Tokens is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about the actors of an on call casting agency specializing in diversity who find themselves randomly dispatched to productions desperate to hit their diversity quotas, often cast in a role they least expect. Think Uber for actors.
I Hear You is a non-conforming medical drama about a group of gender oppressed women and non-binary people, who each struggle with sexual health issues, and the newly graduated doctor who believes she can help them as they all navigate the frustrations of the Western medical system and their own personal limitations to find hope and help on the other side.
This documentary presents two Canadian women of Asian descent who are contemplating eyelid surgery. Maria and Sharon, of Philippino and Korean heritage respectively, believe their looks--specifically their eyes--get in the way of how people see them. Layering their stories with pop culture references to beauty icons and supermodels, filmmaker Ann Shin looks at the pain that lies deep behind the desire for plastic surgery.
This feature doc tells the story of the improbable friendship between acclaimed Quebec singer Félix Leclerc and the intriguing Frank Randolph Macpherson. A chemical engineer from Jamaica, Macpherson immigrated to Quebec in 1917 and was the inspiration for the popular song that Leclerc named after him. But this is also a story about memory: it was animator Martine Chartrand’s memory of this song that compelled her to create the striking animated short MacPherson, made by filming paintings on glass using 35mm film. A sympathetic look at an artist at work, Finding Macpherson takes audiences on a personal journey, exploring the imperceptible yet powerful connections that bind us to each other.
This documentary brings together a group of long lost classmates who used to belong to an after-school film club. Formed at the initiative of a Grade 8 teacher eager to pass along his love of cinema, the club attracted a klatch of immigrant kids eager to embrace their new country. Stimulating and creative, the club was a complete departure from anything they had known and provided a safe haven from the harsh world around them. Together, they made a tiny 8mm award-winner called Ohh Canada.
Twenty-five years later, the group looks back to marvel at their childhood dreams and the bond they share with the teacher who brought them together.
This film was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.
Nine artists across the continent document their sensory experiences of lockdown, and the results broke our editing program. What emerges is an absurdist collage that playfully flips the format of a video conference on its head. Filmmakers Alicia Eisen and Sophie Jarvis pose the question: is the human need to make sense of chaos an inherently chaotic pursuit?
Part of THE CURVE, a collection of social distancing stories that bring us together. Enjoy more works from this series here .
The episode begins with students learning music as young children. The Girls Rock Camp showcases how female musicians inspire young teenagers to pick up an instrument for the first time and rock out. One high school band and a group made up of recent graduates demonstrate how musicality progresses through practice and determination.
Generations of Fredericton musicians are showcased. Both parents and their children share how music impacted their family dynamic and musical influences. In some cases, band relationships evolve into family. From folk to hip hop, country to rock, and blues to punk, ‘family’ has had a beneficial effect on the entire scene.
The Capital Complex, Grimross Brewing, Corked Wine Bar, Lansdowne House Shows, and The Tipsy Muse share how their venues have carved out a niche venue experience. They all have managed to find their own audience by providing environments and an atmosphere conducive to the live music experience.