“A poetic study of familial relationships straining and strengthening under the pressure of serious illness.” – Nikki Baughan, Screen International
A mother struggles to take control of her life in the face of advanced Parkinson’s disease, while her son battles his sexual and emotional identity amongst the violence of Alberta’s oil field work camps in director Kathleen Hepburn‘s feature film Never Steady, Never Still.
Shot in Ford St. James, British Columbia, the film was nominated for 8 Canadian Screen Awards. Catch the film at the Bytown Cinema in Ottawa this weekend.
“When their dying father makes a sudden change to his will, two half-brothers from different worlds – one a Hong Kong labourer, the other a Vancouver businessman – must decide what they value most – money or family.” That’s the synopsis of Ottawa filmmaker Ben Hoskyn‘s first feature film 8 Minutes Ahead.
Directed by Hoskyn, the film stars Raugi Yu(DaVinci’s Inquest), Chang Tseng(Romeo Must Die), Brian Burrel, Theresa Wong(Supernatural), Benedict Wong and Jane Wong.
8 Minutes Ahead was produced by Nate Estabrooks & Ben Hoskyn based on a script by Allan Mackey, Nate Estabrooks & Nick Dolinski.
Ottawa winters are cold and many people in our city go without adequate accommodation and protection from the elements. In his first feature length documentary Project Cold Days, filmmaker Stephen Coleman helps us meet these often invisible and voiceless people and allows them to tell their stories. He dropped by CKCU for an interview with Monique Fuller (host of A Luta Continua) and I tagged along to take some behind the scenes video. Here are a few excerpts from the interview.
Mountain Men is a Canadian comedy/drama that follows two estranged brothers, Toph and Cooper (played by Tyler Labine and Chance Crawford), as they journey to a remote family cabin in the mountains to evict a squatter. When old resentments and bruised egos derail their plans they end up with a burned truck, a destroyed cabin and injuries which force them to reconcile and work together if they want a chance at making it back to civilization.
Writer/Director Cameron Labine (lead actor Tyler Labine’s real-life brother) studied film at the University of British Columbia. Labine’s first feature film, Control Alt Delete premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008.
Mountain Men is currently available on iTunes and streaming on Netflix Canada. Here’s the trailer.
A Better Man is a documentary which follows the story of Canadian filmmaker Attiya Khan, a survivor of domestic abuse, as she invites her abuser to discuss the events in their lives from over 20 years ago. They confront and contrast their memories as they visit their old apartment, school and other places where key events in their past took place.
Co-directed by Khan and Lawrence Jackman the film was an official selection at Hot Docs 2017 and was presented with a panel discussion hosted by the One World Film Festival at Ottawa U on December 2nd. If you missed the screening or would like to see the film again, it is now streaming at tvo.org.