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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FIN announces full film festival program

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FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival (formerly known as The Atlantic Film Festival) has announced its eight-day lineup for this year’s fest, featuring homegrown and international talent. 

“If you’ve never been to the Atlantic International Film Festival, this is the year to take the plunge,” says program director Jason Beaudry.

Things kick off at opening night with Long Time Running, a screening in conjunction with Movie Nights Across Canada. The film is a documentary telling the story of The Tragically Hip’s final tour as the band made its way across the country last year.

Locally-made films include Corey Bowles’ Black Cop, Jackie Torrens’ Free Reins, Seth A. Smith's horror movie The Crescent and Andrew MacCormack’s Sickboy: a documentary following Brian Stever, Taylor MacGillivary and Jeremie Saunders, the creators of the popular, Halifax-based podcast of the same name. This is the first time Sickboy will be screened publicly, two months before it is slated to air on CBC.

 “They kind of captivated the hearts of the city when they first began,” MacCormack says of the podcast hosts. The movie focuses on “getting behind the scenes and getting to the essence of why Jeremie’s doing what he’s doing, and how he goes about his life knowing that it’s gonna be a lot shorter than everyone else’s.”

FIN is screening of two films with accessibility specifically in mind. The Halifax Explosion: The Deaf Experience is told through Maritime Sign Language and English subtitles. A different documentary on the Halifax Explosion by Jennifer Adcock was created in consideration for audience members who are blind or have low vision. With the help of Autism Nova Scotia, there will also be a series of “relaxed screenings” providing adjusted sound, lighting and a designated quiet area.

Much-anticipated movies such as Breathe (starring Andrew Garfield), Angelina Jolie’s The Breadwinner and the first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent, are also on the schedule. Call Me By Your Name, a romantic story set on on the Italian Riviera in 1983, will bring the festival to a close.

FIN runs from September 14-21. The online box office is now open and the walk-in box office at Cineplex Park Lane will open on September 5. All films are now listed at

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Watch Madelaine Petsch die in the Polaroid trailer

This Dartmouth-filmed movie is slated to come out in August.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 10:26 AM

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Remember when a bunch of us were freaking out because Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom herself) was in Halifax? The trailer for the film she was working on, Polaroid, is finally here.

Kind of like The Ring but not, Polaroid tells is a horror flick about a group of teens who get killed one by one after getting their picture taken with this mysterious vintage camera. The Locust Harbor High School we see in the trailer is actually Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth.

For better or worse, this movie looks campy as heck.

“What’s that?”
“It’s a camera.”

These lines happen on two occasions in this two and-a-half minute trailer. I know we’re in the age of smartphones, but are kids these days so unfamiliar with cameras? I thought Polaroids were trendy as of late.

What’s more, it looks like Petsch’s character dies pretty close to the beginning, but who knows. Maybe she comes back as a zombie or something.

I guess the moral of this story is: If you really want a Polaroid, you hipster, go to eBay or Urban Outfitters. Don’t pick that shit up at an antique store, unless you want to suffer a “tragic and violent end.”

Polaroid is expected to come out on August 25.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Atlantic Film Festival is FIN it to win it

The annual fest announces its new name, plans to take over Park Lane.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 2:12 PM

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The Atlantic Film Festival is launching into its 37th year with a new name and big plans. From here on out, the annual event will be referred to as FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival.

The festival teamed up with Revolve for the rebranding. FIN doesn’t stand for anything, but festival director Wayne Carter says its meaning is dual: It references Halifax’s connection to the ocean, as well as giving a nod to the closing titles of international films.

Ironically, says Carter, FIN is representing a new beginning for the festival.

“For us, it’s an opportunity to clarify our message.”

In an effort to make the films more accessible, FIN is partnering with Cineplex to take over Park Lane theatre for the duration of the festival. Every screen will be home to a movie that’s part of FIN.

“It’s very exciting for us that people might potentially come in off the street, wanna see a movie, look at the schedule of films” and become part of the FIN audience “by accident,” says Carter.

“Anybody can come. We want everybody who has any kind of love for movies to be a part of the film festival.”

In the same vein, Carter hopes to encourage more young people to take in FIN.

“If this gives younger people an opportunity to re-look at the festival,” he says, “that’s part of the initiative.”

“We know a lot of the stuff that we show has great resonance with young folks, but we’re not sure they see us that way.”

The festival’s opening night film has yet to be decided—that announcement is expected in July—but it will be in conjunction with Movie Nights Across Canada, a national program of Canadian film screenings happening for Canada 150.

FIN is announcing its full festival line-up at the Lord Nelson Hotel on August 16. This year’s festival will take place from Sept. 14-21.

For the future, Carter is setting his sights on the possibility of digital aspects to the festival so people outside Halifax can take part.

“I’m looking forward to the day where maybe I can issue you a digital pass,” he says. “So for a week during the festival, you can maybe be sitting in Corner Brook, but experiencing all the Atlantic content on your iPad, or on your Apple TV—or however you choose to watch content.”

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Black Cop feature film crowdfunds post-production costs

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:42 PM

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The people behind a feature film about a Black police officer are crowdfunding the movie’s post-production costs in hopes of having it finished for festival season. 

The aptly named Black Cop is directed by Cory Bowles, based on the same premise as his short film of the same name. The short version recently screened at this year’s Halifax Independent Filmmakers' Festival.

Black Cop shows Ronnie Rowe as the title role in this satire-drama hybrid, portraying a Black police officer who becomes frustrated with systemic police violence. He responds by spending a day “targeting the privileged community.”

The film was shot over 12 days in Halifax last winter.

The Indiegogo campaign has five days left to reach its goal.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Screen Nova Scotia rolls out award nominees

Third annual gala hosted at Casino Nova Scotia.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 6:02 PM

Ashley McKenzie's Werewolf is nominated for Best Feature Film. - STEVE WADDEN
  • Ashley McKenzie's Werewolf is nominated for Best Feature Film.
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Screen Nova Scotia Awards Gala
Thursday, May 4
Casino Nova Scotia

The names are in.

The nominees were announced for the third annual Screen Nova Scotia Awards Gala. Comedy duo Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison will be hamming it up as the hosts this year.

“These awards celebrate the talent, creativity and vision that are the trademarks of Nova Scotia film, television, and digital animation,” says Erika Beatty, executive director of Screen Nova Scotia, in a press release.

The awards include a new addition—the Community Recognition award—celebrating valued members of the local film industry. First up for the award is Dave Myatt, who served as a link between film and the south end of Halifax. He worked at the Atlantic School of Theology, found in that neighbourhood, for over 17 years.

Nominees were presented by Screen Nova Scotia and Digital Animators of Nova Scotia (DANS). Nominees for the ACTRA Awards have yet to be announced.

Screen Nova Scotia Nominees

Best Feature Film:
Ariyah & Tristan's Inevitable Break-Up (Koumbie)
Exit Thread (Winter Light Productions, Paul Kimball)
Weirdos (Hold Fast Pictures, Bruce McDonald)
Werewolf (Grassfire Films, Ashley McKenzie)

Best Documentary Film:
My Life So Far (Nova Productions, Alan Collins)
Perfume War (Loud Baby Productions, Michael Melski)
Play Your Gender (Stephanie Clattenburg)
Quebec My Country Mon Pays (John Walker Productions, John Walker)

Best Short Film:
Black Cop (Black Rabbit Entertainment, Cory Bowles)
Fish (Heather Young)
How You Turned Into A Fish (Jenna Marks Films, Jenna Marks)
Hustle & Heart (Koumbie)

Best Animated Series:
Kulipari – Army of Frogs (Cartoon Conrad)
Little People (DHX Media)
Pickle & Peanut (Copernicus Studio)
Teen Titans Go (Copernicus Studio)

Best Television Series:
Mr. D (Topsail Entertainment)
This Hour Has 22 Minutes (DHX – Hour Productions)
Trailer Park Boys (Sunnyvale Productions)
Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park (TPB OTP Productions)

Film Crew Excellence Award:
Angela Murphy-Production Designer
Sandra MacMurray-Props Builder
Sarah Byrne-Picture Editor
William Gerhardt-Greens Person

Digital Animators of Nova Scotia (DANS) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation:
DataMine (Animator Tim Tracey; Tim Tracey Animation)
Gummi (Animator Jeff Smith; DHX Studios)
Kulipari – Army of Frogs (Animator Jered MacPhee; Cartoon Conrad)
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Get spiffy for SPFF awards

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 4:42 PM

A peek at a past year's SPFF Awards
  • A peek at a past year's SPFF Awards
SmartPhone Film Festival Screening & Awards Party

Friday, April 21, 7-10pm
Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

It’s that time of year again: We’re getting ready to share some big stories told through some small devices. On Friday, you can hit up the 3rd annual SmartPhone Film Festival awards show—affectionally called “the Spiffies.” Popcorn’s on us.

A slew of submissions came through this year—80 mini movies were narrowed down to 41 for the screening. We’d love to show you all of them, but that would be a long night.

Films in the Youth category begin at 5pm (that portion of the screening is free) and we'll launch into the main event at seven.

The SmartPhone Film Festival is run out of The Coast’s offices. Each director of a submitted film receives free tickets to the screening. If you didn’t enter this year, it’s never too early to pick up your phone or tablet and start planning for the next.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Putting the spotlight on Women Making Waves in film

Weekend conference highlights female industry professionals.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Ashley McKenzie will be a guest speaker at the WMW conference, whose film Werewolf is shown in this still. - STEVE WADDEN
  • Ashley McKenzie will be a guest speaker at the WMW conference, whose film Werewolf is shown in this still.
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Women Making Waves 2017
March 3-5
Best Western Chocolate Lake
Non-member $250, member $185, student/senior $130
Tickets also available for individual events

Next week, film fanatics will get the chance to learn from female filmmakers of Canada.

Women in Film and Television – Atlantic is once again hosting the Women Making Waves conference: a weekend of screenings, panels and workshops.

Guest speakers will hone in on various topics during the “spotlight conversations.” Ashley McKenzie, whose film Werewolf has been nominated for multiple Canadian Screen Awards, will discuss pursuing her career out of Cape Breton and how she balances the roles of director and writer. Producer and screenwriter Jen Holness will look at the the impact of gender and race in film.

Director Jordan Canning, whose work includes films such as Suck It Up and We Were Wolves, will be in also be attendance. She’s slated to lead a director’s workshop on Saturday, taking participants on the journey of Suck It Up from a director’s point of view by showing how the movie went “from concept to completion.”

In addition to live-action film, animation will be a focus. The “innovation in animation” presentations will feature experts from DHX Media, National Film Board and Copernicus Studios, along with an animation workshop by Lynn Wilton.

Hopeful filmmakers can share their own ideas for short films at the pitch competition: a five-minute session before industry experts and an audience. The winner will get a prize package including cash and production services.

Donna Davies, Min Sook Lee and Cathy Gulkin will additionally be among the slew of industry professionals.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Jason Eisener will battle some New York City Outlaws

Hobo With A Shotgun director to bring cult ‘80s comic to the big screen.

Posted By on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 9:43 PM


Five years after Hobo With A Shotgun blew us away, Dartmouth’s Jason Eisener is gearing up to deliver the New York City Outlaws to the big screen.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Eisener will be directing the feature-length adaptation of the little-known ’80s comic book by Robert Hussar and Ken Landgraf.

The five-issue series follows a gang of vigilantes who rise up to restore NYC from the chaos of a city-wide police strike.

It sounds kind of like The Warriors meets The Purge, which is exactly the orgy of retro rampage we’d love to see Eisener sink his teeth into.

The film is being written by Zack Carlson (Vice’s Outsider) and Bryan Connolly, and produced through Toronto’s Rhombus Media (of Antiviral, Into The Forest and Closet Monster, amongst others).

Eisener is currently working as second unit director on the hotly-anticipated Netflix adaptation of cult manga series Death Note.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

No change for film industry in Nova Scotia’s new budget

The cameras are rolling, but there’s no film inside.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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  • A scene outside the Legislature last spring, when hundreds gathered to protest the provincial budget.
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Well, the province has finished crunching the numbers and this year’s budget thankfully won’t see any more cuts to the film industry. But it won’t be fattening up its wallet either. The Film Incentive Fund remains unchanged, still capped at $10 million despite the chilly reception from both the industry and the public since it came into effect.

After axing the Film Tax Credit last April, the province implemented the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. This fund allows productions to claim 25 percent of all production costs incurred in Nova Scotia. The previous tax credit covered up to 65 percent of labour costs.

About a third of the Film Incentive Fund’s $10 million was awarded over the last year. That’s prompted some film workers to call for the province to roll over the unused portion of the Incentive fund to attract bigger budget pictures to Nova Scotia. But those calls were ignored in Tuesday’s budget.

According to the budget address, the province is still honouring productions that began before the July 1 cut-off date for the Film Industry Tax Credit, stating “tax expenditures are expected to continue to occur in the 2016–2017 fiscal year, and until the 2018–2019 fiscal year.”

Off the film set, the arts are faring a little better. The creative economy will receive $2.5 million “to support our artists, musicians and publishers,” according to the budget.

The province is also investing an additional $500,000 “for major events hosting.” Scott Long, executive director with Music Nova Scotia, says he was pleased with the news. “It was definitely more than we were anticipating.”

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bill Niven and Jay Dahl want to throw a $300,000 Halloween Party

Provincial funding might comes with conditions for The Book of Negroes producer.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM

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Nearly $300,000 in funding from the province might not be enough to keep Bill Niven’s next feature in Nova Scotia.

This week, Nova Scotia Business Inc. announced feature film Halloween Party, will receive a funding commitment of $299,143 through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Niven’s producing the movie, which is being written and directed by Jay Dahl.

Niven, who also produced the award-winning TV mini-series The Book of Negroes and Andrea Dorfman feature Heartbeat, says although he would love to film in Nova Scotia, he is unsure whether or not that will still be possible.

“With the local film fund gone, we might have to shoot it somewhere else.”

The funding commitment provided by Nova Scotia Business Inc. is conditional, according to Niven.

“If they feel we didn’t do everything that the fund says we should it's conceivable that we wont get the money,” he says.

While it’s unsure when the film will hit theatres, the producer recently secured a theatrical distributer. Niven and crew are now working on the final stages of development, including assembling all the requirements to begin filming—especially finances.

“Really what we are doing is finalizing the financing,” he says. “That’s the big thing right now.”

Niven describes Halloween Party as a contemporary urban thriller, but wouldn’t give away much more of the plot.

“We are very excited, it’s a great project,” he says. “We have high hopes for the film. It’s going to be terrific.”

The duo have been planning the feature for roughly two years, and Niven says production would have begun last year if the Liberal government hadn’t cut the province’s Film Tax Credit.

Last year’s provincial budget axed the $24 million Film Tax Credit for a new production incentive fund. Twelve film and TV projects over the last year have received a total of roughly three million dollars in funding from the new system’s $10 million pool of money.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Watch teaser for a John Dunsworth and Cathy Jones webseries

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 2:36 PM

On the set of Nichols And Dimez, a potential new IPF webseries - CALEY MACLENNAN
  • On the set of Nichols And Dimez, a potential new IPF webseries
  • Caley MacLennan

In a bid to win funding from the IPF (Independent Production Fund) for an episodic webseries, the creator of Noon Gun2015's Best Film in The Coast's Best of Halifax Awards, filmmaker Caley MacLennan recently released a teaser for Nichols and Dimez.

If it wins, the locally produced series promises to be a boozey, comedy crime-thriller that would star John Dunsworth (The Trailer Park Boys) and Cathy Jones (This Hour Has 22 Minutes): "When small town drug dealer Big Mike (Kevin Kincaid) dies, John Nichols is left to take care of his drug-smuggling business and 12-year old son. With rival drug dealers, police and social services pressing him, Nichols stumbles upon a secret weapon: Big Mike’s ghost." 

"The more social media attention our teaser video receives, the more chance we have to obtain funding," says director MacLennan (fans can follow the potential series on Facebook), who is also co-producing with André Pettigrew. Set in the fictional Skag Harbour, "This project is very different from most film or TV projects for so many reasons—two known Canadian icons starring in web-based series with ghosts and drug dealers. And it's a good-news story about the otherwise desperate condition of the Nova Scotia film industry," he adds. The series would also mark the first time Jones and Dunsworth appear onscreen together. #NSFILMJOBS.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Nova Scotia offers $810,368 for new Trailer Park Boys TV show

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles may visit Europe thanks to some Nova Scotian funding.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 7:02 PM

The park is open.
  • The park is open.

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles just made an $800,000 score.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. announced Tuesday that it’s offering $810,368 in production funding for Trailer Park Boys Out of the Park: Europe, the newest television show chronicling the escapades of actors/executive producers Mike Smith, Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay.

At close to a million dollars, it’s the largest block of funding from the province’s new Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Feature film nineteenseventysomething, from director Bruce MacDonald and Halifax playwright Daniel MacIvor, is the second-highest funding with $320,000 from NSBI.

The Film and Television Production Incentive Fund came into being after Nova Scotia’s former Film Tax Credit was eliminated by the McNeil government last year. The tax credit system offered $24 million in credits through which film and television productions could recoup 50 percent of labour costs. The new $10 million incentive fund offers a 25 percent rebate on all production costs, including labour.

Since its creation, 10 projects (five TV series, two documentaries and three feature films) have received money from the new fund. With the $810,368 commitment to Trailer Park Boys, the province has now spent just under $2.5 million of the fund’s annually available $10 million.

Out of the Park: Europe is the latest expansion of the Trailer Park BoysKardashian-like media empire, which now includes a podcast, an upcoming mobile game and the show’s 10th season that debuts March 18 on Netflix. There’s also a campaign underway for the three characters to host Saturday Night Live.

Tuesday’s press release from NSBI doesn’t include any details about the plot of the Trailer Park Boys latest, European-themed adventure, but presumably Amsterdam will be visited.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Atlantic Film Festival announces Summer of Superheroes

For the Outdoor Film Experience June 26-August 21

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 12:23 PM

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It's a cape escape every weekend from June 26 to August 21. Instead of focusing on an actor or director, The Atlantic Film Festival's Outdoor Film Experience is going broad with a genre: superheroes. Costumes encouraged, but I doubt you needed any encouraging, really.

Now in Bedford and Dartmouth as well as on that big ol' screen at the south end of the Halifax Waterfront Tall Ships Quay, the films will be preceded by Atlantic Canadian produced short films in a joint presentation with CBC, called Summer Shorts. This year’s program will celebrate 20 years of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative’s (AFCOOP) filmmaker development program, FILM5. (this is truly worth hauling a chair and a blanket and some snacks out early for, those films are rad).

All films are free, they begin at dusk and gates will open one hour prior to each screening. Please check for weather updates and cancellations by tuning into The Bounce 101.3 and at There are no rain dates.

Halifax Waterfront screenings:

Friday, July 17: Spiderman, 2002, 121min (Rated PG)
Friday, July 24: Superman: The Movie, 1978, 137min (Rated PG)
Friday, July 31: X-Men: First Class, 2011, 132min (Rated PG)
Friday, August 7: Batman, 1989, 126min (Rated PG)
Friday, August 14: Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014, 121min (Rated PG)
Friday, August 21: Marvel’s The Avengers, 2012, 142min (Rated PG)

Bedford and Dartmouth screenings:

Friday, June 26: The Lego Movie, 2014, 100min (Rated G) at DeWolf Park, Bedford as part of Bedford Days.

Sunday, June 28: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990, 93min (Rated PG) at Sunnyside Mall, Bedford as part of Bedford Days.
*This screening is both a “bring your own chair” and a drive-in movie.

Friday, July 10: X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2014, 131min (Rated PG) at Pondside Amphitheatre, Hector Gate, Dartmouth.

Saturday, August 8: Men in Black, 1997, 98min (Rated PG) at Ferry Terminal Park, Dartmouth.

Saturday, August 15: The Incredibles, 2004, 115min (Rated PG) at Pondside Amphitheatre, Hector Gate, Dartmouth.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

OUTeast Queer Film Festival lineup announced

Festival takes place June 11-14, with a special screening June 6

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 6:02 PM

A still from Drag Becomes Him
  • A still from Drag Becomes Him

OUTeast Queer Film Festival's 2015 program has been announced, offering a welcome chance to see some films that would never see the light of a big screen in Halifax otherwise—and puts the spotlight on queer independent cinema. We're on board. Their highlights from tonight's announcement are as follows:

Before the festival program begins, OUTeast is proud to offer a screening of acclaimed art history documentary Packed in a Trunk at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 PM. This moving film tells the story of 1920s Provincetown artist Edith Lake Wilkinson, who was committed to an insane asylum after being outed in 1924.

The official festival film program opens at the Spatz Theatre on Thursday, June 11 with the Opening Night Gala - The Amina Profile, winner of a 2015 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival Special Jury Prize. The incredible true love story of a Montrealer and a Syrian revolutionary spins into an unprecedented media and sociological thriller that is not to be missed. The gala continues after the screening with a Toast to Opening Night with Rosie Porter and the Gala Reception.

Friday’s program opens at the Museum of Natural History with the old Hollywood glamour of Tab Hunter Confidential, from OUTeast favorite Jeffrey Schwarz (Vito, I am Divine). Next up: the critical darling and very dark comedy Nasty Baby, starring Sebastian Silva, Kristen Wiig, Tunde Adebimpe and Alia Shawkat. After the screenings, OUTeast will partner with Retro @ the CoHo for dance party Pop in the Name of Love at The Company House.

Saturday morning will see the introduction of OUTeast’s conference programming, Behind-the- Scenes. With diverse panel and forum industry discussions through a queer lens, OUTeast provides further opportunities for exploration of the content and themes of the film program.

Saturday afternoon features two sensational shorts programs - at 2:00 PM, Homegrown Homos: Canadian Short Films, and at 4:00 PM All the World’s Our Stage: International Short Films. Both shorts programs are sponsored by The PostMan. At 6:30 PM, OUTeast presents the delightful Dutch coming-of-age romance Summer (Zomer).

Saturday night, OUTeast moves over to Menz & Mollyz Bar on Gottingen Street with a drag- stravaganza featuring documentary Drag Becomes Him, chronicling the adventures of Rupaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon. Following the screening, we’ll be hosting a Queens on Screen dance party with DJ Jules Bangsworth.

Sunday starts off with a spotlight on Atlantic Canadian creators. At OUTeats Brunch, we’re thrilled to put a spotlight on the upcoming Nova Scotian feature film North Mountain, written and directed by Bretten Hannam. Bretten will share stories from the set and give us a sneak- peek into the world of the film and its creation.

Sunday afternoon sees the world-premiere of the Work-in-Progress short films, created by a group of young filmmakers in partnership with The Youth Project and under the mentorship of Stephanie Young. In addition to these locally made shorts, the screening includes an incredible program of youth-made and youth-focused shorts from around the world.

The film program closes Sunday afternoon with Game Face, an inspiring documentary that follows the journeys of transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox, and gay college basketball player Terrence Clemens, as they search for their place as LGBTQ athletes in America.

Out of Your Seats, OUTeast’s satellite program of short works, will be running from June 12-14 at the Museum of Natural History and at the Dart Gallery on Portland Street, Dartmouth. 

OUTeast’s Filmmaker-in-Residence Beck Gilmer-Osborne’s new film will screen as part of Out of Your Seats.

All tickets, and a limited amount of All-OUT, all-access passes are available online at,, and through Ticketpro outlets. Opening Night Gala tickets are $15, champagne reception included. All other screening tickets are $12 & brunch tickets are $10 each, with the All-OUT, All Access Festival Pass available for $60.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Superstar craftspeople in your own backyard

A handy documentary series gets you caught up

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Sanna Rahola in Fibre & Wood
  • Sanna Rahola in Fibre & Wood

When you’ve got a good thing going, it’s natural to want to show off. But Breakwater Studios director Ben Proudfoot, the Craft Alliance Atlantic Association and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (NSDCC) found that Nova Scotian craftspeople were too busy to toot their own horns, so they decided to give them a little push. Life’s Work: Six Conversations with Makers is a series of six short documentaries profiling local craftspeople, made to shine a little light on our vibrant crafting corner of the world on a global level.

“The series was conceived of after visiting international events like SOFA Chicago, and realizing that Nova Scotia craftspeople have a limited international profile. The calibre of work is here in the province, but there are many challenges in getting a voice outside of Canada, and sometimes within ones own community,” says Julie Rosvall of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council. “If I wasn't working with craftspeople daily, I might never know that there is a master metal worker like Elizabeth Goluch living on peninsular Halifax, master stonemason (the only female in her field) less then an hour away, or a man like Steven Kennard who makes such intricate wooden boxes in my own neighbourhood in the Annapolis Valley.”

Settle in and watch some of these amazing documentaries, the first three profiles—Heather Lawson in Stone, Steven Kennard in Turns, Louise Pentz in Mother Earth—have been already released and available for viewing here, the remaining three will be released from now until the end of the month—Sanna Rahola and Douglas Drdul in Fibre & Wood (Tuesday, May 19), Elizabeth Goluch in Lady Bug (Tuesday, May 26) and Gordon Kennedy in Rust (Sunday, May 31) and can be seen via Breakwater's Vimeo channel or the NSDCC site.

Stone from Breakwater Studios Ltd. on Vimeo.

Turns from Breakwater Studios Ltd. on Vimeo.

Mother Earth from Breakwater Studios Ltd. on Vimeo.

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