Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op is delighted to announce our inaugural edition of Junction North International Documentary Film Festival, Thursday November 9 to Sunday November 12, at various venues in Downtown Sudbury. This is possible due to the support of Government Partners: Ontario Arts Council and The Ontario Seniors Secretariat, Major Presenting Partners: Autumnwood Mature Lifestyle Communities, Downtown Sudbury, Imagine Cinemas as well as our Major Media Sponsors: Eastlink TV, The Sudbury Star and CBC Radio.
Junction North brings 30+ screenings over 4 days to Northern Ontario of the year's outstanding stories from Toronto’s Hot Docs International Film Festival, TIFF, and Sundance, plus a variety of local stories, an industry forum for Northern Ontario emerging doc filmmakers, and school screenings.
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RUMBLE will tell the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE will show how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives RUMBLE is inspired by the Smithsonian Institution exhibit “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture,” created by Tim Johnson and Stevie Salas for the National Museum of the American Indian
RUMBLE has a long list of music artists, historians, family members, and experts participating in the film, including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine), Steven Tyler, Derek Trucks, Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Martha Redbone, James “Hutch” Hutchinson, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Pura Fe Crescioni (Ulali), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Vegas (Redbone), Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many others.
Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, Catherine Bainbridge’s ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ earns respect as much for its achievement as its ambition, while offering a celebratory examination of the often-underappreciated role played in the development of American popular music by singers, musicians, and songwriters of Native American ancestry. - Variety
Revelatory in almost every sense... The influence of Native Americans on nearly a century of popular music is eloquently demonstrated in this engaging documentary... - Hollywood Reporter
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World uses crisp new footage combined with a treasure of historic performances to maximum effect. It’s a thoughtful, engaging and very entertaining film. The pleasure is infectious. - The Film House
86 min | 2017 | Canada | RATING: G
The acclaimed winner of the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2017, Unarmed Verses follows Francine Valentine, a 12-year-old girl who is just one of many people facing eviction from a low-income housing block in Toronto's north-east end due to the impending demolition of their home. With a creative spirit, love for art and perceptive point of view beyond her years, Francine and other neighbourhood children turn to creative expression, as they prepare to record music and poetry at a local studio. Director Charles Officer crafts a moving local coming-of-age story about community, adversity, economic disparity and identity that celebrates our bonds and ability to persevere.
The power of raw, youthful artistic expression. - Toronto Film Scene
Tremendously engaging subject. - RogerEbert.com
Reaffirming the importance of community. - Cinema Axis
101 min. | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. Scott freezes when it comes to physical intimacy, and Dina, a Kardashians fanatic, wants nothing more than to share with Scott all she’s learned about sensual desire from books, TV shows, and her previous marriage. Her increasingly creative forays to draw Scott close keep hitting roadblocks—exposing anxieties, insecurities, and communication snafus while they strive to reconcile their conflicting approaches to romance and intimacy.
Filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini construct seamless vérité scenes that lovingly frame Dina and Scott’s vulnerable, yet matter-of-fact romance. Whether at the local nail salon, the warm beaches of Ocean City, Dina’s racy bachelorette party, or on honeymoon in the Poconos, Dina captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen.
Alternately comic and tragic and best when its both at once, ‘Dina’ humanizes a world of people who were only dehumanized because we allowed them to be. It’s never easy, and the film suffers greatly when its scenes aren’t supported by the scaffolding of its rom-com structure, but we need films like this. Whereas most docs about ‘different’ people are content to flatter our empathy, ‘Dina’ aims to deepen it. - IndieWire
A verité documentary that mirrors the minor-key humor, the rough-hewn texture, the gentle conflicts and awkward grace of many quirky indie narrative features, Dina cozies up unobtrusively to its complex, strong-willed protagonist as she takes charge of her impending wedding and lays out her expectations for a relationship with no shortage of challenges. After capturing Puerto Rico's trans community in Mala Mala, nonfiction filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles here take a sensitive snapshot of two ordinary people on the autism spectrum who are determined to carve out a meaningful future together. - Hollywood Reporter
This fragile, frank film chronicles its subjects with stripped-down intimacy, which can sometimes border on feeling like simple gawking. But it’s impossible not to care deeply about these anxious lovebirds, especially as we begin to understand the obstacles threatening their relationship. - Screen Daily
Viewers who might think they wouldn’t be able to relate to someone like the brassy, plain-spoken 48-year-old Dina may be surprised at just how very, yes, universal her story can be. Directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles (who previously collaborated on “Mala Mala”) never condescend to or coddle their vivacious leading lady, and the result is a fascinating love story. - The Wrap
In her latest documentary, Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin invites her audience into Norway House to meet its people and to glimpse what action-driven decolonization actually looks like. Obomsawin's cinema is one of voice. Her camera leans into its subjects as if listening intently, and while her trademark narration provides context, she insists that the voices largely belong to the community.
Norway House Cree Nation sits more than 450 km north of Winnipeg. One of Manitoba's largest First Nations communities, it is also among the most innovative on Turtle Island. With a focus on self-determination and sustainability, Norway House is home to a remarkable education centre and a range of community-managed industries. But the legacy of colonial policies, the trauma of residential schools, and the pain of murdered and missing women and girls remain deeply felt. photography, Obomsawin captures this rich, vibrant place in all its complexity and beauty.
For nearly five decades, Obomsawin has been giving voice to the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and reflecting back to Canadians portions of their nation's ongoing history that they have forgotten, ignored, or silenced. But as much as Obomsawin is a chronicler of the past and present, she also provides a beacon for the future. Successful stories of Indigenous self-determination have never been more important, as examples for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities, and for the broader culture as well. Norway House offers one potential pathway forward, a model of Indigenous sovereignty alongside Canada.
...a must see....The strength of Our People Will Be Healed is in the way that Obomsawin can mix serene imagery and stories of community and perseverance while never letting the audience forget the sobering circumstances First Nations people have faced and continue to face to this day. - Dorf Shelf
...this film functions as both cinema and journalism, the camera pushing us into a world we might not otherwise see and illuminating that world on a human scale. - NNNNN Now Magazine
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.
Dolores, a documentary, extols Dolores Huerta's lifelong, and seemingly unlimited, fighting spirit in the service of workers’ rights. - Full Review NYTimes
... energetic, engaging... - Variety
A satisfyingly complex doc. - Hollywood Reporter
Dolores outlines an important, sadly overlooked, misunderstood, and discriminated against figure in the history of activism. That this one Latina woman could accomplish so much with so many odds stacked against her is inspiring, and her story ties into debates about workers’ rights, environmental justice, and race relations that are still as relevant today as when she started out in the 1960s. - Toronto Film Scene
One of the film's more provocative aspects is the way it links U.S. opposition to labor organizations with the legacy of slavery, linking the treatment of predominantly Mexican-American farm workers in California to the plight of African-Americans from Reconstruction to the present. - RogerEbert.com
Multiple Sclerosis societies around the world maintain that the cause and the cure of MS are still unknown. Yet pharmaceutical companies are showing record profits on sales of MS drugs, even though there is no conclusive evidence that they have an effect on the course of the disease.
Filmmaker and activist Matt Embry was diagnosed with MS in 1995 and was told there was no cure. His father, Ashton, a research geologist, helped him develop simple dietary and exercise guidelines. He has since remained healthy. Now in his early forties and showing no signs of physically slowing down, he sets his sights on shaking up a system that has so far refused to listen.
Treatments by top-tier scientists that have shown major improvement on patients' mobility have systematically been shut down by big pharma and delays from the FDA since, as Embry argues, they don't offer the prospect of a marketable product (read: a drug). Perhaps more surprising and shocking is the refusal of some charitable associations to partake in crucial information sharing.
Living Proof is an incendiary, disciplined and heartbreaking exposé on the reasons sick people might be staying sick. Embry brings a profoundly personal approach to the lack of transparency and questionable morality in the policies of medical development — policies that have direct impacts on the patients he meets. He follows the money, and it doesn`t lead to a good place. – Magali Simard, TIFF
takes audiences on an unexpectedly emotional journey.. - POV Magazine
how much does that conflict of interest affect those in need of treatment? With Living Proof, the new film from Matt Embry (Hell or High Water: Rebuilding the Calgary Stampede), you won’t like the answer.. - Non Fics
My Enemy, My Brother is a feature length documentary about the real-life story of two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq war who become blood brothers for life. Meeting in Vancouver 30 years after Zahed, an Iranian child soldier saves Najah, a wounded Iraqi soldier's life, they are now about to embark on an emotional journey back to Iran and Iraq for the first time in 20 years. Their journey takes them into the heart of present-day conflicts in a region ravaged by war and ISIS. Their quest is a surprising affirmation of redemption and humanity.
Director Ann Shin creates a meaningful portrait of what it means to be human in war. This film will strike a chord for viewers who are both critical and aware of the current social and political messages involved in the portrayal of the Middle East and Islamophobia. - Toronto Film Scene
In the Toronto filmmaker Ann Shin’s poignant documentary, we meet Najah (an Iraqi) and Zahed (an Iranian), once young soldiers in the brutal Iran-Iraq War. The shooting has long stopped, but the wounds for both of them are open ones. - Globe and Mail
Shin first released the film as a short in 2015 due to financial constraints. It went on to win multiple awards and was picked up by The New York Times ‘Op-Docs" - Real Screen
Hosted by Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury
What begins as a few cases of smelly tap water in West Virginia quickly streams into a stinking tide of unprecedented failure to protect America’s drinking water in filmmaker Cullen Hoback’s latest exposé. On the heels of his unsettling look at the deterioration of privacy in Terms and Conditions, he turns his investigative focus to the increasingly private interests that control public water. Hoback’s dogged research turns up jaw-dropping disregard for science and human safety from chemical companies. But as the crisis in Flint, Michigan, deepens he arrives at more damning sources of contamination: the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control. The very regulatory agencies and government officials sworn to safeguard the country’s most vital resource may now be as corrosive as the chemicals poisoning the public. Provocative and scandalous, What Lies Upstream is a social justice watershed.
environmental horror film - Matt Cohen, Washington City Paper
couldn’t be more timely - Liz Calvario, IndieWire
quietly devastating - Joe Leydon, Variety
proves anyone can make a difference - Travis Bean, Film Colossus
must-see viewing for all Americans - Travis Bean, Traverse City Film Festival
provocative and scandalous - Travis Bean, Myrocia Watamaniuk, Hot Docs
Finland | 90 min. | Rating: General
In Finland, teenage girls ride hobby horses. Really.
This moving film is about the power of imagination and the strength of all- female community. We follow three young girls - Aisku, Elsa and Alisa - whose lives have been transformed by their new interest: hobbyhorses. Despite a lack of understanding by some, the girls bravely and spiritedly pursue their hobby.
Playing with hobbyhorses is a traditional children’s activity, but today’s Finnish teenage girls have created a sub-culture around it, raising the scene to a whole new level. The hobbyists’ are unofficially organised, working on a voluntary basis. In one hand they are active online with their Instagram accounts, blogs and forums while on the other they practise the sport by exercising outdoors in woods and parks - and they are serious. They are an ever-growing group that trains determinedly and organizes nationwide competitions. Every handcrafted hobbyhorse has its own name and personality. The age range of hobbyists’ is continuously expanding with the eldest now over 20 years old. The hobbyhorse fever is now spreading abroad as well.
The film has the tension and triumphant energy of a great sports picture. You'll stand, you'll cheer, you'll wonder what to name your horse. - NNNN, NOW Magazine
A refreshing look at the coming of age of young women who transformed their passion into an empowering tool and created a community to stand up to the world. Through their conviction, love and special revolution, they invite us all to find our very own hobbyhorses. - Tampere Film Festival Jury
Although Instagram and Facebook bind the hobbyhorse community, it’s refreshing to see girls putting down their smartphones for a good part of the documentary. There’s no talk of boys or body image; rather they’re concerned with how their horses are doing as they carefully tend to them (one is lovingly retired in a shoe box to a closet’s top shelf) and what skills they can master. - Toronto Star
Showjumping and dressage are the pinnacle of equestrian sports, but the competitors here differ from Olympians such as the Princess Royal in one important detail: their mounts are stuffed toys on sticks rather than Arabian thoroughbreds. Hobbyhorse riding is a craze that is sweeping Scandinavia, attracting more than 10,000 athletes and followers in Finland alone. - The London Times
Ireland | 2017 | 99 min. | Rating: General
This isn't Dead Poets Society, but it will fill you with the same zest for the power of education—and an excellent teacher. For John and Amanda Leyden, work as instructors at Headfort School over the past 46 years has been more than just any vocation. Within the walls of the school, they are caregivers and coaches, music managers and theatre directors. No matter if you’re an introverted recluse or an easily distracted troublemaker, in the eyes of John and Amanda, you belong. Observe the comings and goings of this school in the charming hamlet of Kells, tucked in the rolling hills of County Meath, and celebrate not only the singularly special bond between teacher and student—but the importance of inspiring a new generation.
...viewers will recognize a beloved figure from their own school years in the ageing and endearingly oddball teachers. - Screen
JOYOUS AND HUMANE. A moving, heartwarming look at youth, thoughtful discourse, and the emotional and intellectual power of artistic endeavors. -
Gentle and whimsical, with moments of rich beauty as we watch the exact instant where the light bulbs go off for pupils - The Film Stage
The most adorable documentary that Frederick Wiseman never made... - Indiewire
As charming, intimate and warm-hearted an observational documentary as you'd ever want to see. -
It’s hard not to be moved. A gentle but keen-eyed documentary. - Variety
A delightful crowd-pleaser. - Film Journal
the joyous and humane - The Playlist
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
It dares you not to be moved. When people ask about the black lives matter movement, whether it’s a year or 50 from now, i will tell them to see ‘Whose Streets?’ - RogerEbert.com
An essential testament - attention must be paid. Rousing and indignant, bristling with hurt and humanity. - Hollywood Reporter
Could not be timelier. Chronicles the rise of a protest movement. - Screen
Direct and frequently powerful filmmaking - New York Times
Rousing, clear-eyed and heart-rending. Here’s what you didn’t see if you aren’t from there. - Village Voice
Eye-opening. This is courageous, grassroots filmmaking at its best. - Huffington Post
UK | 2017 | 120 min. | Not Rated
How much would you sacrifice to fight for what you believe in? A Cambodian Spring is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern day Cambodia. Shot over 6 years by Christopher Kelly, the film charts the growing wave of land rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian Spring’ and the tragic events that followed.
A visceral, complex film.... - POV Magazine
A Cambodian Spring is an eye-opening and intimate portrait of citizens-turned-activists, and the cost, both personally and politically, that comes with fighting back. - Cinema Axis
Hot Docs 2017 Interview: Chris Kelly on A Cambodian Spring
CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.
It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.
In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?
If “California Typewriter” doesn’t make you almost cry, laugh or experience an unexpected desire to bear hug actor Tom Hanks, call the police: Someone has stolen your heart, sense of humor, and the ability to recognize genuine soulfulness. - East Bay Times
Those who haven’t adjusted ecstatically to all the wonders of modern technology will revel in the unorthodox and delightful documentary California Typewriter. - Hollywood Reporter
According to a new documentary making the rounds at festivals and sold-out screenings across the continent, the revolution will soon have another romantically idealized but conceptually obsolete cavalier in its ranks: the typewriter. - CBC Q
2017, 87 minutes
Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between his patients and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?
Stunning. - Filmmaker Magazine
Immensely moving. Lyrical and deeply meditative… digs deep into major questions without being afraid of the answers - IndieWire
One of the most moving films at this year's festival...gorgeous and contemplative. The Departure is a powerful work of documentary, cinema, advocacy, and art. - Toronto Film Scene
A cinematic spiritual quest. A trip to the mountain top that will leave you moved, teary eyed, and utterly vibrating with the sense of feeling alive. A small quiet film that is thunderous in its effect. - Unseen Films
A beautiful, wise, and deeply empathetic immersion into one fascinating character's unique approach to suicide prevention. A quietly impressive work whose images, characters, and ruminations linger on long after the lights come up. - Filmmaker Magazine
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. From Indigenous rights to the controversial 'notwithstanding clause,' participating filmmakers take the Charter's key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of the country we call home.The six vignettes offer personal narratives about Canadians who struggle to enjoy the rights and liberties promised to all citizens of this nation in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These six short docs, each made by a unique filmmaker or filmmaking team, focus on stories of oppression and alienation that exist for cultural minorities in Canada. The accounts are all troublesome for their immediacy and each film emphasizes the strength and resilience of their subjects.
... genuinely powerful. - NOW Magazine
... directly tackles the corruption and prejudice that shape the nation from coast to coast. - POV Magazine
A Silent Transformation sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of different communities across the Province of Ontario. By addressing their needs collectively they are helping to regain the radical vision of co-operation.
In these communities are the seeds of economic democracy, global solidarity, and a new popular movement to transform society!
Will it grow and flourish?
2017, 67 minutes
The remarkable story of Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw, who came to Canada in 1928 from a small village in Ukraine at the age of 18, with $5, a grade 3 education, and a powerful zest for life. He settled in Sudbury where he became a unique force in the Ukrainian-Canadian community. The “Chapters” of the film explore the various facets of a man described as “an exception” and “a mystery”. The “Verses” are those of the Ukrainian poet and writer Ivan Franko, whose philosophy influenced Wasyl’s life.
Wasyl was known by many for his walking everywhere around Sudbury, and was a well-known promoter of his adopted city where he lived for almost 70 years. His lifelong dedication and energy to the communities he was a part of earned him the nickname "Action Bill."
This is a compilation of short documentaries about being a pedestrian in Sudbury, Ontario. The vignettes which has pinpoint a number of walking danger zones, poor pedestrian planning and makes specific recommendations for change which would make Sudbury more walking-friendly and safer.
In Sudbury, 1986, the United Church of Canada made an apology to Indigenous people; it was the first of its kind by any institution. Truly and Humbly traces the memories of various participants involved in the apology, including Alberta Billy who requested the Church to apologize, and Right Rev. Bob Smith who led the Church Council to vote. The project, as it was originally conceived, aimed to develop a digital storytelling database to preserve this piece of national history. After five year of interviewing, filmmaker Hoi Cheu realized that, with all the tears and laughters, the participants told a powerful story that set an example for all Canadians as the country continued its journey towards truth and reconciliation. Although memories faded over three decades, wisdom grew: he orchestrated a film to conduct a meditation upon the meaning of apology and the call for action thereafter.