Audience Feedback: SHADOW OF A GIANT, 29min, Canada, Documentary

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  MOVIE POSTERSHADOW OF A GIANT, 29min, Canada, Documentary
Directed by Clark Ferguson

Produced by Lesley Johnson

Distributed by VTape http://www.vtape.org/

Shadow of a Giant tells the story of one Canada’s largest environmental disasters, Yellowknife’s Giant Mine. Buried in collapsing chambers within the city of Yellowknife, and beside the 9th largest lake in the world, sits 237,000 tons of the highly toxic contaminant, arsenic trioxide, a byproduct of the defunct gold mine. The city of Yellowknife and the surrounding aboriginal communities depend on a remediation plan that will refrigerate the arsenic into place, until a permanent solution can be found. Shadow of a Giant tells the story of Giant through the people who live on top of it and call it home. From the remediation (clean up) team who work to stabilize the arsenic; to the people who live and work in Yellowknife; to those who worked at the mine; to the proponents of the extraction industry in the north; to the Yellowknives Dene First Nation that live within hundreds of metres of the contaminated site. Their voices tell the story of Giant’s history, and re-imagine what the mine site could be in the future.

Read News Clips:

“Interactive webdoc rethinks past, future of Giant Mine” Northern Journal: Read Story

“Planet in Focus 2015” Alternatives Journal: Read Story

“Shadow of a Giant webboc goes live” Edge: Read Story

“Shadow of a Giant” Intercontinental Cry: Read Story

Director’s Statement:

My interest in Giant Mine began in 2011 with an invitation to present a film at the Yellowknife International Film Festival. Yellowknife, it must be noted, was a city built to service both Giant Mine and Con mine, two enormous gold mines built in the 1930s on the Yellowknife Bay – traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. The mines had been so much a part of the city of Yellowknife’s culture and history that they were and still are actually both in the Yellowknife city limits. In fact, it could be argued that the city of Yellowknife was born out of these two mines. At the time of my arrival, the remediation plan for Giant Mine was to freeze 237,000 tons of arsenic trioxide underground, forever – a plan that none of the cultural groups on the Yellowknife Bay were interested in. Giant Mine was already infamous for the bitter labour issues of the 1990s and for the murder of 9 miners who were killed by a bomb placed in one of Giant’s many tunnels. The labour issue and subsequent murders made Giant Mine an extremely sensitive subject for those in the community and many had been unwilling to on the subject due to this bitterness. So much so, that people were reluctant to talk about the mine altogether and this bitterness traveled down family lines a generation later. The dispute was fodder for made for TV movies and has been well covered in the Canadian media for the past twenty years. However, this particular history, I felt, was soon to be usurped by its environmental legacy. In fact, I realized that the labour dispute created a fatigue within Canadian media and within the community itself. The emotional dispute suppressed a much larger issue: One of the most contaminated sites in the world and an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

In 2012, working with Western Arctic Motion Pictures and producer Lesley Johnson, I was invited as the artist in residence through a Canada Council of the arts project. The purpose of the residency was to develop a community based interactive web project focusing on the social impacts of contaminated sites around northern communities – focusing specifically on Giant Mine. When I arrived, the remediation project was focused on community engagement and was presenting how they were going to stabilize the mine site. The remediation project was undergoing an environmental review and all the stakeholders in the area were present outlining concerns going forward with the project. Our team spent three months developing, writing, and interviewing community members for the project and I returned two times thereafter for further development and interviews. After spending months developing the interactive website with Paige Saunders of SOS New Media, working with animators in creating the community member’s ‘re-imagined ideas’ for Giant Mine, and editing together the story as a series of short films, Shadow of a Giant was ready for release. Shadow of a Giant, the short doc, is ready for festival release summer 2015.

Audience Feedback: MINE, 29min, Canada, Drama/Thriller

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  MOVIE POSTERMINE, 29min, Canada, Drama/Thriller
Directed by Michael Vidler

Diane Johnson is middle-aged real estate agent, desperate to have a baby of her own, when she meets Kevin and Eva, a young newlywed couple who are expecting. This innocent friendship quickly morphs into a dangerous obsession.

Produced by Pawan Deol

Film Type: Short

Runtime: 29 minutes 22 seconds

Completion Date: February 1, 2015

Production Budget: 20,000 USD

Country of Origin: Canada

Country of Filming: Canada

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: RED

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Film Color:Color

Audience Feedback: IRONIED, 11min, Canada, Drama/Comedy

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  MOVIE POSTERIRONIED, 11min, Canada, Drama/Comedy
Directed by Tyler Lionel Parr

A normal everyday guy (Donald) wakes up late for work and goes through an unfortunate series of events. After finally arriving to work he quickly realizes – what he has gone through is unlike anything his first client (a homeless man named Charlie) has gone through within the last 24hrs. Here we see the existentialism slowly emerge as Charlie lays his life on the table. How will Charlies fate be left; in the hands of a disgruntled social worker or his own?

Key Cast:

TYLER LIONEL PARR

Film Type: Short

Runtime: 11 minutes 42 seconds

Completion Date: December 2, 2014

Country of Origin: Canada

Country of Filming: Canada

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: Black Magic/HD

Aspect Ratio: 2:35 scope

Film Color:Color

Audience Feedback: FOOTPRINTS, 13min, Canada, Horror/Family

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  MOVIE POSTERFOOTPRINTS, 13min, Canada, Horror/Family
Directed by Kevin Saycharuen

Deep in the forest, Cahng, an injured hunter searches for his family who are being haunted by a supernatural force.

Director’s Statement:

Footprints is a film created in equal parts of my love and frustration of filmmaking.

Growing up as a first-generation son of Laotian immigrants in Canada, you live a two-sided life. One side remembers what blood runs through your vein- for me, it was my parents growing up in a small rural village in Laos and how they suffered through civil unrest and immigrated all over the world until settling in Canada. The other side is being brought up as a son of immigrants in a metropolitan North American city. Tradition clashes with first world culture that do not comfortably fit together.

Footprints is a film where I attempt to reconcile my parent’s tradition and my own generation’s culture together. A film that combines my upbringing with the blood that runs through my veins, remembering and honoring both sides.

Film Type:Short

Genres:Korean, Horror, Psychological Thriller, suspense, Thriller

Runtime:13 minutes 57 seconds

Completion Date:April 1, 2015

Country of Origin:Canada

Country of Filming:Canada

Film Language:Korean

Shooting Format:RED

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

Audience Feedback: 20:15, 12min., Canada, Sci-Fi/Thriller

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  MOVIE POSTER20:15, 12min., Canada, Sci-Fi/Thriller
Directed by Marc-Andre Morissette

20:15 is a drama-mystery, sci-fi thriller in which we follow the lives of a mysterious man and a loving couple. Their lives will forever be changed once their two worlds collide.

Film Type:Short, Student

Runtime:12 minutes 4 seconds

Completion Date:November 30, 2015

Production Budget:3,000 USD

Country of Origin:Canada

Country of Filming:Canada

Film Language:French

Shooting Format:prores

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

Audience Feedback: THE TRAP, 16min, Canada, Crime/Thriller

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  MOVIE POSTERTHE TRAP, 16min, Canada, Crime/Thriller
Directed by Adam Estey

When a young woman has had enough of her abusive, low-life criminal husband, she devises a vengeful escape plan to save her life and ruin his.

Producer Statement:

The Trap was derived from an idea that I had about a woman who was literally trapped inside an abusive relationship.

She had been stuck in this terrible place for far too long and needed a way out. So she devised a plan to get out for good and, in turn, teach her husband a lesson.

Although this has actually never happened to me, I know what it feels like to be trapped in a situation that doesn�t feel right.

I wanted to create a piece that empowered women (although I am not promoting stealing or killing). And I wanted it to be a piece where the woman was the badass and surprised the audience with her strong will to live and get out.

I am a huge fan of classic films and have been an avid viewer my whole life. I really enjoyed the film noir movement in the 1940s and the badass women that surfaced. I wanted to create a throwback to that era with The Trap.

I created the storyline and the beats I wanted to hit and then I enlisted my friend, Adam Estey (who is a fabulous screenwriter), to take on the screenplay and direct the film. He would write a draft and I would edit until we finally arrived at the perfect screenplay.

Together we had a lot of fun during the process and we hope that you love the film we made. It took a village. � Jovanna Huguet-Burke

Film Type:Short

Genres:Thriller

Runtime:16 minutes

Completion Date:February 2, 2015

Production Budget:15,000 CNY

Country of Origin:Canada

Country of Filming:Canada

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:RED

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

Audience Feedback: LATE, 5min, Canada, Drama

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  MOVIE POSTERLATE, 5min, Canada, Drama
Directed by Karena Evans

When her partner is late for their standing tryst, a young woman must learn to move on.

Film Type:Short

Runtime:4 minutes 48 seconds

Completion Date:August 16, 2016

Production Budget:40 USD

Country of Origin:Canada

Country of Filming:Canada

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:4K

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes