2013 Film Schedule
cin-E-merge WLU is an exclusive evening capturing the best of Waterloo Region’s emerging film, video and marketing content followed by a panel discussion and networking after party at the Jazz Room. This event features High Rise Studio’s feature film Last Run, as well as innovative concept-to-creation video content from the founders of Arc Media and leading-edge video marketing strategies from the creative director at Vidyard.
Last Run follows the story of Adam Livingston, a disillusioned taxi driver who is offered one last run at the end of his shift: a cash job, off the books, five hours North to Sudbury. He takes the job, and meets Rebecca: a 12 year old girl on her way to meet her father. For Adam, this run is simply another paycheck; for Rebecca, it is the chance to get the answers she has always wanted. But they both realize something through their failures that will alter the course of each of their lives; that the most important decisions aren’t the ones they can’t change, but the ones they can still make.
Princess Twin Cinemas, 46 King St, Waterloo ON
Special Guests:Last Run director and producer, Matt Ninaber, plus cast members; post-production supervisor, Alex Briere; communications & events director, Jacqueline Ninaber; co-founders of Arc Media, Andrew Askes and Jon Lucas; and Vidyard creative director, Blake Smith
Opening Gala Presentation - Bill Cunningham New York
Director: Richard Press
2010, USA, 84 mins.
“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunninghamʼs enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
**2nd place Audience Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival
After Party is at the Blackshop Restaurant, 595 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge ON where a discussion/Q&A with Tim Tanz and Rodney Philpott will take place.
Joie de Vivre columnist, Tim Tanz, is a design consultant, artist and style writer who resides in West Galt. He has contributed to many publications on lifestyle and design. Tim currently writes “Joie de Vivre”, a regular feature on “stylish living” in every issue of GRAND Magazine.
Rodney Philpott has been designing and creating cocktail to wedding dresses for 20 years. He’s passionate about instilling the feeling of excitement for his clients from either his ready to wear designs or his over the top couture fashion art pieces. He believes the essence of fashion is owned by everyone. Rodney Philpott Designs 22 Main Street Cambridge ON.
Captain Canuck: From comic book to animated web series ... and branded maple syrup
SHORT Shorts Screening & Awards
Tiny: A Story About Living Small
Directors: Merette Mueller, Christopher Smith
2013, USA, 66 mins.
TINY is a documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one coupleʼs attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream.
**Hot Docs 2013
Mourning Has Broken
Mourning Has Broken explores the thin line between tragedy and comedy, love and hate, life and death. When a husband wakes to find that his wife has unexpectedly died during the night, he bottles up his grief and takes an emotional battle-axe to everything in the world that angers him. Unable to cope with his devastation, he sets out to complete the final “to-do” list his wife left him—with hilarious, drastic consequences. During his errands, a series of mundane annoyances and pet peeves that confront him end up becoming part of his wild call-to-action.
A panel discussion with producers Brett and Jason Butler and actor Graham Kent who plays the role of the mechanic in the film will follow the screening. Kent is a native of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Short Term 12
Director: Destin Cretton
2013, USA, 96 mins.
Presented by Cambridge Galleries Cineseries program, part of the TIFF Film Circuit
Grace is a 20-something supervisor at Short Term 12, a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. She is passionate about her work and takes great care of the kids, though she struggles with her own troubled past. When Jayden, a gifted, restless, teenager arrives at the facility, Grace finds herself no longer able to ignore the difficulties of her own childhood – and it puts the delicate balance of her life and work at risk. She must find her way through a crisis that both pushes her to the edge and allows her to discover unexpected glimmers of humor and hope.
**Winner – SXSW 2013 Grand Jury Award and Audience Award
American Dreams in China
Director: Peter Ho-sun Chan
2013, Hong Kong/China, 110 mins.
Language: Mandarin with English sub-titles
Shot by superstar cinematographer Christopher Doyle and dubbed “the Chinese Social Network”, this epic tale of business bravado follows three friends who launch a successful online English instruction school for Chinese students — and then face lawsuits over copyright infringement.
Finding Vivian Maier
Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
2013, USA, 83 mins.
This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of Americaʼs most accomplished and insightful street photographers.
Guest speaker: Mark Zelinski
www.MarkZelinski.com : Trained as an artist and a designer at The Ontario College of Art and Design, Oakville native Mark Zelinski has enjoyed a diverse career as a professional photographer since 1977, and is also a publisher, writer, painter, filmmaker and winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Medal. Mark has published seven internationally acclaimed photography books, which include forewords by HRH Prince Philip, His Majesty King Constantine, The Honourable Lincoln Alexander and Justin Trudeau.
In 2010 Mark Zelinski launched the “Books That Heal” initiative – donating 7,000 copies of his three brand new books to 80 charities for children worldwide. The books feature the universal language of photography from his travels to 70 countries over 35 years. The books are being used to aid rescued victims of human trafficking, child abuse prevention, homeless youth, addiction counseling, literacy, crime prevention and as fundraisers by Red Cross, Free The Children and UNICEF. In 2014 Mark will publish “The Niagara Escarpment Photography Book” and will lead Photography Tours into India and Bhutan with GMTours.com
Directors: Lisa Barros DʼSa, Glenn Leyburn
2013, UK, 101 mins.
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the cityʼs nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative ulster, to bring his city back to life.
When I Walk
Director: Jason DaSilva
2013, Canada/USA, 85 mins.
Fundraising Screening Presented with the MS Society
When Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with a severe form of multiple sclerosis at 25, his legs were literally taken from beneath him, forcing him to confront some harsh realities about his future. He was a filmmaker who travelled the world and now had to face that he couldnʼt brush his teeth without help. He wonders if he can find love with someone who can see past his physical challenges. Turning the camera on himself, he documents a seven-year struggle with a disease that has no cure and a world filled with increasing obstacles. The result is a very personal, ambitious and genuine view of a life that takes nothing for granted. Not only are DaSilvaʼs daily challenges recorded, he self-reflexively shows his physical struggle with trying to construct this documentary. Nothing is kept hidden, which makes the victories and miracles we witness all the more inspiring.
**Official Selection 2013 Sundance, Winner Best Canadian Feature Documentary 2013 Hot Docs
along with world premiere screening of Suddenly Super
Director: Jesse James Miller
In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, 2 year old Redwood Forest Hanson watched from the backseat of a beat up Volkswagen van while his mother left his father for good. At the very moment his mother walked away, Redwood, aided with the radio news of another Jack Nicklaus victory, had the beginning of a stress induced epiphany: beat Jack Nicklaus at the Masters, and his parents would reunite! Eight years later, Redwood has yet to defeat Jack. He lives in Canada with his draft dodging, dope dealing, hippie father, who, despite all his free love, can’t make life any easier for his son. School is a constant battle and even with the help of his trusty sidekick, and ancient wooden golf club, nothing seems to help bring his parents back together.
Suddenly his life flips upside down when his father is arrested and Redwood is relocated to Northern California to live with his estranged mother. Here he meets his new family: a militant stepfather, two unwelcoming stepbrothers, and elderly, agoraphobic, stepgrandfather Earl, who lives in the basement. Redwood’s dream seems crushed forever… until Gramps reveals a secret golf tip that could help Redwood beat the world’s greatest golfer. Redwood’s imagination soars to new heights and he’s only one shot away from defeating Jack, freeing his father from jail, and reuniting his parents forever.
Closing Gala Presentation - Beat Down
Director: Deanne Foley
2012, Canada, 93 min.
Beat Down is an irreverent comedy about wrestling, family and following your dreams no matter how painful that can sometimes be.
Fran Whiteway (Marthe Bernard, Republic of Doyle) is eighteen and a real firecracker. More than anything, Fran dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. Her single-father Whitey (Robb Wells, Trailer Park Boys) is a former-pro, aka White Lightning, with broken dreams of his own and is dead set against Fran wrestling. Fran is determined though and when Whitey’s old rival Dark Thunder (Tony Nappo, Saw II) comes to town, she runs away to join his tour. Whitey is devastated and while he tries to get his daughter back, Fran learns the ropes of the wrestling game and of life itself.
After party at Borealis Grille, 4336 King E Kitchener, ON