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Adrenaline Bach

Adrenaline Bach

Adrenaline Bach is a visually stunning short film that features Tim Sellars, a triathlon athlete who trains among the forests, ridges and mists of Canada’s boreal mountains. A meditation ...

Marten Berkman
2007 | 6 min
Bydlo

Bydlo

An allegory of mankind heading for disaster, this animated short is a tragic vision inspired by the 4th movement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Drawing on the composer ...

Patrick Bouchard
2012 | 8 min
A Drummer's Dream

A Drummer's Dream

A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting as these diverse ...

John Walker
2010 | 1 h 25 min
Home Cooked Music

Home Cooked Music

This short documentary profiles an imaginative inventor and craftsman who makes whimsical stringed instruments out of unlikely items. In his hands, shovels, rakes, baseball bats, and stop signs become beautiful ...

Mike Maryniuk
2014 | 9 min
How Does It Feel

How Does It Feel

This short documentary is a meditation on performance, self-expression, (dis)ability, and the power of art. At age 58, Kazumi has decided to use his singing voice to channel his ...

Lawrence Jackman
2011 | 34 min
Hungu

Hungu

Under the African sun, a child walks in the desert with his kin. Death is prowling, but a mother's soul resurrected by music will return strength and life to ...

Nicolas Brault
2008 | 9 min
Letters From Pyongyang

Letters From Pyongyang

Canadian-Korean filmmaker Jason Lee unveils his father’s emotional story of a family torn apart during the Korean War. Together, they make a rare journey to the North Korean capital ...

Jason Lee
2014 | 27 min
Lucien’s Happiness

Lucien’s Happiness

To better understand the essence of happiness, filmmaker Nathalie Hébert speaks with Lucien Comeau, a musician and “philosopher of the everyday” who lives in Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick. This simple, informal ...

Nathalie Hébert
2019 | 23 min
MacPherson

MacPherson

This animated film by Martine Chartrand (Black Soul) recounts the friendship between a young Félix Leclerc and Frank Randolph Macpherson, a Jamaican chemical engineer and university graduate who worked for ...

Martine Chartrand
2012 | 10 min
My Prairie Home

My Prairie Home

In this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McMullan, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses ...

Chelsea McMullan
2013 | 1 h 16 min
Quiet Zone

Quiet Zone

Combining elements of documentary, film essay and experimental film, filmmakers Karl Lemieux and David Bryant (Godspeed You Black Emperor!) take us deep into the world of those who suffer from ...

David Bryant & Karl Lemieux
2015 | 14 min
RiP! A Remix Manifesto

RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Join filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk as they explore copyright and content creation in the digital age. In the process they dissect the media landscape of the ...

Brett Gaylor
2008 | 1 h 26 min
The Singing Lumberjack

The Singing Lumberjack

For nearly 40 years, Charlie Chamberlain was one of the most popular vocalists in Canada—and the most beloved member of the old-time band Don Messer and His Islanders. This ...

Rachel Bower
2015 | 6 min
The Socalled Movie

The Socalled Movie

This feature-length documentary is a dynamic kaleidoscopic portrait of Socalled (aka Josh Dolgin), a multi-disciplinary musician and artist whose unique blend of klezmer, hip hop and funk is blasting through ...

Garry Beitel
2010 | 1 h 27 min
That Higher Level

That Higher Level

That Higher Levelfollows the 100 musicians who make up the National Youth Orchestra of Canada over the course of two months of training and touring across the country. Embedded ...

John Bolton
2018 | 1 h 14 min
The Song and the Sorrow

The Song and the Sorrow

Musician Catherine MacLellan—the daughter of Canadian singer/songwriting legend Gene MacLellan—grew up surrounded by her father’s music. He died by suicide when she was 14. Two decades ...

Millefiore Clarkes
2018 | 42 min
Unarmed Verses

Unarmed Verses

This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl ...

Charles Officer
2016 | 1 h 25 min
Vive la rose

Vive la rose

Based on the last recording by one of Newfoundland's foremost traditional music performers, Emile Benoit's tender delivery of the 18th century French song is the heart of Vive ...

Bruce Alcock
2009 | 6 min