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EMPTYING THE TANK
Run Time: 9:30 - Director: Caroline Monnet - Producer: Eric Cinq-Mars
Synopsis: In her striking portrait of Chippewa female mixed martial artist Ashley Nichols, Caroline Monnet eloquently demonstrates and celebrates the athlete's inner strength, fortitude, and dedication to her physical and spiritual health.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Ashley Nichols is from Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.
FOR THE GIRLS
TICKETS: #6 - FRIDAY EARLY AFTERNOON AT WOLF
Run Time: 10:00 - Director: Emma Grunwald - Producer: Mohit Mangtani and Nicole Clark
Synopsis: For the Girls is an observational documentary about the 14 and 15-year-old girls who play for the Etobicoke Dolphins Bantam AA hockey team. Even though there is currently no professional women's league in Canada, most of the Dolphins dream of one day playing hockey at a professional level.
Southwestern Ontario connection: The director of photography, Jansen Otten, is from the London area.
GIRL OF MY DREAMS
TICKETS: #29 - SUNDAY MORNING AT WOLF
Run Time: 4:43 - Director: Kari Townsend - Producer: Kari Townsend
Synopsis: Told through personal photos, home videos, and original music, Girl of My Dreams is a true account of "unexplained" infertility and a very unexpected outcome.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Girl of My Dreams was written, produced and directed in London, Ontario. It contains personal/family footage and stills taken in London, Lambeth, and Bayfield between 1992 and 2018. The music for the film was composed and recorded locally in 1996-1998 by Kari Townsend and produced by Juno award winner Dan Brodbeck.
Points of Interest: Girl of my Dreams was originally a private gift to my daughter in hopes that it would help her understand how deeply she is loved and how profoundly she changed my life. However, upon seeing the film, my daughter (12 years old at the time) suggested I share the film with others so that its message of hope, perseverance and love could offer comfort and encouragement to others. The response has been incredible. I have received messages from so many hopeful parents, adoptive parents and adopted adults - all of whom have expressed thanks for the meaningfulness of the film's message. This has been the greatest reward.
Run Time: 9:30 - Director: Laura Diaz-Martinez - Producer: Jiacheng Xu
Synopsis: This portrait documentary captures Amy Shackleton's brushless technique, which has led her into the Canadian art scene with uniques city scenes that combine urban elements and nature. A process that will squeeze your creativity.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Director Laura Diaz-Martinez is a Student of Advanced Filmmaking from Fanshawe College.
Points of Interest: Amy Shackleston is a Canadian artist that has been developing her own brushless painting technique during the past ten years, and she has got to a very successful point in her career.
GREAT LAKES SURFERS
Run Time: 11:00 - Director: Donnie Ivey - Producer: Donnie Ivey
Synopsis: A look into the unique local scene of surfers who ride the waves of our Great Lakes, chasing weather patterns and braving the harsh weather conditions to catch some epic swells.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Director Donnie Ivey is from London Ontario and the entire crew were students at Fanshawe College's Advanced Filmmaking Program.
ICONS OF SOUL
TICKETS: #5 - FRIDAY MORNING SHORTS AT WOLF
Run Time: 38:00 - Director: George Tsioutsioulas - Producer: Luke McMaster
Synopsis: Through the art of musical collaboration, Icons Of Soul investigates the process by which Lamont Dozier, a giant of Motown, created and delivered legendary songs and monster hit records.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Co-stars and writing partners Arun Chaturvedi and Luke McMaster live in Southwestern Ontario, as does the director George Tsioutsioulas . Being close to Detroit, there is a really strong connection to Motown that tugged at the musicians’ heartstrings and led them to Lamont Dozier.
Points of Interest: Before Icons Of Soul, there was no real documentary of note about Lamont Dozier. Along with Smokey Robinson and Barrie Gordie, he was one of the architects of the Motown sound and his story and talent are spellbinding.
TICKETS: #35 - SUNDAY LATE AFTERNOON AT WOLF - INTERNATIONAL SCREENING
Run Time: 6:00 - Director: Samuel Wanjohi - Producer: Samuel Wanjohi
Synopsis: Imara tells the story of an ambitious passionate cyclist whose dreams of being a world champion in the sport live on despite his condition of having one leg left to race with.
JASON RIP: A TOMBSTONE EPITAPH
Run Time: 11:00 - Director: Matthew Downs - Producer: Faith Clark
Synopsis: A profile of renowned London playwright, Jason Rip who has written and produced 81 plays so far and who shows no signs of slowing down.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Jason Rip is a London playwright. Directed by London-raised filmmaker Matthew Downs.
Synopsis: The forest holds many mysteries. We follow some unique foragers as they hunt for the elusive and highly prized Japanese Matsutake mushroom, also known as the Pine Mushroom, in Northern British Columbia. Surprisingly, it is on formerly logged, second growth forests that the rare Matsutake flourish. Because of their high value in Japan, a unique human and non-human ecosystem, and economy, has emerged here in Northern Canada.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Shannon Walsh grew up in London and went to high school at South and at HB Beal and BealArt.
ONE OF 100
Run Time: 14:00 - Director: Yulia Starostina - Producer: Joel Parker
Synopsis: “One of 100” is a short documentary film about a 3-years old girl who was diagnosed with a very rare disease. At the time of diagnosis, she was one of 100 worldwide. Her name is Alice, and she is a BPAN warrior.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Director Yulia Starostina and the crew are students at Fanshawe and One of 100 is the story of a girl who lives in London, Ontario.
Run Time: 15:00 - Director: Erin MacIndoe Sproule - Producer: Erin MacIndoe Sproule
Synopsis: A nuanced approach to documenting the changing landscape with the addition of wind turbines and the relationship between the people living and working near them.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Director/Producer Erin MacIndoe Sproule lives in Guelph, Ontario and spent much of their childhood visiting family in London, Ontario. Additionally, one of the main characters, Joseph Dunlop Addley, is a former professor of the Fanshawe filmmaking program in London, Ontario. The film takes place in the Bruce Peninsula and Niagara region.
REDISCOVERED & SHARED
Run Time: 4:45 - Director: Madeleine Spezowka and Illyana Vansevenant - Producer: Madeleine Spezowka
Synopsis: Danovia Stechishin has helped keep Ukrainian culture alive in Canada by collecting traditional pieces from Ukraine and bringing them to Canada for new generations.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Rediscovered and Shared was made by London based filmmakers and was filmed in Toronto.
Points of Interest: Ukrainian/Ukrainian Canadian culture (mainly oral), hand-stitched embroidery, survival of an oppressed culture under the USSR, original illegal 8mm film from subject in Ukrainian mountains
STEALING THE SOUL
TICKETS: #4 - OPENING NIGHT SCREENING AND AFTER PARTY | VIP LERNERS FCFF OPENING PARTY WITH SCREENING AND AFTER PARTY | #17 - SATURDAY EARLY AFTERNOON AT GOOD
Run Time: 6:00 - Director: Yulia Starostina - Producer: Joel Parker
Synopsis: Short documentary about amazing photographer Jim Kost, who is one of only a few using old style Wet Collodion Process.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Director Yulia Starostina and the crew are Fanshawe students and the main character lives and photographs in London, ON.
TAKE ME TO PROM
Run Time: 20:00 - Director: Andrew Moir - Producer: Andrew Moir
Synopsis: Queer Canadians retell a moment from their high school prom.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Director Andrew Moir grew up in Lucan and went to high school in London, Ontario. Andrew Jeffrey, the cinematographer, grew up in Belle River.
Points of Interest: Marc Hall is in the documentary and recently there was a controversy in London around a theatrical production about his story: https://lfpress.com/2018/02/07/marc-hall-promises-to-come-see-london-high-school-students-performance-of-prom-queen-the-musical-about-halls-prom-date-fight/wcm/d6f89918-4a80-d0ed-8467-d0cba8e19d71
THE DAY DON DIED
Run Time: 13:00 - Director: Sean Horlor & Steve J. Adams - Producer: Sean Horlor, Steve J. Adams, Ana Carrizales
Synopsis: When a condo community learns of a neighbour's death, the dramatic retelling of his disappearance and demise takes on a life of its own. Each version of the story sounds stranger than the last until an Easter Monday revelation takes everyone by complete surprise.
Set in a retirement community for aging artists and entertainers, the 13-min film blends documentary interviews, musical performances, and true crime vignettes to explore the bizarre events surrounding Don’s death.
Southwestern Ontario connection: The film’s main subject, Don Stewart, was born and raised in Amherstburg, Ontario. His family still resides in the area and will be attending the festival.