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La passion d’Augustine

La Passion d'Augustine, movie still

103 minutes – Drama
Release date: March 20, 2015
DVD release date: June 23, 2015
Canadian distributor: Les Films Séville

Set in Québec in the 1960s, during those years often described as The Quiet Revolution, Simone Beaulieu has risen to become Mother Augustine, the head of a small convent on the edge of the town of Richelieu. Passionate, resilient, Mother Augustine puts all her energy and her musical talent into her students. When her niece Alice entrusted to her, she learns the girl is not only a new piano prodigy, but a young woman whose aspirations are in tune with the times, which are less than peaceful. The school, despite its small size, is a musical gem that can sweep all the major piano prizes. Morning, noon and night, the large corridor to the main staircase resonates with music, everything from waltzes by Chopin to Bach inventions. But when the Quebec government introduces a public education system, the future of Mother Augustine, her Sisters and beloved students is threatened.

La passion d’Augustine won Best Film at the first Gala du cinéma québécois in March 2016.

La Passion d"Augustine, movie poster



Lyse Lafontaine
François Tremblay


Léa Pool


Léa Pool
Marie Vien


Daniel Jobin


Michel Arcand


François Dompierre

Art Director:

Patrice Bengle

Costume Designer:

Michèle Hamel

Cast: Roles:

Valérie Blais
Shauna Bonaduce
Céline Bonnier
Anne-Élisabeth Bossé
Danielle Fichaud
Maude Guérin
Alexandre L’heureux
Andrée Lachapelle
Yogane Lacombe
Marie-France Lambert
Diane Lavallée
Tiffany Montambault
Lysandre Ménard
Nico Racicot
Pierrette Robitaille
Gilbert Sicotte
Marie Tifo

Soeur Claude
Mère Augustine
Soeur Huguette
Soeur Saint-Donat
Journaliste de la presse écrite
Mère Marie-Stéphane
Madame Thompson
Soeur Lise
Sacha Berkovitch
Soeur Onésime
La Générale

CBC Greenlights The Council

(March 16, 2016 – Toronto, ON) – CBC has announced the launch of a new series set in an unlikely location, Canada’s high north. Its working title is The Council and it comes from the fertile mind of one of Canada’s most successful television writers, Montreal-born René Balcer. The Council is set against the unfolding drama of a changing planet and draws inspiration from the true-to-life fight over the vast and valuable resources of the Arctic. The series traces the journey of two cops who uncover a small-town murder that is at the heart of a global conspiracy. Production kicks off this summer, shooting in Resolute, Iqaluit (pictured), London, Copenhagen and Manitoba and will debut with 10 episodes on CBC-TV this fall.

René Balcer is a 20-year veteran of the Law & Order franchise, beginning as a writer and rising to executive producer and showrunner. In 2001, he left the series to create the show’s spinoff Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which he developed with creator Dick Wolf. He is also the creator of the international drama JO. Balcer has won an Emmy® Award, Peabody Award, a Writers Guild of America Award and four Edgar Awards for his television work.

Known for his ability to weave complex mysteries with character-based drama, Balcer has had a lifelong interest in the Arctic and its indigenous culture. “The Arctic has engaged my imagination since I was a kid reading stories about the Inuit, and then as a college student working construction at the mouth of the Mackenzie River. The Council is a story where the stakes are as high as they come, about a land and a people who are the bellwether of our survival on this planet,” said Balcer. “It’s an exciting mystery and a political intrigue set against a wide canvas — climate change, indigenous extinction, competition for resources. As a story-teller, I couldn’t ask for more.”

The Council is being produced by Lark Productions (Motive), with executive producers Louise Clark and Erin Haskett, in partnership with Keston International Productions’ executive producers Trevor Walton and Denis Coyne. The series is a Canada/UK Co-Production, with Nick O’Hagan’s London-based Giant Films Ltd. NBCUniversal International Distribution retains all distribution rights.

“We are delighted to be partnering with such a strong team to bring Canadian audiences this riveting and relevant drama series,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming at CBC Television. “It is an honour to be working with the remarkably talented René Balcer, who brings his unique voice and passion for the subject matter to shine a light on the Canadian north.”

The series begins on the edge of the Arctic frontier during the endless days of the polar summer when a young woman, a renowned environmentalist, is found ritualistically murdered near the Canadian hamlet of Resolute. An investigation is mounted by the local RCMP inspector Mickey Behrens, an outsider and new-comer to the north who is running from a derailed personal and professional life, and her partner, officer Jo Ullulaq. A soulful counterpoint to Mickey, Jo is torn between the duty to his job and loyalty to his Inuit culture. The pair quickly discovers that the mystery extends far beyond the borders of the town and to the backrooms of Canadian parliament in Ottawa, the dark corridors of U.S. intelligence in Washington, D.C., the halls of European parliament in Brussels, the airbases of world powers, and the migrant conflicts at the border of Norway and Russia. Yet it all traces back to the Arctic, as they gradually expose a complex international conspiracy to control the vast natural resources at the top of the world.

“René Balcer has created an intriguing mystery and dynamic characters stemming from his personal connection to the north and the Inuit culture. This story, emanating from a little known but much discussed part of our world, will resonate with Canadians and have world-wide appeal,” said Louise Clark, executive producer of The Council.

Matthew Perry Stars in The Kennedys: After Camelot

(March 15, 2016 – Montréal, Québec) It is one of the most successful mini-series every produced in Canada and now this city’s Muse Entertainment is looking for a follow-up hit. The first series was the 8-hour historical drama The Kennedys, which sold to networks around the world and earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well as the DGA award for best director. Now Matthew Perry will star as Ted Kennedy in The Kennedys: After Camelot, a new four-hour mini-series that will begin filming in Toronto, this spring.

Based on the New York Times best seller, “After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present” by best-selling author and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli, the new series will premiere in the U.S. on REELZ in spring 2017. Matthew Perry will also serve as an executive producer.

Perry will portray Ted Kennedy in the years following the assassinations of his brothers Jack and Bobby. The story follows his very complicated public and private life as he tries to live up to the Kennedy family political ambition and fill a male leadership void in the family itself. Perry joins Katie Holmes, portraying Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who despite her desire for privacy had arguably become the most famous and admired woman in the world. Jackie’s ties to the Kennedy family remained strong throughout her life and her relationship with her brother-in-law Ted grew ever closer as they constantly turned to one another for support and as confidantes.

“We are privileged to have an actor of Matthew Perry’s stature and ability take on the role of such a complex and controversial figure as Ted Kennedy,” said Executive Producer Michael Prupas, president of Muse Entertainment. “Matthew Perry and Katie Holmes will fascinate audiences around the world as they bring these two famous Americans to life.”

“As the REELZ brand has evolved to tell the real stories of celebrities’ lives there’s no bigger celebrity family than the Kennedys and we’re proud to continue this amazing and dramatic story that began with The Kennedys miniseries,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ. “The Kennedys have inspired more movies, books, TV shows and documentaries than any other American family.”

Perry is currently starring on stage in London’s West End in The End of Longing, a play which is his playwriting debut. The second season of the CBS comedy, The Odd Couple, in which Perry (pictured above) stars and serves as executive producer, premieres April 7.

The Kennedys:After Camelot project was brought to Muse Entertainment by Keri Selig of Intuition Productions (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) who serves as an executive producer. Jon Cassar (The Kennedys) and Katie Holmes are directing from scripts by Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) and Sandra Chwialkowska (Lost Girl). Holmes also serves as an executive producer.

Hip Hop Evolution at Hot Docs

Shad Kabango.
CBC's host of q, Shad Kabango.

(March 15, 2016 – Toronto, ON) – Hot Docs has announced 14 documentary features that will screen in this year’s Special Presentations program, joining 15 selections previously announced. Special Presentations features a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award winners from the recent international festival circuit and works by master filmmakers or featuring some star subjects. One of those projects is the Canadian film Hip Hop Evolution co-directed by Darby Wheeler, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn.

In the 90-minute doc, rapper and CBC host Shad travels to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip-hop’s originators and biggest stars—Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash among others—tracing its evolution from underground to global phenomenon.

Other subjects featured as part of the Special Presentations program include activist Bobby Sands (Bobby Sands: 66 Days), musicians David Byrne, Nelly Furtado and St. Vincent (Contemporary Color), filmmaker Brian de Palma (De Palma), former NFL defensive back Steve Gleason (Gleason), Afghan rapper and activist Sonita Alizadeh (Sonita), artist Frida Kahlo (The Legacy Of Frida Kahlo), and comedians Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman and Carl Reiner (The Last Laugh).

Award winners from the recent international festival circuit include Life, Animated (Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, Sundance 2016), Trapped (U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking, Sundance 2016), and Sonita (World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary, Sundance 2016).

Following, in alphabetical order is a list of today’s announced Special Presentations:

D: Jared P. Scott | USA | 2016 | 78 min | World Premiere
Sounding an alarm over the critical and disturbing effects of societal inaction, this revealing film highlights the irreversible impacts of climate change—resource scarcity, mass migration and conflict—through the lens of global stability and national security.

D: Chris Smith | USA | 1999 | 107 min | Cinema Eye Legacy Screening
In this beloved cult classic, an aspiring filmmaker struggles to complete a hilariously lo-fi horror film, only to be derailed by personal demons and the staggering ineptitude of his production team.

D: Brendan Byrne | Ireland, UK | 2016 | 105 min | World Premiere
This riveting account of a turning point in the Troubles in Northern Ireland is taken straight from the diary of Bobby Sands, who led protests of imprisoned Irish Republicans and a hunger strike with momentous consequences.

D: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross | USA | 2016 | 96 min | International Premiere
An extraordinary lineup of top music stars including event mastermind David Byrne of The Talking Heads, Nelly Furtado, St. Vincent and more perform live with 10 “colour guard” teams—perfectly synchronized students in pep-rally choreography—in this one-of-a-kind, kaleidoscopic event.

D: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow | USA | 2015 | 107 min | Canadian Premiere
From Carrie to Mission: Impossible to Scarface and beyond, Brian de Palma has created some of cinema’s most iconic work. In this career-spanning, funny and candid conversation, he reveals his unique perspective on life, work and the past 50 years in film.

D: Clay Tweel | USA | 2016 | 110 min | International Premiere
At age 34, former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. With limited time left to live, he purposefully records his spirited and inspiring life—a heartfelt time capsule for his newborn son.

D: Darby Wheeler | Co-D: Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn | Canada | 2016 | 90 min | World Premiere
Acclaimed Canadian rapper Shad travels to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip-hop’s originators and biggest stars—Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash among others—tracing its evolution from underground to global phenomenon.

D: Ferne Pearlstein | USA | 2016 | 85 min | International Premiere
Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, a 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor and others uproariously debate and test the limits of comedy’s ultimate taboo: how to joke about the Holocaust, or if it’s even ethical to try.

D: Tadasuke Kotani | Japan | 2015 | 89 min | Canadian Premiere
A renowned Japanese photographer inventories iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and personal belongings, recently discovered 58 years after her death, lending deserved importance to fashion and “women’s work,” while resurrecting the dead through clothing and talismans.

D: Roger Ross Williams | USA | 2015 | 91 min | International Premiere
Disney cartoons play a key role in helping a young autistic boy communicate and understand the world around him in this moving testament to coming-of-age through fantasy, from Academy Award–winning director Roger Ross Williams.

D: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Iran, Germany, Switzerland | 2015 | 90 min | Canadian Premiere
After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

D: Jerry Rothwell | USA, France | 2016 | 96 min | World Premiere
Controversy erupts when an unassuming young man floods the American market with fake vintages valued in the millions, bamboozling wine snobs and the super-wealthy alike, in this suspenseful tale of excess on the eve of the 2008 crash.

D: Dawn Porter | USA | 2016 | 80 min | International Premiere
American women’s right to abortion is no longer clear, as 288 dubious laws slyly crafted by the right have decimated access. While a watershed Supreme Court battle looms, witness the human stakes of the right to choose.

D: Stephanie Soechtig | USA | 2016 | 110 min | International Premiere
With razor-sharp arguments and insight, Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric (the team behind Fed Up) craft a gripping indictment of American gun culture, meeting communities shattered by shootings and exposing the politics that allow the epidemic of violence to persist.

Special Presentations will screen as part of the 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, running April 28 to May 8. The complete Special Presentations program and the full selection of films to screen at Hot Docs 2016 will be announced on March 22, including the 2016 opening night film. Ticket packages and passes are now on sale online and at the CraveTV Box Office at Hot Docs House, located at 610 Markham Street, Toronto. Single tickets and package redemption will be available beginning Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Click here for a link to Hot Docs and other April 2016 film festivals.

Room at the Top

Production still from Room courtesy of Elevation Pictures.

(March 15, 2016 – Toronto, ON) – Yesterday, the hit co-production Room reached another plateau when Telefilm Canada presented its Golden Box Office Award. The Golden Box Office Award recognizes the Canadian director(s) and screenwriter(s) of the Canadian or majority Canadian coproduction English-language feature film that performed exceptionally well at the box office in the previous calendar year, earning at least $1 million. This is the 6th Golden Box Office Award handed out by Telefilm.

The award comes with a cash prize of $40,000, which is usually shared by the film’s director(s) and screenwriter(s). Because Room’s director, Lenny Abrahamson, is not Canadian, only screenwriter Emma Donoghue received the cash prize this year.

“We are delighted to pay tribute to Emma Donoghue, who has achieved international renown,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “This talented novelist and screenwriter was the creative force behind a movie that, in addition to its stellar box-office performance, has won many awards. Normally, awards that recognize box-office performance are given to distributors or producers. We believe, at Telefilm, that it’s essential to recognize the director and writers who bring our stories to life.”

Michel Pradier, Director, Project Financing, at Telefilm, added: “I would like to thank Ms. Donoghue for this moving story, which struck a deep chord with audiences. I would also like to highlight the fact that this film would not have

Photo supplied by Telefilm Canada.
Photo supplied by Telefilm Canada.
turned out the way it did without the incredible support it received from the two coproducing countries and from its Canadian producer, No Trace Camping. Room definitely shows what can be achieved through coproduction, an approach to film production that we should pursue more often.”

Emma Donoghue, for her part, added that “shooting Room in Toronto was delightful from beginning to end. The movie involved so many talented Canadians, and I accept this award on their behalf. I will be donating the cash prize to the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, a Toronto event that offers an international showcase for Aboriginal film, video, radio and new media.”

Room was directed by Lenny Abrahamson and coproduced by David Gross (No Trace Camping), and is distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures. It stars Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson, winner of this year’s Oscar and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress.

The 2016 Guichet d’or, the French-language counterpart to the Golden Box Office Award, will be handed out in Montreal on March 22 to the directors and writers of the movie La Guerre des Tuques en 3D .


Congratulations to the CSAs

Canadian Screen Awards, image,
The Canadian Screen Awards statuette.

(March 14, 2016 – Toronto, ON) That old expression, “Life is what happens to us while we’re making other plans,” really rang true for me this year in regards to the Canadian Screen Awards. With work underway completely revamping and updating Northernstars, plans for a greatly expanded use of video on the site, lining up potential contributors in key cities across Canada, I was looking forward to photographing this year’s gala events. The first, last Tuesday, saw me in my doctor’s office earlier in the day dealing with a sore throat and mild ear pain. Later that night at the Westin Habour Castle, I had a sudden feeling of unease and left the ceremonies before the first award had been handed out. By midnight I was more than a little woozy and Wednesday morning I could not get out of bed. A massive inner ear infection had robbed me of my equilibrium. I was still unable to stand without risking collapse on Sunday and knew that for the first time in a long time of covering the Genies and then the Canadian Screen Awards, this year I would be just another viewer. It was an interesting change in perspective.

About an hour into the big broadcast gala it struck me that the Canadian film and television industries can finally say there is a star system of sorts in place. There is recognition that this isn’t some haphazard collection of misfits struggling to churn out a few good films each year. The industry is vast, for the most part healthy, and can lay legitimate claim to decades of growth, slowly amassing experience, talent, knowledge and ability. It also has the foundation needed to build that star system that nurtures and supports the up and comers while cherishing the work of those who have gone before.

Thinking back to host Norm Macdonald’s opening remarks, where he seemed embarrassed to be heading to Canada to host this awards show made me think it’s time to stop inviting this kind of comic. Sure, we’re Canadian, and that means we’re self-effacing and ready to poke fun at ourselves, but you would think that for a couple of hours once a year when the industry gathers to applaud its own the cheap shots could be left unsaid.

As for renaming the CSAs the “Candys” in honour of actor John Candy, let’s kill that idea before it gains any traction. It might take me 30 or 40 seconds but I could easily provide a long list of names that would be far more deserving of being remembered and honoured in this way. That’s not a shot at the late actor. He was good, he was fine and had flashes of greatness, but to attach his name to an award that should stand for the highest possible excellence is just too much of a stretch. To be fair, the award deserves a more distinctive name, and it shouldn’t be named for anyone. I’ve long thought it could be called the Angel Award. Not just because of its entrancing design, but anyone who works in the biz knows not much happens without a whole lot of angels. A Golden Angel, or Ange d’Or, would certainly signify that your work was of the highest quality.

There are some other changes I would like to suggest, now having had a chance to sit back and watch the show. I would like to see the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television take a page from the Golden Globes and expand some of their categories. The list of TV awards far outnumbers the film awards and the film awards would benefit if there were some additional categories like Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best French Language Film, Best Film in a language other than English or French. I also think a Newcomer Award would be appropriate. While it was cute to see Jacob Tremblay best Christopher Plummer for the Best Actor Award, had a Newcomer Award been available both actors could have been properly honoured and encouraged.

The only technical glitch I noticed was when our Heritage Minister, Mélanie Joly walked out on stage alone and missed her mark ending up far from any microphone. Where was her guide? Where was Paul Gross, for example? The co-producer, director, screenwriter and costar of 2015’s Hyena Road may have been busy elsewhere, but was there no actor, director, producer of significant stature who could have been a friendly escort for a few minutes?

All in all it was a terrific show. A great production on a great set with a terrific live band, lots of laughter, a few poignant moments, wall-to-wall stars and enough glitz and glamour to satisfy even the biggest egos. Northernstars congratulates all the nominees and winners. Also congratulations to the producers of last night’s broadcast. Great work, and here’s to 2017. I’d say that I’ll be there… but I don’t want to jinx it.
leafRalph Lucas is the founder and Publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

NFB Makes Commitment to Gender Equality

(March 8, 2016 – Vancouver, BC) – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be ensuring that at least half of its productions will be directed by women and half of all production spending will be allocated to films directed by women, NFB head Claude Joli-Coeur announced at a Vancouver International Women in Film Festival panel taking place on March 8, International Women’s Day.

This NFB commitment will be rolled out over the next three years, during which the public will be able to keep track of its progress through updates on the NFB’s website, providing complete transparency in budgetary allocations.

“The NFB has always taken a leadership role in women’s filmmaking,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson. “In our current fiscal year, films directed by women represent half of our total spending on production. In 2016‒2017, the numbers are projected to be well above that. But numbers can fluctuate. There have been good years and lean years for women’s filmmaking at the NFB. No more. Today, I’m making a firm, ongoing commitment to full gender parity, which I hope will help to lead the way for the industry as a whole.”Claude-Joli-Coeur_by-Panneton_Valcourt
Women in View, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening gender and cultural diversity in Canadian media both on screen and behind the scenes, recently released a report on the Canadian film industry showing that women represented only 17 percent of directors, 22 percent of writers, and 12 percent of cinematographers, in a sample of 91 feature-length films produced in 2013–2014.

In making this commitment, the NFB is working toward growing these numbers and building on its leadership role in women’s cinema in Canada. In the current 2015‒2016 fiscal year, production spending on films directed by women at the NFB is roughly at parity, with 43.4 percent of production spending on films directed by women and 43.5 percent of spending on films directed by men, 11.3 percent of spending on films directed by a mixed team, and 1.8 percent of spending not yet allocated. That’s up from the previous year, 2014‒2015, when production spending on films directed by women was at 41.7 percent versus 47.8 percent on films directed by men. The NFB is currently completing a number of high-profile releases directed by women, including Zayne Akyol’s Terre de Roses, Mon Nom Est Gulîstan; Céline Baril’s DAVID(S), un homme dans l’univers; Marie Clements’ The Road Forward; Ann Marie Fleming’s feature animation Window Horses; Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology; Torill Kove’s latest animated short, Threads; Anjali Nayar’s Gun Runners; Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s Oscar; and Jody Sugrue’s interactive storyworld Ocean Falls, to name just a few.

What’s more, women hold key creative and management positions at the NFB. Fifty-five percent of the NFB’s producers and executive producers across Canada are women, with 66 percent of upper management and 70 percent of NFB Board of Trustee positions staffed by women.

From as far back as World War II, when women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers, through to the present day, the NFB has always carved out a place for women at the forefront of creativity. Ensuring a diverse array of women’s voices―one that is inclusive of Indigenous women filmmakers and women from visible-minority communities―is crucial to delivering on its mandate of reflecting Canadian perspectives.

Over the past seven-and-a-half decades, the NFB has produced works by such renowned filmmakers as Evelyn Lambart (Begone Dull Care, w/Normal McLaren), Bonnie Sherr Klein (Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography), Terre Nash (If You Love This Planet), Anne Claire Poirier (Tu as crié: Let Me Go), Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance), Michèle Cournoyer (Le Chapeau), Torill Kove (The Danish Poet), Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell), Ève Lamont (Le commerce du sexe) and Mina Shum (Ninth Floor).

Evelyn Lambart – Biography

Take One, issue 24 cover

A Tribute to Eve Lambart
By Karen Mazurkiewich

(Summer, 1999) Evelyn Lambart was the First Lady of Canadian animation, yet she toiled in obscurity at the National Film Board for more than 20 years as Norman McLaren’s faithful collaborator. Lambart was hired in 1942 to do delicate lettering on films. After a few years at the Board, she had a few films to her name, The Impossible Map (1947) and a joint credit with George Dunning on Family Tree (1949); however, for the most part, she worked long hours conducting careful collaborations on Begone Dull Care, Around is Around, Rythmetric, the Oscar–nominated A Chairy Tale, Lines—Vertical, Lines—Horizontal and Mosaic.

For years, Lambart watched as the young men she trained were promoted; for years she had to humbly apply to them for salary raises. Lambart craved yet resisted attempts to direct. She balked when executive producer Wolf Koenig finally approached her about taking the lead on her own film. “I had been so accustomed to helping Norman that I found it McLaren-Norman_Eve-Lambartdifficult [to work independently],” she said. With Fine Feathers (1968), Lambart finally stepped out from behind her mentor’s shadow. It was a revelation. For 20 years, she had acceded to McLaren’s more subdued appetite for colour. Given free rein on her own film, Lambart announced herself in a blaze of blues and reds. She also exchanged the protractor and ruler for scissors and paper. “I was fascinated with cutouts,” she says. “Mathematics, computing films like Lines—Horizontal, were a dead end.”

From abstract design, Lambart embraced fables and fantasy about greed and vanity. Subsequent films such as The Hoader, The Lion and the Mouse, The Story of Christmas, Mr. Frog Went a–Courting and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse are morality tales steeped in tradition. It took Lambart years to assert her personal vision, but she had laid a steady foundation for other women artists in Canada. A succession of female animators took their cue from her films, crafting more allegorical tales and bringing a touch of whimsy to the NFB’s Studio A. Despite her own difficulties getting ahead, Lambart was fiercely opposed to employment equity. She took no one under her wing and adopted a hard–line approach: “I hate training people. I feel like yelling at them, ‘experiment and find out by yourself, don’t expect to be told anything.’”

Evelyn Lambart died as she lived. She was proudly independent, living by herself in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, surrounded by the colours of her garden and her patchwork quilts.

Also see: Evelyn Lambart’s filmography.
Also see: OIAF Profiles Evelyn Lambart
Also See: 6 Stunning Shorts by the First Lady of Animation (NFB website).

Northernstars logo imageThis article was originally published in Issue 24, Summer 1999, of the magazine Take One: Film and Television in Canada. Northernstars acquired the digital archives of Take One in 2007.

ACTRA Performers Back Better Benefits for New Moms

Young, pregnant woman.
ACTRA Performers call for Better Benefits for New Moms. Image: Shutterstock.

(March 8, 2016 – Toronto, ON) – In honour of International Women’s Day, a group of Canada’s top performers is shining a light on some of the challenges faced by working mothers in Canada’s entertainment industry.

“This is a unique industry for working women,” said ACTRA Toronto Vice-President Wendy Crewson (The Room, Into the Forest, Forgive Me, Slasher, Saving Hope), “and we need benefit flexibility for new parents and expectant mothers.”

“Working parents in our industry have so many big issues that need to be addressed, from the need for childcare at auditions, to fridges for breast milk storage on set,” explained actor Liane Balaban (The Grand Seduction, Man Seeking Woman). “What we are focusing on right now is how extended health care benefits can address what seems to be a total blind spot when it comes to motherhood,” she says. For example, Balaban, who is 38 weeks pregnant, was dismayed to learn that the amount of her post-natal disability pay is based, in large part, on her preceding year’s income, a time during which she had a visible “baby bump” and had to turn down acting work.

Another issue is the high cost of breast pumps, which are “crucial for a working performer,” according to Corner Gas and The Listener star Tara Spencer-Nairn,

Tara Spencer-Nairn
Photo of Tara Spencer-Nairn © 2013 by Ralph Lucas.
(pictured) yet are not covered under members’ private insurance plan. (U.S. SAG-AFTRA performers, by contrast, are covered for these devices.)

“After the birth of my first son, I was back on set six weeks later,” explains Lost Girl star Anna Silk. “It was essential for me to have a quality breast pump, allowing me to perform my job and still provide my baby with breast milk. Maternal health coverage is imperative.”

Nor is lactation consultation covered, which can be as essential to the health of new mothers as covered services such as physiotherapy or psychotherapy.

“Thirty-seven hours after I gave birth, I was referred to a lactation consultant,” said actor Amanda Brugel (Room, Orphan Black). “I was immediately met with an overwhelming price list.”

“Being a breastfeeding mom on set can be challenging. It’s important that we join together to ensure that Canadian performers have the same considerations as our U.S. counterparts,” said performer Rebecca Singh (Flashpoint, Fries With That) who has a nine-week-old baby and appears in Mobile Homes, a feature currently shooting in Toronto.

An online forum to discuss performer parent needs is in the works as well as a panel for ACTRA Toronto’s Fall Members’ Conference, where performers plan to liaise with union and insurance representatives about to how to prioritize maternal health when benefits are re-evaluated in 2017.

“It’s crucial for performer parents to be able to get clear information when looking into their maternal or paternal benefits options. Improving coverage levels to meet industry standards is important, but we also need to improve communications about the benefits that are available so that people can access them.” said Freya Ravensbergen (Covert Affairs, A Brand New You and Co-Chair of the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee [TAWC]).

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 22,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.

NFB Marks Japan’s Tsunami 5th Anniversary with Debris

Debris - National Film Board of Canada

(March 8, 2016 – Toronto, ON) – To honour the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering free streaming of award-winning Vancouver filmmaker John Bolton’s short documentary Debris, from March 10, 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET, to March 13, 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET.

Debris is a moving portrait of Tofino, BC, intertidal artist Pete Clarkson as he crafts an evocative memorial to victims of the 2011 disaster, primarily out of mangled timber washed ashore from the other side of the ocean. In Clarkson’s caring hands, the remnants of the lives and homes of people from Japan’s Tohoku region take on new meaning as he shapes them into

John Bolton
John Bolton photo by Caitlin Brooke
a poignant public sculpture. The result is a site of remembrance and contemplation, and an emotional bridge connecting an artist, his community and a people an ocean away.

Debris had its world premiere this past September at the Vancouver International Film Festival and went on to screen at festivals in Montreal, Paris and Torino, Italy.

Written and directed by John Bolton, Debris is produced for the NFB by Shirley Vercruysse, with Teri Snelgrove as associate producer. The film is edited by Jenn Strom, with Andrew Coppin as director of photography. The composer is Scott Morgan, with sound design by Chris McLaren. The executive producer for the NFB’s BC & Yukon Studio is Shirley Vercruysse.

Bolton is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver. His company has produced performing arts pieces, literary adaptations, sports films and the occasional disaster movie. He is currently producing, writing and directing several projects, including the musical docudrama Aim for the Roses about Canadian musician Mark Haney and Canadian daredevil Ken Carter. Projects in development include E Day Is Coming, a seismic comedy about earthquake preparedness and real estate anxiety in Vancouver, and Snowman, a hallucinatory black comedy/psychological horror film based on the play by Greg MacArthur.

Who You Gonna Call?

Production still for the 2016 film, Ghostbusters

(March 4, 2016 – Toronto, ON) This summer producer Ivan Reitman and Executive Producer Dan Aykroyd join forces with others to reboot Ghostbusters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.

Northernstars.ca has an early teaser trailer courtesy of Columbia Pictures and Roadshow Pictures and you can see it here.


105 minutes – Comedy
Language: English
Release date: July 15, 2016
Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Authors Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) write a book in which they claim that ghosts exist. A few years later, Erin lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but when her book resurfaces, she becomes a joke within the academic world. That changes when ghosts invade Manhattan, and Erin and Abby reunite in order to form a team to save the world. They hire an enthusiastic assistant, Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), who wants desperately to be a Ghostbuster himself, but when he tries to impress the team, he winds up being taken over by a ghostly entity and it’s up to the girls to save him.

Trailer, still and poster courtesy of Columbia Pictures, a Sony Company and Village Roadshow Pictures.



Ivan Reitman
Amy Pascal

Executive Producer:

Michele Imperato Stabile
Paul Feig
Jessie Henderson
Dan Aykroyd
Tom Pollock
Joe Medjuck
Ali Bell
Ben Waisbren


Katie Dippold

Associate Producer:

James Paul


Paul Feig


Paul Feig
Katie Dippold


Robert D. Yeoman


Melissa Bretherton
Brent White


Theodore Shapiro

Production Designer:

Jefferson Sage

Art Director:

Beat Frutiger (Supervising art director)
Lorin Flemming
Iain McFadyen
Bradley Rubin

Costume Designer:

Jeffrey Kurland

Cast: Roles:

Melissa McCarthy
Kristen Wiig
Kate McKinnon
Leslie Jones
Charles Dance
Michael Kenneth Williams
Chris Hemsworth
Elizabeth Perkins
Andy Garcia
Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver
Charles Dance
Bill Murray

Abby Yates
Erin Gilbert
Jillian Holtzman}Patty Tolan
Mayor of New York

Café de Flore

110 minutes – Drama
Language: French, English
Release date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release date:
Canadian Distributor: Alliance Vivafilm

Café de Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently-divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love – euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful and ultimately timeless love. Antoine, seems to have it all: a thriving career, two beautiful daughters, his partner Rose with whom he is passionately in love. However, nothing is perfect and Antoine’s ex-wife Carole remains devastated by their recent separation. Heartbroken, her sense of self has been shattered and her hold on reality has been gradually slipping away. Her dreams are haunted by two recurrent figures – Jacqueline, a young woman, and Laurent, her son who was born with Down Syndrome. But the reason for their visits to her subconscious, and their meaning continue to elude her. Abandoned by her husband, Jacqueline sacrifices everything to care for her son. From the moment Laurent is born she promises herself to give him a “normal” life full of happiness. For years she fulfills that promise, watching over his every waking moment. But one day at school Laurent befriends Véronique, another Down Syndrome child, forever changing things between him and his mother. Carole, meanwhile, is still attempting to unravel the mystery of Jacqueline and Laurent. She sees them not only in her dreams but in her waking life too. Tormented by hallucinations, she uses medication and illicit drugs to help suppress them before turning for help of a spiritual guide. Carole comes to believe Jacqueline and Laurent are previous incarnations of her and Antoine who are attempting to send her a warning. When she senses Jacqueline’s and Laurent’s story could end tragically, Carole realizes she will have to choose a different path. In that moment, she has to decide whether the agony of heartbreak is too much to bear or if she can let go of her pain and move on with her life.

Photo and poster courtesy of Alliance Vivafilm.

Café de Flore, poster



Pierre Even Canadien
Marie-Claude Poulin


Jean-Marc Vallée


Jean-Marc Vallée


Jean-Marc Vallée


Pierre Cottereau


Jean-Marc Vallée

Cast: Roles:

Vanessa Paradis
Kevin Parent
Hélène Florent
Evelyne Brochu
Marin Gerrier
Alice Dubois
Evelyne de la Chenelière
Michel Dumont
Linda Smith
Joanny Corbeil-Picher
Rosalie Fortier
Michel Laperrière
Caroline Bal
Nicolas Marié
Pascal Elso
Jérôme Kircher
Claire Vernet
Manon Balthazard
Émile Vallée
Chanel Fontaine
Emanuelle Beaugrand-Champagne

Antoine Godin
Julien Godin
Louise Godin
Véronique’s mother
Véronique’s father
Mme Labelle
School principal
Antoine (age 14)
Carole (age 14)
La médium

Early Winter

96 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: September 2015, Mostra de Venise
Release date: March 18, 2016
Canadian distributor: Mongrel Media

David, a man in his forties and a recovering alcholic, lives a predictable life with his Russian-born wife Maya and their two children. This is his second marriage. He works long hours as a janitor in a retirement home and takes on odd jobs fixing things to make sure his wife and children lack for nothing. But when he begins to suspect that Maya is having an affair, his past comes back to haunt him. Early Winter, aka Rest Home, is a Canada/Australia co-production.

Michael Rowe, the Australian-born director of this film should not be confused with Michael Rowe the Canadian actor.

Early Winter, movie poster



Serge Noël (Canada)
Trish Lake (Australia)

Executive Producer:

Richard Cohen (Australia)


Dan Lake (Australia)


Michael Rowe


Michael Rowe


Nicolas Canniccioni


Geoff Lamb

Production Designer:

Pierre Allard

Cast: Roles:

Paul Doucet
Suzanne Clément
Micheline Lanctôt
Lise Martin
Alexandre Marine
Michel Riendeau
Ambrosio de Luca
Céline Bonnier
Didier Lucien
Jane Gilchrist
Maxime Laferrière
Antonio Bavaro
Alain E. Cadieux
Bill Corday
Charles Licha
Jean Guimond
Raymond Boudreau

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Academy Launches Free Canadian Films

(March 3, 2013 – Toronto, ON) For the first time, audiences across Canada can see some of this year’s Best Picture Nominees as part of the new Canadian Screen Awards Coast to Coast Screening Series produced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Five Best Picture nominated films will screen in five cities on March 10 at 7pm local time.

Canadians are welcome to the screenings graciously hosted at Cineplex theatres with the support of each film’s distributor. The screenings are free but donations will be accepted at each of the locations with proceeds going to a local charity in each city: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and St. John’s.

“Bringing Best Picture Nominees to movie lovers across the country allows all Canadians to follow the pulse of this year’s top contenders on the lead-up to the CSAs,” said Karen Bruce, Academy Director, Membership.

To be able to see the free films you will have to sign-up with the Academy, but that’s a good thing. There’s a link at the end of this article. Here are the films that will be screening for free thanks to the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television:

Thursday March 10 | 7pm PST
Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
88 West Pender, 3rd Floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9
French with English Subtitles

In this comedy, Guibord, an independent Member of Parliament who represents a vast county in Northern Quebec, finds himself in the awkward position of holding the deciding vote on whether or not Canada goes to war. With his wife, daughter and an idealistic Haitian intern, Guibord travels through his riding to consult his constituents. Distributed by Entertainment One Films.

Thursday, March 10 | 7pm MST
Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas
91 Crowfoot Terrace North West
Calgary, AB T3G 2L5
French with English Subtitles

Felix is an eccentric and penniless French Canadian whose wealthy father is dying. Meira is a Hasidic wife and mother looking for something new. They were not meant to meet, let alone fall in love. Miraculously, they attempt to love each other despite all that separates them. Distributed by FunFilm Distribution.

Thursday, March 10 | 7pm CST
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
817 St. James Street
Winnipeg, MB R3G 3L3

When Zev discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity, he sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences. Distributed by Entertainment One Films.

Thursday, March 10 | 7pm EST
Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal
977 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montréal, QC H3B 4W3

A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love. Distributed by Mongrel Media.

Thursday, March 10 | 7pm NST
Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl
760 Topsail Road
St. John’s, NL A1N 3J5

Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her five-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying and wondrous world outside their one-room prison. Distributed by Elevation Pictures.

To learn more about the Canadian Screen Awards Coast to Coast Screening Series and to sign-up online click here.

Orgy to Launch Canadian Film Fest

(March 2, 2016 – Toronto, ON) Okay… get your mind out of wherever it went. It isn’t that kind of orgy. It’s the kind that’s in the title of the opening night film at the 2016 Canadian Film Fest (CFF) on March 30. After screening at festivals all across Canada, starting with the Atlantic Film Festival last September, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town will finally have its Toronto premiere.

The CFF returns to The Royal Cinema in Toronto and its short run ends April 2. How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, which was directed by Jeremy LaLonde (who previously gave us Sex After Kids), is fresh off its U.S. premiere at Slamdance. The 101-minute feature stars Jewel Staite, Ennis Esmer, Katharine Isabelle and Kristian Bruun, to name just a few.

“The Canadian Film Fest has become a hotbed for emerging filmmakers. We’re proud to be one of the launching pads for some of Canada’s next generation of filmmakers. We’re very excited to showcase six world premieres in our 10th edition,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director, Canadian Film Fest.

Canadian Film Fest logo

Director X’s feature film debut Across the Line, costarring Stephan James and Sarah Jeffery, will have its Toronto premiere as the closing night film.

The other feature films screening over the four-day festival include 20 Moves (dir. Harv Glazer), Borealis (dir. Sean Garrity), Chasing Valenine (dir. Navin Ramaswaran), Dead Rush (dir. Zach Ramelan), Jackie Boy (dir. Cody Campanale), and The Sabbatical (dir. Brian Stockton).

The CFF short film program boasts 17 shorts, including Slamdance Grand Jury Award winner WINTER HYMNS. Some of Canada’s top on-screen talent like Paul Amos, Steve Lund, Meghan Heffern, Yannick Bisson, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Debra McGrath, Sean Cullen, Eric Peterson, Supinder Wraich, and more make appearances in the official short selections.

Click here for a link to the Canadian Film Fest and more information about this year’s festival.

Investigative Filmmaker Turns to Radio

David Ridgen

(March 2, 2016 – Toronto, ON) Filmmaker David Ridgen is known for his string of documentaries. Now he has turned his talent as a writer-producer-director to radio and a serialized podcast from CBC titled Someone Knows Something.

Someone Knows Something will explore unsolved cases of the missing or murdered, probing theories, debunking rumours and aiming to uncover new information in unsolved crimes, while also unravelling the visceral ripple effects these events have on families and communities across the country.

Each season, the series will focus on a single Canadian cold case that draws listeners deep into a mystery. As each case is brought back to life, audiences will hear evidence and first-hand accounts from those closest to the investigation, including the family, law enforcement and potential suspects. The story will unfold on a weekly basis, with new episodes released every Monday. In Season 1, Ridgen explores what happened to Adrien McNaughton, a five-year-old boy who disappeared near a lake in eastern Ontario without a trace, more than four decades ago. Ridgen, who grew up in the area, returns in search of answers.

Specializing in hard-hitting, character-driven, point-of-view storytelling, David Ridgen has an aptitude for investigate work and narrative experimentation. “The more time you spend looking at a case, the more things emerge from the picture that can help to solve it,” says Ridgen. “That’s why podcasting and true crime are such a natural fit. It allows the case to roll-out in real-time. It’s an exciting and immersive way to tell stories and an effective method for uncovering new information and using the public to help gather missing pieces of the puzzle and put it together in a new way, that may lead to solving the case.”

Visit CBC’s Someone Knows Something online for more information.

David Ridgen

David Ridgen

B: 1969 in Arnprior, Ontario

David Ridgen began his career by learning on the job while working on the 2007 documentary Mississippi Cold Case, which led to the second only federal trial of the Ku Klux Klan in US history and the arrest of the guilty party. His recent works have been credited with the reopening of cold cases and led to arrests (Confession to Murder and A Garden of Tears), have made a progressive impact on the Israel/Palestine conflict (American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein) and spurred victim reconciliation with perpetrators (Reconciliation in Mississippi). Ridgen’s first feature drama, Memento, was released to critical acclaim in 1996. In March of 2016 CBC Radio announced a podcast series, Someone Knows Something, hosted by David Ridgen. Some sources say he was born in Stratford, Ontario. These are his credits as a director:

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Momento (1996)

On the Borders of Gardens (TV-2000, documentary)
Buried Alive (TV-2003, documentary)
Return to Mississippi (2004)
Mississippi Cold Case (2007, documentary)
A Garden of Tears (2009, documentary short)
American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009, documentary)
The Bomb That Killed Wayne Greavette (2009, documentary short)

Sharin’ (2010, documentary short)
Reconciliation in Mississippi (2011, documentary short)
Confession to Murder (2012, documentary short)
Treatment Centre (TV-2013, documentary)
Love Song for the Apocalypse (2014, documentary short)
Heroes of the Demolition (2016, short)
Compartment (2016)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Momento (1996)

On the Borders of Gardens (TV-2000, documentary)
Buried Alive (TV-2003, documentary)
Return to Mississippi (2004)
Mississippi Cold Case (2007, documentary)
A Garden of Tears (2009, documentary short)
American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009, documentary)
The Bomb That Killed Wayne Greavette (2009, documentary short)

Sharin’ (2010, documentary short)
Reconciliation in Mississippi (2011, documentary short)
Confession to Murder (2012, documentary short)
Treatment Centre (TV-2013, documentary)
Love Song for the Apocalypse (2014, documentary short)
Heroes of the Demolition (2016, short)
Compartment (2016)

Credits as a Producer:
Momento (1996)

On the Borders of Gardens (TV-2000, documentary)
Buried Alive (TV-2003, documentary)
Return to Mississippi (2004)
Mississippi Cold Case (2007, documentary)
A Garden of Tears (2009, documentary short)
American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009, documentary)
The Bomb That Killed Wayne Greavette (2009, documentary short)

Sharin’ (2010, documentary short)
Reconciliation in Mississippi (2011, documentary short)
Confession to Murder (2012, documentary short)
Treatment Centre (TV-2013, documentary)
Love Song for the Apocalypse (2014, documentary short)
Heroes of the Demolition (2016, short)
Compartment (2016)

FIFA at Phi

(March 2, 2016 – Montréal, Québec) – It is one of the most fascinating and beautiful film festivals in Canada. Known as FIFA, it is the Festival of Films on Art or, le Festival International du Film sur l’Art. The non-profit organization behind the festival is devoted to the promotion and presentation of films on art and media art. It’s the most important annual event of its kind in the world, where the finest art productions from across the globe are screened for eleven days. The festival, complete with an international jury and an awards show, has become a focal point for artists and artisans from the art and film communities as well as for art and cinema enthusiasts.

This year this city’s Phi Centre will be one of the venues screening films from the festival. Here are some of the details:

March 12 at 12:30 PM:
CRU – SOULSTEP, directed by Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer
Canada / 2015 / color / 4 min / French with English subtitles
LAY ME LOW, directed by Marlene Millar
Canada / 2015 / b. & w. / 8 min / no dialog
NORMA, directed by Claudia Chan Tak
Canada / 2015 / color / 8 min 28 sec / no dialog
HAMADRYAD, directed by and Paul Allman
United States / 2014 / color / 8 min 27 sec / no dialog
PLACE IN MOTION, directed by Judy Yiu
Hong Kong, United States / 2015 / color / 10 min / no dialog
ÆGISÌÐA – NOTES FROM ICELAND, directed by Pierre Tremblay
Canada / 2015 / color / 6 min 50 sec / no dialog
METUBE, directed by Daniel Moshel
Autriche / 2013 / color / 4 min / no dialog

March 12 at 3 PM:
SOUR EYE CANDY, directed by Craig Commanda
Canada / 2015 / color / 2 min 23 sec / no dialog
OUT OF THE CORNER OF MY EYE, directed by Nayla Dabaji
Canada / 2015 / color, b. & w. / 3 min 15 sec / English
BY THE TIME WE GOT TO EXPO, directed by Phillip Hoffman and Eva Kolcze
Canada / 2015 / color, b. & w. / 9 min 6 sec / no dialog
SETTING WEST, directed by Judith Poirier
Canada, United States / 2015 / color / 5 min 25 sec / no dialog
THE 1ST PART OF THE 2ND HALF, directed by Stephen Andrews
Canada / 2015 / color / 17 min 31 sec / English
BIRDS LISTENING, directed by Tom Sherman
Canada / 2012 / color / 2 min 19 sec / English
HERE, directed by Ellie Epp
United States, Canada / 2015 / color / 4 min 7 sec / no dialog
LAST LIGHT, directed by Ellie Epp
United States, Canada / 2015 / color / 7 min 18 sec / no dialog
OB PIER 5, 3 MOVEMENTS, directed by Ellie Epp
United States, Canada / 2015 / color / 8 min 12 sec / no dialog
PLUIE DU SOIR, directed by Michèle Waquant
France / 2014 / color / 1 min 17 sec / no dialog
LE TILLEUL, directed by Michèle Waquant
France / 2014 / color / 1 min 44 sec / no dialog
CIRCA. 1967, directed by Eric Gaucher
Canada / 2015 / color / 9 min 7 sec / no dialog
Canada / 2014 / color / 2 min 2 sec / no dialog
MESSAGE, directed by Meky Ottawa
Canada / 2015 / b. & w. / 2 min 40 sec / atikamekw
PRISON ARABIC IN 50 DAYS, directed by John Greyson
Canada / 2013 / color / 4 min 30 sec / English
WIN–NIP–EGG, directed by Lamathilde Lamathilde
Canada / 2015 / color / 4 min 12 sec / French

March 12 at 5 PM:
MITTELNACHT, directed by Kim Kielhofner
Canada / 2015 / color / 41 min 43 sec / English
SCRAPBOOK, directed by Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2015 / b. & w. / 18 min / English

March 12 at 7 PM:
GRAFFITI : PEINTRES ET VANDALES, directed by Amine Bouziane
France / 2015 / color / 67 min / french, english with english subtitles
L’ESPRIT VAGABOND, directed by Hafid Maï
France / 2014 / color, b. & w. / 52 min / French

March 13 at 12:30 PM:
CONSPIRACY OF LIES, directed by Nelson Henricks
Canada / 1992 / color, b. & w. / 11 min 54 sec / English with French subtitles
EMISSION, directed by Nelson Henricks
Canada / 1994 / color, b. & w. / 12 min / English with French subtitles
MAP OF THE CITY, directed by Nelson Henricks
Canada / 2006 / color / 21 min / English
FAILURE, directed by Nelson Henricks
Canada / 2007 / color / 6 min 47 sec / English
CRUSH, directed by Nelson Henricks
Canada / 1997 / color, b. & w. / 12 min / English
HANDYMAN | HOMME À TOUT FAIRE, directed by Nelson Henricks
Canada / 1999 / color, b. & w. / 10 min 30 sec / no dialog
LIFE SESSION, directed by Nelson Henricks
Canada / 2016 / color, b. & w. / 2 min / no dialog
HUSH, directed by Nelson Henricks
Canada / 2016 / b. & w. / 7 min 10 sec / English

March 13 at 3 PM:
PROJECTEUR #1, directed by Élène Tremblay
Canada / 2015 / color / 2 min 50 sec / no dialog
PERSISTENCE OF VISION, directed by Caitlin Durlak
Canada / 2014 / color, b. & w. / 14 min 20 sec / English
SECOND IMPRESSIONS, directed by Lorne Marin
Canada / 1975 / color / 9 min / English
MOUNT RUNDLE, directed by Jo-Anne Balcaen
Canada / 2014 / color / 3 min 42 sec / English
THE PHOTOGRAPHERS, directed by Chuck Samuels
Canada / 2015 / color / 5 min 9 sec / English, French
MISS CHIEF OF HEARTS, directed by Kent Monkman
Canada / 2015 / color / 22 min 30 sec / English
PARADE, directed by Oliver Husain
Canada / 2013 / color / 10 min 51 sec / English
LA FONTAINE ET LA CHUTE II, directed by Philippe Hamelin
Canada / 2015 / color / 2 min 47 sec / no dialog

Mach 13 at 5 PM:
SOLASTALGIA, directed by Isabelle Hayeur
Canada / 2015 / color / 14 min 45 sec / no dialog
NIAGARA, directed by Shelley Niro
Canada / 2015 / color / 5 min / English, Mohawk
Canada / 2015 / color / 45 min / no dialog

Look for a link to FIFA on our March 2016 Film Festivals page. For more information about the Phi Centre, click here.