with her estranged sister.
On their journey, they encounter a stash of stolen money, Hungarian mafia gangsters, a hidden bar in the woods, and supernatural forces that threaten to thwart their mission. The film gives us an insider’s view of life on a reservation and celebrates Indigenous humour and joy.
Written and directed by A.W. Hopkins, a member of the N’Quatqua and St’at’imc First Nations peoples, Indian Road Trip started as a short film in 2015 and eventually grew to a feature length film. Over 90% of the cast are Indigenous and filming took place on a reservation near Merritt, B.C. 

Writer and Director: A.W. Hopkins
Starring:  Ajuawak Kapashesit, Paul Grenier, Dale Hunter
Nominated for 7 LEO Awards in British Columbia (2020)
World Premiere at Whistler Film Festival 2020
Nominated for Best Canadian Feature at Whistler Film Festival 2020
Comedy
Runtime: 90 minutes
Language: English
Location: Nicola Valley near Merritt, BC.
IMDB: 6.8
AWARDS: Best BC Director and Honourable Mention for Best Screenplay in a Borsos Film at Whistler Film Festival 2020


Tu Te Souviendras de Moi – You Will Remember Me

Arrogant university professor Edouard Beauchemin is battling dementia, and his wife and daughter find caring for him increasingly demanding and difficult. As a last resort, they entrust his care to the somewhat unreliable daughter of his daughter’s boyfriend. At first, the professor and his young caregiver have little in common, as they come from entirely different worlds, but over time they forge a deep bond rooted in compassion and mutual respect.
Renowned Quebec actor Rémy Girard (whom we saw last year in And the Birds Rained Down) plays the role of the opinionated and insufferable Edouard to perfection. 

Director: Éric Tessier
Starring: Rémy Girard, Karelle Tremblay, France Castel, Julie Le Breton, David Boutin
Drama
Runtime: 108 min
Language: French
IMDB: 6.4
AWARDS: Rémy Girard: Best Performance Award in a Borsos Film at the Whistler Film Festival 2020


Jasmine Road

Convinced by his daughter, a recently widowed rancher grudgingly sponsors a Syrian refugee family. As Mac tries to find meaning and hope in his life without his wife, the fractured Syrian family struggle to gain a footing in a foreign land and overcome racism in a conservative western town. Beautifully filmed with stunning scenery near Longview and Black Diamond, this heartwarming film renews one’s faith in humanity. 

Writer and Director: Warren Sulatycky
Starring: Greg Ellwand, Aixa Kay, Melody Mokhtari, Ahmed Muslimani
World Premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival 2020 
Drama
Runtime: 136 minutes
Language: English
Location: Longview and Black Diamond, Alberta
IMDB
AWARDS: Best Canadian Feature at Edmonton International Film Festival 2020


GLIMPSES INTO HUMANITY SHORTS PROGRAM

A New Leash on Life
Basketball, a talking dog with anger management issues, must convince his owner not to have him put down for bad behaviour.  
Filmmaker: Daniel Jeffery
Runtime: 12 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2020

Life Support
This poignant true-life tale of an encounter in a dog park renews our faith in the compassion and kindness of strangers. 
Filmmaker: Renuka Jeyapalan
Runtime: 8 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2019

4 North A
As a woman sits in a hospital room with her dying father, she recalls precious childhood memories, reminding us that the joys in life are fleeting and we may not always get the closure we would like.
Filmmakers: Howie Shia and Jordan Canning
Runtime: 11 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2020

Old Dog
An elderly dog depends on his elderly owner for help and companionship, in this nuanced and clever film: amazing what can be accomplished in 3 minutes.
Filmmaker: Anne Marie Fleming
Runtime: 3 minute
Language: English
Year: 2020

Red Balloon
A caring father struggles to protect his sick child, while still allowing him to experience joys in life. 
Filmmaker: Avi Federgreen
Runtime: 11 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2019

How to Be at Home
Andrea Dorfman’s animation pairs perfectly with poet Tanya Davis’s tender and profound poem on the theme of isolation. She encourages people to lean into loneliness and know you’re not alone in it, a reassuring message in these strange times. 
Filmmaker: Andrea Dorfman
Runtime: 4 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2020

Louise
This animated short by Anita Lebeau is a tribute to her 96-year-old independent grandmother Louise, who also provided the voiceover in the film. Louise takes us along on a busy day in her life in rural Manitoba and entertains us with her busy hands and charming sense of humour. 
Filmmaker: Anita Lebeau
Runtime: 10 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2003

Le Naufrage – Sinking Ship 
A break-up like you’re never witnessed before: the power dynamics in the relationship of a mature couple is revealed through articulate conversation, while the painting behind them conveys the emotional truth of their relationship.
Filmmaker: Sasha Leigh Henry
Runtime: 13 minutes
Language: French
Year: 2020

Animal Behaviour 
Five animals with distinct personalities meet regularly to discuss their issues in a group therapy session, mediated by a canine psychotherapist. When a new participant arrives, chaos ensures.  
Runtime: 14 minutes
Filmmakers: Alison Snowden and David Fine
Language: English
Year: 2018

The Archivists
In a dystopian future, three travelers discover a degraded vinyl record from the 1980s in an abandoned house and attempt to re-create one of its iconic songs.
Director: Igor Drljaca
Runtime: 16 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2020

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