Montreal filmmaker Matthieu Rytz‘s debut film Anote’s Ark details the plight of the tiny island nation Kiribati (formerly called Gilbert Islands), which is in danger of being engulfed by rising water levels or wiped out by patterns of extreme weather.
“The country will be drowned in the next 50 years, no matter the investments and agreements” states Rytz in his Kickstarter pitch for the film. “Anote’s ark will be the first full-length shot in the Republic of Kiribati. I am so honored and I feel like I need to tell the story of this nation before it completely drown out.”
The film enjoys its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this week.
Based on a true story about an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness, writer/director Adam MacDonald‘s directorial feature film debut Backcountryis described as “a full blown, full blooded horror film about the apathy of nature and the folly of human resistance in the face of its violent shrug. There are no cartoonish, cross-eyed, cannibalistic hillbillies lurking in these deep, dangerous forests. There is simply the sheer panic of being swallowed by the unknown…and the very real possibility of being ripped to shreds by one very hungry bear.” — Fangoria
“[The movie] came to me when I was lying in a tent with my wife and I heard something large walking around at the crack of dawn. I was scared, and luckily for us, whatever it was walked away, and left me with an idea.” says Adam MadDonald about the film that was shot in 17 days in North Bay and Squamish, B.C.
In Their Words: The Power of Poetry is a documentary by filmmaker Randy Kelly which features local spoken-word artists and their stories.
Originally broadcast on CBC Ottawa TV in the Summer of 2017, the film is now streaming on CBC’s online platform. Follow the powerful stories as the poets share their hopes, fears, struggles and dreams for the future by clicking on the image below or via this link.
Featured poets include JustJamaal ThePoet (one of Ottawa’s new Poets Laureate), CauseMo, DMP, King Kimbit and Apollo the Child.
Miles and Audrey are two post-adolescents whose wit and charm can’t make up for a debilitating lack of ambition. Although they claim to have the wanderlust of moving from Saskatchewan to the big city, they do nothing proactive to get there. Instead, they remain in their aimless routine, merely fantasizing on an ideal grown up life; that is, until adulthood is abruptly thrust upon them in the form of a missing condom, a pregnancy test, and a few invaluable life lessons they’re likely to forget.
Director Matt Yim was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is a graduate of the University of Regina where he studied film production. — Official website
Basic Human Needs is part of producer Avi Federgreen‘s and IndieCan Entertainment’s INDIECAN10K initiative, which has selected seven teams from across Canada to put together debut features for $10,000. The film is produced by Allan Roeher & Matthieu Belanger.
For years independently owned and operated theaters have become a rare thing. Growing up there were plenty of neighborhood-based theaters that ran a variety of Hollywood, independent or really any films that would fill the seats. I have happy memories of Sergio Leone shoot-fests, foreign films etc. at the Capital on Rideau, the original Bytowne, the Mayfair etc. So most of those theaters are still here and doing a great job in delivering films where spandex is not the prevailing fashion sense.
What’s changed is just how important this role has become in our current situation where while. We have plenty ways to deliver content across a variety of platforms and modalities, the actual ‘movie going’ experience has become less available as major chains focus on algorithm-based content that reduce choice and availability. To which I don’t fault them for doing so, its a business after all and the fact that any chains thrive at all in the Netflix universe is magic to me anyways.
Independents give you the choices you wont find in chains but also give you the experience of a theater which, for me, is a big part of the deal. Independents provide the opportunity for a new artist to see their work on the big screen, for festivals to reach out to their audiences as well as specialized programming to meet other needs. By extending choice independently owned theaters extend the experience of movie goers and for that they should be treasured.