We are honoured to announce that Catrina Longmuir (Producer of How A People Live, Our First Voices, and Falling from the Sky), Chief Treaty Negotiator Colleen Hemphill, Chief Paddy Walkus, and two Hereditary Chiefs from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation will be joining us for a discussion panel after the screening of How A People Live on Saturday, October 15th at 3:30pm. This promises to be a very thought-provoking film and discussion.
Directed by Sharon McGowan / 2015 / Canada / 53 min
“We’re so used to carrying ourselves … day to day, and then all of sudden, you’re put in this position, you’re not used to … It’s a reveal, and a whole different experience.” -Rosamond Norbury
“A wonderful film about the life and work of Rosamond Norbury, a renowned West Coast photographer, … gave me, for the first time in my adult life … the surprising sense that it might after all be fun to act like a man.” – Stephen Osborne, GEIST
“Norbury shifts the phallocentric culture of photography to an unknown place, or in her words: into a “surprise that unfolds in front of me.'” -Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2016
Vancouver director Sharon McGowan follows the fascinating work of Rosamond Norbury, a photographer whose diverse corpus includes black and white nudes, homoerotic cowboys, and other edgy gender-bending projects. The film covers Norbury’s photographic study of drag queens during their pre-performance rituals of costuming and applying make-up to take on new personas. Her latest project flips the process of “dressing up” and further examines gender play and performance by transforming several women into their imagined male counterparts. At times humorous and philosophical, this film offers an intimate look at people and their complex and multifaceted identities.
Followed by a Q&A with photographer Rosamond Norbury.
Community Partner: North Island Pride
Bearded Ladies received the award for Best Canadian Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival 2016 in Toronto.
This feature documentary will be preceded by two short films.
Queer Habits is about the humanitarian efforts of a group of drag queens inspired by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their remarkable contribution to a local community in California. This film is directed by Drew Denny.
The second featured short, Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits follows the experience of Duane Stewart, a “two spirit” youth from the Hais’la and Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations in BC. Regalia is directed by Love Intersections, a film production group located in Vancouver.
Please note that viewer discretion is advised as this screening schedule contains mature content as well as nude and sexual photographs.
Directed by Lisa Jackson / 2013 / Canada / 59 min
This powerful documentary by Lisa Jackson, tells the story of how the Canadian government forcibly re-located the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation to Port Hardy in 1964 and destroyed their homes, making it impossible to return. How A People Live follows the experiences of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw people as they create a new life with limited resources, an oppressive residential school system, and extreme hardship. The film also reveals the fortitude of this group as they build a stronger community in spite of the homesickness for their lost land. Filled with touching interviews, rare archival photographs, and Jackson’s footage of their artistic practices and theatrical dances, How A People Live is a beautiful film and valuable story.
This feature documentary will be preceded by two short films also by Jackson; Savage artistically critiques the residential schools through dramatic musical means, and Suckerfish is a creatively animated short that narrates Lisa Jackson’s experience of learning about her Indigenous identity.
Producer Catrina Longmuir, Chief Treaty Negotiator Colleen Hemphill, Chief Paddy Walkus, and two Hereditary Chiefs from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation will be joining us for a post-screening discussion.
Community Partners: Laichwiltach Family Life Society, Campbell River Museum
Jackson’s films have won numerous awards; in 2004, she won the inaugural imagineNATIVE Alliance-Atlantis Mentorship Award, in 2005 the Vancouver Arts Award for Emerging Media Artist, and in 2012 the ReelWorld Festival named her a Trailblazer. She is Anishinaabe and has a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University.
These films and all of Lisa Jackson’s work in distribution are represented by
Directed by Marcie Begleiter / 2016 / USA / 105 min
“I am interested in solving an unknown factor of art and an unknown factor of life.” -Eva Hesse
“Eva Hesse marries thorough biographical and psychological accounts…an incredible artist’s tragic life and wants for nothing…” – Benjamin Sutton Hyperallergic
“The art world had a crush on her; after seeing this movie, I developed one as well.” – J. Hoberman Tablet Magazine
An exceptional portrait of Eva Hesse, this film profiles one of the most remarkable and important contemporary artists of the 20th century. Passionately creative and ambitious, Hesse challenged the male-dominated art world by insisting that she be evaluated not as a female artist, but purely as a contemporary artist. Her sensual and organic sculptures stood out against the more accepted minimalist works of the time. This documentary is also a unique historical picture; during World War II Eva Hesse fled to the United States where she forged a new path for herself as a contemporary artist. Hesse’s life was filled with tragedy as she endured the early loss of her parents while her extended family members were killed in Nazi concentration camps. The traumas in Hesse’s life pushed her to channel personal struggles into her art and create more. While her life was cut tragically short, there is no doubt that Hesse’s work was groundbreaking; she pushed the limits of exhibition spaces and created surprising sculptural pieces using industrial and unusual materials. Her sculptures are deeply personal, vulnerable, and seemingly alive. Eva Hesse’s story is imperative for anyone interested in the mid-20th century shifts in contemporary art and the impact of women in the arts.
Followed by a Q&A with the film director.
Official selection: Washington Jewish Film Festival 2016, DOK.fest Munich 2016, Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2016, and DOCAVIV 2016.
Directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley / 2015 / USA and Paraguay / 84 min
“Viewers said they wept when they heard the rich, deep notes from a cello made of rusty oil can.” -TIME
Landfill Harmonic tells the story of the Recycled Orchestra, a group of students in Paraguay who perform with instruments created from garbage. Growing up in Cateura next to one of South America’s largest landfills, these young musicians have limited resources and opportunities, but the perseverance of this talented group brings them sudden and international attention. This moving documentary follows the musicians as they learn to play these unconventional instruments, as well as their struggles living in a poor area with a high flood risk. The Orchestra’s growing fame brings new opportunities along with unexpected challenges. While their passion and optimism reveals how something beautiful can emerge from difficulty; as the music director Favio Chavez states: “The world sends us garbage, we send back music.”
This film is preceded by a RECEPTION at 6:30 in the TIDEMARK THEATRE LOBBY and will feature wine generously contributed by the SouthEnd Farm Winery!
All ticket holders are invited, including weekend pass holders and Saturday pass holders.
Sponsored by: Susan Moscovich
Directed by Erinnisse Heuer and Patryk Rebisz / 2015 / USA and Poland / 74 min
“Superbly crafted art film. … Don’t miss this one if art is in any way part of your life. Even more so if it is not.”
– Robin E. Simmons (CV Weekly)
– Stephen Pizzello (Editor-in-Chief of American Cinematographer)
Using striking visuals, this documentary presents three remarkable stories of individuals who prevail in spite of losing the physical senses that are central to their art. An artist who slowly turns blind uses photography to perceive the world and questions what it means to “see” images, and the role they play in our life. A musician discovers how deep his love for music extends when increased hearing loss makes playing almost impossible. When a former female boxer, and the real woman behind the Academy Award-winning film Million Dollar Baby, loses half her brain in a fight, she must re-learn who she is and how to live through her painting. Shoulder The Lion breaks the conventions of filmmaking and is an artistic venture that speaks to the power of the human spirit.
Followed by a Q&A with the film directors.
Directed by Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs / 2010 / USA / 99 min
“A rousing crowd pleaser of the highest order.” -Gapersblock.com
“Genuinely stirring…irresistible.” -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
This multiple award-winning documentary follows several passionate and talented high school students as they prepare for the world’s largest youth poetry slam. Every year since 2001, over six hundred students from sixty Chicago schools come together to compete in Louder Than A Bomb. This riveting film captures the experiences of four teams as they share their personal challenges and perceptions of the world through poetry. These young competitors bring an energetic enthusiasm and astonishing wisdom through their poems that emotionally impact the audience. Louder Than A Bomb also reveals how the team members become a family as they support each other in developing their writing. This is a film that will leave viewers with new perceptions on life, relationships, and creativity.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Kevin Coval, co-founder of Louder than a Bomb.