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BOYS VS. GIRLS
TICKETS: #6 Friday, October 25, 12.20PM AT WOLF| #15 Saturday, October 26, 10 AM AT IMAGINE
Director: Mike Stasko | Producer: Mike Stasko, Ted Bezaire
Synopsis: Boys in July. Girls in August. And never the two shall meet. But in 1990, when summer camps around the country were being shut down in record numbers, Camp Kindlewood made the bold yet economically necessary move to turn “co-ed”. Needless to say, the change did not go over well amongst the counsellors, and quickly erupted into a full on battle of the sexes. The camp was soon in ruins, with morale at an all-time low. Can the boys and girls join forces in time to clean up the camp and save it from closing?
Southwestern Ontario connection: Boys vs. Girls is shot in Essex County between Windsor and Kingsville. Most of the crew and some actors are from Windsor.
Points of Interest: The filmmakers are from Windsor. Mike Stasko is also a professor and teaches film at University of Windsor. He formerly taught at Ottawa, Ryerson and Western universities.
TICKETS: #25 - Saturday, October 26, 7PM - HALLOWEEN SCREENING AT GOOD
Director: Greg A. Sager | Producer: Dwight Coughlan, Gary Elmer, Geoff Hart, Robbin McDonnell, Greg A. Sager
Synopsis: Alex, a returning college student, has a strange experience at a psychic and wakes up with no memory of what happened. Over time, uncanny and terrifying things begin to happen to her. As her friends become increasingly worried, things take a turn for the worst and she loses control. What is inside her, and will they survive it?
Southwestern Ontario connection: This film was shot in London, most of the crew is from London and area, and many of the actors came from the region.
TICKETS: #10 - Friday, October 25, 6.30PM AT WOLF | #30 - Sunday, October 27, 10AM AT IMAGINE
Director: Luke Villemaire | Producer: Luke Villemaire, Nathan Dharamshi, Maddy Pilon, Shannon Kook
Synopsis: When Robin Walker (Jessica Sipos) returns home for her father's funeral, she's forced to confront the damaged family she left behind, as well as her own personal demons; resulting in the reveal of an unsettling secret.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Luke Villemaire was born and raised in Kitchener, ON. Industry veteran, Andrea Roth is from Woodstock, ON. Film composer, Spencer Creaghan, and star Jackson Martin are both from London, Ontario.
Points of Interest: GOLIATH was helmed by a group of students and alumni from schools across the GTA.
I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING
TICKETS: #24 - Saturday, October 26, 9:05PM AT WOLF - FLASHBACK SCREENING
Director: Patricia Rozema | Producer: Patricia Rozema, Don Haig, Alexandra Raffé
Synopsis: Whimsical and absent-minded photographer Polly stirs up trouble at her new gallery job when she falls for boss Gabrielle and tries to show her paintings to the world.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Sheila McCarthy, who stars in the film, is a prominent SWO actress and director Patricia Rozema grew up in Sarnia.
La Disparition des lucioles (The Fireflies Are Gone)
TICKETS: #3 - Thursday, October 24, 11:30 AM AT WOLF - FRENCH SCREENING
Director: Sébastien Pilote Producer: Marc Daigle, Bernadette Payeur
Synopsis: A frustrated teenager frees herself from her mother's influence and her narrow life in a small industrial town to find out who she really is.
LA MENTIRITA BLANCA (LITTLE WHITE LIE)
TICKETS: #7 - Friday, October 25, 12.30PM AT IMAGINE | #34 - Sunday, October 27, 12.20PM AT IMAGINE
Director: Tomas Alzamora | Producer: Equeco & Pageman Productions
Synopsis: A small-town journalist in southern Chile realizes he has run out of good news so he must start making up fake stories in order to keep his job in the local newspaper.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Pageman Productions was founded by Daniel & Christian Turres, who have lived in London, Ontario for 26 years.
TICKETS: #27 - Saturday, October 26, 6:30PM AT WOLF
Director: Patricia Rozema | Producer: Patricia Rozema, Jennifer Shin, Christina Piovesan
Synopsis: Cassandra, who is portrayed by two women, expresses the opposing voices that exist inside the modern woman's head, during a 48-hour period as she tries to organize the affairs for her mother's funeral.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Director, Patricia Rozema grew up in Sarnia.
TICKETS: #26 - Saturday, October 26, 6.30PM AT IMAGINE
Director: Heather Young | Producer: Martha Cooley, Heather Young
Synopsis: An aging, isolated woman ordered to perform community service for a DUI discovers that adopting ailing pets to fill the void in her life can be its own obsession.
TIFF Film Screening
TICKETS: #23 - Saturday, October 26, 3PM AT IMAGINE
Director: Gavin Hood | Producer: Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler, Melissa Shiyu Zuo
Synopsis: The untold true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Sound designer Craig Mann went to Fanshawe College. Mann is the winner of an Academy Award for sound design on Whiplash (2014).
ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF NOAH PIUGATTUK
TICKETS: #13 - Friday, October 25, 8.45PM AT IMAGINE
Director: Zacharias Kunuk | Producer: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn
Synopsis: Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, 1961. Noah Piugattuk's nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dogteam, just as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the white man known as Boss arrives in camp, what appears as a chance meeting soon opens up the prospect of momentous change for the community.
TIFF Film Screening
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
TICKETS: #20 - Saturday, October 26, 3PM AT WOLF | #33 - Sunday, October 27, 12.20PM AT MUSEUM THEATRE
Director: Bryan Skinner | Producer: Ana de Lara
Synopsis: Open For Submissions is a comedy about a small film festival with big problems. Desmond Baggs, the new film festival Executive Director, must overcome sabotage and betrayal to make sure his film festival isn't destroyed by the festival programmer, the filmmakers, and/or the Canadian Arts Council.
Southwestern Ontario connection: Lead actor Tyler Parr has a strong connection to the Forest City Film Festival, screening his film "Ironied" in its inaugural year.
Points of Interest: Open for Submission's dialogue and actions were entirely improvised by the cast over an 8 day shoot. The film was created from a 30 page scene outline created by director Bryan Skinner and writing partner Stacey Ashworth.
PAIN AND GLORY
TICKETS: #11 - Friday, October 25, 6PM AT IMAGINE
Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Ricardo Marco Budé, Ignacio Salazar-Simpson
Synopsis: A film director (portrayed by Antonio Banderas) reflects on the choices he's made in life as the past and present come crashing down around him.
TIFF Film Screening
TICKETS: #12 - Friday, October 25, 9PM AT WOLF
Director: Robert Budreau
Synopsis: Feature film based on the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis where the term Stockholm Syndrome originated. Starring Ethan Hawke.
SWO connection: Robert Budreau grew up in Ingersoll and spent much of his youth visiting the New Yorker cinema in downtown London.
Thursday, October 24, 9:15AM
TICKETS: #2 - Thursday, October 24, 9:15 AM AT WOLF - FRENCH SCREENING
Director: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles | Producer: Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering
Synopsis: Between high school pressures and family disorganization, Mylia is trying to find her bearings. Meeting Jacinthe and Jimmy will lead her to outline a new life.
WHEN THE STORM FADES
TICKETS: #16 - Saturday, October 26, 9PM AT WOLF
Director: Sean Yap Sei-Been Devlin | Producer: Shane Supernova
Synopsis: A feature film about the lingering impacts of Typhoon Haiyan, starring real survivors re-enacting some of their experiences in the aftermath of the strongest storm ever recorded.
Southwestern Ontario connection: The filmmakers are from London and Guelph, Ontario, both having studied at Vancouver Film School. Shane is born and raised in London, Ontario, and he started filmmaking at age 8 with a Fisher Price PXL-2000 camcorder out of his grandparents minivan at the African Lion Safari. Shane really started getting into filmmaking at Central H.S. when they introduced media into Tech class. Also studied at Fanshawe College as a super duper senior from 2011-2013 studying Interactive Media Design and Production. Leading him to where he is now as a PMD (Production, Marketing + Distribution) or Impact Producer.
We are also excited to bring one activist/actor from the film Marissa Cabaljao. A bit about Marissa is that she is the spokeswoman for millions of people and can speak to the war on climate change in a meaningful way different than any Canadian. Tragically, several of Marissa's comrades have been assassinated in extrajudicial killings involving the Philippine Military. So raising her international profile could quite literally help save her life. Another way to show the impact a small film can have on communities throughout Canada and the world. Her stories from the front line of People Surge could be complemented by an intersectional analysis of what a response looks like in Canada etc.. We are also having a fundraiser to relocate a community that faces eviction in the Philippines, the same one where we filmed When The Storm Fades.
TICKETS: #38 - Sunday, October 27, 2:35 PM AT Imagine
Director: Calvin Thomas, Yohan Lewis
Synopsis: Having become a campus celebrity after a (fictional) cancer diagnosis, a young woman (Kacey Rohl) struggles to maintain her fabrication in this fearless and emotionally affecting new feature by Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis (Amy George, The Oxbow Cure, Spice It Up).
A young woman who has become a literal poster child on her university campus: recently diagnosed with cancer, she's the focal point of an online funding campaign for both herself and other cancer-related causes. The only problem is, it's all built on a lie: Katie isn't sick, and never has been. And as her story slowly begins to unravel, she disastrously decides to double down, unable to give up the real-life fantasy world she's constructed for herself.
While the film has much to say about social media's impact on contemporary culture its chief virtue is its insistence that we look at, and empathize with, a protagonist who does the unthinkable. It's a feat that one rarely sees attempted, let alone succeeded at — but that's only one of the reasons White Lie is one of the most fearless and emotionally affecting films you'll see this year.
Southwestern Ontario connection: The Filmmakers are from the Hamilton region. This film premiered at TIFF this year. The casting was done by a Hamilton company.