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Big News from Grand Rock

Big News from Grand Rock

Presented by IDEA | EXCHANGE as part of the TIFF Film Circuit Group.

Big News from Grand Rock is the story of Leonard Crane, the editor of a small town newspaper facing bankruptcy. In an attempt to attract advertisers and readership Leonard  begins  inventing stories based on old movies. The plan pays off until one of the stories attracts the attention of Lucy, an ambitious reporter from the big city. She exposes Leonard’s hoax. But then Leonard discovers that one of his stories may be true. With a great scoop but no one to believe him, Leonard and Lucy must team up to try to save the town, the newspaper and his reputation.

Winner of 2009 Telefilm Pitch This! contest at TIFF, juried by Ivan Reitman and others.

 

November 6, 2014
7:30pm
Landmark Cinemas 135 Gateway Park Drive, Kitchener ON N2P 2J4

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Rise of the Eco Warriors

Rise of the Eco Warriors

A group of passionate young people head into the jungles of Borneo for 100 days. Their mission: to help save forests and orangutans. Their task is enormous and the odds are against them – but they never give up.

With two orphaned baby orangutans entrusted in their care, they embark on a plan to create a safe and permanent haven for them in the midst of the threatened forest.

To do this, they need to build an orangutan rehabilitation centre and work with the local communities to protect their forest. They start a reforestation nursery and create an education show for local schools. Under the guidance of their mentor Dr. Willie Smits, they introduce an innovative satellite monitoring system called Earthwatchers and enlist the help of school students around the world. The system is put to the test when the bulldozers move in and threaten the future of a nearby community living in a traditional longhouse.

They endure intense personal challenges as they confront corruption and their own lack of resources and experience. They come to understand and

respect the traditions of the local Dayak people, and discover their true strength is in trusting each other and persevering in the face of adversity.

This is a story about what it takes to be an eco-warrior, an individual willing to step up and take action to avert a global catastrophe taking place before our eyes. For them, every individual matters, every action counts.

November 5, 2014
7:00pm
Landmark Cinemas 135 Gateway Park Drive, Kitchener ON N2P 2J4

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Chris Gauthier:

With a passion for technology and environmental education, Chris Gauthier is a Science teacher at Cleveland District State High School in Brisbane, Australia. Originally from Waterloo, Canada, Chris currently teaches grades 7-12 Science, Math, Technology and Biology, where he investigates ways to connect his students in global collaborations, seeking ways of embedding technology to improve student outcomes and engagement. Based on this work, Chris became involved with DeforestACTION in 2011, and has been engaging his students since in collaborative learning and action related to deforestation and environmental sustainability using innovative online educational resources, social media and technology based tools. It was from DeforestACTION that Chris was selected to as part of the Rise of the Eco-Warriors documentary that featured young people from around the world trying to prevent deforestation for palm oil plantations and protect the endangered orangutan. Students from Chris’ school have traveled to Borneo in April 2014 to see first-hand the issues surround deforestation and meet the orangutans and people their fundraising over the years has supported.

Chris has shared this work most notably in 2012 where he and Dr Willie Smits lead the closing keynote address at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) at the annual conference in San Diego.

Chris completed his Honours Bachelor Degree in Science, majoring in Zoology, from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario and his Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia.
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Relative Happiness

Relative Happiness

When 30 year old LEXI IVY’s romantic view of life is torn apart, she learns that love, however flawed and difficult, does exist. Plus–sized and 30 years old, LEXIE IVY is a feisty Bed & Breakfast owner who desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. In small town Nova Scotia, that’s no easy task, especially when the most eligible bachelor is JOSS, the rough handyman fixing her roof. When ADRIAN, a handsome and charming guest, arrives and seems to take an interest in Lexie, she thinks all her problems are solved. But she misreads the situation and is soon reeling, believing her romantic dream has slipped away, maybe forever. After a series of hilarious mishaps and a reality check or two, Lexie opens her heart and eyes to see that love may be a lot closer than she thought.

RELATIVE HAPPINESS is a romantic comedy, every bit as feisty as Lexie herself, starring Australian actress, MELISSA BERGLAND (Winners & Losers) in a breakout role, based on the best selling novel by Lesley Crewe and directed by Deanne Foley (Beat Down).

 

November 7, 2014
6:45pm
Landmark Cinemas 12 Kitchener 135 Gateway Park Dr Kitchener, ON N2P 2J9

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Post screening Q&A with director/co-writer Deanne Foley

Deanne Foley marked her directorial debut with the award-winning comedic short Trombone Trouble, which premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2000 and picked up Best Newfoundland Short at the Nickel Film Festival. She then produced the award-winning short drama This Boy for CBC Atlantic, W Network and IFC-Canada, picking up Best Canadian Female Short at Toronto’s Inside Out Festival. Deanne co-wrote and directed the award-winning short film, The Magnificent Molly McBride. Deanne’s first feature film, Beat Down, a comedy about a female wrestlerwas released in 2012. A long-time board member of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Deanne is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada.
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GRFF Closing Gala | Sepideh
GRFF Closing Gala | Sepideh

GRFF Closing Gala | Sepideh

Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations for a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh’s ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream! She takes up the fight and teams up with the world’s first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari.

November 8, 2014
7:30pm
Dunfield Theatre 46 Grand Ave S, Cambridge, ON

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DR. IZZELDIN ABUELAISH

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, OOnt, MD, MPH, is a Palestinian physician and an internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East, through both his research and his charitable organization The Daughters of Life Foundation. He has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace, and, despite all odds, succeeded, aided by a great determination of spirit, strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family.

Dr. Abuelaish has overcome many personal hardships, including poverty, violence, and the horrific tragedy of his three daughters’ and niece’s deaths in the 2009 Gaza War. He continues to live up to the description bestowed upon him by an Israeli colleague, as a “magical, secret bridge between Israelis and Palestinians”. He is now one of the most outspoken, prominent and beloved researchers, educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East.
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Opening Gala Presentation
GRFF Opening Gala | Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

GRFF Opening Gala | Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, Elaine Stritch- the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner- is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist.

November 3, 2014
7:30pm
Landmark Cinemas, 135 Gateway Park Drive, Kitchener

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Director: Chiemi Karasawa

Chiemi Karasawa is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked in film, television and commercial production for over 20 years. Producing credits include Ellen Kuras’ Oscar nominated epic, The Betrayal, which won an Emmy Award in 2009, Billy the Kid (HBO, 2008), winner of Best Documentary at SXSW Film Festival and LA Film Festival, Love Etc. (OWN, 2011), Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Venice Film Festival, 2012), and Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak, directed by Spike Jonze. Her directorial debut, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, was released to critical acclaim by Sundance Selects/IFC Films in 2014.

Karasawa began her career as a Script Supervisor in feature film and television, working alongside such notable directors as Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Larry Clark, Sam Mendes, and Stephen Frears. She has lectured on Documentary Producing at NYU, SVA, and the Woodstock Film Festival, and has served on Documentary Screening Committees for The Spirit Awards and the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund.
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