Edith Welland dreams of being a successful actress but just can’t seem to make things happen. Things get worse when the ex-boyfriend she broke up with to focus on her career takes up acting on a whim and immediately books a leading role. When Edith can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong, she begins to do everything wrong. Set in Toronto, Diamond Tongues is a dramatic comedy about insecurity, uncertainty, unhealthy competition, and just about everything else between the lines. — NXNE
Directed by Pavan Moondi & Brian Robertson, the film stars Leah Goldstein (a.k.a. Leah Fay of the band July Talk). The film is currently available on YouTube, on iTunes and Netflix Canada. Here’s the trailer.
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.