Junction North International Documentary Film Festival

Junction North

International Documentary Film Festival

Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op is delighted to announce our 2nd edition of Junction North International Documentary Film Festival, Thursday Feb. 28 to Sunday March 3, at various venues in Downtown Sudbury. This is possible due to the support of Government Partner: Ontario Arts Council, Major Presenting Partners: Autumnwood Mature Lifestyle Communities, Downtown Sudbury as well as our Major Media Sponsors: The Sudbury Star and CBC Sudbury Radio One.

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.

Tickets and Passes on Sale here

Festival Screening Schedule here

Junction North: 2 Day Industry Forum here

NORTHERN ONTARIO PREMIERE

Free Solo

Friday March 1st 8:30 pm @ Indie Cinema

100 mins

by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

Nominated Best Documentary 2019 Academy Awards

Plus 39 Other Wins/Nominations Including Best Doc – Audience Choice Award Tiff 2018.

The documentarian duo behind 2015’s acclaimed MERU return to high altitudes, this time as renowned rock climber Alex Honnold attempts to do what no climber has done before: ascend free solo — without safety ropes — up the 3,000-foot cliff of El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park.

Media

This is daring, dangerous and dizzying stuff, the story of a one man simultaneously in competition and cooperation with nature. Meet Tom Cruise’s hero, probablyFull review
– Helen O’Hara, Empire

Free Solo is an engaging study of a perfect match between passion and personalityFull review
– Jeannette Catsoulis, The NYTimes

This often breathtaking real-life man-against-nature adventure is the second film co-directed by Jimmy Chin, who in 2015 made “Meru.” Full review
– Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

A heart-stopping account of an ostensibly impossible endeavorFull review
– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

You Are Here – A Come From Away Story

Sunday March 3rd 4:30 pm @ Indie Cinema

84 mins

by Moze Mossanen

Audience Choice Award - Best Documentary Feature, Cinefest 2018

You Are Here - A Come From Away Story is an intimate feature documentary that goes deep into the community of Gander, Newfoundland where 38 airliners carrying over 6,500 passengers were forced to land after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The film pulls back the emotional layers surrounding the five days during which the community housed, fed and cared for the dislocated passengers (or the “come from aways” in Newfoundland parlance). While their stories were the inspiration for the extraordinary Broadway hit musical, Come From Away, the documentary, You Are Here, reveals first-hand accounts of the great kindnesses and energetic resourcefulness the community showed their unexpected guests. Their emotional and sometimes humorous story of compassion and generosity, born of a long history of rescuing and welcoming shipwrecked sailors, resonates with a legacy of healing and reconciliation for the world - especially for the survivors of those murdered on 9/11, and for the first responders who lost their own lives saving others on that fateful day.

Media

The film offers a closer look at the real people behind the now world-famous story of the central Newfoundlanders who opened their arms to thousands of airline passengers and crew members stranded when U.S. airspace was closed following the 9/11 attacks.
 - Holly Mckenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

This story sure has legs – and why shouldn’t it? The way the people of Gander, Newfoundland, opened their hearts to travellers rerouted to their town during the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers is the perfect emotional foil for the brutal violence of that day.
 - Susan G. Cole, NOW Toronto

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Of Fathers and Sons

Friday March 2nd 6:30 pm @ McEwen

99 mins

by Talal Derki

Nominated Best Documentary 2019 Academy Awards

Winner Best Doc- Grand Jury Prize Sundance 2018 With 29 Additional Nominations/Wins

After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his homeland where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years.  His camera focuses mainly on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic Caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) are in the center of the story. They both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. The film captures the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters. No matter how close the war comes—one thing they have already learned: they must not cry.

Media

Watching young men become militarized is one of those gut-churning documentary topics. And yet the main subject of “Of Fathers and Sons” would argue that this is the only path to freedom and to happiness. The best parts of Talal Derki’s award-winning film not only seek to understand that but to reason with it.
– Roger Ebert.com

The family that prays together stays together, with entirely chilling consequences, in “Of Fathers and Sons,” an intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki. Delivering on the auspicious promise of his 2013 debut, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Return to Homs,” Derki’s follow-up finds him again visiting his ravaged homeland to examine the making of an anti-government force: this time not spiky rebel insurgents, but unformed young boys under the absolute influence of their Al-Nusra fighter father. The result is as despairing as any portrait of close-knit family and dedicated parenthood can be, adeptly blending sensationalism with domestic intimacy, and sincerely eye-opening in its portrayal of inherited Islamist fervor.
– Variety.com

Of Fathers and Sons grapples with the sociopolitical realities of Syria and the effects of this terrorist organization on a micro rather than macro level
– Slant Magazine

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Genesis 2.0

Friday March 2nd 6:15 pm @ Indie Cinema

Sunday March 3rd 2:00 pm @ Indie Cinema

113 mins

by Chrsitian Frei and Maxim Arbugeav

Winner Special Jury Prize for Cinematography Sundance, 2018, plus 7 additional wins.

The film observes the harsh and dangerous life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. The archaic landscape in which these people are looking for the tusks of extinct mammoths looks like primordial earth. There is a kind of gold rush fever in the air, because the prices for this white gold have never been so high. But the thawing permafrost unveils more than just precious ivory. Sometimes the hunters find an almost completely preserved mammoth carcass with fur, liquid blood and muscle tissue on which arctic foxes gnaw.

Such finds are magnets for high-tech Russian and South Korean clone researchers in search of mammoth cells with the greatest possible degree of intact DNA. Their mission could be part of a science-fiction plot. They want to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”, and resurrect it as a species. And that’s just the beginning. Worldwide, biologists are working on re-inventing life. They want to learn the language of nature and create life following the Lego principle. The goal of synthetic biology is to produce complete artificial biological systems. Man becomes the Creator.

The resurrection of the mammoth is a first track and manifestation of this next great technological revolution. An exercise. A multi-million dollar game. The new technology may turn the world as we know it completely on its head ... and all of this has its origin in the unstoppably thawing permafrost at the extreme edge of Siberia.

Media

Genesis 2.0 is a double-stranded helix of a real-life thriller, chilling and unforgettable.
 - Hollywood Reporter

… rewarding for the incredible, historic events captured within.
 - Roger Ebert.com

In the stunning new documentary “Genesis 2.0” which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Oscar-nominated director Christian Frei working alongside his young Siberian co-director Maxim Arbugaev provide a chilling and compelling look at how two separate entities are working with Mammoth remains..
 - Forbes Magazine

The overarching theme is humanity’s reckless courage – as such it’s a picture which finds its closest parallels in the films of Werner Herzog..
 - Screen Daily

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What Walaa Wants

Thursday Februrary 28th 6:30 pm @ Indie Cinema

89 mins

by Christie Garland

Winner: Special Jury Prize Best Canadian Feature Doc Hot Docs 2018 plus 4 nominations

Top Ten Canadian Films 2018, Globe and Mail

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank, while her mother was in prison, Walaa is determined to survive basic training to become one of the few women on the Palestinian Security Forces - not easy for a girl who breaks all the rules. Following Walaa from 15 to 21, with an intimate POV and the exuberant energy of its subject, this is the story of a young woman navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large.

Media

In a world that continues to dehumanize and victimize Palestinian people, reducing lives to numbers without names or stories, it is refreshing to see a film that portrays such a proud, resilient, young Palestinian woman. You will remember Walaa
– POV Magazine

…a compelling documentary from start to finish and one never knows right up until the very end of the film what will happen to Walaa.
– Montreal Rampage

Following Walaa from 15 to 21, this first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy brings us the story of a young woman navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large
– LetterBoxd

FThere’s more to this Palestinian girl’s story, but at the end of the day, What Walaa Wants is a fascinating look at following one’s dreams while remaining true to one’s self
– Cinema Axis

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Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion

Thursday Februrary 28th 8:40 pm @ Indie Cinema

70 mins

by Ron Wyman

Best of Show: The Indie Fest

Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion (2013), a documentary film about the Tuareg culture of the Sahara Desert features the music of the extraordinary Tuareg musician, Omara Moctar, "Bombino" - one of the most celebrated guitar players and performers from the Sahara and Sahel regions of Africa. This new cut includes Bombino's journey to Festival au Desert in Timbuktu and his recording sessions for his new album, Nomad, with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in Nashville.

Media

One of the overlooked gems of 2011! Stirring and unforgettable, 'Agadez - The Music And The Rebellion' is as remarkable as the people it documents.
 - Richard Marcus, blogcritics.org

The film is "magnificent…takes our breath away and lets us know we're entering into an environment far removed from anything most of us have experienced.
 - Richard Marcus, Blogscritics.org

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The Price Of Everything

Friday March 1st 6:15 pm @ Indie Cinema

105 mins

by Nathaniel Kahn

Sundance nomination, Grand Jury Prize- Best Documentary 2018. 3 other wins, nominations

With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, this film dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a fun-house mirror up to our values and our times – where everything can be bought and sold.

Media

Were The Price Of Everything just a tour of greatness, it would still be effective. But Kahn’s willingness to lay all these complexities bare, to ask both his subjects and the viewer to decide how culture, history, accessibility, meaning, and art itself can all be valued—and then to ask what value is, exactly—makes it a film well worthy of what it most celebrates: It, too, demands to be seen.
 - A.V Club

Kahn’s of-interest deep dive into this colorful madness still manages to leave a genuinely entertaining mark.
 - Roger Ebert.com

Kahn teases out both the absurdity and the complexity of the world he has entered.
 - Screen Daily

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Speed Sisters

Saturday March 2nd 10:00 am @ McEwen

80 mins

by Amber Fare

Winner Adedaide Film Festival: Best International Doc. 6 more wins/nominations

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

Media

Speed Sisters is as much about sexism in a Palestinian institution that arguably hasn’t existed long enough to develop institutionalized sexism as it is about life under the occupation
– Sherilyn Connelly, SF Weekly

...an exuberant, action-packed film about the first all-female auto racing team in the Arab world.
– Sarah Boslaugh, Playback

Speed Sisters is a muscular, unapologetic and surprisingly feel-good documentary about the Middle East’s first all-female team of racing drivers
– Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

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Active Measures

Saturday March 2nd 8:45 pm @ Indie Cinema

112 mins

by Jack Bryan, Marley Clements

World Premiere Hot Docs, NNNN Now Magazine

Active Measures chronicles the most successful espionage operation in Russian history, the American presidential election of 2016. Filmmaker Jack Bryan exposes a 30-year history of covert political warfare devised by Vladmir Putin to disrupt, and ultimately control world events. In the process, the filmmakers follow a trail of money, real estate, mob connections, and on the record confessions to expose an insidious plot that leads directly back to The White House. With democracy hanging in the balance, Active Measures is essential viewing. Unraveling the true depth and scope of “the Russia story” as we have come to know it, this film a jarring reminder that some conspiracies hide in plain sight.

Media

A documentary that chillingly illustrates the decline not only of democracy but of moral leadership in America.
 -  Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

Active Measures” names the names and fills in the flowchart of Trump’s corruption with gripping authority.
 - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

…this film is intent on giving context to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election by tracing a history of its government’s shrewd geopolitical machinations – hence the doc’s title, a kind of shorthand for Soviet political warfare. The “active measure” here is the Kremlin’s cultivation of a useful American asset in Trump, an operation which the film suggests far predates the 2016 election.
 - The Guardian

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Inventing Tomorrow

Friday March 1st 4:00 pm @ Indie Cinema

Saturday March 2nd 2:00 pm @ Indie Cinema

105 mins

by Laura Nix

Grand Jury Prize: Seattle Film Festival; Official Selection: Sundance, HotDocs, Full Frame, AFI, SF Film Festival, CPH:Docs

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats--found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Media

Watching Inventing Tomorrow, we are reminded of just how vast and layered our current environmental crisis is, and how many different ways our diligence will be needed in the years ahead
– Andrew Lapin, NPR

It’s an empowering celebration of an oft-mocked high school subspecies, the science nerd, highlighting their endeavors and honoring their community-minded spirit of enterprise.
– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

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Don’t Be Nice

Thursday Februrary 28th 4:00 pm @ Indie Cinema

Saturday March 2nd 4:15 pm @ Indie Cinema

96 mins

by Max Powers

Winner: Atlanta DocuFest 2018, Macon Film Festival 2018; Official Selection: Hot Docs and VFF

This invigorating film by Max Powers profiles the members of Brooklyn’s Bowery slam poetry team as the group vies in the national competition. The team features a mix of Black, Afro-Latino, and queer poets. They find their voices with the aid of a compelling drill sergeant of a coach named Lauren, who keenly identifies the relationship between pain and poetry for these artists and guides them towards perfecting their verses and performances.

Situated in the heat of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing wave of homicides committed by white police officers against unarmed black men, the competition demands they channel their fears and frustrations into art. Don’t Be Nice finds an outpouring of emotions as the poets slam truth to power and demand audiences to wake up.

Media

The film gives audiences a playfully sassy slap in the face as the artists loudly and proudly celebrate their identities through poetry. …The poetry is therapy and art: this film will take you to places you never expected.
 -  Mullen, POV Magazine

[The Bowery Slam Poetry Team’s] facility and ferocity is remarkable, and director Max Powers’s camera comes in close to catch every flash of inspiration and shift in attitude as raw talent is refined into something more precise and pointed.
 - Normal Wilner, NOW Toronto

NORTHERN ONTARIO PREMIERE

The Lonely Battle Of Thomas Reid

Friday March 1st 2:00 pm @ Library

85 mins

by Feargal Ward

Best Irish Film: Audi Dublin Film Festival 2018; Official Selection: HotDocs 2018, Sheffield Doc Fest 2018, DOK.fest München 2018; IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary 2017

Thomas Reid lives a solitary life on the fringes of mainstream society. But beyond the walls of his 18th century farm looms a vast American factory - vital to the national economy but long an unsettling presence in Thomas’ life. Suspicious of intrusion, Thomas doesn’t welcome the State agents who come to forcibly purchase his house and lands. He vows to resist. Set against the backdrop of the landmark Supreme Court legal action between Kildare farmer Thomas Reid and IDA Ireland over their attempt to compulsorily purchase his farm, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid harnesses the immersive power of cinema, creating a multilayered psychological portrait of this fascinating individual and his experience; of the country that houses him, and the State that seeks to evict him.

Media

Irish director Feargal Ward has crafted one of the most unique and, perhaps, indefinable pieces of cinema this year
– Chris Wasser, The Herald (Ireland)

Through Reid, radio extracts and re-enactments the documentary paints a good picture of the life he is defending, of the foes he fought and how. And it raises issues about values that need to be discussed now more than ever.
– Aine O’Connor, Sunday Independent (Ireland)

He’s a unique character, but what makes it such a hypnotic and mesmerising documentary is the way it’s so delicately constructed.
– Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia

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Maison Du Bonheur

Thursday February 28th 11:30 am @ Indie Cinema

Saturday March 2nd 12:00 pm @ Indie Cinema

62 mins

Playing with Snowbirds. Total programme running time 89 min.

by Sofia Bohdanowicz

Winner: Best Canadian Documentary, Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2017;
Official Selection: Hot Docs 2017; Nominated for Best Film, Sarasota Film Festival

Minutieusement à travers 30 tableaux successifs, le film Maison du Bonheur, peint un portrait attachant de la vie quotidienne de Juliane Lumbroso-Sellam qui vit à Paris depuis des années. Juliane vit seule dans son appartement de Montmartre et savoure pleinement les petites choses de la vie. Telle une méditation, Juliane nous confie son parcours d’astrologue tout en nous faisant parcourir ses gestes quotidiens, on la voit notamment faire son café, se maquiller ou arroser ses plantes. La narration est alternée entre Juliane et Sofia, ce qui peu à peu, souligne ce duo de femmes qui sont certes différentes mais tout aussi charmantes l’une que l’autre.

Maison Du Bonheur is a thoughtful, affecting study of the space we choose to take up in this world, and what happens when we grow old enough to realize the truth and consequences of those decisions. Bohdanowicz travels to Paris to film – or perhaps study is the more appropriate word – the day-to-day life of Montmartre astrologer Juliane Sellam. Bohdanowicz couldn’t have lucked into a better character to profile, as the 77-year-old Parisian is fully open about her life and career and infectiously eager to allow the director into her private space, both literally and figuratively. Along the way, Bohdanowicz becomes as much a subject as Sellam, leading to a film that is as revealing as it is honest and sincere.

Media

The pure art of living has rarely been more effectively demonstrated than in this lovingly admiring portrait of a septugenarian Parisienne.
 -  David Noh, Film Journal International

At a point where documentaries are becoming increasingly flashy and frantic, watching Maison Du Bonheur felt like arriving at an oasis.
 - Normal Wilner, NOW Toronto

NORTHERN ONTARIO PREMIERE

Snowbirds

Thursday February 28th 11:30 am @ Indie Cinema

Saturday March 2nd 12:00 pm @ Indie Cinema

27 mins

Playing with Maison du Bonheur. Total programme running time 89 min.

par/by Joannie Lafreniere

World Premiere: Hot Docs, Official Selection: Festival de films de la ville de Québec, Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie, Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma

Snowbirds s’intéresse aux Québécois du bel âge qui choisissent la Floride comme douce alternative à la rudesse de l’hiver. Avec tendresse et humour, ce film s’attarde à une réalité trop souvent tournée en dérision en proposant une immersion dans l’univers typique des maisons mobiles et motorisés qui peuplent Fort Lauderdale. Un univers où le flamant rose et le français sont rois. Ce documentaire intimiste met en lumière des ainés colorés qui migrent vers les tropiques, en quête d’une société des loisirs qui saura les divertir. Bienvenue dans le french district de la Floride, au paradis du snowbird.

Snowbirds reaches out to golden age Canadians living in Florida during the winter season. An entire generation migrate to the tropics, seeking a leisure society that can entertain them. With tenderness and humor, this sociological documentary goes to the heart of their daily lives by painting a human portrait of this typically Canadian social phenomenon: welcome to the French District of Florida, Snowbird’s paradise.

The Next 150: Documentary Futurism

Friday March 1st 12:00 pm @ Indie Cinema

78 mins

by various

Curated by Cinema Politica

Cinema Politica’s The Next 150: Documentary Futurism seeks to usher in a new kind of filmmaking that brings actuality into conversation with speculation, realism with fantasy. Taking inspiration from Afro-futurism, Indigenous futurism, speculative fiction and non-fiction, Cinema Politica has commissioned short films to inaugurate this new genre. Works created under the rubric of documentary futurism will deploy filmmaking approaches and contexts associated with documentary in order to imagine, speculate and represent a “Canada” of the future.

Films

Couleur du Moment by Jeremy Sandor / 15’ / English
A colour forecasting agency documents its human employees on their last day at the office.

Tomorrow by Roxann Whitebean / 5’ / Mohawk, English / English subs
Enhior'hén:ne explores Mohawks children's predictions about the state of mother earth 200 years into the future.

Tomorrow by Roxann Whitebean / 5’ / Mohawk, English / English subs
Enhior'hén:ne explores Mohawks children's predictions about the state of mother earth 200 years into the future.

Here and Mars by Mariam Zaidi / 5’ / English
JK is a 26 year-old astronaut selected to go on a mission to Mars in the year 2035. As she gets ready for her momentous day, she reflects on her past and the people who helped her get to where is she is now.

Reclamation by Thirza Jean Cuthand / 13’ / English
After white people have left Earth for Mars, Indigenous people talk about their work reclaiming the lands and restoring the health of the planet and their communities.

We Might Have Been Heroes by Andrés Salas-Parra / 20’ / French / English subs
In a world with nothing left to mine, communication has become the main resource for humanity to exist. The challenge? To stay connected.

Canfranglais by Mylène Augustin & Feven Ghebremariam / 15’ / English, French, Pidgin, Atikamekw / English & French subs
Invited to Tiohtià: ke, as a member of her country’s tribal council, Sam, an 18-year-old Cameroonian girl, traces the steps of her great-grandmother who lived in this northern land over a hundred years ago.

NOVA by Andréanne Germain / 6’ / English
A teenager unwillingly deletes her best friend in this bittersweet coming of age story set in a world where augmented reality has gamified existence.

The World is My Country

Thursday February 28th 11:30 am @ Library

84 mins

by Arthur Kanegis

Conscripted into World War ll, just as his Broadway acting career was taking off, Garry Davis joined the air force. In the aftermath of the war, Davis renounced his American citizenship and galvinized a grassroots movement in Paris challenging the newly formed United Nations to form in fact a world with one nation which he believed would end war. Dedicating his life to world peace through activism, this documentary weaves between a Mr. Davis in his 90s recounting stories of his rather colourful life, intercut with historical footage of him in Paris and Germany capturing his higher profile political actions and rallies for which he made headlines as the sub-dubbed “World Citizen Number 1.”

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Nothing Like A Dame

Friday March 1st 2:00 pm @ Indie Cinema

94 mins

by Roger Michell

5 stars- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

From time to time four old friends, all extraordinary actresses, meet up in the English countryside to gossip, to remember and to laugh. For once they let the cameras in …

Nothing Like A Dame is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s ups and downs together. Nothing Like A Dame invites you to spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across Theatre, Television and Film. Directed by Roger Michell (My Cousin Rachel, Notting Hill), the film also includes a range of astonishing archive material. Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing, this unmissable release is proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame...

Media

We’re offered the precious illusion that we’re close enough with four pillars of English theatre that they’re chatting to us about their memories and feelings; that we get to see them as people and as friends
– Anne T. Donahue, Globe and Mail

Candid, insightful and unpredictable, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith are not only acting legends but also great friends. And a treat to hang out with.
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Alt-Right: The Age of Rage

Saturday March 2nd 4:00 pm @ McEwen

Sunday March 3rd 2:00 pm @ McEwen

112 mins

by Adam Bhala Lough

Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival 2018; Nominated for F:ACT Award and Politiken’s Audience Award at CPH:DOX

In the first year of the Trump presidency, the Alt-Right is on the rise and civil rights organizations like the shadow collective Antifa and the NAACP are fighting back. Following such leaders as, Richard Spencer, an Alt-Right leader and Daryle Lamont Jenkins, an Antifa activist, “Alt-Right: Age of Rage” investigates both sides of the battle, in a hard-hitting expose. As tensions between Americans boil over, the battle culminates in the tragic events of Charlottesville, VA.

Media

Bhala reckons that our most important weapon, as we strategize how to go high instead of going low, is to know what we’re up against.
 -  Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

The foundation for a terrific, informative and bone-chilling documentary about where we currently are is here, but the problem is that we’re still very much in the middle of this story.
 - John Fink, The Film Stage

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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Friday February 28th 1:30 pm @ Indie Cinema

Saturday March 2nd 10:00 am @ Indie Cinema

83 mins

by Alison Reid

Official Selection - Calgary International Film Festival 2018; Season Opener for Doc Soup 2018/2019

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas – in fact, before anyone, man or woman had made such a trip – 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study animal behavior in the wild on that continent. When she returned home a year later armed with ground-breaking research, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved much harder to overcome. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes retraces the steps of Anne’s ground-breaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild – and discovers a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become.

Media

Reid makes the viewer feel joy and pride for all of Dagg’s groundbreaking successes and sadness and anger at the patriarchal constructs that derailed her professional career for over thirty years
– Andrew Parker, The Gate

Alison Reid deserves high praise for fine storytelling, combining ecology and social-justice issues while focusing on a woman ahead of her times, whose ambitions were thwarted by institutional sexism.
– Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star

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Netizens

Saturday March 2nd 2:00 pm @ McEwen

97 mins

by Cynthia Lowen

Official Selection: Hot Docs, Tribeca Film Festival

Netizens delves into the lives of three women whose lives have been transformed by online harassment. Carrie Goldberg is an attorney in New York City, who launches an internet privacy and sexual assault law firm in the wake of her own cyber harassment. Tina Reine, in West Palm Beach, is a successful businesswoman whose career is derailed after an ex-boyfriend creates numerous reputation-harming websites. San Francisco-based Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of a popular web-series, “Feminist Frequency,” critiquing representations of women in video games, who is the target of a cyber-mob’s ongoing campaign of rape and death threats.

Media

With such an intense focus on cyber bullying and harassment, Netizens is such a timely documentary for the Me, Too era.
 - Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

A timely film that ought to summon everyone’s outrage.
 - Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star

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Scotty and the Secret Life of Hollywood

Friday March 1st 12:00 pm @ Library

Sunday March 3rd 12:00 pm @ McEwen

98 mins

by Matt Tyrnauer

Critic’s Choice Documentary Ward plus 2 additional wins/nominations

The deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, aide de camp and lover to many of Hollywood's greatest stars. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers catered to the sexual appetites of celebrities for decades. While the studio PR machines were promoting their stars as hetero, wholesome, and monogamous, Bowers was fulfilling their true desires.

Media

Equal parts gossipy tell-all and poignant portrait of a man whose life is revealed to be rather more complicated than the sunny sex romp Bowers describes.
 -  Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

In Matt Tyrnauer's touching documentary "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood," Bowers is cast not only as a name-dropping Zelig but a free-living, free-loving, fascinatingly contradictory pioneer.
 - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

An anthropology of the sub rosa social life made necessary by a repressive Hollywood studio system.
 - Nathalie Atkinson, Globe and Mail

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Whispering Truth to Power

Friday February 28th 3:30 pm @ Library

Saturday March 2nd 12:00 pm @ McEwen

86 mins

by Shameela Sadeet

Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary - HotDocs 2018

This film charts the final year in office of South Africa's Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as she attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she now has to face the biggest challenge of her career: investigating - in the face of protests, death threats and legal challenges - the alleged systematic takeover of government by a private family in cahoots with the President.

Media

How does one weigh the importance of fighting government corruption against the moral crime of ongoing inequality in South Africa? A portrait of a remarkable woman in public office, and the cost of keeping justice alive in an increasingly conflicted country.
 - Hot Docs

This is a deeply South African story, but one that feels very much in line with this current historical moment around the world—not only in Thuli’s battles against a corrupt ruling system, but in the fact that she’s fighting that battle as a black woman.
 - Christopher Vourlias, Variety

Local Shorts Programme

Sunday March 3rd 12:10 pm

Seeing Sound by Alex Jordan   (4:30 min)

I am Bobby by Sydney Lee   (4:40 min)

Lou by Morningstar Derosier   (4:40 min)

Call of the Lake by Cassidy Jean McAuliffe   (4 min)

Andre The Anti-Giant by Kim Salarski   (17 min)

Elspeth Wood: Lunar Printing and Other Experiments by Sandy McLennan   (11:30 min)

NOVA by Andreanne Germain   (6 min)

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Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Heritage Foundation
FedNor
Greater Sudbury
Ontario Arts Council